Light and Color Study in Amsterdam and Belgium with Carol Shelkin and Pam Goode

24 Jul

Light and Color Study in Amsterdam and Belgium
with Carol Shelkin and Pam Goode
May 15 – 26, 2015
$2975

Mosaic Art RetreatsHouseboat lodgings, canal cruises, visits with international mosaic artists, and a flower festival — how can you go wrong? Timed to coincide with the floriferous color inspiration of southern Holland’s most famous blooms, this retreat will be a delight for the senses as well as a networking mecca.

Mosaic Art RetreatsAMSTERDAM

We’ll dive into the artistic, architectural, cultural and culinary heart of Amsterdam, wandering among the 165 waterways (more than Venice!), discovering art, neighborhoods, hidden courtyards, local mosaics, and charming cafes. Amsterdam’s museums and private art collections feature stunning work by Rembrandt, a host of Van Goghs, and the light-drenched masterpieces of Vermeer.

Mosaic Art RetreatsWe’ll couple an art walk with a canal cruise, a trip to the museums with a mosaic session, visit the Anne Frank House, and tiptoe through the seven million flowers of the world-class Keukenhof Gardens.

Mosaic Art RetreatsWe’ll enjoy Amsterdam the way the locals do, with houseboat and apartment accommodations in the charming Jordann neighborhood. Fall asleep to the gentle rocking of calm waters and wake to the sound of ducks and swans paddling towards breakfast.

Shopping at Dam Square, floating flower markets and a skip through the legendary Albert Cuyp market (with multi-cultural street food) will fill our afternoons, and an evening will be spent visiting the lovely canals, Gothic-Renaissance architecture, and action of the Red Light District.

BELGIUM

Art TravelBelgium, famous around the world for the highest quality chocolate, beckons us to Brussels for a chocolate walking/tasting/making tour. We’ll tour Grand-Place, considered one of the most beautiful medieval squares in Europe, and revel in sumptuous Art Nouveau of the tree-lined and fountain-y Squares District, considered a laboratory of late nineteenth-century architecture, and the Magritte Museum.

Mosaic Art RetreatsDay trips to Bruges and Ghent will deliver two of Flanders’ most picturesque countryside havens. We’ll see Bruges’ Lake of Love, Beguinage, Our Lady Church, Market Square and lunch at a cafe close to Town Hall Square (Burg) — food lover’s dream and a beer lover’s heaven. We’ll also wander through architecture from the Middle Ages and head for a stroll along the North Sea. A highlight will be an afternoon spent with Belgian mosaic artists, talking shop over tea and chocolate.

Logistics

To make the most of our time, we’ll fly into Amsterdam, travel by high speed train to Belgium, and return home via the Brussels airport. Local transport will be via train and tram.

Included

Double Occupancy Accommodations in Amsterdam and Belgium
Transfer from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport (AMS) to City Center
Amsterdam Tram Tickets
Kukenhof Gardens
Sunset Canal Cruise & Dinner
Mosaic Workshop with Greet Weitenberg at Amphora Art
Ann Frank House Entrance & Self Guided Tour
Red Light Walking Tour
Two Museums: Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh
Train to Belgium
Chocolate Making Tour & Workshop
Day Trips to Ghent & Bruges
Transport to Brussels Airport (BRU) for Return Flights

 Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Meals
  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance

About Carol and Pam

Carol and Pam have many years’ experience traveling the world both separately and together, having teamed to lead several international art retreats. Limiting the tour to 10 adult travelers will allow us to form friendships and bonds that last a lifetime. Learn more about Carol here. Learn more about Pam here and here.

For More Information or To Register:

Registration forms are available; just email Carol or Pam. A detailed itinerary will be available shortly.

 

Phoning It In from Abroad

18 Jul

Phoning Home from AbroadWhether it’s a real-job deadline or a much-needed reconnection with Honey/Mom/Daughter/Doggie, easy access to our phones and those on the other end can be hard to do without, and even harder to pay for. Before you sign up for that overseas plan at Verizon (the Ouch! comes on the other end of your travel), take a look at this suggestion from National Geographic Traveler’s Christopher Elliott. Also chirpily parroted by my son, who knows these things.

“Don’t purchase a pricey international plan from your wireless carrier. For example, AT&T’s least expensive rate costs an extra $30 per month and charges $1 a minute for your calls in Scandinavia [or Narnia -- you get the idea]. Instead, when you get to your destination, buy a SIM card or a phone that offers cheap data and make all your calls on Skype, Google, or Viber, which won’t cost extra.”

I used this trick on my recent trip to Barcelona, stopping in at the ubiquitous Vodaphone a couple of blocks from our apartment as soon as I arrived. For $15, the tech popped a brand new SIM card into my iPhone (cheaper for other brands), gave me a fancy Spanish phone number, and I was good to go. I had downloaded Viber (free) before leaving the US, and was able to call home on a whim at no additional cost. If you exchange your nifty new Spanish phone numbers, it’s also a great way to stay in touch with other members of your travel party. Just make sure that Honey/Mom/Daughter/Doggie had downloaded the same free calling program on their end too.

Travel TipsMy son also clued me in on easy re-entry: packing a small paper clip in your carryon. Open the clip by pulling an arm open, and it fits right into the tiny iPhone hole to open the SIM card holder. Slip your US SIM card back in the slot, and slide that Spain card somewhere safe for your next trip to Barcelona.

Can you say Cheap?!

 

Mosaic Kaleidoscope: Exploring Color, Inspiration and Creativity with Laurel True

16 Jul

Mosaic Kaleidoscope: Exploring Color, Inspiration and Creativity
with Laurel True
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
November 9 – 15, 2014
$1850

Mosaic Workshop MexicoIn this five-day workshop artist Laurel True will guide students through an inspirational week of creative exploration as they create a colorful, kaleidoscopic, radial mosaic that reflects their personal style and inspiration.  A kaleidoscope in its traditional form creates a symmetrical pattern of color and radiance through the placement and reflection of mirror and glass. Students will repurpose this concept under the guidance of True, as they design and create a 18” round kaleidoscopic mosaic using their choice of colored and stained glass, mirror, fused glass elements and more. True will demonstrate the use of various tools to achieve desired cuts and shapes, and offer tips for precision setting techniques for grouted and non-grouted mosaics. Various exercises will encourage students to stretch their creative potential and run with their inspirations as they explore color, materials and texture.  This unique workshop will focus both on mosaic creation and identifying and bringing into form our creative desires, opening participants to a more cosmic approach to art-making.

Mosaic Workshop MexicoThe final day of the workshop will include the group-creation of a Global Mosaic Project with participation by workshop participants and Hacienda Mosaico staff. The class will create a small mosaic kaleidoscope mural to be installed at Hacienda Mosaico, thus giving students a chance to experience personal and collective mosaic-making, as well as mosaic creation on both intimate and larger scales.

Optional Excursions Include:

Trip to Syulita, a celebratory dinner on the beach, a gallery stroll, and fabulous dinners out in Puerto Vallarta.

All levels. No art or mosaic experience necessary.

Cost: $1,850

Mosaic Workshop MexicoCost Includes:

  • 6 nights lodging at Hacienda Mosaico (based on double occupancy)
    Breakfast and Lunch Daily
  • 5 Days Mosaic Instruction
  • Participation in Global Mosaic Project

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Dinners
  • Personal Expenses

Mosaic Workshop MexicoLearn More:

Learn more about Laurel here. Learn more about Hacienda Mosaico here.

For Information and Registration:

Contact Sam: info@haciendamosaico.com

Mosaics on the Marsh, Pawleys Island SC with Pam Goode

15 Jul

Mosaics on the Marsh with Pam Goode
Pawleys Island, SC
October 4 – 11, 2014
$375-550

Art Retreat Pawleys Island SCNothing soothes the soul quite like the lapping of tides against weathered docks, the tempered sunlight glinting across fields of watery grasses that thrive on the most tentative silts, the cry of majestic herons and hungry gulls, and a gentle fall breeze. Join us at iconic Pawleys Island for an old-style retreat in old-style surroundings.

Art Retreat Pawleys Island SCOur site will be a three-story “cottage” with double wraparound porches and ample work tables facing the marsh. The golden month of October features magnificent skies and a softer light, with average highs in the 70’s and lows around 60. Nine bedrooms, five baths, two living rooms, two kitchens, and indoor/outdoor dining areas offer plenty of space for spreading out or working as a group.

Art Retreat Pawleys Island SCOur workshop will consist of a quick-sketch technique overlaid with a modified-watercolor technique to create designs using fauvist or realistic colors depicting life on the marsh. We’ll churn out an array of sketches, paintings and photographs the first day, giving you ample possibilities for your mosaic. We’ll also talk about color, mood, cutting methods, and finding your own style. If you prefer, you’re more than welcome to use the space to work on your own projects in any medium.

An assortment of boards will be provided. This retreat is designed for stained glass, however, you are welcome to bring other materials if you prefer.

Art Retreat Pawleys Island SCThe retreat will be structured loosely, with a group session each day, as well as one-on-one time with the instructor and group studio sessions. You are welcome to work throughout the day or take time off for local exploration. The wide sand beach is just across the lane, and the island is ideal for biking, as well as canoeing on the inlet. Across the bridge on the mainland, you’ll find plenty of cute shops as well as local restaurants (both island casual and casual gourmet). Meals will be on your own or as a group, either on the mainland or self-catering. We’ll have plenty of kitchen space!

Art Retreat Pawleys Island SCA barrier island, Pawleys is one of the oldest resorts on the East Coast, measuring  just over 3 miles long and 1/4 mile wide, and a whopping population of 138. Flip flops and shorts are the norm.

An optional sidetrip to Pearl Friar’s Topiary Gardens in Bishopville, SC is available for those caravanning for the return to Charlotte is available on Saturday, October 11

Costs per-person for five-day mosaic workshop and accommodations:

$375 shared dormitory room (1 double and 5 twins)
$475 shared room (2 twin beds) (1 available)
$500 shared room (1 queen and 1 double bed) (1 available)
$550 single room (1 double or queen bed) (4 queens and 1 double available)

Cost for non-participating guest sharing your room: $250

Room selection is first come, first served with full payment.

Cost Includes:

  • 7 Nights Accommodation
  • Mosaic Instruction and/or Retreat Workspace
  • Substrates, Use of Tools, and Adhesives

Not Included:

  • Transportation to the Retreat Location
  • Meals
  • Glass

More information about Pam is available here or here. For more information or to register, contact Pam.

Mexico with Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

14 Jul

Mosaic Retreat with Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
Todos Santos, Mexico
October 12 – 18, 2014
$1699

AND

December 7 – 13, 2014

Mosaic Workshop Mexico

If you missed this fabulously spirited retreat last winter, you have TWO opportunities to make it again: October 12 – 18 AND December 7 – 13, 2014. Join Tami Macala in Todos Santos, Mexico  for a lot of sea, a lot of sand, and a riot of color.

Mosaic Workshop MexicoImagine creating art with spectacular ocean views to inspire you, beautiful gardens and pools to relax you, and a personal chef to prepare gourmet meals to sustain you. This is just the beginning of the Todos Santos mosaic art retreat.

You’ll spend one full week creating mosaic art in one of the most creative and peaceful settings on the Baja Peninsula, the pueblo magico of Todos Santos. The accommodations for this retreat will be at the beautiful boutique hotel, Los Colibris Casitas. Los Colibris has 4 wonderfully inviting casitas, each with comfortable beds, great bathrooms and private patios from which you can enjoy the amazing scenery and ocean views. The infinity pool and hot tub are great for star gazing and observing the humpback and grey whales that are often visitors at this time of year.

Mosaic Workshop MexicoDuring this mosaic art retreat each participant will work on a flat 3D shape, using your own found objects, sentimental pieces, millefiori, mirror and stained glass. We’ll learn how to work with tinted mortar/thinset and grout. Participants will also learn how to embed the colorful pieces into the mortar to create a color gradation while not using grout. Grout will be used on the edges of the piece, and we’ll learn to tint that as well. Once mastered, this process is easy to reproduce at home.

Mosaic Workshop MexicoTodos Santos is an artist colony on the Tropic of Cancer, just one hour north of Cabo San Lucas, but an entire world away. Nestled next to 70 miles of pristine, undeveloped beach, Todos Santos is famous for the remarkable quality of its light, which drew the first American artists from Taos in the 1980s. Since then artists of all stripes and nationalities have populated the town, which is a charming reflection of their passions with wonderful restaurants, art galleries, and shops. The people of Todos Santos are warm and welcoming, and love sharing the pleasures of their hometown with visitors. The beaches of nearby Pescadero and Cerritos are added bonuses.This retreat SOLD OUT in March, and attendance for this session will be a maximum of 8.
Cost:  $1,699.00, Based on Double Occupancy

Price Includes:

  • Airport Transfer on Arrival and Departure (within time frames)
  • 6 Nights Lodging at Los Colibris
  • Sunday Evening Welcome Reception
  • 5 Full Breakfasts & 5 Lunches Poolside by Local Chef Iker
  • Refreshing Agua Fresca throughout the Work Day
  • Evening Transportation into Town
  • Partial Materials for Mosaic Piece
  • Instruction: 5 Days from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  More work time will be available if desired.

Price Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Dinners
  • Optional Excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Mosaic Workshop MexicoYou’ll have plenty of free time to explore Todos Santos and its surrounding areas. Popular activities include hiking, beach walks, whale watching, gallery strolls, shopping. Optional excursions can be booked through Todos Santos Eco Adventures. Massage and yoga are offered at Los Colibris (Los Colibris’ yoga deck sits at the highest point of the property on the tropic of cancer, and has one of the most amazing views of the Pacific). Room selections will be made in order of full payments received.
Websites to check out:

Los Colibris Hotel

Todos Santos Eco Adventures

Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

Mosaic Workshop Mexico

To Register or for More Information:

Contact Tami by email, or call 805.703.4291.
Fine Print:

  • Deposit of $850 (1/2) may be made through PayPal (2.5% more will be added to the total using PayPal) or check.
  • Material, tool list & instructions on packing will be sent after registration.
  • Payment in full must be completed by September 1, 2014.
  • Cancellation and refund policy:  All cancellations are subject to a 20% handling fee. For reservations canceled less than 90 days before the workshop, 50% is refundable. If canceled less than 60 days before the workshop, 25% is refundable. If canceled less than 45 days before the workshop, fee is non-refundable.  Should the retreat be canceled for any reason the entire amount paid will be refunded within fourteen days after the retreat’s cancellation. Instructors have no obligation regarding any additional costs or fees related to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or other travel reservations. Instructors and Los Colibris accept no liability for any airline cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable ticket or for canceled flights.  Travel Insurance is recommended.  All workshop participants should consider purchasing Trip Cancellation, Emergency Medical Evacuation, Baggage, Accident and Medical insurance from a reputable insurance company. More about travel insurance here.

Mosaic Workshop MexicoAbout Tami:

I’m a professional mosaic artist and teacher. I have been creating art all my life, and mosaic art for almost 20 years. In 2009 I started the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art based on my love for mosaics and a desire to share my passion with other creative people. I’ve vacationed in Todos Santos several times in the past two years and have stayed at Los Colibris each trip.  I love the rustic and quaint feeling of Todos Santos, and Los Colibris is the perfect location for the accommodations and creating a wonderful environment for this mosaic retreat.

Mosaic Art Holiday in South Africa with Karla Duterloo

28 Jun

Mosaic Art Holiday
Cape Town, South Africa
November 9 – 14, 2014
Euro 1270

International Mosaic WorkshopsFancy a little Africa? Join Karla Duterloo for a five-day mosaic workshop and holiday in Cape Town, South Africa, with sightseeing in one of the most beautiful cities of the world.

The workshop will feature your choice of 3-D work on a wooden gemsbok head or an 8″ x 8″  2-D mosaic. African elements will be incorporated into either design.

Accommodations will be in the Lodge at the Atlantic Beach Golf Estate, featuring beautiful rooms, free continental breakfast, and a view over the golf course. The Lodge is a few minutes walk from the studio, with restaurants close by and only a 10 minute walk from the beach. A shopping centre is located just outside the Estate. The beach is at 10 min. walking distance. Cape Town city centre is about a 35 min drive away. During the course, we’ll offer coffee/tea, biscuits and lunch (beautiful SA wine included) for all participants.

 

Excursions

International Mosaic WorkshopsThe holiday week will feature two excursions. First, we’ll head to Cape Town centre to visit Greenmarket craft market and the famous Waterfront craft markets. This is a perfect opportunity to select additional accessories for your mosaic.

Our second excursion will be to Cape Town’s beautiful beaches, Camps Bay and Hout Bay. We’ll drive the famous Chapman’s Peak for stunning views at Noordhoek Beach, then visit Kalk Bay and Simons Town, where we’ll stop at the gemstone factory.

 

About Karla

International Mosaic WorkshopsKarla is an award-winning Dutch mosaic artist proficient with all types of surfaces: bathroom floors, garden sculptures, functional and decorative mosaics, 2D and 3D mosaics. Having studied Arts and Crafts in the Netherlands and attended several Mosaic Master Courses in Italy, Karla has taught students of all levels in the UK, Switzerland and South Africa. She also creates mosaic projects for charity, and has initiated successful projects in London (2010) and Nepal (2011), as well as exhibiting in the UK, Europe and South Africa. Karla’s signature Trophy Heads have been sold in more than fifteen countries around the world. Very recently, her work has been chosen for the Western Cape Handmade Collection and exhibited at the Design Indaba 2013 in Cape Town.

Author of a Dutch Arts and Craftsbook Wereldhandvaardigheid, Karla’s mosaic work is featured in several additional publications: Mastering Mosaics , Mosaic Yearbook and Mosaic Madness. “My classes are creative and inspiring,” says Karla. “The purpose is to bring out the Artist in you in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Above all, we have lots of fun and special moments. You’ll leave the course with new skills, ideas and inspiration, as well as fired up passion for this beautiful Art.”

 

Pricing:

The course price is 1270 Euros per participant.

International Mosaic WorkshopsIncluded in the price are:

  • Transport from and to CT International Airport on Sunday 9 November and Saturday 15 November
  • 6 nights accommodation at the Atlantic Beach Estate Lodge including breakfast
  • Drinks and tapas on Sunday afternoon
  • Drinks and canapes on Friday afternoon
  • 5 day mosaic course including most materials and either the trophy head base or 8 x 8 board
  • 5 lunches and 2 excursions for all mosaic course participants
  • Transport to and from nearby restaurants at night

Not included:

  • Airfare tickets to and from Cape Town
  • Dinners in the evening
  • Additional costs for partners (if desired): 200 Euro per partner
  • 2 separate full-day excursions for partners, lunch not included, min 3 participants: 100 euro per partner.

 

Participation:

  • International Mosaic WorkshopsTo run the course, we need a minimum of 5 participants
  • To guarantee optimal personal attention, the course can have a maximum of 6 participants.

 

Payment:

  • To confirm your initial place on the course, a 50% deposit (635 Euros) must be received by August 1.
  • If you bring your partner, the total cost will be 1470 Euros. Your 50% payment by August 1 will be 735 Euros.
  • If by August 1 we have not received initial payment of the required minimum of 5 participants, we will cancel the course and refund your payment minus any bank charges.
  • Second payment of respectively: 635 Euros or 735 Euros needs to be received by October 1 to ensure your final confirmation as a participant on the course.
  • Banking details will be supplied to you via email.
  • If we have to cancel the course before October 1 due to insufficient registration, your monies will be refunded minus any bank charges.
  • If you withdraw from the course after October 1 but before November 1, we will refund 75% of the total course fee minus any bank charges.
  • If you cancel the course after November 1, no refund will be given.

 

For More Information or To Register:

For more information and a detailed course program, for you (and your partner if desired) please email Karla.

Treasures of Barcelona and Madrid with Maverick Mosaics

19 May

Treasures of Barcelona and Madrid
Maverick Mosaics
September 12 – 21, 2014
$2995

Travel Abroad with Maverick Mosaics as Adult Art Camp goes International!

Mosaic Art Retreats SpainOur second international trip will be to the colorful country of Spain to pay homage to three of Spain’s most important native sons: Pablo Picasso, Antonio Gaudi and Salvador Dali.

Introducing the trip of a lifetime for anyone with a sense of adventure. Get ready to enjoy a long week of culture, history, contemporary art, great food and a hands-on project. You’ll experience the splendor of Spain in the spirit of Maverick Mosaics’ successful Art Camp format: learn, create and laugh.

Take in the magic and beauty of Spain with like-minded and adventuresome companions. Your trip will be filled with fun adventures and designed to entertain while providing unique learning experiences. We offer hassle-free travel, wonderful accommodations, and street-level cultural engagement based in the world of art and architecture. We plan at least two hands-on workshops including making mosaics.

Mosaic Art Retreats SpainOur adventure begins in Madrid as we spend our first day discovering the wonders of the Royal Palace and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, where Picasso’s masterpiece “Guernica” is enshrined. With Madrid as our home base, you’ll make day trips to Segovia and Toledo. In Toledo our day includes time at the cathedral Santo Tomé to view an El Greco masterpiece and a visit to Sinagoga de Santa Maria la Blanca. We’ll visit internationally recognized potters and renowned Toledo sword makers whose blades have been sought after from around the world (think Zorro, swashbuckling Earl Flynn and Samurai warriors!).

En route to Segovia, a must-see stop at El Escorial is planned. The building is the most important architectural monument of the Spanish Renaissance. After a magical day in Segovia, where architecture dates to Roman times, we’ll train to Barcelona.

Mosaic Art Retreats SpainOnce in Barcelona you’ll have a series of fabulous art filled experiences: The Picasso Museum, a guided tour of Gaudi’s Bascilica de la Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and La Pedrera. You’ll make your own mosaic in the spirit of Gaudi and revel in the magic of the city as we make our way touring its famous sights. Topping off our time in Barcelona, we’ll visit the Salvador Dali museum, one of the most unique and multi-sensory museums in the world.

Professionally led wine tastings, fine food and dancing are also scheduled along the way. We wrap up our trip with a day at the beach in breathtaking Sitges. Just a short drive from Barcelona, this is “The Jewel” of the Catalan coast.

Maverick’s inaugural Art Camp trip to France in June 2013 was amazing, thanks in large part to the expertise and planning of our travel and logistics partner A La Carte Travel. A La Carte Travel is the nation’s leader in exclusively providing educational institutions with affordable access to learning opportunities abroad, and Maverick Mosaics qualifies as an educational institution. Hassle free travel is paramount, ground transportation and transfers are included, no waiting in lines for scheduled tours and we have a full time English/Spanish speaking escort traveling with us. A La Carte Travel promotes the values of understanding the world we live in through experiencing and learning about different cultures. With over 16 years of experience organizing educational tours, A La Carte Travel is the perfect partner with Maverick Mosaics for this unique travel and learning adventure.

For more details, trip itinerary, workshop details and costs please click here.

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