Deconstructed Studio Art Retreat


Due to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic my April 2020 workshop has been cancelled. September is open

and I’m taking reservations for a limit of 8 students. Should the coronavirus still be an issue for travel and require

social distancing then I will immediately offer full refunds, including deposits.

 

 

 

 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…

April 24th, 25th and 26th, 2020 –  CANCELLED DUE TO SHELTER AT HOME MANDATES

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

SECOND DECONSTRUCTED WORKSHOP OF 2020

 

September 24th, 25th and 26th, 2019 

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 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.

THE PRICE…

$895.00 per person (includes lodging)

Payment plan – two installments possible if sent by check or paid digitally by Venmo or Zelle or Personal Check 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.