LEARN TO PAINT
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GUIDED AND UNGUIDED LESSONS
Working on a project you'd like to finish, but no place to work on it at home? Guests enjoy the opportunity to paint in one of our two onsite art studio spaces during their stay. Bring your personal art supplies and project materials and work at your own leisurely pace, between hiking and sightseeing activities, and explore our expansive library, featuring instruction reference materials and books on art making, art techniques and other "how to" books on your own. Surrounding gardens and beach offer wonderful opportunities for Plein Air activities, and guest access to an inventory of art tools, easels, and other art-making equipment offer the convenience of packing light for your stay. Alternatively, canvas, paints, and other art materials are also available onsite for purchase, and guests can book a packaged 'Paint and Stay' activity featuring a 75 minute art lesson with Yvette and all art materials and tools required to create something memorable. Yvette is also available for private one-on-one art lessons for more specialized attention.
'Paint & Stay' Package
Interested in trying your hand at painting or improving your current skills? A 75 minute guided lesson with Yvette will get you well on your way, and she even sticks around to help you through the process! Depending on where you are in your practice, Yvette crafts a lesson around what you already know, fundamentals of composition and design, and an introduction to the science of acrylic art materials you'll be using to support creation of something uniquely original and centered around playful learning in a relaxed, supportive environment. Great for couples and friend groups - this is not your typical 'Paint and Sip'. Cost is $65 per person and includes lesson and all materials.
Private 1-on-1 Lesson
Looking for specialized help? Want to learn specific painting or texturing techniques, or simply looking to up your skills when it comes to mixing colors and general composition and design? Here's your chance to pick a professional artist's brain about tools and tricks, and that all important guidance to get you through the 'learning curve'. Start a new project or bring a current project you need a bit of help on, Yvette's instruction can be either deep into the weeds or wide across subject matter - expertly delivered in an encouraging, supportive environment. Great opportunity to get help & advice on all things art/creative business too. $50/Hour.
Throughout the year, and at different times during the year, Yvette offers regular, re-occurring classes for painting enthusiasts and other creatives, interested in learning through group synergies. Weekly and bi-weekly classes cover a wide range of topics and skill development focus, and typically are 1-3 hours long in their duration. Creative work can be very isolating, and group classes offer an opportunity for feedback and social connection in a safe and supportive environment. To encourage cross-pollination of ideas and mutually beneficial friendships, centered around supporting the creative process, class size is small and not open to the general public. The goal behind offering 'repeat' classes is primarily to foster fellowship at Heartful Retreats - the chance to met and form longer-term relationships with other like-minded people who value what we are doing at Heartful Retreats. This is a chance to work on craft, to work on self, and to explore community in a personal, fun way.
Workshop retreats are a fabulous way to really boost your skills and knowledge in a concentrated time frame. We are proud to offer a variety of weekend and mid week courses throughout the year for artists of all experience and skill levels, who want to 'up their creative game' quickly and confidently. We limit the size of our workshops to ensure plenty of one-on-one time with the instructor, and follow an agenda-based curriculum designed to include goals and objectives that students can measure their progress by.
If a formal workshop is not really what you're looking for, we also offer guests the opportunity to paint at leisure during their stay with us, in one of our two atelier studios. During warm weather months, the gardens and beach offer wonderful opportunities for Plein Air activities. We keep an inventory of easels, paint supplies and equipment onsite for guest use and purchase, and Yvette is usually available to help with tips, painting ideas, and suggestions. Guests can also book private one-on-one art lessons with Yvette for more specialized attention.
ABSTRACT PAINTING WORKSHOP
The Attraction Of Abstraction
Over 3 days, build a design-driven masterpiece from the ground up, using modern materials and traditional composition principles. This accessible painting style allows you to explore attributes of abstract work, a breadth of acrylic paints and diverse mediums, and how to produce original designs that reveal your personal painting style.
MASTERING COLOR WORKSHOP
The Art & Science Of Color Demystified
This 3 day workshop explores the ABC's of color theory - the 3 dimensions that describe color, and how to reliably mix thousands of colors from just a handful of pigments. You'll learn why muddy colors occur, how glazes can be used to color correct, and why understanding the physics of light is super meaningful in art.
For Artists and Creatives, wanting to up their professional game, Yvette teaches a variety of business and professional skills that can really help you level up. Whether you're starting an art career or some other, preparing for your first gallery show, needing to refresh your marketing and technology skills, or are simply trying to get better at what you do, learning new skillsets 'just in time' offers terrific opportunities to learn as you go - in a very flexible way, and at a very affordable price. Subject to Yvette's availability and time, here are a few things she can help you with in a professional coaching capacity.