Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Art is You Mixed Media Retreats 2015 Recap

Another Art is You Mixed Media Art retreat has come and gone.  As always, it was heartfelt and wonderful.   I taught a class called "Masked and Unmasked: Stencils and Silhouettes."  (Thanks to Suze Weinberg for taking this picture!)

My adventurous students explored mediation, and exercises in letting go and working with abstraction. Here are a few of the "underpaintings", in which we explored line and color.

We did lots of gelli printing with the Gelli Arts Printing Plate, resulting in spectacular papers. Several of the women had never used a gelli plate before.  Of course, it was addictive!

We hand cut our own silhouettes and stencils. Of course, stencils from Stencil Girl Products were in the mix too.

Everyone's final canvases were breathtaking.  Some of these are still works in progress.  I look forward to getting pics of the final creations!

As always, the best thing about Art is You is the camaraderie and support among the staff and attendees.  Seeing old friends, making new ones, and taking care of each other is paramount.   

It was great hanging out with Marjie Kemper and so many other wonderful friends.

Terry Favo, who has attended some of my Meetup classes, is having severe problems with her hands.  Many of us altered gloves or recreated our hands for her.  The presentation of a beautiful garland with all of the helping hands was one of the most touching moments of the weekend and so symbolic of sisterhood and love at Art is You. 

The deep connections start at the top, with fabulous organizers Sallianne and Ellen, and their wonderful staff.

Do you have an art retreat or class that has touched you deeply?  I hope you'll share it in the comments.

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  1. Big love in that place. Love your class and what was created. xox

    1. Thanks Corrine. Wish you and Judy had been there with us. I miss you.

  2. Your glove project was wonderful and so full of love! Wish I was there to participate!
    Jessica, your class's pages look beautiful so much color and i love the looks of those handmade stencils! Of course they are learning from the best! xx
    So happy to hear it was another fun filled successful AIY!!

  3. Awesome photos and awesome art! LOVE that photo of you on the floor!

  4. What a beautiful recap of the weekend. Your class looked awesome along with all the beautiful work. Seeing everyone there made me happy. So sorry I missed it this year. What? No picture of you standing on your head? LOL

  5. Wonderful shots and such a pleasure to spend time with you!


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