AN UNFORGETTABLE WEEK
A Painting Workshop & Local Sightseeing Experience
Research shows that not only are vacations good for you, they lead to healthier, more productive lives, and an increased sense of well-being and happiness. Periods devoted to relaxation allow us to take a break from stifling routines, and living in the moment reminds us to make the most of each day. Our weeklong adventure combines the joys of art making with visits to scenic places, and delightful cultural encounters around town, allowing you to focus on all the things you never seem to have enough time for. Read on to learn all about workshop days - then read further to discover the plan for field trip days, out and about.
GUESTS SAY IT BEST
Art is accessible to anyone - and everyone; surprisingly, it's not who we think we are but who we think we're NOT that holds us back. Browse through some of the many "Love Notes" we've received over the years to learn more about student experiences with us.
ABSTRACT PAINTING WORKSHOP
Immerse Yourself in 3 Alternating Days of Lavish Studio Painting
Create a personal masterpiece from the ground up, applying a design-driven methodology and key painting skills. Work with a range of art materials and media, applying principles and aesthetic considerations of good design to a personal project, highlighting form, color, and texture. Explore the art and science of color mixing, glazing, and popular textural techniques at your personal interest level and skill level.
Appropriate for the beginner to experienced painter, we strive to meet you where you are in your personal practice and stage of painting experience. This workshop is loosely patterned on a traditional Atelier model, where a professional painter works with a small number of students to train them in visual fine arts. Our meaningfully structured practicum has been developed with many different learning levels in mind, to challenge students of all backgrounds and skill levels within a single class. This enables students to focus on personal learning goals of their choice and discretion in a safe and nurturing environment, without the pressure to produce great art. Our free-form approach supports students returning again and again, to continue honing skills and general expertise as painting skills mature over time.
"Whether you're an experienced painter or just learning to paint, creating an original work involves thinking about a long list of decisions that need to be made along the way. While great artists will tell you their life is spent literally perfecting their craft, key skills can be mastered in isolation with practice by just about anyone."
24 hours of art instruction and demos over 3 days, guided by a professional fine artist - the perfect mix of structured learning, critique, and experimentation.
COMPLIMENTARY LEARNING MATERIALS
Students receive a helpful 30 page program booklet to keep, summarizing key concepts, techniques and instructor demos presented during the course.
SMALL CLASS SIZE
Class size is limited to max 8 students at a time, ensuring plenty of one-on-one time with the instructor. Our intimate setting and flexible work stations, stocked with dedicated materials for each student's personal use, offers the right balance of freedom and attention.
MIND, BODY AND SOUL
Catered healthy lunches and snacks, and a hosted Happy Hour social at the end of each day, provide just the right level of pampering and real human connection. That's why we pair creative expression with self-love in a supportive environment to produce the very best shared experiences.
Worried about getting your beautiful artwork home that you've so lovingly created? Wonder no more, because we are happy to package and ship it for you, either by UPS or USPS with reliable tracking. Cost of shipping is extra, but we know all the tricks of the trade when it comes to getting your treasure safely home - without breaking the bank.
All art materials needed to develop your personal masterpiece:
Level 2 (Artist Grade) and 3 (Professional Grade) acrylic paints and mediums. Sketching and practice materials. Paint apron, brushes, rags and assorted tools. Gallery quality canvas. Supplemental supplies include acrylic inks, pastels and more. (Store value $300)
FOOD AND DRINK
Daily gourmet lunch, healthy snacks and beverages throughout the day, and two hosted Happy Hour Socials at the conclusion of days 1 and 2. We work with local restaurants to bring you healthful, locally sourced and wholesome foods. Gluten-free, vegetarian, as well as other dietary needs are no problem for us - just let us know.
We cover transportation to and from YNFA Studio daily from a central pickup point in Bellingham. Alternatively, students may also drive themselves if preferred.
FRIENDSHIP AND SUPPORT
Surprises await you - enjoy our studio library, meditation path, (it's a labyrinth!), organic farm's expansive garden, and feeding a bevy of beloved 4-legged friends.
A FULL SERVICE EXPERIENCE
Our Time Together
Each workshop session is carefully choreographed behind the scenes, so your days flow effortlessly. A high-level overview of what to expect appears below, where the emphasis is on ‘slowing your roll’. A detailed itinerary and more comprehensive information will be mailed to you with confirmed booking.
DAYS 1, 3, AND 5
These are relaxing field trip and activity days, deliberately designed for inspiration and connection, with maximum flexibility in mind. A slower pace is the goal, and depending on the number of guests, time of year, and shared interests of the group, this is where we apply a little personalization magic! A general outline of what these days look like can be found here - final itineraries are provided with a confirmed workshop booking.
Arrive at Yvette Neumann Fine Art Studio to begin work on your very own masterpiece. Divided into morning and afternoon painting sessions, the construction process will be broken down into easy, bite-sized lessons, throughout which you'll be offered invaluable prompts and exercises to support the design and composition of your work. Enjoy a tasty, catered lunch on the patio and a relaxing Happy Hour Social in the Gallery and garden at day's end.
Return to the studio to continue refining your work in AM and PM painting sessions. You'll be encouraged to experiment with tools, materials, and techniques that are demonstrated to you, as you explore methods for abstraction, composition, color theory, and more. Progress reveals a maturing work, taking form. Another catered lunch, followed by another soothing Social Hour in the gallery and garden; this is living at its best.
Finalize painting refinements on your final day, and with plenty of one-on-one help to put finishing touches on your one-of-a-kind masterpiece, complete the creative process begun on Day 1. Tips for hanging, framing, cleaning and more will be shared, along with vendor sources for materials used throughout your journey. A final intimate lunch, with the rest of the afternoon to paint to your heart's delight. Now comes the hard part - deciding where to hang your new original artwork.
LOCAL TOURISM AND SIGHTSEEING
3 Unforgettable Alternating Field Trip Days