Art Retreat Course Outlines

WEEKEND COURSE: 2 nights lodging*, all meals

Friday:
Arrive late afternoon (4 – 6 pm).   Introduction and tour of facility and studios; settle into room, relax, explore grounds and meet other guests.

Dinner at Shenandoah Art Destination.

After dinner, introduction to art studios; discuss possible subject(s) and media.  Outline of Shenandoah’s Art Destination approach; 5 minute discussion with each guest.

A short drawing workshop called “Ways of Seeing”; exploring various drawing media, through both formal and expressive mark making using pencil, charcoal, pastel or ink.  Prepare canvas and/or watercolor board and printing plates.

Saturday:
Morning: Group workshop; composition.  Define subject matter & media – begin painting or drawing.
Afternoon: Work on art project with personalized instruction.
Evening: Evaluate progress and reflect on the direction of your art.
Sunday.
Morning: Continue on art piece or painting and review product with personal instruction.
Afternoon: Finish up projects.  2:00 Celebration of work completed – “Show and Tell”.  Finish up packing.

Departure 4:00 pm.

* Course may be attended without lodging (see Rate Page)

4 DAY COURSE: 3 nights lodging*, all meals

Day 1: Guests arrive late afternoon (4-6 pm).  Introduction and tour of Shenandoah Art Destination.  Settle into room, relax, explore grounds and meet other guests.  After evening meal group meeting – introduction to the course and the studios. Identifying individual students areas of interest – 5 minutes discussion with each guest.   Outline of Shenandoah’s Art Destination approach.

A short drawing workshop called “Ways of Seeing”; exploring various drawing media, through both formal and expressive mark making using pencil, charcoal, pastel or ink.  Prepare canvas and/or watercolor board and printing plates.

Day 2:   Group workshop.   Pick out subject and make preliminary sketches.  Start working on project. Individual guidance and development of ideas.  Evening meal at the Manor.

Day 3: Optional workshop.  Paint independently outdoors in chosen location or setup “still life” in studio.  Evening meal at the Manor

Day 4: Finish up final works/printing.  Review product with personal instruction.  PM:  Finish up projects.  2:00 Celebration of work completed – “Show and Tell”.  Finish up packing.  Departure 4:00 pm.

* Course may be attended without lodging (see Rate Page)

6 DAY COURSE: 5 nights lodging, all meals

Day 1: Students arrive late afternoon (4 – 6 pm).  Introduction and tour of Shenandoah Art Destination.  Settle into room, relax, explore the grounds and meet other guests.   Evening meal at the manor.
Following dinner group meeting – introduction to the course and the studios and short discussion, identifying individual areas of interest.

Day 2: Morning: Group workshop – (line and shape, shading and art).  Development of ideas.  Afternoon: Pick out subject and make preliminary sketches or prepare canvas or paint plein-air.  Evening meal at the Manor

Day 3: Group workshop- (composition, color and perspective).  Individual guidance and continuation of previous workshops covering specific courses/art interests.  Paint in in different locations.  Development of ideas.  Enjoy evening meal at the Manor.

Day 4: Optional workshop (painting drapery and/or still life).  Exploring color/printmaking; introduction to Drypoint and relief/block printing if interested.  Working from resources collected both in studio or outside on location.   Evening meal at the Manor

Day 5: Further development/realization of ideas of various processes available. Continuation and finish paintings in progress.  Individual lesson/tutoring.  Evening meal at the Manor.

Day 6: Finalize pieces.  End of session discussion – reflection and celebration of the weeks work; “Show and Tell”.  Checkout 2:00 pm.

Day 3 or 4 (depending on weather) a lunch outing planned and then painting outdoors in the pm along the Maury River/Goshen Pass.

10 DAY COURSE: 9 nights lodging, all meals*

The ten day option provides a greater opportunity for those who want to take full advantage of the studio, its facilities and workshops. Guests can focus on their own areas of interest, and are able to consolidate ideas and approach over a longer period of studio time.  The first 6 days will follow the schedule of the 6-day course; and the outline for the additional days will be devised upon arrival with these interests in mind.

* Excludes 1 lunch and 1 dinner (probably not on the same day).   You are also welcome to a free afternoon during this stay; giving you a chance to explore the local town of Lexington.

Each course accommodates a maximum of 7-9 artists.  You will be provided with individual instruction for drawing, painting and or printing.  We follow a general structure for students who require it.

Any questions? Call 612.221.1140

Email: nancy@shenandoahartdestination.com

Shenandoah Art Destination, 325 Union Run, Lexington VA, USA. 24450

Established in 2010, The Shenandoah Art Destination is one of the only, art vacation retreat schools in the United States.  Home to students from all continents, the Shenandoah Art Destination offers rigorous art classes that include painting (oil and acrylic, watercolor, pastel), plein air painting, drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing and mixed media.
The Manors’s beautiful, 10-acre property is located in Lexington, Virginia, 50 miles north of Roanoke, VA.

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