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.
Two hometown workshops for 2019!!!
June 7th, 8th and 9th, 2019 –
Metalsmithing – Making Mixed Metal Elements; Metal Etching, Metal Stamping, Soft Solder Stamping, Forged Bangles, Spinner Ring, Soldered Bezels, Copper Tube Bezels, Hinge Journal, Cold Connection Stacking. This is a much more “fiery” metal jewelry-focused workshop. We will be working with sheet metal, heavy gauge wire, rivets, torches, tumblers, patinas and doing both traditional soldering and soft soldering. Be prepared to get your hands dirty and your metal on. This workshop is for the many folks who own my book Making Metal Jewelry and have been asking me for a workshop to delve deeper into the technique. While I will have many tools and supplies on hand to work with, students must bring their own 22 gauge sterling silver sheet metal and round sterling silver wire to work with if they want to work in silver. Bronze, copper and nickel are available in the studio for student use.
October 4th, 5th and 6th, 2019 –
Mixed-Media Jewelry; 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. Much more “everything but the kitchen sink” magic making. 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 translate to assemblage, art dolls, bookmaking, journals etc. Many of these techniques are part of a new book in the works.
- 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 (optional) after Saturday lunch excursion of treasure hunting at antique shops in Pine. While there are no streetlights in our little town, there are four cute antique/junk shops to check out.
- Most supplies included. Small personal tool list required. Students bring their own unique small found objects to incorporate.
- Healthy and homemade breakfasts and lunches at home Friday, Saturday and Sunday – Vegan options available
- Tea and scones/fresh fruit break Friday and Sunday afternoon. Tea selection from The Herb Stop in Pine, a wonderful natural health store with great prices on essential oils, handmade soaps, artisan teas, herbs and spices.
- Friday night BYOB hang out on my deck with fun (and possibly a tad bawdy) getting to know each other games.
- Gather ’round the fire Saturday evening sisterhood with S’more fixins’ provided.
- 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
$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. There are a number of hotels and cabins available to rent in the Pine/Strawberry area. We are working now with The Cabins on Strawberry Hill to reserve multiple cabins that sleep four per cabin – One queen bed and two twin beds. This is a darling cabin in the woods experience with modern-day amenities like wifi, kitchen, beautiful grounds, etc. For those who prefer solo lodging, 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.
Other options include:
Beeline Guest House * Mary Ellen’s Cottage
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 to Payson and arrangements can be made to bring you the 13 miles up the hill to Pine.
Deconstructed Studio has a minimum requirement of 6 students with a maximum of 16 students
$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 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 and tuition paid to the point of cancellation will be fully refunded (minus a 3.6 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. Jen’s retreat in 2018 sold out, so we fully expect more great workshops.
*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.
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.
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.