Creative Conversations: A Weekend Mixed Media Retreat in Medina, NY
As creatives, We all have conversations with ourselves. “Is this good enough?” “Where do I start?” “Mine doesn’t look like hers,” “But I can’t do it perfectly, I don't know how to ________.”
You can relate, right? Join us for “Creative Conversations,” a two day weekend mixed media retreat . We invite you to learn some fundamentals of developing your own style through color and composition with step by step instruction: you build your own elements and layer them with various mediums to create a beautiful work of art. Your art. Your words. Your heart. This class gathers inspiration from each other and from various mediums to develop your art and your own creative process. You will create a 12 x 18 mixed media panel and small practice pieces.
What will we do?
Optional Friday Campfire at the Lake: Sept. 30th 7-9pm
Day One: Saturday, October 1st: 12:30pm- 4:00pm
The workshop will be held in an historic Main Street building, right next door to ellen j goods! Hear from our guest speakers: Professional and hobby artists who share their struggles with creativity and how they overcome creative blocks. Let’s talk about what keeps you from being your best creative self.
Lay the foundation for your mixed media art : traditional elements of style with an interesting twist :
- Letting go of perfection with free-hand sketching and backgrounds with acrylic paints. Explore what comes out of your own hands with loose exercises and painting designed to inspire creativity.
- Apply your background
- Develop additional elements that you will use in your finished piece.
- Explore words that are meaningful to you and include them in your art: book pages, inspiration words, quotes, and your own handwriting.
- Gathering a color palette ( some of this will be done on your own before you attend the workshop)
6:00PM: Gather together at a local bistro. Get to know each other over small plates and bites. Includes a custom crafted cocktail or mocktail. (provided by ellen j goods)
Day Two: October 2: 11am-4pm
Hear from guest creatives as they share their artistic journeys. Bring elements together to complete our mixed media art.
- Gather inspiration from different sources to inspire your work ( you will do some of this in advance of the workshop, and bring your supplies with you)
- Understanding composition, collage and texture.
- How to add marks for texture with paint, ink, markers and everyday objects.
- Add a focal point with sketched and stamped elements.
Light lunch and snacks are provided by ellen j goods.
We will supply:
Your canvas, assorted sketching papers, mark making tools, papers and paper elements. Assorted inks, Gesso, decoupage medium, and assorted application tools. Stamp elements. Dinner Saturday and lunch Sunday.
You will bring:
Assorted Brushes, including artist brushes, and a 1” flat brush for collage
Acrylic paint Set
Fine Posca Pen ( white)
Uni Posca Fine Marker, White (PC3M.1) https://a.co/d/2CsU3UL
Ultra Fine Sharpie ( black)
pencils, sharpies, other implements for sketching and detail
Two days of creative exploration, great food, and a wonderful weekend in the historic canal village of Medina. Extend your stay and enjoy local wineries, dining and shopping.
You will be invited to a Facebook private group for more details, links to supply list, and your homework.
*THIS EVENT RESERVATION IS NON REFUNDABLE*
You are responsible for your own hotel accommodations. Medina is a very rural community but we are so pleased to have some incredible options for your stay:
Bent's Opera House: In the heart of the village, across the street from ellen j goods.
Hart House Hotel In the heart of the village, 2 minute walk from ellen j goods. (we have several rooms reserved under ellen j goods. You must let them know that you are reserving a room under the ellen j goods reservation when you call to make your reservation)
Comfort Inn and Suites ( this is a new lodging in Medina)
Oak Orchard Stay (newly restored rooms and cottage rentals )
You'll also find several lovely VRBO places nearby: VRBO IN THE MEDINA AREA
Closest Airports are Rochester and Buffalo. Each about 45 minute drive from Medina.
*THIS EVENT RESERVATION IS NON REFUNDABLE*