Workshops


“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn. You’ll find your place beside the ones you love” – Phil Collins, Son of Man

There is nothing quite like teaching. It’s the one thing that always lights me up. Being in my studio is first and foremost, of course, but whenever I experiment and discover something interesting, my first inclination is to share it with others.

I started teaching in 2003 at my local paper arts store, which had a mixed-media/collage bent from the beginning. I began with teaching chunky book/mini book techniques; layering paint, ink, rubber stamps, vintage and new embellishments. As time went by, other store owners contacted me and I was traveling and teaching in Arizona and California. In 2008, I taught my first national art retreat in my hometown of Phoenix, Arizona and have been teaching mixed-media jewelry, collage and assemblage ever since. Teaching has taken me all over the United States, to France multiple times and also Bali. For eight years I was constantly on the road as an art instructor and loving it.

Through traveling and teaching, I’ve met amazing, talented women (and some great men too!) Explaining my artistic process has made me acutely aware of how I work, why I make the creative and technical choices I do and why absolutely everything about the making process is important. These creatives have taught me much over the years and made me a better artist. Of all the things I do, teaching has truly been my heart.

I made some big life changes in 2016 after my parent’s passed away and I had an “ah-ha” moment where I decided to keep what was working in my life so I could create magic for me and my family and let go of everything else. I drastically reduced my travel schedule and kept only a couple of favorite mixed-media retreats where I couldn’t stand the thought of not being with my art tribe. I also decided it was time to let creatives come to me and experience my beautiful and breathtaking corner of the world in my small mountain community that I adore.

Come join me in my home studio where you’ll stay in a local cabin or boutique inn, or travel to one of my favorite urban art retreats held in a beautiful hotel. Whatever we’re making and wherever we’re at, I promise we’ll make magic together and have lots of new discoveries in the process.

 

Due to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic my April 2020 workshop has been cancelled. I’m taking reservations for

my September Deconstructed Studio retreat for a limit of 8 participants. Should travel restrictions and social

distancing remain in effect come September I will cancel the weekend and offer full refunds to my students, even

my normally non-refundable deposit. Any questions please email jencushmanart@gmail.com

2020 Workshops (more to come as dates are confirmed)

 

Craft Napa – Napa, California

January 15-19, 2020 – Embassy Suites Napa

 

January 18th, 2020 Painterly Pix: A Deconstructed Collage.  In this workshop, we’ll explore how to get your inspirational pictures out of your smart phone and onto collages in a way that looks like Monet himself might have took his hand to them.

January 19th, 2020Time After Time Assemblage necklace. With today’s busy lifestyle who doesn’t need more time? Time for creativity. Time for laughter. Time for play and self-discovery and inner reflection. Gain a little bit of these tangible qualities as you spend the day with me altering found objects to create a stunning and truly unique assemblage necklace. The key to making beautiful and structurally sound mixed-media assemblage jewelry is in the creation of solid components and strong connections.

To register click https://craftingalifellc.com/craft-napa/registration/

 

 

Deconstructed Studio – Pine, Arizona

jen cushman - jewelryApril 24th, 25th, 26th 2020 – Jen’s Home Studio – Cancelled due to Coronavirus

Mixed-Media Jewelry with a Focus on Resin, Polymer Clay and Wirework. Techniques taught include collage beads, resin paper beads, textured polymer clay pendants and beads, woodburning/markmaking components, metal and fiber journal, cold connected open bezels with collage and resin. This is a inky, painty, sculpty, stampy, gluey get-your-hands-dirty workshop. For those of you who love mixed-media but not necessarily jewelry making, this is a great workshop for you, as every single technique taught can be incorporated into other art forms like assemblage, book making, journals, art dolls. etc.

To register please send a $200 non-refundable deposit via Venmo or Paypal or Zelle to jencushmanart@gmail.com. Workshop cost $595 and includes three days of art making, healthy breakfasts and lunches all days, supplies and materials (paint, resin, clay, substrates, additives, consumables), Saturday afternoon exploration/excursion time in Pine. Does not include transportation to Pine, AZ or overnight accommodations.  Reserve now.

 

Mener La Belle Vie at La Cascade – Art Retreat in the South of France

May 28th to June 4th, 2020 – SOLD OUT – Cancelled due to coronavirus

June 17th- 24th 2020 – Reserve Now – On hold for now

Eight students and myself will be living the good life for a delightful week in the South of France. A full immersion art & senses retreat where we’ll treasure hunt for vintage materials, beautiful ephemera and unique objects at the plentiful brocantes (antique shops), mache aux puces and vide greniers (flea markets and community sales) that we’ll re-purpose and transform into stunning art work.

When not in the studio, we’ll be exploring the beauty of picturesque French villages where old stone buildings, faded painted facades, colorful shutters and doors, along with fields lavender and sunflowers can be seen for miles. Our home for the week is nestled in quiet village of Durfort which has been an artisan village producing copper vessels since medieval times. La Cascade, number 27 Rue des Martineurs (Street of the Copper Beaters), was built in the mid 1600’s of local stone, mud and wattle (straw) in the same way houses in the area have been built from the medieval times up until the 20th century. The house has been beautifully restored honoring its history but adding modern facilities.

Click here to Learn More and Reserve your spot now! 

Art Unravelved – Phoenix, Arizona

July 28 – August 4, 2020 – Embassy Suites Paradise Valley – Still planned as of now. Reservations being accepted on website

Fun with Leather Earrings class – Click here to view

The leather earring trend is super hot right now and seriously so much fun to make. In this fast paced but easy-going workshop we’ll make multiple pairs of earrings of various designs. We will start with simple leaf shapes and geometrics to get your feet wet. These boho leather earrings are light as a feather to wear so those of you who adore statement earrings can still go big but stay comfortable! Since you have the scissors and leather scraps in front of you, how big or how small you wish to make your earrings is completely up to you. This is a great evening workshop if you wish to still be creative but seek a relaxed, chilled out environment to work in.

Deconstructed Studio – Pine, Arizona

September 24th, 25th and 26th 2020 – Jen’s Home Studio – Reserve your spot now

Mixed-Media Jewelry with a Focus on Resin, Polymer Clay and Wirework. Techniques taught include collage beads, resin paper beads, textured polymer clay pendants and beads, woodburning/markmaking components, metal and fiber journal, cold connected open bezels with collage and resin. This is a inky, painty, sculpty, stampy, gluey get-your-hands-dirty workshop. For those of you who love mixed-media but not necessarily jewelry making, this is a great workshop for you, as every single technique taught can be incorporated into other art forms like assemblage, book making, journals, art dolls. etc.

To register please send a $200 non-refundable deposit via Venmo or Paypal or Zelle to jencushmanart@gmail.com. Workshop cost $595 and includes three days of art making, healthy breakfasts and lunches all days, supplies and materials (paint, resin, clay, substrates, additives, consumables), Saturday afternoon exploration/excursion time in Pine. Does not include transportation to Pine, AZ or overnight accommodations.  Reserve now.

Workshop cost $895 and includes three days of artmaking, healthy breakfasts and lunches all days, lodging (shared sleeping quarters) at the Beautiful Strawberry Inn Bunkhouse, supplies and materials. Saturday afternoon exploration/excursion time in Pine and Saturday evening Oktober Fest fun at That Brewery, my friend’s craft brewery and pub. Does not include transportation to Pine, AZ.  Price  adjustment option should you not require lodging or secure you own.

To register please send a $200 non-refundable deposit via Venmo or Paypal or Zelle to jencushmanart@gmail.com.  Should travel restrictions or social distancing orders from coronavirus remain in effect and event must be cancelled, full refunds will be offered to students.  Reserve now.

 

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What students say about Jen’s teaching style…

My first mixed media workshop with Jen was life-changing.  We explored new techniques and mediums and stretched our creative muscles, all within a safe and fun environment.   Just when I thought my project was turning into a disaster,  Jen was there to encourage and show me the possibilities.  She nurtures and inspires students creatively and rounds out the whole experience with practical business advice for those wanting to pursue careers in art. Jen’s workshops are like art therapy.  I laughed, I cried–I re-discovered my creative self. Jen is Artist, Teacher, Mentor, Friend…all wrapped up in one amazing, inspiring and talented bundle!” — Shannon Harley.

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“I evaluate teachers for a living and Jen is one of the best I’ve ever seen.” – Jana Martin.

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“I love Jen’s classes! She brings such a playful, joyful attitude to the classroom. I love how she helps students see “mistakes” as opportunities to try something new. It enables the student to forge ahead without fear of failure. I never feel stressed out and always learn something new that can be expanded upon and incorporated into my work with my own style. Her cheerful, laid back approach creates a creative classroom environment. Pure fun!” – Stephanie Buss.

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“It’s always a pleasure to take an art class from someone who is an excellent artist AND an excellent teacher. Jen Cushman is one of those who has mastered both “expertises” when teaching her highly-sought-after art. It’s clear that she has a plan in mind, and a well-designed path to take her students to a successful outcome. When I recently took a metal etching class from her, she showed technical skill with the medium, even one that can be unpredictable. She had a warm and humorous teaching style that set a comfortable, nurturing tone for the day. Finally, even with a full class, she gave each of us individual attention and support that led each student to walk out with pieces we loved. I look forward to taking more classes from Jen, an outstanding artist and wonderful teacher.” – Lorie Garver.

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“Jen Cushman goes beyond consummate professional to skill-builder extraordinaire. She has an unending desire to build not only her own knowledge base, but also those who flock to her looking for inspiration. Jen adeptly balances kindness and professionalism in a way that makes you want to work with her again and again.” – Jenn Mason.