you, me and the sea art retreat fall 2013
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.
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
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
4-6pm free time
6-8pm Group activity- optional
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
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.
(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.
The Sandy Cove Inn- www.sandycoveinn.net
Holiday Inn Express- www.hiexpress.com
Comfort Inn- www.comfortinn.com
Gearhart Hotel- http://www.mcmenamins.com/GearhartHotel
Rivertide Suites- http://www.rivertidesuites.com/
Seaside Vacation Homes- http://www.seasidevacationhomes.com/
For more places to stay please visit the Seaside Visitors Bureau- www.seasideor.com
$400.00 Early bird special $350.00 until August 10, 2013
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.
In addition to your confirmation email you will also receive a welcome packet by August 1, 2013 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 firstname.lastname@example.org