abstract painting |
the workshop | departure
The creative and artistic impulse exists within
each of us. It is part of our spirit. Even if you
haven't picked up a paintbrush since grade school,
your desire to express yourself creatively is expressed
daily, throughout your home and garden, even in the
choices you make when you get dressed.
At Artista we practice communicating visually while
expanding our definition of art, which in turn helps
us explore our own creativity. Our instructors nurture
a safe haven for this process, so our classes are
encouraging, free from judgment, and punctuated with
Chardonnay breaks. Tapping into our inner resources,
we can begin to explore and discover.
Today it's time to apply new skills to a variety
of surfaces. In this workshop you'll lay paint
on gesso'd* watercolor paper and canvas from concept
to completion. Multiple demonstrations provide
opportunities to experiment on mediums of different
sizes, shapes and widths. Artista provides all
your material, tools, and the essentials - fruits,
chocolates, and Chardonnay.
Walking to lunch in the village is a great source
of inspiration and color themes. By now you'll be
viewing the world through the eyes of an artist,
eager to paint again.
Don't be surprised if you wake up with visions of
your next painting on your mind. So far, you've
explored color, texture, and shape. The next adventure
takes us beyond abstract and into the world of
realism. Your guides will demonstrate the process
of producing recognizable landscape paintings.
We'll help you create representations of the beauty
of surrounding Carmel-by-the-Sea as you see it.
We recommend daily walks to the beach. The drama
of the sea, the majesty of the redwoods, the detail
of the village will open your heart and guide your
paintbrush. We'll have all the tools ready when you
By now, you have a clearer view of yourself as an
artist, so we set aside this day to further develop
the style and techniques to which you're naturally
drawn. Work on exactly what you like - abstract
or landscape on paper or canvas. We'll be there
for support, but the time is yours to create.
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Our studio crew will assist you in packaging your
work for travel, and if you like, we'll be happy
to arrange shipping. Check-out time is at noon
so you've plenty of time to snap photos of your
new friends, exchange addresses, and take one last
tour down Ocean Avenue.
Along with your paintings, you'll depart with your
apron and a lifelong relationship with your creative
self. Remember, our goal is simple: to better the
world, one Artista at a time.
*gesso'd - a special coating used to provide texture
to paper or canvas.
happy to answer any questions you
have about Artista, and will keep
you informed about upcoming creative
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