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Postcards Home, Small Mosaics with Pam Goode in Italy

20 May

Postcards Home, Small Mosaics with Pam Goode in Orvieto, Italy
May 22 – 28, 2016
$3,100, Double Occupancy

Mosaic Art Retreat

Morning in Orvieto, © Pam Goode

What’s better than a weeklong mosaic studio session in Italy? (I know, right?!) A week of mosaic sessions interspersed with vineyard visits, wine and olive oil tastings, an archaeological tour of ancient mosaics, Etruscan caves, a visit to the Duomo and her dazzling gold mosaics, and a cooking class? Yes!

In May I’ll be returning to heartbreakingly beautiful Orvieto, a hilltop village in Umbria built atop a warren of caves from the Etruscan era (800 – 400 BC). The pedestrian streets are cobbled and lined with artisans and cafes, iron lanterns and bountiful markets, with valley views never more than a stroll away.

ACCOMMODATIONS

We’ll stay in the Institute San Ludovico Convent (pictured above), circa 300 – 400BC, which hugs the town wall presenting lovely views. Each room has its own bath. A library and beautiful gardens are available for us, as well as a colonnaded portico for lunches, sketching, or butterfly watching. Single, Double, and Twin rooms are available. Daily breakfast and some lunches are included. Photos of accommodations are here.

WORKSHOP

Our theme will be Postcards Home, small mosaics that will capture a detail of our travels, helping us reconnect to moments of discovery long after we return home. Some tools and materials will be provided, and a materials list will be included upon registration. Subjects and styles are up to you, though I’ll have some samples and designs available for use, as well as a bit of poetic inspiration. Alternately, you’re welcome to use this time as an Open Studio for your own projects; I’ll be available for consultation and/or assistance. Workshops and guided studio time will be morning or afternoon with cultural tours and free time rounding out the day. The studio will be open from early morning until late evening, and you’re welcome to work on your own before or after sessions. All levels, from never-touched-a-piece-of-glass to advanced, are welcome.

CULTURAL TOURS

Learn how wine is made and what to look for in olive oils, savor local cheeses, whip yourself up some wild boar alla pappardelle, grab a rare view of a preserved Christian-era mosaic floor set a story beneath the current church, and sample a few of Italy’s finest wines. Now that’s what I call relaxing after a grueling day in the studio!

A WALK AROUND TOWN

There’s nothing quite like rounding a corner and getting that first In-Your-Face view of the Duomo, a 14th century Roman Catholic cathedral lined with gold mosaic (more here). Then again, there’s nothing quite like walking down to the village market early in the morning and ogling the artichokes for taste (and art) possibilities, then settling into the best morning cappuccino. Or sharing a simple and impossibly fresh just-picked/just-cooked meal with friends. Or wandering the narrow streets of the medieval section, where you can feel the life and stories resonating from each stone. Grabbing a handful of fresh flowers for your room and an Orvieto-made pottery pretty to stash them in. Clean, exhaust-free air and a quiet sun-bath on the ancient undulating walls of the town. Take me now! Click on the first photo above for a slideshow.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Mosaic Workshops ItalyPam Goode is a mosaic artist based in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a creator of fine and functional art, installations, and community projects, she works with a variety of materials, including Italian and Mexican handmade glass, stained glass, porcelain, stone, and found objects. Known for her sense of whimsy and color, Pam’s mosaics transcend the subject at hand and go straight for the heart. “My goal is to bring a sense of joy, wonder, or peace to viewers. It isn’t enough for me to create a mosaic; I need to create a mosaic that sings, that resonates.” Her work has been selected for inclusion in Mosaic Arts International four times, and has appeared twice in Mosaic Art Now, a publication featuring mosaic art across the globe. With Lin Schorr as designer, she served as project manager for Unfurled, a collaborative installation featuring the work of 52 international artists.

Immersed in mosaics since 1999, Pam founded Ciel Gallery in 2008 in an effort to provide exhibition opportunities for mosaic artists across the globe. Now an art collective focusing on local artists working in every medium, Ciel continues to present juried exhibitions, classes, and special events.

An avid traveler, Pam is most inspired by being in unfamiliar surroundings where every sight, every thought, is new. “I see everything differently — feel everything differently — and the ability to communicate my own transformation though art thrills me.” In 2012 Pam founded Mosaic Art Retreats, offering international art tours and workshops. Pam has also been selected for an artist’s residency in Ireland for June, 2016.

Website. Contact.

ABOUT ADVENTURES IN ITALY

Adventures in Italy is the labor of love created by Kristin and Bill Steiner. They are Hosts Supreme, sharing joy and knowledge and comfort. You couldn’t be in better hands, and you will love them 🙂  Learn more here.

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Make Your Own Workshop: Mexico with Carol Shelkin

27 Sep

TWO DATES:

Make Your Own Mosaic Workshop with Carol Shelkin
Puerta Vallarta, Mexico
November 30 – December 6, 2014
 (a couple of spots left)
$1521 Double Occupancy

OR

February 15 – 21, 2015
$1521 Double Occupancy

Work in Mosaic Realism, Tempered Glass  or Your Choose Your Own Project
Two NEW week-long workshops to choose from — second week added by popular demand!

Join Carol Shelkin for seven days and six nights at Hacienda Mosaico, a private, luxurious hacienda in Puerto Vallarta just 15 minutes from the airport by private cab. You’ll be enchanted with the most wonderful breakfast and hearty lunch served poolside amid tropical gardens. Enjoy a replay of summer days in winter, without the humidity. We’ll enjoy daytime meals prepared by our personal chef, then venture out for dinners together.  Ample studio time will be provided, and massages are available on site. This is my fifth year going to this ARTful Retreat and I wouldn’t want you to miss it!

Workshop:
Carol Shelkin Mosaics
Mosaic is unique to every student, and the goal in this workshop is to direct and assist each student to develop, find their own style, and create a beautiful work of art. You’ll learn to develop an eye for mosaic and create a line drawing in realism, work with Tempered Glass, or choose another personal mosaic to work on. There will be comprehensive PowerPoint presentations and students will begin work on a mosaic of their choosing. You may bring your own photographic-model or choose from those provided. Please contact the instructor for instructions. If you choose to work in Tempered Glass, you’ll complete a mosaic using the overlaying, collage techniques with metallic papers, tissue, foils, glitter, beads and more, creating abstract art with these recycled materials. Bring your photos, personal invitations, and/or mementos to be embedded forever in art.  No experience necessary.

Optional Day Trips:
Our group will have the option to travel in comfort by large, air-conditioned van for a visit to Sayulita, a quaint Pacific Coast town north of the city to visit Mexican markets and shops. We’ll have dinner at a beach restaurant, visit art galleries, and shop on the El Malecon in downtown Puerto Vallarta. And of course the beach is just a ten minute walk from the hacienda.

Lodgings:
Carol Shelkin Mosaics
From Host Sam Leonard: “Hacienda Mosaico is a completely walled, private property with an outdoor eating area around a gorgeous pool.  Everywhere you look, from the painted rugs and furniture to the mosaic steps, benches and tables and adornment hanging from the trees, you’ll be enthralled with creativity.

We have a lush, tropical location and a real ARTretreat experience in this space. It’s a great place to teach, learn and create, and a very accessible destination that offers international flavor and style. Can you imagine healthy meals being served poolside in a private, tropical setting? We have breakfast and lunch suited to your dietary needs.

Unlike a hotel, Hacienda Mosaico is a private retreat and art center filled with mosaic art. Our electricity is the same as the US, so your hair dryers, battery chargers, etc. will all work here without converters. Water in Puerto Vallarta has been awarded a certification of purity for over fourteen years, one of only two cities in Mexico that can boast such accomplishment. However bottled water is available at the Hacienda.”

Summary:
Retreat Price:
$1,521. 00 (based on double occupancy).
Single Supplement available at a higher fee.

Lodging: 6 nights & 7 days ( Arrive Sunday – depart Saturday )
Mosaic Art Instruction: 5 days
Unlimited Open Studio: 24/7.

Carol Shelkin MosaicsMeals Included by the hacienda’s Personal Chef: Sunday evening welcome reception, 5 full breakfasts & 5 lunches served poolside in a tropical setting, and a Saturday departure brunch. Optional dinner together at local restaurants and cafes. Optional Tours of the Botanical Gardens and Sayulita and a Wednesday night Gallery crawl on the El Malecon by the beach.

Students are responsible for bringing their own tools and supplies. Materials list & instructions on packing will be sent after registration.

Free Time:
Two optional excursions will be available, including dinner at the beach, gallery crawl/or sightseeing and Mexican market in Sayulita.

Carol Shelkin Mosaics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Register:
Please contact Sam at info@haciendamosaico.com.

For More Information about the Instructor:
Website: www.carolshelkinmosaics.com

For Questions: Email carol.shelkin@yahoo.com

Chat with me anytime on FACEBOOK: Carol Shelkin Mosaics

 

Fine Print:
Trip insurance is strongly advised. This “plain language” tutorial will explain travel insurance so you can easily find the right plan: Travel Insurance 101: How to Protect Your Vacation.

Mixed Media Mosaics in Mexico with Heather Vollans

26 Aug

Mixed Media Mosaics in Mexico with Heather Vollans
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
April 12 – 18, 2015
$1500

Class Description

Mosaic Workshop MexicoThis mosaic class is all about working with unconventional materials and textures.  We’ll think “non-traditionally”  about what materials work for mosaic, and then produce a mixed media artwork using perhaps aluminum, copper, plastics, linoleum, wood, tire rubber, or beach detritus as well as the more usual mosaic materials such as tile/ceramic/glass.

Early in the week we’ll explore the streets of Puerto Vallarta — including hardware stores, markets and miscellaneous shops scouring for texture. Bring from home anything you would also like to include in your mosaic – metals, jewellery, plastics etc.  This class will particularly appeal to those who have a passion for unusual texture and love to collect.   You may choose to grout or leave your work ungrouted (or use a combination of both).   Acrylic paints can also be used to finish frames or incorporate into your mixed media work. Textured thinset is also an option.

Mosaic Workshop MexicoInstruction will include where to salvage for unusual objects, what to look for, what to avoid!!, and how to use those textures for creative designs.  Learn to see ordinary materials as possibilities for textural interest …copper pipe is not just for plumbing and linoleum is not just for floors!  We’ll talk about how to combine as few as 1-2 materials and, using a variety of cutting and design techniques, produce an effective mosaic.  Cutting instruction, adhesives, and tesserae will be discussed.  Class will also include techniques for cutting traditional mosaic materials for adding dimension, line, graduation of colour, etc.  Recipes for colouring thinset and grout will be included and take-home notes provided.  Wooden substrate will be provided, with extra bases available for additional work.  This course is suitable for those new to mosaic as well as those with some experience who want to explore “non-traditional” methods and materials.

Mosaic Workshop MexicoThere will also be extensive discussion about mosaic for outdoors – for climates colder than Mexico!  What adhesives work, what materials to use, substrates that work, and much more.

So start thinking about some ordinary things you could use for your mosaic — textural plastics, metals — whatever.  Be inspired by the art surrounding the beautiful tropical paradise of Sam’s Hacienda Mosaico, and create your own art with like-minded friends who love to salvage and re-purpose materials.  Enjoy incredible food, camaraderie and relaxed atmosphere at Hacienda Mosaico and go home inspired to do even more art!

Student List of Tools and Materials required for the class will be provided at registration.
Instructor to Supply:  Substrates, acrylic paints, rags, trowels, thinset/grout and powdered pigments.

 

$1500 Cost Includes

  • 5 Days Instruction
  • 6 Nights Accommodation at Hacienda Mosaico,  Based on Double Occupancy
  • Breakfast and Lunch Included on Workshop Days
  • Substrates, Acrylic Paints, Rags, Trowels, Thinset, Grout, Pigments

Mosaic Workshop MexicoNot Included:

  • Airfare or Airport Transfers
  • Travel Insurance (Strongly Recommended)
  • Dinners
  • Scavenged Materials from Mexico
  • Tools and Materials (list provided at registration)

 

About Hacienda Mosaico

Check out the sumptuous surroundings here.

 

Mosaic Workshop MexicoAbout Heather

Heather Vollans is an Australian mosaic artist working in Southern Ontario, Canada.  A background in construction led to Heather’s exploration of ordinary materials salvaged from job sites and how to use them in artwork. She now mostly works with unconventional mosaic materials to create mixed media artworks, with much of her work created for exteriors in Northern climates.  Her professional work includes public art, community projects, private commissions and exhibitions.  Teaching experience includes colleges, in schools and at local galleries. Read more about Heather here. Contact Heather here.

Treasures of Barcelona and Madrid with Maverick Mosaics

19 May

Treasures of Barcelona and Madrid
Maverick Mosaics
September 12 – 21, 2014
$2995

Travel Abroad with Maverick Mosaics as Adult Art Camp goes International!

Mosaic Art Retreats SpainOur second international trip will be to the colorful country of Spain to pay homage to three of Spain’s most important native sons: Pablo Picasso, Antonio Gaudi and Salvador Dali.

Introducing the trip of a lifetime for anyone with a sense of adventure. Get ready to enjoy a long week of culture, history, contemporary art, great food and a hands-on project. You’ll experience the splendor of Spain in the spirit of Maverick Mosaics’ successful Art Camp format: learn, create and laugh.

Take in the magic and beauty of Spain with like-minded and adventuresome companions. Your trip will be filled with fun adventures and designed to entertain while providing unique learning experiences. We offer hassle-free travel, wonderful accommodations, and street-level cultural engagement based in the world of art and architecture. We plan at least two hands-on workshops including making mosaics.

Mosaic Art Retreats SpainOur adventure begins in Madrid as we spend our first day discovering the wonders of the Royal Palace and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, where Picasso’s masterpiece “Guernica” is enshrined. With Madrid as our home base, you’ll make day trips to Segovia and Toledo. In Toledo our day includes time at the cathedral Santo Tomé to view an El Greco masterpiece and a visit to Sinagoga de Santa Maria la Blanca. We’ll visit internationally recognized potters and renowned Toledo sword makers whose blades have been sought after from around the world (think Zorro, swashbuckling Earl Flynn and Samurai warriors!).

En route to Segovia, a must-see stop at El Escorial is planned. The building is the most important architectural monument of the Spanish Renaissance. After a magical day in Segovia, where architecture dates to Roman times, we’ll train to Barcelona.

Mosaic Art Retreats SpainOnce in Barcelona you’ll have a series of fabulous art filled experiences: The Picasso Museum, a guided tour of Gaudi’s Bascilica de la Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and La Pedrera. You’ll make your own mosaic in the spirit of Gaudi and revel in the magic of the city as we make our way touring its famous sights. Topping off our time in Barcelona, we’ll visit the Salvador Dali museum, one of the most unique and multi-sensory museums in the world.

Professionally led wine tastings, fine food and dancing are also scheduled along the way. We wrap up our trip with a day at the beach in breathtaking Sitges. Just a short drive from Barcelona, this is “The Jewel” of the Catalan coast.

Maverick’s inaugural Art Camp trip to France in June 2013 was amazing, thanks in large part to the expertise and planning of our travel and logistics partner A La Carte Travel. A La Carte Travel is the nation’s leader in exclusively providing educational institutions with affordable access to learning opportunities abroad, and Maverick Mosaics qualifies as an educational institution. Hassle free travel is paramount, ground transportation and transfers are included, no waiting in lines for scheduled tours and we have a full time English/Spanish speaking escort traveling with us. A La Carte Travel promotes the values of understanding the world we live in through experiencing and learning about different cultures. With over 16 years of experience organizing educational tours, A La Carte Travel is the perfect partner with Maverick Mosaics for this unique travel and learning adventure.

For more details, trip itinerary, workshop details and costs please click here.

Packing Tips for Mosaic Retreats

27 Nov

Packing Tips for Artists

Will TSA confiscate my Leps? Can I buy wedi in Turkey? Does the 3 ounce rule apply to Lexel? Help!

Carol Shelkin is a mosaicist on the move, teaching workshops across the US, as well as Mexico, Canada, and Costa Rica, with several more continents on the list. So I’m thrilled that she agreed to guest-write this column on packing tips for mosaic artists. Let the planning begin!

Travellin’ Tips from Carol Shelkin:

To make your life easier, I don’t recommend any mosaic art supplies in your carry-on other than substrates or sheets of Tempered Glass (TG). Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules and guidelines are clear (and firm), and protecting your art supplies and getting them to your destination will make for a wonderful art retreat.

The rule is that a liquid or cream-like substance needs to be 3oz or less, and in one plastic quart-sized zipped bag for a carry-on item. No sharp objects or tools may be brought on-board. It’s not wise to bring any “white powdered” grout, colorants or thinset in carry-on luggage. These rules help shape how we must pack for traveling with art supplies.

1. If you are bringing a lot of mosaic art supplies, place them together in one piece of separate luggage to be checked. This way, TSA only has to “rummage” through one piece of luggage. Again, check this luggage — do not bring it on board. Be aware that weight limits are 40 – 50 pounds per bag, and do check your airline for specific weight restrictions. Test-Pack and weigh your luggage well before leaving for the airport. If it looks like you’ll be over the weight requirement, it might be less costly to pay for extra weight than to separate your supplies into two checked bags. Fees should be listed on each airline website. Beads, millefiori, some tiles and embellishments with NO sharp edges may be brought in a carry-on. If you’re unsure of a specific item, do NOT bring it on board; pack it with bags to be stowed in the cargo area!

Travel Packing Tips

2. Allow for expansion and contraction of filled tubes by pouring/or squeezing some adhesive out and leaving a bit of empty space in the container. Wrap all tools and supplies in bubble wrap (small bubble size) and secure with painters tape. Enclose all art supplies in clear, plastic zip-top bags and then place in a clear plastic shoebox-style bin, and then in a plastic trash bag (preferably clear) in your suitcase. This allows airport security to quickly view and approve your items, and spend less time handling your supplies. In some cases the pressure and temperature change in an airplane’s cargo area and can cause tubes of adhesive to leak or burst. Zip-lock plastic bags, plastic bins, and trash bags help keep messes contained.

3. Use painters’ tape to close the shoe box, and be sure to mark shoe boxes (SHARP GLASS – ART SUPPLIES) to allow items to be opened and closed easily by TSA.

4. If using one piece of luggage, pack shoe boxes on top of clothes for TSA’s easy access.

5. Smaller substrates can be packed in the bottom of your suitcase or carried on board. It is not recommended to pack a sheet of TG in luggage, but I’ve brought TG on board many times. Making certain the glass is within the height and width restrictions for carry-ons, simply wrap it in bubble wrap and place in a canvas bag or carry-on luggage.

6. If you work with Silicone, Weldbond, DAP or any adhesive that is not in a powdered form, keep these in the original containers, and again — place them in a zipper bag, clear shoebox bin and small trash bag in case of leakage.

Containers for Travel7. If you’re traveling with thinset, grout, colorants, or anything in powdered form, place these in a heavier weight zipped plastic bag, place the bag in a storage container (see photo), place that container in another zipper plastic bag, in a shoe box and lastly, place the shoebox in a trash bag. Mark the bags and plastic containers: ART SUPPLIES and list the contents (grout, thinset, etc.). Then, place these items in a shoe box (if it fits) also marked ART SUPPLIES. Secure the bag and containers with painters’ tape, since it’s easier for inspectors to open and close. The painters’ tape will adhere each time.

Packing Glass for Travel8. Stained Glass is easier to transport if cut in small 3″x3″ pieces (see photo). It’s suggested to wrap four – five pieces in bubble wrap (small bubble size) and then place them in a shoebox. Mark the shoebox “ART SUPPLIES — SHARP GLASS.” Wrap smalti in bubble wrap and place in shoebox, along with any desired embellishments.

9. Place your name and destination on the outside of each shoebox. Often, inspected items are taken out of luggage and mixed-up, dropped, etc. Let’s make sure they get to you.

10. Make a list of enclosed supplies for your records.

LUGGAGE SUMMARY

The best way to transport supplies is to place them in zip-locked plastic bags or waterproof bags, place these bags in shoe boxes or storage bins, wrap the bins in a  larger plastic bag, and place these in your checked luggage. Substrates packed in carry-on luggage must be able to fit easily in the overhead bins or in the space provided under the seat. Carry-on luggage must not exceed dimension and size limits; check with your airline. You may bring some tesserae on board, as long as there are no sharp edges. Tools may not be brought on board, ever. Keep checked luggage unlocked and at 40 – 50 pounds. Check with your airline for domestic or international flights weight and size limits.

SHIPPING

If you choose to ship items to your overseas destination, allow a month for travel time and be aware of tariffs and taxes. Place both your name and the retreat name / host’s name on the address label and don’t forget to inform the retreat location that you will be shipping supplies. Ask them to contact you when the package arrives. Some retreat locations charge a holding fee if they need to store your supplies for more than three days. This can get tricky and expensive.

You may also call your materials supplier to see if they ship direct. Check the prices, as it might be easier and less expensive to simply pay the “checked baggage” fees when traveling. FedEx or DHL will expedite the supplies, but this can be very costly and is not recommended. Get quotes in advance if you decide to go this route.

COMING HOME

Some airlines do not allow you to check “artwork”, so plan on bringing your work on board as a carry-on. Place a soft towel on top of the mosaic, then wrap in bubble wrap and place in a canvas bag or carry-on luggage.

There you have it: Tips from a Master! If you have additional suggestions or questions about traveling with art supplies, please use the comment section below. And thank you Carol Shelkin!

Mosaic Intensive with Sonia King: Paros, Greece, 2013

6 Nov

*WAIT LIST ONLY

Mosaic Intensive: Greece
Working in White on the Greek Island of Paros
with Sonia King
June 17 – 21, 2013
$2375

Mosaic Art Retreats GreeceJoin Sonia for an intensive five-day mosaic workshop on the sun-drenched island of Paros in Greece.  Paros is famous for the beautiful white marble that the ancient Greeks carved into statues like the Venus de Milo. We’ll take our inspiration from this amazing material and work all in whites, tone on tone. This will be a rare opportunity to enhance your mosaic skills in an inspiring and stimulating environment.

Sonia King Intensive GreeceCreating mosaic in a monochrome palette emphasizes the focus on cutting, laying style, reflectivity, scale and texture. Limiting possible decisions to the primary principles of mosaic offers learning opportunities that color can mask. Technically, there will be extensive inquiry into cutting techniques, methods of laying and broadening your skill set. The class specifically covers working with texture, scale, andamento and spacing; achieving effects through varied cutting and laying styles and/or mixed materials, working direct. There will be discussions about design, the complexity of working with more than one material, reflectivity and more. Most importantly, you’ll leave the workshop with an elevated sense of what mosaic is about, a new way of thinking about your work and the knowledge to enable you to push to the next level. Prior mosaic experience is recommended. Some white materials will be supplied. (A list of the supplied materials will be sent in advance so class participants can bring additional materials, or even additional colors, if they wish.)

Mosaic Art Retreats GreeceThere will be an optional side trip on one day, by ferry, to the island of Delos to see ancient mosaics.  Participants may choose to come along or to remain in the studio working.  The atmosphere will be relaxed and there will be ample time for swimming and sunning on the beach steps away from our hotel.

Mosaic Art Retreats GreeceThe course fee includes:
* Get-acquainted dinner on the evening before the workshop begins, June 16
* Individual instruction/coaching by Sonia, structured to meet each participant’s experience level and goals.
* Group discussions on the art of mosaic, cutting techniques, ergonomics, technical issues, the business of art, critical thinking and problem-solving strategies for design/implementation and more.
* Substrate, adhesive, marble and the use of a hammer/hardie. Bring your own hand tools. Participants may also want to bring additional materials to work with, such as glass, unglazed ceramic, smalti, beads, found objects, etc. More info on recommended tools and materials will be supplied.
* Optional day trip to visit ancient mosaics on the island of Delos with lunch and shopping opportunities on Mykonos
* Closing night dinner party, June 21

Not included:
* Transportation (airfares, ferries, taxis, etc.)
* Meals (other than breakfast at the hotel and the get-acquainted and closing dinners)
* Optional side trip to visit the ancient mosaics on island of Delos plus lunch & shopping on Mykonos

Mosaic Art Retreats GreeceSpace is limited so early registration is recommended.  Cost is $2,375 US. Ten participants are required for the class to be held. A deposit of $500 is required on booking and the class fills on a first-come basis. Balance of the fee is due by February 1st, allowing ample time for buying air tickets at the best price.  After February 1st, refunds will be given provided the opening is filled. (There is always a wait list so a refund is likely.) Refunds will be less any money transfer fees. Payment may be made by US $ checks, US $ wire transfer, Western Union or PayPal. (PayPal incurs a small percentage transaction fee)

Direct inquiries to Sonia.
Include contact info (name, address, phone, e-mail). As the workshop approaches, recommended tool information, details about materials and advice about logistics will be sent.

See images from the 2011 workshop on Paros

Click here for a flyer in PDF format for printing

All About Costa Rica

8 Oct

Mosaic Retreat: Costa Rica
Flora & Fauna
Carol Shelkin and Pam Goode
November 23 – December 1, 2013
$1960

The smallish country of Costa Rica is BIG with heart-thumping nouns: Rainforest; Jungle; Puma; Volcano; Rapids; Blue Morpho; Cloud Forest; Waterfalls; Toucan; Lava, Strangler Fig.

The numbers-story goes like this:

  • 19,700 square miles, ranking 129th in landmass worldwide, and, closer to home, about the size of West Virginia or Denmark.
  • 801 miles of curvy coastline on the Pacific; 132 miles fronting the Caribbean, much of which is inaccessible by car.
  • Elevation ranges from 0 – 12,530 feet above sea level
  • 12 distinct ecosystems
  • Within only .25% of the world’s landmass, Costa Rica hosts 5% of the world’s biodiversity
  • Constitutionally abolished its army in 1949, and is one of the world’s 22 longterm stable democracies
  • In 2012 Costa Rica is scheduled to become the first country on the continent of the Americas to ban recreational hunting
  • In 2007, the government announced an initiative to become the first carbon-neutral country by 2021
  • Literacy rate of 94.9%
  • 11 degrees North of the Equator, with a tropical climate determined by elevation

Impressive? Absolutely! But numbers pale up against the visual stimulation of this land filled with gentle people and wild nature. Below is a little gallery of photos from my trips to Costa Rica over the last 13 years. Click on the first image to flip through paradise in larger format.

Get up close with us in Costa Rica — what better place to capture the splendor of quirky and art-inspiring  flora and fauna?

Read Retreat Description here.

Read about Pam’s Virgin Trip to Costa Rica here.

Contact us here.

Mosaic Retreat in Costa Rica: November 2013

8 Oct

Mosaic Retreat: Costa Rica
Flora & Fauna
Carol Shelkin and Pam Goode
November 23 – December 1, 2013
$1960

Join us in the jungles of Costa Rica to work fauvist portraiture magic on local flora and fauna. Whether you’re drawn to the lush foliage and floral exotics of the rainforest or the brilliance of toucans, macaws, the Blue Morpho butterfly, or beady-eyed tree frogs, we’ll spend a week creating mosaic “portraits” of Costa Rican beauties.

We’ll explore forest paths, gardens, and sanctuaries on our first day, allowing ample time to capture the photographic images that make your heart go pittypat. We’ll then work to simply images for mosaic via photo editing and collage techniques. The rest of the week will be yours to work with the group or alone, with optional daily instruction, demos, and personal attention.

We’ll also schedule a free day for adventure activities, as well as one or two shorter excursions. At the top of the list will be a visit to nearby Arenal Volcano, as well as a good soak in the local hot springs.

Accommodations will be at Finca Luna Nueva Lodge, an eco-lodge and organic farm situated in a private rainforest preserve adjacent to the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. The lodge includes 7 rooms with bath and wrap-around porches, plus individual or family garden cabinas, pool, jacuzzi, and spa with a wide range of treatments available. Daily organic meals prepared onsite by a Slow Food Movement chef will be included. Special Request meals can be accommodated. All rooms are single accommodations with one queen bed. A very limited number of double accommodations may be available. Please contact for pricing if a spouse wishes to join you.

$1,960 price includes arrival and return shuttle for our group from San Jose Airport to Finca Luna Nueva (New Moon Farm), accommodations for seven nights (Saturday – Saturday), seven breakfasts, five lunches, and five dinners, one guided farm tour, one guided rainforest tour, six days of instruction including one-on-one time, and Welcome Reception. Students will be responsible for bringing materials, tools, and substrates. Optional activities at an extra cost include guided Arenal Volcano Lava Hike, two lunches and dinners in town, Butterfly Garden or Cloud Forest Tours, Zipline Canopy Tour, Rafting, or Hanging Bridge Canopy Tour. One day will be set aside for On Your Own Adventures. Airfare, local transportation (excluding airport shuttle), optional tours, alcohol and gratuities are not included in the trip cost. Class is limited to 12 participants.

Room selections will be made in order of full payments received.

Average high in November is 82; average low is 68.

For a tentative daily schedule or more information, please email Pam.

For more information about Carol Shelkin, please visit Carol’s website, or Carol’s class description.

For more information about Pam Goode, please visit Pam’s website or business page.

To register, please email Pam with name and contact info. Deposit of $500 (1/2) may be made through PayPal or by check. Payment in full must be completed by October 1, 2013.

Cancellation and refund policy:
All cancellations are subject to a 20% handling fee. For reservations cancelled 90 days or more before workshop, 50% is refundable. If cancelled less than 60 days before the workshop, 25% is refundable. If cancelled less than 45 days before the workshop, fee is non-refundable.

Should any workshop/retreat be canceled the entire amount paid will be refunded within fourteen days after the tour’s cancellation. Instructors have no obligation regarding any additional costs or fees related to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or other travel reservations. Instructors and Finca Luna Nueva Lodge accept no liability for any airline cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable ticket or for canceled flights.

Travel Insurance
It is strongly recommended that all workshop participants purchase Trip Cancellation, Emergency Medical Evacuation, Baggage, Accident and Medical insurance from a reputable insurance company.

All About Orvieto, Italy

2 Oct
Mosaic Retreat Orvieto, Italy 2013

Orvieto, Italy

There’s something about a hilltop village that makes the heart sing. Maybe it’s the isolation, the close-to-the-clouds-ness, dreams of castle life, or simply the striking beauty of ancient stone structures standing tall against a pristine sky. Whatever chords are being plucked in our hearts, we all want to climb that hill and walk through those cobbled streets. Or maybe it’s just me . . . .

Mosaic Art Retreats Orvieto Italy, 2013

Etruscan Caves, Orvieto

Considered one of the most picturesque villages in Italy, Orvieto is located in luscious Umbria, replete with verdant valleys and minus the touristy overload of Tuscany. Just a bit over an hour from Rome, Orvieto has the history with less of the bustle. Populated since Etruscan times (beginning in Italy around 800 BC), the town sits on a perch of volcanic tufa built over a labyrinth of Etruscan caves, tunnels, and tombs, yielding one of the most dramatic sites in Europe.

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Orvieto Lane

With brilliant views over the 2000-year old walls across the surrounding countryside, Orvieto is accessible by funicular (built in 1888 and powered for almost 100 years by tanks of water beneath each car; fully refurbished in 1990). Sited 700 feet above the surrounding areas and boasting a measly 6500 inhabitants, Orvieto is less than a mile long and a half-mile wide, with a pedestrian-only city center. Think morning strolls with cappuccino and the sound of Duomo bells ringing the hour.

Mosaic Art Retreat Orvieto, Italy 2013

Orvieto Vineyards

Orvieto is renowned for the production of dry white wines under the DOC Orvieto and Orvieto Classico, as well as a number of reds sold under the DOC Rosso Orvietano. We’ll be visiting one of the Orvieto Classico vineyards, complete with the original house dating back to 1300. And of course, there WILL be wine tasting!

Mosaic Art Retreat Orvieto Italy 2013 Accommodations

Our Convent B&B with Valley Views

Accommodations for the Mosaic Art Retreat in Orvieto are at the lovely San Lodovico Convent B&B with updated rooms and private baths alongside 14th and 15th century frescoes and lovely gardens. Built along the original city walls, bedroom views span the valley below.

Mosaic Art Retreats, Orvieto Italy 2013

Duomo Column

And speaking of the fabled Duomo, it’s a show-stopper. Commissioned by Pope Urban IV, construction of the 14th century structure lasted almost three centuries, and includes elements of both Romanesque and Gothic design. The facade contains decorative elements of mosaic, stained glass, and sculpture, and creates a breathtaking sight when the sun strikes the golden face. Our time in Orvieto will include a private mosaic tour of the cathedral, considered one of the finest achievements of the Late Middle Ages.

For an overview of the Mosaic Art Retreat in Orvieto, click here.

For a full itinerary, click here.

Mosaic Retreat in Orvieto, Italy: May 2013

2 Oct
Mosaic Art Retreat Italy, 2013

Orvieto, Italy

Mosaic Retreat in Italy with Pam Goode
Postcards Home: Mini Mosaics in Italy
May 12 – 18, 2013
Orvieto, Umbria, Italy
$2,995
Explore the acclaimed mosaics of Italy while creating your own in the hilltop village of Orvieto, considered one of the loveliest in Umbria. Pam Goode will be a guest instructor with Adventures in Italy for a wonderful week in May, 2013, the perfect travel month. Our time will be divided between mosaic retreat time or instruction (your choice) and tours of mosaics, Etruscan caves, local vineyards, and cooking classes led by a James Beard chef, with accommodations in a centuries-old convent. This workshop is suitable for all levels, including beginners.
In this workshop, we’ll do lots of exploring, both physically and creatively. We’ll walk along historic lanes, breathe in the aromas of Italian fare, sample the essence of grape and olive, and run our eyes along the fabulous light-catching mosaics of Orvieto’s cathedral. And then we’ll look inside to capture the pivotal moment that brings it all home for us. We’ll use these epiphanies to translate our trip into mosaic using techniques practiced during the week.Our theme will be Postcards Home: Mosaic Talismans. We’ll create 1-4 small mosaics that capture the face or feel of Italy, bringing into play abundant light and texture. Subjects will be entirely yours, and the hope is you’ll choose images that speak to you deeply. Then you’ll select techniques and materials to make that voice resonate long after you return home.Each day will be composed of a lesson on technique, a suggested exercise, and time to work on your own, as well as ample time to explore Orvieto for inspiration. We’ll cover:
• Converting your photographs to mosaic designs through computer software (no drawing necessary!),
• Bringing light and energy to your work,
• Choosing materials to bring an image to life, and
• Working in miniature.
Mosaics will be postcard-sized, allowing everyone to finish at least one piece in the workshop. Extra portability will allow us to work in pleine air if we choose, maximizing our ability to soak up the sights, sounds, and feel of beautiful Orvieto.
Details: Cost is $2,995. Fee includes six nights double-occupancy lodging and basic course materials. Single occupancy rooms are available at a slight increase. Six light continental breakfasts, two wine tastings, vineyard tour, one lunch, Italian cooking class, and one dinner included, as well as six half-days of mosaic instruction/guidance, ample studio time, and free time. Air travel and travel to Orvieto are not included.
Getting There: The closest major airport is Rome. Train from Rome to Orvieto is $10 – $20 and takes about 1-1/2 hours. I am available to meet solo travelers at the airport if desired.
Workshop Details: Please bring your own tools (in your checked luggage — NOT the carry-on). Substrates and some materials will be provided, however, you are welcome to bring and work with the materials of your choice. Each student should bring a camera or cell phone with camera. I will have a laptop available for manipulating images into designs, as well as printer access.
About Orvieto: I’ve given this lovely town a full page! Learn more about Orvieto here.
Daily Itinerary: is here.

To Register: More information and a registration form can be found here. Deposit is $500. For questions, please contact me at pamgoode@earthlink.net.

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