Deconstructed Studio Art Retreat


 

 

 Jen Cushman’s Deconstructed Studio

 

Smell the clean scent of pine trees, watch ravens soar and feel mountain breezes on your skin as you make art with wildlife (elk, deer, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, woodpeckers, hummingbirds) scampering about in the woods next to Jen’s personal studio and large garage/workshop space. When you leave the big city behind for a few days you can feel the clear, healing energy of mother nature. You can hear yourself think. Your innate creative juices bubble to the surface as the pull to make art fills your heart. You begin to explore color, shape, texture, form and, soon, you are in the flow of creativity. You know this place; it is bliss, calm, stimulation and discovery intermingled and co-existing. It’s the place you feel most at home because it’s already inside you.  With me as your guide, we will bring this peaceful, easy feeling of your heart wisdom and your inner vision to the surface as you learn ways to make your unique blend of creative magic grow even stronger.

I’m so excited to announce the next natural evolution of my Deconstructed/Reconstructed Adventure – Deconstructed Studio. Join me for three days of uninterrupted creativity, mixed-media art making, sisterhood and amusement. Toss in dozens of new jewelry techniques, learning how to re-imagine found objects, metal manipulation and a healthy dose of power tools and welcome to Deconstructed Studio. Sprinkle in some small town shopping, great food, new friends, an evening making S’mores and sharing stories ’round a campfire and we’ve got some serious merriment makings.

 

THE DEETS…

Two hometown workshops for 2020!!! (please read carefully as there is a change regarding lodging/price in the two workshops)

April 24th, 25th and 26th, 2020 –

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.

WHAT’S INCLUDED…

  • Three full days of art instruction in mixed-media jewelry making in Jen’s home studio, oversize garage and one-acre property in the woods
  • A little after Saturday lunch excursion of treasure hunting at antique shops in Pine. While there are no streetlights in our little town, there are some cute antique/junk shops to check out.
  • Most supplies included. Small personal tool list required.
  • Healthy and homemade breakfasts and lunches at home Friday, Saturday and Sunday – Vegan options available
  • Opportunity to “get away from it all” and spend precious art making time in the woods.
  • Invite to Private Facebook Group Page with paid deposit. Here you’ll be able to get to know other students prior to the retreat, ask questions and find links to information about our gorgeous mountain community of Pine/Strawberry

THE PRICE…

$595.00 per person (does not include lodging and dinners)

Payment plan – two installments $197.50 possible if sent by check or paid digitally by Venmo or Zelle to avoid credit card fees.

$200 non-refundable deposit required upon registration

Airfare and Transportation not included

Lodging not included. We recommend you immediately reserve online at The Strawberry Inn. While you’re at it, click on this video to see a great aerial shot of Highway 87 leading up to Pine/Strawberry. There are various cute and affordable cabin options on Air bnb and VRBO. Just be sure to search Pine Arizona and Strawberry Arizona. Stay away from Payson, as it’s still a 20 minute drive up and down a one lane highway.

Rental car required to drive from Phoenix to Pine. Jen will facilitated shared rental car/shared lodging to whomever is interested via the private Facebook group. There is a shuttle van that goes from Phoenix Airport to Payson and arrangements can be made to bring you the 13 miles up the hill to Pine.

 

SECOND DECONSTRUCTED WORKSHOP OF 2020

 

September 24th, 25th and 26th, 2019 

Painting with Resin; A to Z. In this special workshop we’ll be playing and experimenting with paint and resin in a multitude of ways. We’ll begin in our comfort zones, creating smaller acrylic abstract paintings on canvas. As we loosen up and get comfortable we’ll move into painting on handmade hard board substrates with resin that we’ve custom colored and tinted ourselves. As part of our experimentation and artistic discovery time, we’ll work with additives such a alcohol inks, mica powders, Isopropyl alcohol and various techniques to move and deliberately distribute air to create interesting patterns and textures. On the last day we’ll take our favorite board and use a combination of collage imagery and paint to create finished works. Workshop is intimate with lots of one on one time with me and limited to eight people. All materials will be supplied and available on site. We’ll be working on my patio and in my studio with lots of adequate fresh air flow, but any potential students with lung or breathing sensitivities is encouraged to call me before registering so we can talk through your specific issues. The epoxy resin has the same amount of VOC (volatile organic chemicals) as acrylic paint and we’ll be using isopropyl alcohol sparingly.

WHAT’S INCLUDED…

  • Three full days of art instruction in resin painting in Jen’s home studio, oversize garage and one-acre property in the woods
  •  lodging (shared sleeping quarters) at the Beautiful Strawberry Inn Bunkhouse
  • Healthy and homemade breakfasts and lunches at home Friday, Saturday and Sunday – Vegan options available
  • A little after Saturday lunch excursion of treasure hunting at antique shops in Pine. While there are no streetlights in our little town, there are some cute antique/junk shops to check out.
  • Most supplies included. Small personal tool list required.
  • Saturday night fun at That Brewery Oktoberfest
  • Opportunity to “get away from it all” and spend precious art making time in the woods.
  • Invite to Private Facebook Group Page with paid deposit. Here you’ll be able to get to know other students prior to the retreat, ask questions and find links to information about our gorgeous mountain community of Pine/Strawberry

THE PRICE…

$895.00 per person (includes lodging)

Payment plan – two installments $197.50 possible if sent by check or paid digitally by Venmo or Zelle to avoid credit card fees.

$200 non-refundable deposit required upon registration

** Price adjustment option should you not require lodging or secure you own.

Rental car required to drive from Phoenix to Pine. Jen will facilitated shared rental car/shared lodging to whomever is interested via the private Facebook group. There’s a shuttle van that goes from Phoenix Airport to Payson and arrangements can be made to bring you the 13 miles up the hill and back to Pine.

 

THE RULES…

Deconstructed Studio has a minimum requirement of 4 students with a maximum of 8 students. I’ve designed my home retreats to be intimate, deep dives with me and I want my students to have plenty of space to breathe, be and create!

$200 non-refundable* deposit is due immediately to reserve your spot

No refunds will be allowed. However, If you need to cancel for any reason you can find a replacement friend. When friend has paid in full you will receive a refund for the amount you’ve paid. Should no replacement be available, you may apply your fees to a future Deconstructed Studio event.

A wait list will be established once all spaces are filled. Spots will be offered to the first person on the wait list and then go down the line in order of sign ups. If contacted because a space opens up, student will have 72 hours to respond to the email. If we do not hear from the person within this time frame, we will move on to the next name on the list.

There is a four person minimum in order to do Deconstructed Studio. In the rare event there are not enough registrations, all deposits and tuition paid to the point of cancellation will be fully refunded (minus a 2.9 percent credit card processing fee if paid through Paypal. No processing fee if paid by check, Venmo or Zelle) and returned within seven days the cancellation announcement is made. Any decision to cancel the event will be made within 45 days of the retreat to ensure proper time for students to get travel refunds.

*We realize that a non-refundable deposit/workshop is something students do not care for. However, please understand a lot of time, planning, preparation and vendor relationships happen in order to make art events such as this possible, even one held in my home studio. When students drop out – even for legitimate and unavoidable health reasons – their absence can inadvertently place a hardship on myself and other attendees and on the overall success of the retreat.  I love doing what I do. These no-exception rules make it possible for me to teach and run intimate art gatherings. Thank you for understanding!

***All students will be required to sign a waiver before attending the retreat.

Must be paid in full 14 days prior to event.

Want to see a little more of our small mountain community? The local news station in Phoenix recently did a “Field Trip Friday” to Pine. Here’s the video and shows my friends who own local businesses.

 

Join me if you’re searching to take your work to the next level by honing your skills under a hands-on instructor who will act as your guide and mentor. I will teach you, support you, challenge you and be your cheerleader. When you leave my home studio, you WILL have created beautiful art with your own two hands in YOUR own voice and you will feel confident enough to return home to do it again and again and again. 

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Deconstructed Art Retreat, 2018 

Seventeen beautiful women joined me January 24-28th 2018 for my first Deconstructed Art Retreat in Temecula, California and it was AHmazing! We gathered, we shopped for vintage treasures, we learned dozens of new techniques and made incredible mixed-media jewelry, wax and photo collages and fun mixed-media house assemblages. We ate, we laughed, we bonded and shared our stories and we all experienced some kind of creative shift – including me! The following photos bring me beautiful memories of beautiful artists and are all from this SoCal retreat.