Jen Cushman’s Deconstructed Studio
Smell the clean scent of pine trees, watch ravens soar and feel cool mountain air on your skin as you make art with wildlife (elk, deer, squirrels, rabbits) 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. 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 four days and three nights of uninterrupted creativity, mixed-media art making, sisterhood and amusement. Toss in learning how to re-imagine found objects, dozens of new techniques and a healthy dose of power tools and welcome to Deconstructed/Reconstructed Studio. Sprinkle in an evening of ’round the fire storytelling with a little acoustic guitar harmonizing, as well as a Saturday night hometown Oktoberfest party and we’ve got some serious merriment makings.
September 27th – 30th 2018
- Three full days of art instruction/mixed-media art making in Jen’s home studio, oversize garage and one-acre property in the woods
- One day of treasure hunting at some of Phoenix’s best vintage boutiques in search of unique objects to transform
- Many materials and supplies included. Small personal tool list required. Students bring their unique found objects to transform.
- Healthy and yummy breakfasts and lunches Friday, Saturday and Sunday – Vegan options available
- Delicious homemade sweets and hot tea break each afternoon catered from the Randal House, the best farm-to-table restaurants in Pine
- Gather round the fire Friday evening where a wonderful musician friend of Jen’s will serenade us with a little acoustic guitar. S’more fixins’ provided.
- Saturday evening Oktoberfest party at That Brewery gastropub. Live band, fun games and traditional German food and, of course, great craft beer
- Special little surprises throughout the weekend.
- Opportunity to invest in yourself and your passion for art before the craziness of the holidays begins
- 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 Phoenix, AZ and our gorgeous mountain community of Pine/Strawberry
- Early Bird Discount available until April 31, 2018
$985.00 per person (does not include lodging and dinners)
Payment plan – three installments possible. Please contact Jen for more information.
$250 non-refundable deposit required upon registration
Airfare and Transportation not included
Lodging not included. There are a number of hotels and cabins available to rent in the Pine/Strawberry area. Our preferred recommendation is The Strawberry Inn. The Inn is a beautiful small hotel that has recently been completely refurbished. Rooms always sell out on the weekends so we suggest you reserve immediately 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.
Other options include:
Beeline Guest House * Pine Creek Cabins * Cabins on Strawberry Hill * Mary Ellen’s Cottage – The Randal House
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. When it comes to lodging though do not wait. Book first and then figure out sharing possibilities later.
Deconstructed Studio has a minimum requirement of 6 students with a maximum of 16 students
$250 non-refundable* deposit is due immediately to reserve your spot
Cancellation policy – Full refund (minus credit card processing fees) first 45 days from opening registration (May 15th). One-half refund (minus credit card processing fees) from May 15th – June 28th. No refunds after June 28th, 2018. 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.
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 48 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 six person minimum in order to do Deconstructed Studio. In the rare event there are not enough registrations, all deposits paid to this point will be fully refunded (minus a $5.95 credit card processing fee) and returned as soon as a cancellation announcement is made. Any decision to cancel the event will be made within 30 days of the retreat.
*We realize that a non-refundable deposit is something that 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.
All students will be required to sign a waiver before attending the retreat.
Need a little more backstory?
If you’ve been following my work for any time now, you know that I believe a fundamental skill of every mixed-media artist is the ability to see an object not for what it is but what it can become. Transforming common objects into art takes a keen eye, an innovative mind and skilled hands. For the re-imagined art to be beautiful it takes knowledge, some talent and a little bit of magic for both the artist and the viewer. I have honed all of the above and I want to share my skills with you.
Deconstructed Studio is an immersive experience where we’ll be looking at found objects in a new light and deciding on the spot (using your intuition and unique aesthetic) how to transform them into original works of art. I will guide you, teaching tangible skills of taking the object down to its bones or simply enhancing its natural beauty. It all depends on the object and the story you want to tell. We’ll also take bits and pieces of objects and reconstruct them into something entirely different using handheld power tools, cold connection techniques, wirewrapping and art supplies, such as paint, clay, patina, mediums and more. At the end of this retreat, you’ll visualize like an artist and begin to construct like an engineer.
Because I’m one of those mixed-media artists whose tried every medium and material imaginable and love it all, we’ll be exploring jewelry, collage and assemblage and how the same set of deconstruction/reconstruction skills are applicable across the board. We’ll also be talking a lot about the essential element nearly every piece of great art embodies – Storytelling. You will create work that resonates with your heart and soul; art that not only looks good but feels good too. My journalism background before art has taught me a thing or two about word play and finding the narrative.
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.