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Creative Summer Retreat, August 2-4, 2019

Workshops

SPRING CLASSES ARE HERE! Sign up for my mailing list to be notified of all my workshops.

This is where you will find my workshop schedule for my new studio in Yardley, PA. Can't make one of the dates? If you are a group of 8 or more, either bring them here or I'll come to you! Details in ART PARTIES.

These workshops are ABSOLUTELY NOT copy the teacher classes—quite the opposite. We will all begin with a clean board or canvas so that we are exploring together. I teach technique much like a recipe, telling you step by step what we are doing, answering questions and making recommendations along the way, if desired. Color and design choices are always up to the individuals. You will be surprised and amazed at how we all set out with the same tools and instructions and then end up with so many varied, unique, beautiful pieces.

All workshops feature professional grade GOLDEN Acrylic Paints and Mediums.

 My ONLINE CLASSES with Carla Sonheim Productions can be found HERE.

“You are really an amazing artist and a wonderful teacher.  You have a very kind and generous spirit and that totally comes out in your art and your teaching.” ~Sally March

“Wanted to let you know  how much I enjoyed your class yesterday and for your warm hospitality. Thanks for opening your heart ❤️ and home. You are a great teacher!” ~Janet Colainni

“Thank you again for the fantastic workshop! I'm very proud of my tree and I showed pictures of it to my extended family in Italy and received many praises. Also you are a wonderful host offering us  beverages and lunch that fits everybody's needs. I felt very comfortable with  everybody and I'm very grateful for your generosity as a person, teacher and artist.” ~Laura DeSantis

Creative Summer Retreat, August 2-4, 2019

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Creative Summer Retreat, August 2-4, 2019

from 50.00

SUMMER RETREAT REPEAT!

6 SPOTS OPEN as of July 12.

This retreat is for Women only.

The July retreat was so well received that I’m re-running it in August while the weather is wonderful for enjoying the pool, the canal, and yoga on the deck.

My retreats are the manifestation of my passion for creativity, teaching and community. I am a big fan of immersion when it comes to making stuff and so I am over the moon to offer you an opportunity to experience a small, intimate and immersive weekend here with me at my home in Yardley, PA!

This will be a really special Friday to Sunday art experience where we will create in the spirit of a group of kindreds. I’m so excited that, together, we will get to work on multiple pieces, using a wide variety of media and techniques in a way that can’t be done in a single afternoon workshop— and featuring all GOLDEN paints and mediums. You will leave with a treasure trove of beautiful art and an imagination full of new ideas. Multiple projects will include acrylics, mediums, collage, resist, texture, canvas, paper, cradled board and more. This is a true mixed media experience! My workshops are always for both artists and non-artists. You require no “skills,” just curiosity and a kind heart. :)

Saturday morning will include an optional 75 minute gentle, poolside hatha yoga and meditation session led by my dear friend and gifted yoga teacher, Annie Masters. Bring your mats for a truly grounding experience. Sunday morning will include an optional Canal Path walk along the peaceful, Delaware River Canal.

I have room for 8 people in 4 rooms, and will offer two additional commuter spots. Total enrollment for this is only 10 students. Arrival will be Friday, August 2, any time between 1:00-5:00 p.m. You may settle in and relax by the pool until we begin workshopping at 5:00 p.m. Instruction will conclude Sunday, August 4th at 5:00 p.m. Full tuition costs include lodging, two and a half days of art instruction and ALL your supplies, 75 minutes of hatha yoga with Annie Masters, daily afternoon snacks/beverages, and three daily, chef-prepared healthy homemade meals.

NOTE: Additional commuter spots will open up on July 24, depending on how the rooms are filled (or not filled). If you are interested in a commuter spot and there are none available, please email me to be put on the wait list for these. dar@darsworld.com

While here, you will have access to my pool and the beautiful Delaware river canal path, which is just a half mile walk from my front door. Come with a friend and share a room! Or come alone and make a new friend. And, if you’ve been here, you know I really do get the best people! :)

Room information is below. It is important to know that we share our home with two friendly house cats. For those coming from further away, Philadelphia International airport is the closest airport (unless you can get a flight into Trenton, which is just fifteen minutes away!) and I am just a ten-minute Uber or Lyft ride from the West Trenton Line Septa station.

Rooms will be assigned unless special request are made. If you choose to purchase a “single,” I will assume that you are willing to make a new roommate friend. If you are registering with a friend and wish to room with them, please include that in your notes when you register or purchase two spots at once. If you are coming as a commuter and wish to purchase the Friday/Saturday dinners, please go back and add them to your cart before checkout. :)

$625 SINGLE = Shared room with another student

$825 SOLO = Room to yourself

$385 COMMUTER = Instruction, all materials and lunch

$50 MEALS = Add on Friday/Saturday Dinner for Commuters

The Loft: Two Twin beds accessed by spiral stairs, bathroom in hall for this room.

The Nest: FULL. Two Twin beds on second floor with in-room private bath.

The River RoomOne Queen bed on the first floor, bathroom in hall shared with Garden Room. This would be a perfect “besties” or “sisters” room as it is a Queen. OR… I will add a twin to the room for not-so-besties. ;) Anyone who registers as a SOLO will receive this room first.

The Garden Room: One Full bed and one Twin on the first floor, bathroom in hall shared with River Room.

Commuter Tuition: $385 per person and includes all instruction, materials, Saturday yoga and lunch. Friday and Saturday Dinner add-on package is $50 additional. **NOTE: On July 24, I will open any Lodging spots left to Commuter spots.

This is a weekend full of many, amazing, layered projects:

Color Studies in Alternate Primaries and Neutrals

Creating Acrylic Skins

Acrylic Botanical Batik

Layered and Textured Diptych on Cradled Panels

Exploring Mediums, Pastes & Gels

High Flow as Watercolor + Poscas

Acrylic Encaustics On Wood

Junk Boards - Creating Spontaneous Backgrounds

Feedback from Attendees to the previous retreat:

“The retreat was perfectly executed! It was exactly what I needed to open myself up to the possibilities.”

“I’m so pumped with adrenaline & ideas thanks to your wonderful workshop. You're very gifted on many levels—thanks so much for opening your home, your heart, and your gifts to us.”

“I learned so much at the retreat. Thank you for chocking it full of so many ideas, techniques...all of it. Being with creative women is one of the best ways to spend a weekend (of course, you already know that). And we got to enjoy Caleb’s cooking on top of it! I’m looking forward to the August retreat.”

“I had an amazing time on the retreat! Thank you so much for creating a physical, emotional and mental space for us to find our creative self. I am definitely coming in February!”

If you and a small group would like a quote for a one or two day private retreat at my Yardley home studio, please email me.



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OTHER THINGS TO KNOW:

~This event is for Women only.

~ My classes are designed for adults; 18 and up only.

~ Minimum of 4 registrants, maximum of 10, for all sessions. Your payment in full is your guaranteed registration.

~Classes that do not have 4 registrants at one week before their scheduled date will be canceled and your tuition will be refunded.

~Should you need to cancel for any reason, your refund will be given as credit for future workshops or my art merchandise, or you may transfer to another student.

~All participants receive a 10% discount on my art, prints, books, tiles and attire on the day of attended session.