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Mixed Media with Shawna Moore

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January 9-13, 2017

Come to Costa Rica and share Hollie Heller’s studio! Use this experience of “art making decadence,” in this this exotic location to rejuvenate and inspire, a place of restoration to generate fresh ideas and offer new approaches to thinking intuitively and making art within a small group of artists. Come with a project in mind or as a blank canvas. Develop your vision and receive input from others that may inspire new directions. Soak in the environment and make art! Group discussions sharing our art making processes and inspirations will promote dynamic creative dialogues that will be integrated into each day.

Hollie’s vast experience with surface design and experimental layering will bring a unique new vocabulary to your artwork. We will begin with producing a variety of patterned and layered papers. Collage, fabric dying techniques, and photo transfer will allow for a full exploration of ideas and materials. Expect to learn basic design concepts (Unity/Variety/Harmony, Rhythm, Pattern and Focal Point) and useful technique for producing high quality finished products.

Shawna will expand on the processes that Hollie has introduced. We will work on multiple panels with each of us sharing a unique contribution. We will continue the idea of making papers for collage, this time using wax paint as a way to stain and draw on the papers. Encaustic has the ability to work as glue for collage and build a thick surface quickly which papers and objects are embedded into. We will expand on the images we have generated and move into more traditional encaustic painting toward the end of the week.


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(Lodging and breakfast is arranged at the neighboring property of Los Olivos!)
Join mixed media artist (and Tamarindo resident) Hollie Heller and visiting artist Shawna Moore at Hollie’s beautiful ocean front studio. This workshop will be an exploration of the warmth and colors of Costa Rica and the mysteries which lie in the unique northern Guanacaste region. Expect to start with mixed media work, using collage and acrylic mediums. There will be guided exercises as well as afternoons working at your own pace. Towards the end of the week, we will introduce the unique properties of encaustic paint as a way to add rich color and depth. Plan for daily walks on the beach, amazing sunsets and food. This is an intimate retreat, so please sign up as soon as you can, since space is limited. There is a wide range of lodging options in the area and we’ve created several packages with hosts in the area. RETREAT PRICE: $980 AFTER DEADLINE.

12747880_1044612418895454_2433953349775040776_oTRAVEL DETAILS:
Airfare: Flights to Costa Rica are reasonable but a bit higher priced during the winter months. You fly into Liberia and we will arrange a shuttle pick up. For those of you in Montana, Ned ( at Flathead Travel is ready to help you plan your flights. You fly to the airport in Liberia not San Jose.

Airport Shuttle: We will help arrange a shuttle from Liberia to Tamarindo.
Lodging: Contact RPM (Residential Property Management) in Tamarindo, Calle Luna or Casas de Suenos. There are many options for lodging depending on price and luxury.
Calle Luna: (boutique hotel just down the lane)

Sueno del Mar: (a beautiful bed and breakfast just a few steps away)
RPM: Contact Lola: (a variety of rentals to suit your budget)

Yoga: Calle Luna has a yoga pavilion. We may have the opportunity to organize group practice there or at Hollie’s. There are excellent yoga teachers in Tamarindo.
Mariel, the owner at SerOmShanti Yoga Studio is great. Check out her website at
Surfing: Costa Rica Surf Adventures offers custom lessons for all ages and abilities. Most of the into level surfing is very close to Hollie’s studio and town.

Casa Olivos is the best housing option for students. This lovely home has three bedrooms and two additional beds in an alcove. Plus, it is an easy beach walk to Hollie’s studio!

12715704_1044611955562167_1858460591723087725_nFly into Liberia and shuttle to the beach town of Tamarindo. Let us know when you arrive and we will help coordinate shuttles from the airport to your lodging.








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