Palouse Art Retreat, Memorial Day Weekend, May 2019
May 24 - May 27$50.00 – $550.00
Beginner to advanced artists and photographers are invited to join us for an extraordinary art and photography adventure to the spectacular Palouse region of eastern Washington State this Memorial Day weekend May 2019.
Treat yourself to a splendid, long weekend exploring photography, watercolor, oil and acrylic painting at your own pace and ability, from the historical Eureka Farm nestled in the heart of the famous Palouse country. Northwest Art Center art instructors will take you on daily adventures as you experience and capture the creative beauty of the Palouse.
Optional daily morning yoga classes, optional field trips and all meals included.
Li and Jon Ochs were incredibly welcoming and generous hosts. The farm was a beautiful backdrop for creativity and togetherness. I loved it!
The NWAC Artist Retreat was a magical, amazing weekend that stretched and replenished my artistic spirit. It was great to share the weekend with so many like-minded souls and make so many wonderful new friends!
I cherish my memories of this weekend spent at Eureka Farm in the Palouse. I was able to eat and drink with fellow artists, learn about and try my hand at painting and photography, admire the wildlife and the spectacular scenic parts of the farm and surrounding areas, play bocce ball, watch a movie, take naps, make s’mores and sit around the fire, and help prepare a delicious Italian feast. I loved it!
ART & PHOTOGRAPHY
Explore various mediums and techniques from professional artists. A detailed daily schedule will be available a couple weeks before the retreat starts.
Class: Plein Air Painting at Penewawa
Instructor: David Repyak
Medium(s): Acrylic or Oil
Description: Enjoy plein air painting down at Penewawa down by the Snake River. 3 hours of painting outside followed by a picnic lunch (provided) and then a different afternoon location with 3 additional hours. Please bring an easel and your favorite brushes and paints. We will provide two 12″x 12″ boards for acrylic or oil painting per person, and have extra brushes and paints on hand if needed.
All ages, all ability levels.
Class: Van Gogh Impressionist Landscape
Instructor: Terri Muharsky
Medium(s): Acrylic on stretched canvas
Description: This class aims to teach how to paint in a bold impressionist style with emphasis on how paint strokes uphold composition. Using this painting as a point of inspiration, I will show how to create emotional impact with color while using paint strokes that create movement and structure. We will use fingers, not brushes, to apply the paint to the canvas board.
Class: Loose and Vibrant Landscape Painting
Instructor: Irina Johnson
Medium(s): Acrylic on stretched 12″x12″ canvas
Description: Enjoy this beginner 3 hour easy step by step acrylic lesson with Irina. Irina has taught adult painting classes for the last sixteen years. She has recently shown her art at the Duvall Art & Wine Walk, and in 2015 she exhibited in New York City. This will be Irina’s first year at the Palouse Art Retreat. We are excited to have her join the project and know you will enjoy her fun teaching style.
Class: Watercolor Flowers – Loose and Lively
Instructor: Susan Jenkins
Description: Capture the colorful beauty of Li’s spectacular garden with splashes of vibrant color, bringing life and freshness to your watercolor paintings. Learn techniques for expressive brushstrokes, mixing bright, lively colors and portraying the vitality and freshness of flowers through simplicity and style. Class will begin with instruction on drawing technique and composition. A step-by-step demonstration in watercolor will follow: saving white space, wet in wet technique, color mixing, and texture. All levels are welcome to explore expressive beauty of the garden.
Class: Italian Fresco Painting & Sculpting
Instructor: Laura Henion
Medium(s): Fresco Painting
Description: In this 2 part series, we will explore the beautiful Italian art of buon fresco painting followed by creating a mini fresco relief sculpture. Enjoy biscotti, pizzelle and Italian music as you channel your inner Michelangelo!
Day 1: For our first fresco project, we will work on large terra cotta tiles to create a beautiful and unique art piece. Learn the fascinating process of how Renaissance artists started with simple contour sketches and how they transferred their designs to wet plaster. Then enjoy the creative process as you experiment with different techniques in applying colorful pigments to your fresco.
Participants can either choose their own subject matter and bring their own reference, or choose from a wide selection of provided still life, floral and landscape reference.
Day 2: Learn the captivating art of 3D relief sculpting in plaster to create a mountain landscape. Using both additive and subtractive sculpting techniques, participants will learn to quickly sculpt with plaster to achieve depth of field, interesting textures and fine details in their composition. Once dry, you will then enjoy the mesmerizing process of “secco” painting which is applying the pigment to dry plaster for stunning and vibrant color.
Class: Watercolor Barns
Instructor: Nadja Wilson
Description: All levels welcome. Bring a couple color copies of your favorite barn. Nadja will show you how to easily transfer the basic structure of your barn from the photograph, then a guided step by step method to paint sky, fields and some basic texture techniques for the barn roof and walls. Last year, Nadja spent 100 days water color painting a barn a day. She will share some of the tricks and observations she learned through this daily artistic dedication. The class will also discuss suggestions for how to dedicate yourself to regular artistic mindful practice and the value it brings to your life.
Class: Funky Chickens of the Palouse
Instructor: Pam Martin: I’ve been creating since I was a young child. One whole summer was spent with my brother, building an entire city out of clay, which even included tiny pieces of popcorn for zoo animals and Jaws menacing a small boat in our little pond. My mom was OK trading an endless supply of clay for a quiet summer. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest gave me a great appreciation for the outdoors, wildlife and especially the ocean. I’ve always imagined the magical world that exists in the deep waters. My love for whales has led to a decade of educating people about them and assisting with research projects, and the ocean theme carries over into much of my art. I love to tap into a magical and whimsical world though my art and to take my viewer where imagination is limitless. I am currently focusing on illustration for children’s books.
Medium(s): Gourds, acrylic paint, acrylic and permanent markers, polymer clay
Description: Paint your own Funky Chicken gourd and decorate with acrylic paints by brush or acrylic paint markers. You will create your own beak, waddles and crown with polymer clay.
Class: Photography with Jim Martin
Instructor: Jim Martin is a travel, nature and landscape photographer based in the Snoqualmie Valley. His work has been featured in the Edmonds Arts & Crafts Fair, the Kenmore Art Show, several local exhibitions in Duvall, WA and a juried exhibition at the Microsoft headquarters. His travel photography was shown in a solo show in Duvall, and one of his images was featured on the Bing.com home page. His work can be seen at https://www.jimmart.in/
Medium(s): Photography, bring your own camera and photography equipment.
Description: The Palouse in Eastern Washington is a world-famous landscape photography location. For this class, we’ll discuss some technical details for capturing your best images of the landscape, cover some composition guidelines, then hit the road to photograph some of the most iconic Palouse locations. Afterward, we’ll upload the images to a big screen computer and (after some quick processing) see what we’ve got!
This class is perfect for beginning/intermediate photographers. More advanced photographers would enjoy the field trips but might zone out during the lecture part…
Participants should bring their own cameras. Interchangeable lens DSLRs or mirrorless cameras are most appropriate, as they offer the most control over their functions. Users of point and shoot or mobile phone cameras can participate in the class but won’t be able to make use of some of the advanced shot techniques discussed. Multiple lenses and extra equipment like tripods and filters should be brought along if they’re available.
Class time would be roughly two hours – an hour of lecture Saturday morning and an hour of review Saturday afternoon. I’ll be going to take photos Saturday after the lecture – students can go their own way or stick with me to work on getting shots. Similarly, students
are welcome to join me on the trips to Steptoe Butte and Palouse Falls, where I’ll help them get shots.
We are working away to bring you more art instructors and classes! Stay tuned.
There’s an option below for locals to pay for and just attend the art classes and meals.
FIELD TRIP TO STEPTOE BUTTE (Optional)
Enjoy an optional field trip to the top of the famous Steptoe Butte. A world renowned place to take photos and enjoy a 365 degree view of the Palouse country. We’ll plan the field trip weather pending for sunrise or sunset. The field trip to Steptoe Butte is free and anyone local to the area is welcome to join the group. But please provide your own transportation.
FIELD TRIP TO THE DAHMEN BARN (Optional)
Enjoy an optional field trip to visit the Artisans at the Dahmen Barn. The barn was developed to provide local artists and crafts people working studio space along with the opportunity to showcase their work and sell directly to the public. There are thirteen studio spaces at the Barn, where artisans create their work and are happy to talk to visitors about their creative process. The artists have access to their space 24/7, so working hours vary from studio to studio. Some of the resident artisans have full time jobs, so can only be there weekend days.
DAILY YOGA (Optional)
Enjoy optional refreshing and easy morning stretch with yoga instructor Suzie McNeilly.
Yoga will start at 8am Saturday-Monday in the lawn at Eureka Farm.
DINING & CELEBRATION
Arrive on Friday for happy hour and heavy appetizers. Delicious farm family style, home cooked meals (breakfast, lunch and dinners) are served every day. Wine selections flow with dinner. Please bring your own other alcoholic beverages of choice.
There is a bocce ball court, croquet, fields to stroll in, owls to watch and a fire pit to enjoy late into the starry night evenings.
EUREKA FARM RETREAT HOSTS
Meet your gracious hosts Jon and Li Ochs, owners of Eureka Farm. Jon pioneered organic legume farming in Dusty, runs a software business out of the old farm bunk house, enjoys playing bocce ball & chess, and has many interesting stories to share with you. Li is an artist with textiles and in the garden. You will enjoy her lovely flower and vegetable gardens, her perspective and lively conversation.
Eureka Farm Cottage and the new Rte. 26 Farmhouse Air BnB owned by our Yoga instructor are nearly fully booked.
Please email email@example.com to inquire about other available rooms nearby.
Full meals, optional daily yoga, classes and all art materials included in the price.
Eureka Farm Cottage House at Eureka Farm
The Cottage House is located at Eureka Farm, walking distance from the main farm house. The Cottage House can sleep 2 individuals and/or 2 couples.
- BOOKED: Room 1 – private with a queen bed + retreat classes + meals $550.00
- BOOKED: Room 2 – private with a queen bed + retreat classes + meals $550.00
1 and a half bathrooms shared by both rooms.
Full kitchen with coffee and juice supplied.
Big hot farm breakfasts will be served at the big farm house daily.
The Palouse is known as the Tuscany of the USA. Nestled in an area where you can take in the seasonal views of grain fields & cattle grazing. Located on a hay & grain farm. 2 bedrooms/queen size beds. Full bath. Galley kitchen & breakfast nook to enjoy a meal or have coffee & muffins in the mornings. Sit outside on the redwood deck & enjoy the beautiful Palouse sunsets. Cozy & comfortable. 10-15 minutes from Eureka Farm art retreat location.
- BOOKED: Room 1 – private with a queen bed + retreat classes + meals $550.00 or 2 nights $475.00
- BOOKED: Room 2 – private with a queen bed + retreat classes + meals $550.00 or 2 nights $475.00
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