Deconstructed Art Retreat

Jen Cushman’s Deconstructed Art RetreatJen Cushman’s Deconstructed Art Retreat

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, useful objects 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 in my brand new Deconstructed/Reconstructed Art Retreat. 

This is not a conventional art retreat. This is an intimate retreat 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 unique works of art. I will guide you, teaching tangible skills of either 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 cold-connection assemblage techniques and handheld power tools. At the end of this retreat, you’ll visualize like an artist and 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. We want our objects to not only look good but feel good. My journalism background before art has taught me a thing or two about inner excavation. 


Are you searching to take your work to the next level? Do you wish to hone your skills under a hands-on instructor who will act as your guide and mentor? Are you seeking inspiration to help you get out of your head and back into your he{art}?

Join Jen if you want to…

  • Find beauty in any object.
  • Discover how objects and art materials speak to you, to hear the tiny whispers of what they want to become. 
  • Learn tangible techniques to enhance your art
  • Heed your inner voice. The artist voice that guides your innate creativity. 
  • Tell captivating visual stories.
  • Decompress from life’s daily stresses. 
  • Discover a new tribe of sisterhood.

September 20-24th  2017

What’s included:

  • Five nights and four full days in wine country of Temecula, California at a the Prima Retreat House, a beautiful private home.
  • One day of treasure hunting at Old Town antique stores and markets in search for vintage/unique objects to transform. 
  • Three full days of art instruction/art making.
  • All materials and supplies included. Small personal tool list required.
  • Opening night reception with appetizers and local wines from the region.
  • Three breakfasts, lunches and dinners included – Vegan options available.
  • Twin beds for most students. One king bed available for sharing. One premium private room with king bed available (single or double occupancy). 
  • Evening wine tasting with a local sommelier. 
  • Saturday evening dinner party with art auction to benefit Charity Wings, a non-profit arts organization.
  • Private pool, jacuzzi and dry sauna on site for your pleasure.
  • Special little surprises throughout the retreat. It’s a secret.
  • Opportunity to invest in yourself and your passion for art.
  • 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 Temecula Valley and Southern California wine country. 
  • Early Bird, Buddy Pass and Charity Wings Member discounts available (save up to $450!)
  • Limited number of day passes available.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations –  We know that situations can sometimes arise causing a change to your plans. It is not possible for Jen Cushman, the instructor or Elena Lai Etcheverry and/or Charity Wings, the host, to favor an individual situation or circumstance over another, so we must maintain a standard business policy for all and with no exceptions. It is understood that you have read and agreed to our Art Retreat Workshops policy.  



$1,785 per person, standard room double occupancy (twin beds). You will be sharing with fellow students.  

$1,985 per person, premium room double occupancy (twin beds, one king bed) You will be sharing with fellow students.  

$2,285 per person, superior room king bed double occupancy. $4,570 single occupancy. Only one available. 

Limited number of day passes available for $1,185. No overnight accommodations. 


Take advantage of the following discounts!

  • Early Bird Discount – $250 discount by May 15th with paid non-refundable deposit 
  • Charity Wings Member Discount – $100 (available duration of registration process)
  • Buddy Pass Discount – Bring a friend (or two or four!) and get $100 Even if you have already signed up we will credit you $100 for each friend you refer. (available the duration of the registration process) Your friend must write your name in comment section when they register.
  • Pay in two installments. Event hosted by Charity Wings, a 501c3 arts organization. Register now 

Deposit – $500 non-refundable deposit secures your spot. Retreat is intimate and limited to 17 students. A wait list will begin once all spots are filled. If spaces become available we will go through the list based on first come, first served. 

Airfare and transportation not included