Monday, April 1, 2013

Art Journaling in Paradise!

If you were intrigued by the first mention of an art journaling retreat in Santa Fe, here is another post taken from Jessica Wesolek's blog:

Art Journaling in Paradise Workshop . . .

We got a great response so far, Sandy has agreed to spend her birthday here in Santa Fe at this event, I got the classroom reserved and I will be publishing the highly detailed sign-up page this coming week.
We do know the exact retreat days will be Saturday, September 14 through Thursday, September 19, 2013.
Plan to come in on Friday, as we will gather early Saturday morning (9 am) in the hotel courtyard to start our adventure.
Thursday, the last day of the retreat will be a full studio day. No formal instruction, but both Sandy and I will spend the day with everyone in the studio. If you must skip that day to get back to work, we will understand. We plan a relaxing catch-up day of art journaling for Thursday the 19th.
Cost for the Workshop will be $650 for the six days. This does not include lodging costs.
Suite style rooms with kitchenettes will be available at a rate of $55.50/night (plus tax). You will make your own reservations - dealing directly with the hotel. You do not have to stay at our hotel - we just happened to find the best deal in town for you!
Meals are not included, but you will have a kitchen and a supermarket a few steps away. Santa Fe is a dining mecca and has great restaurants at every price level if you want to eat out. Bag lunches are a good idea, but there will be plenty of time to wander out and find something delicious if that is your preference. We may surprise you with a meal out on us.
NO skill level is required. All we ask is creative enthusiasm and willingness to try.
We will have a payment plan (for the workshop) so you can hold your spot while saving your money. Your hotel will not have to be paid until you get here, although you will probably have to guarantee your reservation with a credit card (standard procedure).
This is all the info that is solid until I publish the sign-up page.
While I appreciate everyone's input on when and where we should hold this retreat (I loved the suggestions from a few people that we should have the Santa Fe Art Journal Retreat on the East coast), we have reasons for our timing. Santa Fe is full of tourists and twice as expensive during the Summer months. By mid September, all is quiet and beautiful.
Any questions on what we know so far, please email me:
Think it through, because once we open the registration, we can only accept 24 students and we have a lot more emails of interest than that already.


  1. wow, so what happens if a beginner like me gets chosen and everyone else is a pro? Would I fit in?

    1. You would be fine! I'll have to put up more samples, but the important thing is to realize what art journaling is. Some people think of it as collaging and layering. This is more like the classic style - sketching on site, adding color, some cool techniques. But emphasis on the journaling part - we'll be using images to record our experiences and the sites in Santa Fe.

  2. Santa Fe is at high altitude, so if you have heart/lung issues don't forget to bring your meds and inhalers. It only takes one or two days to adjust, and then you get on great. if you have typical experience.

    1. Thanks for the reminder! My allergies were stimulated by the different plant life. It took me a few days to get used to it. Hmm.... a good excuse to go a few days early... Thanks!!



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