Deconstructed Art Retreat




*This event is sold out. Wait list requests are being accepted by emailing



 Jen 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 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 in my brand new Deconstructed/Reconstructed Art Retreat. 

This is not a conventional art retreat. This is an intimate deep-dive 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 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. 


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 learn to look at found objects in a new light. 
  • How to let your objects and art materials speak to you, to hear the whispers of what they want to become.
  • Listen to your inner voice; the artist voice that guides you to your inherent creativity.
  • Learn to tell captivating visual stories
  • Are interested in Creative Transformation
  • To decompress from life’s daily stresses
  • To enjoy a new tribe of sisterhood


January 24th – 28th  2018

What’s included:

  • Four nights and five days in wine country of Temecula, California at 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 wine from local wineries
  • Four breakfasts and three lunches included – Vegan options available
  • Twin beds for most students. One king bed available for sharing. One premium private room with king bed available.
  • Evening wine tasting at local wineries
  • 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 Discount available until September 30th, 2017
  • Limited number of day passes available



$1,300 per person, standard room double occupancy (twin beds). You will be sharing with fellow students.  (SOLD OUT)

$1,500 per person, premium room double occupancy (twin beds, one king bed) You will be sharing with fellow students.  (SOLD OUT)

$3,000, superior room single occupancy with one king bed (double occupancy possible. Sharing the king bed is $1,500 per person and you & friend must register together) (SOLD OUT)

Limited number (4 total) of day passes available for $900. Charity Wings members $800. No overnight accommodations. No partial days. 

Take advantage of the following discounts/promotions

  • Girlfriends Closet Built for 2 donation application. Contest from Nov. 7-Dec 1st, 2017 where you and your best artsy girlfriend can win two spots in my retreat by filling out a $25 per person donation application with Charity Wings. Winners announced Dec. 5th. Anyone who supports but is not a winner is eligible for $100 (per person) off the retreat. UPDATE: Congrats to Candy Rosenberg and Kelly Gustus for winning this contest! 
  • Charity Wings Member Special Bonus – 30 minute Angel Card Reading OR 30 minute Reiki session OR 30 minute Craft Business Q&A with Jen (your choice)
  • Register online at Charity Wings 
  • Students can stay Sunday night for $140 per person additional fee. Check out by 10 a.m. Monday. 

$500 non-refundable deposit secures your spot. Retreat must be paid in full before arrival Jan 24th. 

Retreat is intimate and limited to 18 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. To get on the wait list send email to The retreat is hosted by Charity Wings, a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization, of which Jen is on the Board of Directors. 

NOTE: A Terms of Service policy will be sent to every registered attendee. You must sign waiver to participate in event. 

Airfare and Transportation NOT included