In the past, guests have ranged in age from
24 to 70. The diversity of ages and backgrounds makes
for a richer creative experience.
Most definitely, and many Artista guests do
attend on their own. By the end of the safari, everyone
has fabulous new friends. We offer private room accommodations
for solo guests and shared rooms for pairs of friends.
Carmel-by-the-Sea is in coastal Northern California,
so weather can vary from sunny to foggy and back to
sunny again within hours. Carmel Beach is not considered
a bikini beach, but afternoons can be quite comfortable.
Pack everything from tank tops to a warm jacket and
pants, and bring something fun for a night on the
town. For painting workshops, include something to
wear under your Artista apron while you paint. We'll
send a complete list of essentials prior to your safari.
Just pack your personal effects- Artista provides
all supplies needed for your workshop. We stock the
best possible materials, so there's no need to bring
any supplies. During your exploration of Carmel, you'll
have opportunities to sketch and photograph, so we
do recommend a camera and sketch book. For Clothing
Design workshops, you'll shop for your fabrics once
you get here. Carmel has plenty of shopping opportunities,
so credit cards are handy.
Included at all safaris are; Daily breakfasts
at the Cypress Inn and a welcome dinner on arrival
day. Our five day safaris also include a gourmet picnic
lunch one afternoon and a dinner party on the last
night. For all other lunches and dinners, you'll have
dozens of amazing restaurants and cafes to choose
from, all within walking distance. You can treat yourself
to a four-course French meal, a Japanese bento box
lunch, or settle down to a $4 bowl of soup. It's totally
up to you. Our concierge can make recommendations
and reservations. During workshop hours,
we do serve hors d'oeuvres, sweets, wine, coffee,
and other beverages, so you're welcome to snack as
The first and last days of your trip are travel
days. If you are flying in, book your flight to arrive
in Monterey Peninsula Airport between the hours of
10am and 4pm Pacific Standard Time, and we'll pick
you up. If you are flying into San Jose or San Francisco,
we can recommend a shuttle service. If you are driving
in, check-in begins around 3pm and orientation begins
As an all-inclusive safari, our program has
been carefully planned to create a seamless experiences
for our guests, so we are unable to exclude the hotel
cost from our program. If you want a local workshop
without the extras, we can make recommendations.
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We believe that every woman holds inside a
personal definition of beauty whether she's a new
artist or an accomplished master. We'll be there to
help you communicate your own definition. Never painted?
Wonderful, we would be honored to witness your very
first paint strokes.
That's ok, stick figures aren't part of the
workshop. Artista focuses on intuitive abstract expression.
You will learn to describe your vision through composition,
texture, and color. There is no right or wrong way
to paint abstract, so everyone develops their own
Even professional artists can be inspired
by new techniques, tools, colors and styles. Unlike
painting or drawing in realism, there is nothing to
copy or recreate, so painting abstractly is very liberating.
Intuitive abstract has few rules, requires little
discipline, and allows you to express yourself by
coloring outside the lines. Experienced artists have
the opportunity to find an entirely new style.
For a variety of reasons, we use acrylic paint
and gesso on paper, wood, and stretched canvas. We've
noticed more and more contemporary artists are utilizing
acrylics for good reason- they can be used for a wide
range of techniques from thin washes like watercolor
to layered, thick textures similar to oils. They quickly
dry and unlike oils, are low odor and easily thin
and clean with water.
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