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Art Retreats

Art is Self Discovery - Take a unique tour of self-discovery as you explore a world of creative possibilities. Sedona is known for three things; its beautiful and unique landscape, its art colony atmosphere and as a place for spiritual retreat. The Sedona Arts Center has wrapped these elements into unique packages where art and self-discovery fuse - creating the opportunity for artists and those who even consider themselves non-artists to engage fully in the experience of art.


Word and Image Pathway
February 15–18, 2016

$565
Keynote
The Handmade Journal
The Creative Journal
A Question of Dragonfl ies
Collage Magic
Fun with Art and Wine
Mindfulness in Art
Dialogue from the Heart

Free Keynote and Orientation
Monday, Feb 15 6:00 p.m.
3 Days of Workshops: Tuesday–Thursday
All Materials Included

Register


The Word and Image Pathway creates a three day immersion through the retreat with a focus on personal discovery and many different processes for creating meaningful relationships between words and images.

"Writing and Riding" Keynote and Retreat Orientation
Monday Feb 15, 6:00 p.m. Theatre Studio
Using images, poetry, and humor, Amy Hale Auker demonstrates how her day job as cowboy on a ranch in Yavapai County feeds her life as a writer.

Amy writes and rides in the Prescott National Forest on a commercial cattle operation. She despises the word "cowgirl," because cowboy is a verb; it is something you do, not something you are. Her days spent behind slow-moving mama cows translate directly onto the page. She writes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry with her primary focus the first person narrative essay. Her favorite writing happens when all of those definitions get blurred into something new. Her collection of essay, Rightful Place, was the 2012 WILLA winner, and while waiting to release the follow-up to that work, she has had two novels published. amyhaleauker.com

The Handmade Journal
Libby Caldwell

Tuesday February 16
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. South Studio
Libby guides you through a traditional handmade book binding process using a quality drawing paper for the folios with numerous options for the covers. When you make your own journal it becomes an intimate object ready to receive your perceptions and thoughts. This journal is appropriate for everything from mixed media work to writing and can be used in the Creative Journal workshop in the afternoon. Your journal can also be used throughout the retreat to enrich your memory and enhance your experience.

Libby has pursued many forms of creative expression: portraiture, painting, illustration. Most recently she has been painting large scale work inspired by small moments captured in her journals and through her photography. Her journaling classes help people to document both the inner and outer journey through drawing, painting and the written word; developing an expanded awareness by engaging all the senses, enhancing the memory and enriching experience. libbycaldwell.com

Creative Journaling
Libby Caldwell

Tuesday February 16
2:00–5:30 p.m.
Libby teaches us how to combine sketches, color, and words to make unique personal compositions that capture the heart of the moments and memories in your life. By engaging and using all the senses these techniques can be applied to recording everyday life, life changing events, travels and things remembered. Your journal can be used throughout the retreat to enrich your memory and enhance your experience.

A Question of Dragonflies
Amy Hale Auker

Wednesday February 17
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Theatre Studio
Be ready to write! We will focus primarily on process over product, the practice of showing up at the page, the dance floor, the canvas, the wheel, the studio with no expectations other than creativity. Everyone is encouraged to bring passion, courage, and a love for the metaphors found in the natural world. The dragonfly emerges from the mud, and so something precious will emerge from our immersion in process and personal story. We will explore the power of detail as well as the purpose behind intense and careful editing, a show of respect for excellence and the beauty of work.

Collage Magic
Vince Fazio

Wednesday February 17
2:00–5:30 p.m. North Studio
This guided collage process starts with intuitively gathering imagery from different kinds of source material and then exploring ideas and processes for integrating images. Students learn to use design principles, to balance the narrative and the abstract potential of collage composition. In a parlor game atmosphere a 'group wisdom' is then explored to fine tune the potential image/story that each collage presents.

Vince is the Director of the School at the Sedona Arts Center. He has taught drawing and painting for many years in the college semester and workshop formats. This collage workshop was developed as an element of his painting workshop. He is known for his landscape paintings of the Southwest. Vince holds an MFA in painting from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. vincefazio.com

Fun with Art and Wine
Brian and Melanie Gold

Wednesday February 17
6:00–8:00 p.m. ($35.00)
This is a fun two-hour adventure for those who like wine but may know nothing about making a painting. You will be led through creating a 12x16 acrylic painting on canvas in a step-by-step process. Local landscape subject matter and a surprisingly fool-proof process lead to fun, laughs, more wine and your painting is finished - suitable for framing! Must be 21 or over to participate.

Melanie and Brian Gold retired from a career teaching in a Waldorf style school in England. Melanie and Brian taught teenagers exam art for 30 years.

Mindfulness in Art
Komala U. Rohde

Thursday February 18
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Mindfulness explores bringing presence to each moment. When expressing art in any form, awareness is focused on the experience, the outer, art that is being created. Mindfulness teaches to become aware of the inner, the observer, the witness. When mindfulness meets creativity, awareness is brought to the art and the artist both. Artists often describe this experience as: 'being in the zone', a state of oneness with the artistic experience and awareness in the present moment. This workshop will introduce you to techniques that bring mindfulness to artistic expression.

Komala is a jewelry artist and teacher. Her international career encompasses over 20 years of teaching energy work to students in Europe, Japan as well as in the United States. Sitting at the workbench and creating jewelry is a meditation for her. Komala is certified both as Metal Clay artist and teacher. She is a member of the PMC guild. Komala loves working with both silver and base metals like Bronze, Copper and Steel. sedonasjewel.com

Dialogue from the Heart
Kate Hawkes

Thursday February 18
2:00–5:30 p.m. Theatre Studio
Kate will lead you through a variety of writing 'games' towards a truthful dialogue that arises straight from your creative unconscious. From simple writing prompts and a brief exploration of what makes a play - character, location and problem - you will eventually write a short 2-3 character 'play' drawn from your experiences. Reaching into your inner awareness, this writing brings to life some of the deeper stories held within, transforming them through the telling.

Kate teaches play writing workshops, particularly the 10 minute play form, and has been the overnight coach for Sedona 24hr Theatre writers the last 2 years. A produced playwright herself, she most recently co-wrote the adaption of The Pink Nectar Café short stories into 10 minute plays, wrote and directed Loplop and the Queen about Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning for the Surrealism In The Red Rocks, and her play Sky....Diamonds, about living with Alzheimer's, was nominated for 2015 Viola Award for Storytelling. She is the Producing Artistic Director of Red Earth Theatre, at www.redearththeatre.org. Her personal website is www.wellnesswithkate.com.

Earth Path
February 15–18, 2016

$565
Keynote
The Goddess
The Labyrinth
Creative Photography
The Life Mask
Fun with Art and Wine
Decorating the Life Mask
Out of the Smoke

Free Keynote and Orientation
Monday, Feb 15 6:00 p.m.
3 Days of Workshops: Tuesday–Thursday
All Materials Included

Register


The Earth Path creates a three day immersion through the retreat with a focus on personal discovery and many different processes for creating meaningful experiences in the landscape and creating in three dimensions.

"Writing and Riding" Keynote and Retreat Orientation
Monday February 15
6:00 p.m. Theatre Studio
Using images, poetry, and humor, Amy Hale Auker demonstrates how her day job as cowboy on a ranch in Yavapai County feeds her life as a writer.

Amy writes and rides in the Prescott National Forest on a commercial cattle operation. She despises the word "cowgirl," because cowboy is a verb; it is something you do, not something you are. Her days spent behind slow-moving mama cows translate directly onto the page. She writes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry with her primary focus the first person narrative essay. Her favorite writing happens when all of those definitions get blurred into something new. Her collection of essay, Rightful Place, was the 2012 WILLA winner, and while waiting to release the follow-up to that work, she has had two novels published. amyhaleauker.com

The Goddess Sculpture
Sharon Upp

Tuesday February 16
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (includes firings and mailing work)
?The Goddess? will begin with a brief history of clay. The earliest known sculptures are of Goddess figurines found in Northern Europe and are believed to be created by women at a time when peaceful nomadic groups of hunter/gatherers wandered the globe. Participants will see a brief demo followed by a meditative or shamanic journey into the Prehistoric after which they will emerge to create their own interpretation of a portable sacred object or Goddess. Bring a notebook to record the experience.
Sharon holds a BA from ASU with a focus on Pre-Columbian Art studied at the Universidad Ibero Americana in Mexico City followed by experience from Mexico, Central and South America as well as Europe. She has over 25 years teaching meditation as a board member of Alliance for Spiritual Community, a dialogue group in Laguna Niguel, CA, she is a facilitator of A Course in Miracles, and ordained Minister of The Living Essence Foundation. She is the author of short stories published in ?Sacred Fire? and ?Sacred Waters? compiled by Maril Crabtree, and the author of the novel ?House on the Bridge: Ten Turbulent Years with Diego Rivera?. She is currently a clay artist in Cornville focusing on hand built functional art pieces.

The Labyrinth
Sharon Upp

Tuesday February 16
2:00–5:30 p.m. (includes firings and mailing of your work) The Labyrinth will begin with a history of the labyrinth which dates back at least 4,000 years and is found around the world from Europe to the Americas. We will talk about the purpose and intention around creative self-expression before walking the unicursal path. We will begin with a meditation to help clear the mind of thoughts that could interrupt the asking of what wants to be created. It helps one to listen for a message to commemorate in clay to be referred to when one feels creatively blocked. This will be recorded in a journal prior to a demo of a clay dish into which impressions can be made to represent the message/experience of walking the labyrinth. Each participant needs to bring a journal. Dialogue and tea will close the class.

Creative Photography
Larry Lindahl

Wednesday February 17
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Exploring out in the natural world with our digital cameras we will follow our curiosity to the heart of creative photography. Our visual senses will heighten as we enter the gentle landscape of plants, sandstone, water, and clouds. Informed by our individual passions we will give our attention to the subtle nuances of light as we play with poetic compositions, connecting and infusing our work with visual intimacy. We will begin the class with an in-studio orientation and conclude with an uplifting review of images.
Larry Lindahl is a landscape photographer published in books, magazines, and scenic calendars. His award-winning book ?Secret Sedona? explores the red rock wilderness through his vibrant photography and engaging journal entries. From these experiences he was asked to write the chapter on photographing Sedona in the book ?Arizona Highways Photography Guide.? His photography is also in the best-selling book, ?Grand Canyon: The Vault of Heaven? and the Smithsonian exhibit ?Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography.? larrylindahl.com

The LifeMask
Liz Learmont

Wednesday February 17
2:00–5:30 p.m.
'LifeMasking' is a beautiful process of self-discovery, acceptance and rebirth. Participants will have a demonstration/orientation and then facilitate each other in creating a real LifeMask with complete guidance from Liz. Everyone will emerge with a new liberating view of themselves. Options for hand casting rather than face-masks are offered.

Liz holds degrees in Computer Science, Math, and Physics with a 20 year career in corporate software engineering and management; yet her passion has expressed itself in the arts throughout her life. Since 1985 Liz has explored the ancient art of LifeMask Sculpting. Her ?mask? is a process more than a product. The materials, sensitivity, and design Liz applies to her forms create a powerful and captivating life expression of the subject's spirit. maskmaker.net

Fun with Art and Wine
Brian and Melanie Gold

Wednesday February 17
6:00–8:00 p.m.
This is a fun two-hour adventure for those who like wine but may know nothing about making a painting. You will be led through creating a 12x16 acrylic painting on canvas in a step-by-step process. Local landscape subject matter and a surprisingly fool-proof process lead to fun, laughs, more wine and your painting is finished - suitable for framing! Must be 21 or over to participate.

Melanie and Brian Gold retired from a career teaching in a Waldorf style school in England. Melanie and Brian taught teenagers exam art for 30 years.

Decorating the LifeMask
Thursday February 18
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
In the LifeMask-making session earlier in the retreat Liz will help you develop the concept for your Mask. She will coach you in choosing materials from her vast collection of treasures and mediums. You are also welcome to bring a small item or items that you might like to include in your work. During the decorating session Liz will guide and assist you to incorporate these selections into your piece completing the concept for your LifeMask.

Out of the Smoke
Dennis Ott

Thursday February 18
2:00–5:30 p.m. (includes firing and mailing work)
Each student will use the process of making a vessel to connect with the beautiful relationship between emptiness and form. Playful surprises happen during a Raku firing of pre-made tea bowls that you will glaze. Your own handmade vessels will be glazed with your choice of finish and sent to you later. The kiln teaches us to create...and then let go.

Dennis Ott is the Head of the Ceramics Department at the Sedona Arts Center. He is a popular instructor in wheel-work and hand-building with clay and a master of the Raku firing process. Dennis began his pottery career over 20 years ago with his first pottery class at the Sedona Arts Center. ?Clay is my window that allows me to see the creativity that is within me. I?ll start with an idea and make changes along the way as new possibilities occur. The end result is a captured moment of spontaneous creativity with clay being the catalyst. Each piece represents its own moment and therefore is one of a kind.?

Personal Imagery Path
February 15–18, 2016

$565
Keynote
Luscious Abstraction
Creative Journaling
Creative Photography
Collage Magic
Fun with Art and Wine
Mindfulness in Art
Creating a Talisman

Free Keynote and Orientation
Monday, Feb 15 6:00 p.m.
3 Days of Workshops: Tuesday–Thursday
All Materials Included

Register


The Personal Imagery Path creates a three day immersion through the retreat with a focus on different ways of creating images from abstract painting to photography, collage and metal etching.

"Writing and Riding" Keynote and Retreat Orientation
Monday February 15
6:00 p.m. Theatre Studio
Using images, poetry, and humor, Amy Hale Auker demonstrates how her day job as cowboy on a ranch in Yavapai County feeds her life as a writer.

Amy writes and rides in the Prescott National Forest on a commercial cattle operation. She despises the word "cowgirl," because cowboy is a verb; it is something you do, not something you are. Her days spent behind slow-moving mama cows translate directly onto the page. She writes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry with her primary focus the first person narrative essay. Her favorite writing happens when all of those definitions get blurred into something new. Her collection of essay, Rightful Place, was the 2012 WILLA winner, and while waiting to release the follow-up to that work, she has had two novels published. amyhaleauker.com

Luscious Dream Abstraction
Julie Bernstein Engelmann
Tuesday February 16
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Explore your life's dream in an artwork and let it speak to you of its wisdom. Using drawing, painting, dripping and wiping, Julie will guide you through layers of visualization and expression to embody a transition you want to make in your life. Self-reflection, happy accident and intuition come together in living color to give you a surprise gift of inspiration from your inner self. You'll come home with a painting in acrylic on bristol board that resonates with the vibration of your dream come true.

Julie Bernstein Engelmann creates abstract art that speaks to the heart and spirit. Her luscious paintings have won many awards and a retrospective solo exhibition at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Pennsylvania. Author of How to Bring Your Abstract Art to Life, Julie is an inspiring and supportive mentor to artists. She holds an MFA from UCLA and has taught abstract painting for many years, most recently on the faculty of the Sedona Arts Center School of the Arts. A dreamer and lover of the beauty of soul, Julie is dedicated to calling forth your creative spirit.

Creative Journaling
Libby Caldwell

Tuesday February 16
2:00–5:30 p.m.
Libby teaches us how to combine sketches, color, and words to make unique personal compositions that capture the heart of the moments and memories in your life. By engaging and using all the senses these techniques can be applied to recording everyday life, life changing events, travels and things remembered. Your journal (provided) can be used throughout the retreat to enrich your memory and enhance your experience.

Libby has pursued many forms of creative expression: portraiture, painting, illustration. Most recently she has been painting large scale work inspired by small moments captured in her journals and through her photography. Her journaling classes help people to document both the inner and outer journey through drawing, painting and the written word; developing an expanded awareness by engaging all the senses, enhancing the memory and enriching experience. libbycaldwell.com

Creative Photography
Larry Lindahl

Wednesday February 17
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Exploring out in the natural world with our digital cameras we will follow our curiosity to the heart of creative photography. Our visual senses will heighten as we enter the gentle landscape of plants, sandstone, water, and clouds. Informed by our individual passions we will give our attention to the subtle nuances of light as we play with poetic compositions, connecting and infusing our work with visual intimacy. We will begin the class with an in-studio orientation and conclude with an uplifting review of images.

Larry Lindahl is a landscape photographer published in books, magazines, and scenic calendars. His award-winning book ?Secret Sedona? explores the red rock wilderness through his vibrant photography and engaging journal entries. From these experiences he was asked to write the chapter on photographing Sedona in the book ?Arizona Highways Photography Guide.? His photography is also in the best-selling book, ?Grand Canyon: The Vault of Heaven? and the Smithsonian exhibit ?Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography. larrylindahl.com

Collage Magic
Vince Fazio

Wednesday February 17
2:00–5:30 p.m.
This guided collage process starts with intuitively gathering imagery from different kinds of source material and then exploring ideas and processes for integrating images. Students learn to use design principles, to balance the narrative and the abstract potential of collage composition. In a parlor game atmosphere a 'group wisdom' is then explored to fine tune the potential image/story that each collage presents.
Vince is the Director of the School at the Sedona Arts Center. He has taught drawing and painting for many years in the college semester and workshop formats. This collage workshop was developed as an element of his painting workshop. He is known for his landscape paintings of the Southwest. Vince holds an MFA in painting from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. vincefazio.com

Fun with Art and Wine
Brian and Melanie Gold

Wednesday February 17
6:00–8:00 p.m.
This is a fun two-hour adventure for those who like wine but may know nothing about making a painting. You will be led through creating a 12x16 acrylic painting on canvas in a step-by-step process. Local landscape subject matter and a surprisingly fool-proof process lead to fun, laughs, more wine and your painting is finished - suitable for framing! Must be 21 or over to participate.

Melanie and Brian Gold retired from a career teaching in a Waldorf style school in England. Melanie and Brian taught teenagers exam art for 30 years.

Mindfulness in Art
Komala U. Rohde

Thursday February 18
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Mindfulness explores bringing presence to each moment. When expressing art in any form, awareness is focused on the experience, the outer, art that is being created. Mindfulness teaches to become aware of the inner, the observer, the witness. When mindfulness meets creativity, awareness is brought to the art and the artist both. Artists often describe this experience as: ?being in the zone?, a state of oneness with the artistic experience and awareness in the present moment. This workshop will introduce you to techniques that bring mindfulness to artistic expression.

Komala is a jewelry artist and teacher. Her international career encompasses over 20 years of teaching energy work to students in Europe, Japan as well as in the United States. Sitting at the workbench and creating jewelry is a meditation for her. Komala is certified both as Metal Clay artist and teacher. She is a member of the PMC guild. Komala loves working with both silver and base metals like Bronze, Copper and Steel. sedonasjewel.com

Creating a Talisman
Komala U. Rohde

Thursday February 18
2:00–5:30 p.m. ($85.00 + 20.00 materials fee)
In ancient times a Talisman was a piece of jewelry that held symbols of power and magic. The talisman we will create in this workshop however is going to represent your creative talents and gifts, it will be a symbol of creative empowerment. Using texture and patina, this workshop explores decorative finishing techniques in jewelry making. A guided inner journey begins the designing process for this piece of jewelry, after which the design is applied to a hammered and domed copper pendant. A black patina process is followed by applying heat patina and protection.




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