you, me and the sea art retreat SOLD OUT

Alisa Burke


From an artistic perspective, growing up on the Oregon Coast made me a seeker of wonders.  From the old growth woods, perched above the ocean, to the thundering surf pounding against the rocky shore, to the fog hanging over sandy beaches- the landscape offers up its treasures and dynamic inspiration to the willing soul. “You, Me, and the Sea” is a small retreat designed to share the inspiration of the Oregon Coast and the opportunity to immerse yourself in sketching, painting and mixed media projects based on the natural wonders of the sea. Together we will spend 3 days in a whirlwind of creativity- drawing, painting and projects inspired by the ocean and its offerings. We will absorb the colors, materials, and treasures of the landscape and turn them into unique artwork. 

Cost of class includes supplies, continental breakfast and lunch all three days.

Studio Opening Reception 4-7pm (optional- not a part of the retreat)
We are throwing a small and creative reception to celebrate the launch of the studio/teaching space. This is a community and public event. If you are in town at this time feel free to stop by for some nibbles, view the new space, new artwork and connect with like minds! More details to come.

Keeping a visual journal and making time to sketch is such an important part of the creative process. We will dedicate the day to sketching. Using the ocean and all kinds of objects and treasures as our inspiration, I will demonstrate creative ways to keep a sketchbook, show you techniques to document experiences and findings and teach you simple ways to fill your pages with meaningful drawings, doodles and sketches. No drawing experience necessary- all skill levels welcome!

7:30-8:30 check in

9am-12pm class

12-1pm lunch

1-4pm class 

4-6pm free time

6-8pm Meet at the beach for sunset sketching-optional

*Sprinkled throughout the day you will have the opportunity to create a variety of beach themed, mixed media crafts at a crafting station in the studio. A perfect way to take a break and create some unique souvenirs!

Watercolors are a wonderful material to use in a variety of mixed media projects. They are easy, versatile and a beautiful way to play with color. On day two of class we will explore a variety of simple supplies and tools and I will demonstrate all kinds of painting techniques and ways to break the rules, from mixing and layering color to dripping and splattering to discovering how to use watercolors in a variety of different ways to creating beach inspired compositions. No painting experience necessary- all skill levels welcome! 

8-9:30 am-  Meet at the beach for early morning beachcombing and sketching-optional

9:30-12pm class

12-1pm lunch


4-6pm free time

6-8pm Group activity- optional

*Sprinkled throughout the day you will have the opportunity to create a variety of beach themed, mixed media crafts at a crafting station in the studio. A perfect way to take a break and create some unique souvenirs!

As much as I love making art I also love crafting! We will dedicate the morning of our last day to mixed media crafting. Using all kinds supplies and materials I will demonstrate a variety of ways to transform treasures from the the sea into simple and creative art, objects and mementos. You will have the opportunity to create a variety of unique mixed media crafts that capture the essence of the beach.

8-9:30am Meet at the beach for beachcombing-optional

10am-12pm class

Closest airport- Portland International Airport

Bus-NorthWest POINT provides round trip motor coach service from Portland to Seaside and surrounding beach communities. A complete schedule can be found here.

From Portland International Airport (PDX): 
(90 miles/2 hours). The road leaving the terminal is Airport Way. Follow Airport Way to Interstate 205 South. Go south on I-205 for 3 miles to Exit 21B - Interstate 84 (Banfield Highway). Take I-84 West toward downtown Portland for 6 miles. Exit on your left to Interstate 5 South. Take I-5 for 1.5 miles across the bridge, exiting left onto Interstate 405 North. Take I-405 for 1.5 miles to Exit 1D (right) to Highway 26 - Sunset Highway. Take Highway 26 west for 75 miles to Highway 101 at the coast. Go 1.5 miles north on Highway 101 to Seaside.

From Portland:
(75 miles/1.5 hours), Go west on Highway 26 toward "Ocean Beaches" for 72 miles to Highway 101 junction. Go 1.5 miles north on Highway 101 to Seaside.

From I-5 North/Seattle:
(210 miles/3.5 hours), Take the Longview Exit #36. As you head west into Longview, stay on the main road for several miles to a set of lights. Take a left at the second light, following the signs to Oregon. You are about 70 miles from Seaside at this point. Cross the mighty Columbia River on the big bridge and head west (right) on Highway 30 for 45 miles to Astoria. Highway 30 becomes Highway 101 at Astoria. Follow Highway 101 south through Astoria to Seaside.

For information on the area visit-

*We will not be providing lodging or transportation services.

The Sandy Cove Inn-   
Holiday Inn Express-  
Comfort Inn- 
Gearhart Hotel-  
Rivertide Suites-
Seaside Vacation Homes-

For more places to stay please visit the Seaside Visitors Bureau-

Towns Nearby With Additional Lodging

Gearhart-2 mi

Cannon Beach- 8.8 mi

$400.00 Early bird special $350.00 until July 1, 2012

Includes supplies, continental breakfast, lunch and snacks all three days

Please note- we have limited space available for this retreat, if all spots are filled we will open up a waiting list.

Single day classes are not available.

Payment in full is required at the time of registration.
All orders are processed via PayPal (which also accepts major credit cards even if you don't have an account). Once the payment process begins you will be redirected to the PayPal site. 

To register simply add the retreat to your cart. Once we receive your payment you will be sent a confirmation email within 48 hours. 

In addition to your confirmation email you will also receive a welcome packet by August 1, 2012 with additional event details (schedule/activities, parking, recommended eating, attractions, etc) and a release form that will need to be returned by start of class.

If you have any questions about registration or payment you are welcome to send an email to

Cancellation policy- No refunds after August 14, 2012 or 30 days prior to class. There will be no exceptions. All requests for refunds must be received in writing before August 14, 2012 and will incur $50 processing fee. You may have someone else take your spot but we must be notified of the change. 

The Oregon Coast has very unpredictable weather that can change at a moments notice. Some of our activities could change or may depend on the weather but be assured rain or shine- we will be having lots of fun together!

Seaside is a small town and regardless of where you are staying, everything (from the beach to downtown to the grocery store to my studio) is within minutes (driving) of each other.

If you need recommendations or have any questions about class content, travel, lodging or the area feel free to email me at

There is no supply list for this class. To keep things simple and easy for you- I will be providing all supplies. If you have favorite supplies (pens, brushes, watercolors or paper) feel free to bring them but they are not required.

If you enjoy taking photographs this is the time and place to bring your cameras! While a camera is not required for class I will be talking about how to use photography as inspiration in your sketching and painting process. 

Cost of class includes supplies, continental breakfast and lunch all three days. Cost does not include dinner or any optional activities. 

Alisa Burke

PO Box 122
Seaside, OR