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My email is: dar(at)darsworld(dot)com

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New Hope, PA

908.720.2066

The official web site of Dar (Hosta) James, artist, author, illustrator & educator.

Creative Summer Retreat, June 28-30, 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, June 28-30, 2019

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Creative Summer Retreat, June 28-30, 2019

550.00

FULL

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

This is a lifetime in the dreaming and months in the making…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 hour-long gentle, poolside yoga class 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, June 28 between 3:00-5:00 p.m. with workshopping through Sunday, June 30 at 5:00 (and an optional *Sunday night at no extra charge). Price is $550 per person for shared room occupancy, which will include instruction, all your supplies, and healthy homemade meals..

While here, you will have access to my pool, crossing fingers that weather will be cooperating, 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.

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

The Nest: Two Twin beds on second floor with in-room private bath. *Two spots available as a shared Single for $550, or one spot as a SOLO for $750. FULL

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 can add a twin to the room for not-so-besties. ;) *Two spots available as a shared Single for $550, or one spot as a SOLO for $750. FULL.

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

Commuter Tuition: $385 per person and includes everything except lodging. FULL.

*Sunday’s optional lodging is dinner in town, together but we all pay our own way, night swim and/or independent puttering in the studio. I will provide coffee and tea and fruit Sunday morning and reluctantly hug you all good-bye until we do this again. :)



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OTHER THINGS TO KNOW:

~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.