winter retreat 2019 - over the top - San Antonio

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Copic Marker + Colored Pencil

Are you ready to take your coloring over the top and slightly beyond?

Join Amy for a fun and challenging artist's retreat on the beautiful Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.

Grow in confidence, artistry, and technique. Stretch your boundaries and improve your artistic workflow. Learn to color more like a fine artist - working on large scale images with greater realism and detail.

This isn't coloring for cardmakers, this is coloring as art!

 
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4 DAY ARTISTIC COLORING RETREAT

Learn from Amy through live coloring demonstrations and highly informative Question & Answer sessions. We don’t just walk through the steps of a project, you will learn concrete methods and techniques to improve your realistic coloring.

PERSONALIZED LEARNING

Consult with Amy during your 20 minute individual session,

Discuss your retreat project or bring one work in-progress from home for guidance. A perfect time to resolve your special coloring issues and receive instruction at your unique skill level.

INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED LEVEL INSTRUCTION

Beginner basics such as blending technique and traditional Copic color combinations will not be covered.

While Marker Painting Foundations is not required, it is an excellent preparation for this retreat.

 
 

Enroll by December 31, 2018 for a special early-bird discount

$700 for four days of instruction when you enroll before 2019.

 
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Tuesday, February 26 to Sunday, March 3, 2019

Location: Drury Inn on the Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

Instructor: Amy Shulke; BFA Graphic Arts, Illustration

Lessons: 

Attendees will receive an assortment of project packages including a botanical, an animal or character, and food illustration. Choose one project to work on during the retreat and take the rest home to complete on your own. All projects will include 11 x 14 inch printed line drawings on artist grade paper plus guides and instructions.

Over four days of instruction time, you will work with Amy to develop the skills and techniques necessary to complete your projects. Plan on lots of of personal instruction and feedback in addition to group demonstrations. Instruction will be tailored to your skill level, your skill gaps, and the needs of the entire group.

Skills & Prerequisites:

Projects will be a combination of Copic Marker and colored pencil. Intermediate to advanced Copic skills are required with some experience using colored pencils for details and depth.

You must be able to blend both standard and non-standard Copic Marker combinations for gradation and blends and you must understand basic color sculpting techniques.

Students who have taken the Marker Painting Foundations 12 week course will feel at home with the retreat projects which basically resume the online course with what would be Week #13 type lessons. Marker Painting Foundations is not a requirement for Over the Top but the skills you learn there will be incredibly helpful.

Students of the Colored Pencil Plus course will enjoy the expansion on CP+ techniques and style. Colored Pencil Plus is also not required. Good colored pencil technique taught by a quality art instructor (not a craft demonstrator) should be more than enough to prepare you for our retreat projects

Those who have studied under other instructors may struggle at first with dark to light coloring or our colored pencil techniques. I do not want to discourage you from attending but know you will face a hurdle if you have never taken a mixed media class or course from Vanilla Arts before.

If you are unsure if your skills qualify, email Amy@VanillaArts.com for more info.

Required Supplies:

Please see Supply & Packing Information page here.

About the Hotel: 

The Drury Inn San Antonio Riverwalk is a 25 minute drive from the San Antonio International Airport (SAT). Uber, Lyft, and taxi services are available. Once at the hotel, you will not need a car as the location is incredibly pedestrian friendly.

The hotel is an original 1920’s art deco building on the National Register of Historic Places and was the first commercial building on what is now the scenic Riverwalk. Numerous restaurants and shops are within walking distance. The hotel has a rooftop pool and whirlpool, fitness center, business center, and underground parking (for an extra fee).

 

Enroll by December 31, 2018 for a special early bird discount

$700 for four days of instruction when you enroll before 2019.

 

Price: $750 for the Instruction portion of the retreat. Save $50 if you enroll by December 31, 2018. Your instruction fee includes:

  • 4 full days of instruction from Amy plus 3-4 teaching assistants

  • personal 20 minute project consultation session with Amy

  • three 11 x 14 inch line drawings printed onto artist grade paper

  • full color instructional packet with learning aids, color swatches, photo references, and finished project sample

  • one bonus project - for continuing skills practice at home, includes digital stamp file and printable project guides

Hotel room not included and must be booked separately. When you enroll, you will receive a phone number and code to qualify for the Vanilla Arts special rate. Please do not book your hotel room until you have secured your class space!

Payment: 

Reserve your class seat with a $250 registration fee ($300 after Dec. 31, 2018. Fee includes $150 non-refundable deposit).

Hotel room is not included in your class fee. Please reserve your class space BEFORE you book your hotel room.

Second and final payment of $450 due on or before January 15, 2019

Cancellations may be made up to 30 days prior to the event (by Sunday, January 27, 2019) for a refund minus the $150 non-refundable deposit. If you cancel on or after Monday, January 28th, 2019, no refund will be offered unless your spot can be filled. 

Failure to pay in full by Tuesday, January 15, 2019 will result in loss of monies paid to date and you will not be admitted to the retreat.

Meals:

Continental breakfast is included in your room rate and is served daily from 6 to 9:30am weekdays (7-10am on weekends). Includes waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, oatmeal, biscuits and gravy, coffee, and more

Lunches are included in your instructional fee. Provided on class days, Wednesday through Saturday. A selection of specialty salads or sandwich + pasta salad. All items are easy to eat at your personal work station. Includes a fresh baked cookie, and soft drink or water.

Dinner:

A “Kickback” light meal is included in your room rate and is served daily from 5:30 to 7pm in the hotel. Menus change daily and offerings include a specialty themed salad, soup of the day, baked potato bar, and 1-2 entree options like pasta, chicken, or tacos. Soft drinks and bar options are also available.

There are many excellent restaurant options within walking distance of the hotel. Feel free to adventure out on the riverwalk for a meal or drinks. Optional, not included in your room rate or instruction fees.

Sodas and popcorn are included in your room rate. Available in the hotel mezzanine from 3 to 9pm.

Transportation: Transportation is NOT included in retreat price.

Drury Inn & Suites, San Antonio Riverwalk

201 N St Mary's Street; San Antonio, TX 78205

(210) 212-5200

Flights: San Antonio International Airport (SAT). Uber, Lyft, and taxi service is available to the hotel. Once at the hotel, you will not need a car as the location is incredibly pedestrian friendly.

Directions from SAT to hotel: Take Highway 281 S to the Commerce Exit (141A). Turn right onto E Commerce St and right onto Navarro St. Turn left onto College St and left onto N St Mary's St.

Parking: If you are renting a car at the airport, please mention this when booking your room. Use of the hotel parking structure is an extra daily fee. Street parking is metered and only in designated lots or structures.

 

Enroll by December 31, 2018 for a special early bird discount

$700 for four days of instruction when you enroll before 2019.

 

Schedule:

Tuesday, Feb. 26: Join us in the hotel lobby at 6:30 for an optional Meet & Greet. We’ll walk to a local restaurant and enjoy drinks and a meal. Restaurant meal/drinks not included in your class fees.

Wednesday, Feb. 27 through Friday, March 1:

Instruction starts at 10am in the Travis conference room.

Morning instruction sessions will include guided coloring demonstrations with frequent stops for questions.

Break for lunch around noon (exact time to be determined by where we are in the project flow).

Afternoon coloring sessions run until 5:30pm. Demonstrations are as needed but the focus is on independent work time with guidance from Amy and her teaching assistants.

After 6pm: Evening free time. Eat at the hotel or head out on the Riverwalk. We have use of the conference room until 11pm, you may color independently or socialize in the room until we lock the doors for the night.

Saturday, March 2:

Our last coloring day will run as previous days (1oam to 5:30pm) but the focus will be on independent coloring. By this point, you’ll understand the process and will be eager to apply what you’ve learned to your projects.

Every student will have a 20 minute session with Amy, a chance to ask questions specific to your projects or coloring in general. Bring one project from home if you wish to consult about technique issues or have guidance on how to improve. Please limit questions to Copic and colored pencil projects/techniques.

Join us in the hotel lobby at 6:30pm for an optional Goodbye Celebration. We’ll walk to a local restaurant and enjoy drinks and a meal. Restaurant meal/drinks not included in your class fees.

NOTE: all personal items and art supplies must be removed from the conference room by 10pm. We will not have access to the room beyond this time.

Sunday, March 3:

Hotel check out time is 11am.

Climate:

San Antonio in late February and early March is considered dry with pleasant sunshine and gentle breezes.

Average temperatures are in the mid to upper 60s with lows in the mid 40s. Humidity is usually around 67% and peaks in the morning with dryer afternoons and evenings.

Wear light layers for both indoor classes and outdoor excursions.

We will not have thermostat controls in our conference room. Prepare for air conditioning that may be set low to accommodate the heat generated by 30 active people .

Internet & Communications:

The hotel has free wi-fi and a business center that is open 24 hours.

Cancellation Policy: Your registration fee includes a $150 non-refundable deposit.

Cancellations may be made up to 30 days prior to the event (by Sunday, January 27, 2019) for a refund minus the $150 non-refundable deposit.

If you cancel on or after Monday, January 28th, 2019, no refund will be offered unless your spot can be filled. 

Failure to pay in full by Tuesday, January 15, 2019 will result in loss of monies paid to date and you will not be admitted to the retreat.

You will be asked to agree to this cancellation policy during the payment process when you enroll.

 

Questions? Email Amy@VanillaArts.com for more info.

 

Enroll by December 31, 2018 for a special early bird discount

$700 for four days of instruction when you enroll before 2019.

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