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Abstract Painting
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.

Every child is an artist. The question is how to remain an artist once we grow up. ~ Pablo Picasso


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About the Workshop:

Day One - Creating Dynamic Abstracts
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.

Day Two - Landscapes and Seascapes
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 need them.

Day Three - Exploring Your Creativity
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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Departure
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.

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