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Want to come make art with us?

September 26, 27, 28 - 2024


What to expect:

Thursday, September 26:

Meet and Greet (appetizers and cocktails)

Join us on Andrea’s deck to watch the sunset over the water



Friday, September 27:

Art lessons in the studio

Creativity + Inspiration at the Beach


9:30 We gather at Andrea’s home for coffee + light breakfast

10:00 Art Lesson

12:00 Lunch at Andrea’s in the flower garden

1:00 Inspirational walk + art at Rio Del Mar Beach

2:30 Back to Andrea’s for afternoon treats and more inspiration

3-5 Art Lesson

6pm Optional group dinner at a local restaurant


Saturday, September 28:

Art lessons in the studio

Creativity + Inspiration in the Forest


9:30 We arrive at the Nisene Marks Forest for an easy hike + art time

12:00 Lunch at Andrea’s in the flower garden

1:00-2:30 Art Lesson

2:30 Coffee + Snacks

3-4  Combined Art Lesson with Andrea + Renee

4:30 Workshop ends

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A beautiful mix of inspiration, creativity, art lessons + nature

Art Lessons

  • Play with color and mark-making in fresh new ways to help create looser and more expressive artworks in the studio

  • Inspired by the beautiful flowers of California, create loose, expressive florals in acrylic paints or watercolors

  • Transform your experiences from the beach and the forest into a series of abstract collages

  • Learn how to “see” fresh color palettes, shapes, patterns, and textures on our excursions that can be incorporated into future artworks

  • Experiment with creating an inspired color palette, mark-making, and other mixed-media materials

  • Learn tips on how to sketch and paint on location

  • Explore different brush techniques to make beautiful, expressive florals on paper

  • Learn how to be more intuitive in your work, using nature for inspiration

  • Fill your art journal and travel sketchbooks with memorable pieces from our trip

Included in your retreat:

  • Light Breakfast

  • Lunches

  • Snacks

  • Some Art Supplies (list will be supplied closer to the retreat)

What is not included in your retreat:

  • Travel costs/Airfare

  • Lodging

  • Insurance

  • Transport to Studio

  • Cost of optional dinner on Saturday night

Cost for workshop $695

We're very excited to be a part of your creative adventure. Please let us know if you have any questions -


*This workshop is not refundable. You can transfer this workshop to another person, or if there is a waitlist, we will connect you with the next person on the list.


Getting there...

My home + studio is in Aptos, California, just a few minutes from Rio Del Mar beach.


If you need recommendations for a local hotel, we suggest…

Seacliff Inn Aptos

Seascape Resort

Rio Sands Hotel


VRBO + AirBnb -  just search for Aptos or Rio Del Mar Beach


San Jose Airport - approx 40-minute drive to Aptos
San Francisco Airport - approx 1hr 20 minutes from Aptos

Oakland Airport - approx 1hr 20 minutes from Aptos


*depending on commute times, it could be a longer drive

Escape to a weekend of inspiration and creativity with me and my dear friend and incredible artist, Renee Mueller. The breathtaking landscapes of Santa Cruz, California, will refresh and inspire you.


My home is on a coastal bluff with a 360-degree view of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Cruz Mountains. We will create art indoors as well as outdoors in the flower gardens, gorgeous beach, and serene forest.


Embrace the wonder of nature and enjoy walking along the water's edge of the gorgeous Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a beautiful and memorable morning hike amid the towering redwoods in Nisene Forest, with time to sketch and draw inspiration from their majestic presence.


We will have two full days together to make art, have conversations, connect with other creatives, have good food, go on hikes, and enjoy beautiful sunsets. You will leave with an armload of artwork and feel refreshed and inspired.


This retreat will be a mix of inspiration, creativity, art lessons, nature, beauty, and of course lots of laughter and play, and all levels are welcome!

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