Fourth Annual Wabi-Sabi Enchantment RetreatAugust 21-25, 2017
1095. through June 15, 1075. after that
August 21-25, 2017
Taos New Mexico
10 spaces available
–Sunday, August 20th– Complimentary welcome dinner
–Monday & Tuesday, August 21-22– Full day classes with Serena & Leighanna
MOVEMENT & GESTURE IN OIL & COLD WAX PAINTING with Serena
In this two day workshop, we’re going to play! Making art with oil and cold wax involves a lot of experimentation and a willingness to set out without knowing where you’re going to end up! This workshop will emphasize movement and gestural marks to create lively paintings.
You’ll use your favorite shapes, colors, and marks to create stunning and atmospheric pieces that express your deepest self. You’ll layer, scrape back, texture, collage, and experiment on your oil and cold wax pieces on wood panels and oil paper. You’ll learn to prepare your panels with plaster or gesso. We’ll also use oil paper which needs no preparation. You’ll learn how to use solvents to add unusual and unexpected effects. You’ll come away with some dynamic finished pieces and the tools and techniques to carry on at home.
–Wednesday, August 23– Optional morning field trip exploring our favorite places in Taos
–Thursday & Friday, August 24-25– Full day class with Serena & Leighanna
SURFACE DESIGN ON METAL & PAPER FOR BOOKMAKING & BEYOND with Leighanna
Ahh, 2 days to explore surface design & bookmaking!
Get ready to play, laugh, learn and have a blast in this informative, messy workshop. You will learn how alter paper & metal as well as how to make a sweet chunky book using only watercolor paper, canvas, metal & embellishments.
On day one, you will learn how to create gorgeous surfaces that will be used as the pages for your book. We will experiment with stencils, stamps & inexpensive household found objects to create yummy textures. I will introduce you to resists, glazes, gesso & ink to create depth, contrast & stunning color combinations. You will learn how to make magic out of imperfections, and how to make room for more happy accidents.
In the afternoon, I will teach you my absolute favorite techniques for creating interesting surfaces on metal, including metal transfers & leaf printing, which will later be used as the covers for your book. These are tried & true techniques that I use on most of my art work, whether it be assemblage, book design or figurative sculpture.
On day two, we will tie it all together to create a beautiful 5×7 inch book. I will teach you how to bind this book as well as how to work with found metal, distressing, punching, altering, and cold connecting.
You will leave with a beautiful book to fill with your cherished memories, photographs & writings, along with all information that you need to create more.
–Friday, August 25– Closing gathering
-4 days of workshops with Leighanna & Serena
–Sunday night welcome dinner
-Home cooked lunch, drinks & snacks for 4 workshop days
–Wednesday field trip
-Invitation to our private Facebook group where you can connect with other participants, ask questions & arrange lodging.
–Friday night farewell gathering
All workshops will be held at Leighanna’s private studio in Ranchos De Taos.
Workshops will begin at 9:30AM and end at 4:30 PM, with a one hour lunch break.
Leighanna lives with her dog & her significant other. If you are allergic to dogs (or men) please look for our workshops at other venues!
We will provide some supplies, but you will need to bring a few things.
A short supply list, link to our private Facebook page, directions, and a list of our favorite places in Taos as well as lodging & transportation options will be sent upon registration.
If you are interested in sharing a house with other participants we are happy to help you with arrangements if you let us know at least 2 months prior to the retreat.
THE FINE PRINT
Early registration price if registered before June 15th is $1025 plus tax.
Registrations after June 15th, $1075.
We accept checks, PayPal and credit cards. There is a 4% discount if paying by check. You may send a check to Serena at 4410 SE Woodstock Blvd., Ste. 230, Portland, OR 97206.
We encourage full payment at the time of registration, workshops are limited to 10 participants & tend to fill up quickly.
Lodging, airfare & transportation not included.
ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS AFTER JUNE 15, 2017 FOR ANY REASON. You may transfer your registration to another person, please notify us in advance. Please carefully read our cancellation policy below. By registering for this workshop you are agreeing to comply with our cancellation policy.
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In the case of unforeseen occurrences, we reserve the right to cancel this event, in which case attendees will receive a full refund. In addition, We reserves the right to cancel workshops that do not meet minimum student registration
We can’t wait to see you in Taos!
Instructors make travel plans, purchase supplies, make kits & secure a workshop space far in advance. Last minute cancellations would cause cancellation of the workshop if the minimum is not met.
We understand that situations can arise, causing a change of plans. Most of the time last minute cancellations are are unavoidable & unplanned. We sympathize when this occurs, however it is not possible for us to favor one circumstance over another, so we must maintain a standard policy for all and with no exceptions. A minimum of 5 students are needed to run the workshop & we reserve the right to cancel workshops that do not meet minimum student registration. You will receive a full refund if the minimum is not met.
Cancellations before 6/15, your money will be refunded minus a $10 fee to cover the credit card transaction. Cancellations after 6/15- NO money will be refunded. You may transfer your registration to another person, please contact me with the new name & email.
By registering for this workshop, you are agreeing to comply with our cancellation policy.
Serena is a dedicated artist and instructor and would rather be in her studio than anywhere else. She has a part time counseling practice in Portland, Oregon, specializing in creativity issues. Working with others to unleash their creativity is one of her great joys.
Serena offers original art, creativity and art workshops, groups and individual art coaching. She exhibits and sells her work locally and online. She teaches nationally and internationally and at her Portland, Oregon studio. You may have seen Serena’s articles have appeared in Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine, Studios magazine, and Somerset Apprentice. Serena has two books published by North Light, Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop and Wabi Sabi Painting with Cold Wax.
Serena is a third-generation native Oregonian, living in Portland with her partner and is the mother of two grown children and grandmother of a senior in high school.
Leighanna is a passionate art instructor, thingmaker, bookmaker and figurative assemblage artist. Her background is in fine arts and photography, and she has been teaching art workshops for the past 15 years. Leighanna is represented by galleries & museums across the country and her work has been published in numerous books & magazines. “I love to create, to hunt for things to create with & to share my creativity with others. It’s what I live for, it’s my oxygen.” Leighanna grew up in a small town in upstate NY and has spent most of the past 20 years in New Mexico. She currently resides in Taos NM with her best friends Thomas & Lily.