2010 Workshop Schedule

 

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2010 Workshops and Tours

ECUADOR AND GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Jan Ledbetter (Sept 29th – Oct 12th) SOLD OUT

Terry Gay Puckett (Nov 10th – 23rd) SOLD OUT

GUATEMALA AND MAYA RUINS

Jan Ledbetter (January 17th – 27th) SOLD OUT

Wyn Kalagian (April 12th – 21st) SOLD OUT

Terry Gay Puckett (May 9th – 19th) SOLD OUT

Laurie Humble (Aug 29th – Sept 8th)

Rockport Center for the Arts (Oct 11th – 20th)

Tony van Hasselt (Oct 29th – Nov 8th)



January 18 – 27, 2010
10 Days, 9 nights

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Jan Ledbetter NWS, renowned watermedia artist, invites you to Explore Guatemala on her third trip and second Workshop/Tour! Her trip was SOLD OUT in 2009!

Acknowledged for her exceptional teaching approach, you will be encouraged to develop your own style while learning basic principles of composition and design. Novice or professional, Jan will escort you beyond your current level of expertise into a higher level of artistry, content and technique. Pack your bags and bring an open mind to this creative, interactive experience.Classes on location begin with a demonstration of the day’s lesson of teaching drawing and painting in easy steps. Delight in your creative process and learn in a setting without pressure, rich in subject matter. One-on-one sessions and helpful critiques are offered with specific suggestions for your improvement.

Jan is a signature member of the National Watercolor, the Southern Watercolor, and the Virginia Watercolor Societies and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree.

This Art Workshop/Tour provides a unique travel experience which will take you to scenic and colorful venues throughout Guatemala. The hotels, excursions, special events, and cuisine will be luxury and five star all the way. You will step back in time over 300 years as you enter Antigua with its Spanish Colonial appeal and charm. From Spanish colonial architecture, monasteries, courtyards with fountains, cathedrals, and bougainvillea draped ruins, to its romantic surroundings, this town is considered one of the most beautiful in Central America and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You will travel through the highland mountains to the famed Lake Atitlán, often called the most beautiful lake in the world, surrounded by majestic volcanoes and a dozen Maya villages. In Chichicastenango, prepare for your senses to overwhelmed by the colors, textures, and sights of this world renowned Maya market. You will be enthralled by many other fascinating experiences and beautiful venues that await you on this magical journey.

Watermedia artists, photographers, and friends are invited to join Jan Ledbetter’s Explore Guatemala Workshop/Tour. Expect to be welcomed without judgment; expect to grow as an artist; expect to find beauty in Guatemala and within yourself; empower your visions, observations and ideas by manifesting them through your art … and have a memorable and fun experience!


 

April 12 – 21, 2010
10 Days, 9 nights
Group size limited

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Wyn Kalagian, Wyn began to really develop her painting skills in earnest when she retired from a lengthy nursing career in 2000. Her painting education has taken her to Vermont, North Carolina, Florida, New Mexico and Guatemala. She has studied from well-known artists such as Jeanne Carbonnetti, Jean Grastore, Jan Hart, Robert Burridge, Lila Lewis Irving and Tom Lynch.

Wyn first learned the magic of watercolour painting but now has embraced acrylic painting because of its versatility and richness. Her paintings are full of bright colour and magical qualities. She has participated in the Pumphouse Studio Tour, her own Art in the Garage show and Willowbank Art Shows. Since she appreciates and embraces what she has experienced and accomplished through her painting classes, she loves to share her painting knowledge with other who would like to undertake the same magical adventure.

..a reflection of Wyn Kalagian’s painting style: “The essence of a scene on canvas enables the viewers to use their imaginations to finish the scenes for themselves. The hope is that an impression of things half-real and half-remembered will speak to the viewer in a special way. An adventure is created between the painting and the viewer.”

This Cultural Tour provides a unique travel experience which will take you to scenic and colorful venues throughout Guatemala. The hotels, excursions, special events, and cuisine will be luxury and five star all the way. You will step back in time over 400 years as you enter Antigua with its Spanish Colonial appeal and charm. From Spanish colonial architecture, monasteries, courtyards with fountains, cathedrals, and bougainvillea draped ruins, to its romantic surroundings, this town is considered one of the most beautiful in Central America and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You will travel through the highland mountains to the famed Lake Atitlán, often called the most beautiful lake in the world, surrounded by majestic volcanoes and a dozen Maya villages. In Chichicastenango, prepare for your senses to overwhelmed by the colors, textures, and sights of this world renowned Maya market. You will be enthralled by many other fascinating experiences and beautiful venues that await you on this magical journey.

Travelers, friends and artists of all media are invited to join Wyn Kalagian’s Explore Guatemala Cultural Tour. The beauty and culture of the Maya await you in Guatemala; you’ll have the most memorable and fun experience!





May 10 – 19, 2010
10 Days, 9 nights
Group size limited

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Click Here To View Terry Gay Puckett’s Website

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 If you like immersing yourself in the culture of a country, this will be the trip of a lifetime. An extraordinary odyssey; you will stay in some of Guatemala’s most charming and distinctive hotels. You will go behind the scenes to grow in an understanding of both Guatemala’s Maya and colonial history and see how people live by visiting their villages, and the Maya markets of Chichicastenango and Comalapa.Award-winning artist Terry Gay Puckett and her daughter Brook Rosser will lead a special group of travelers, artists, friends, Mothers and Daughters, shoppers, and textile enthusiasts on a trip they will never forget. Terry Gay will share gesture sketching techniques, which are applicable to all forms of art. As a Certified Instructor, Terry Gay will offer T’ai Chi Chih each morning for those who want to participate. Encounter a world of color and the mystical Maya culture as you travel through the highlands of Guatemala. There will be lots of time to explore villages, bargain hunt in the markets, photograph, relax, and do art on this trip of a lifetime.

This trip also offers an exciting “add-ons”….. TIKAL… discover a world once inhabited by the ancient Maya over two thousand years ago. View palaces, ball courts, burial chambers, stalae, and temples atop mammoth pyramids; attesting to the skill, intelligence, and high civilization of these ancient people. Who were they? Why did they disappear? Their voices speak from the dust through the ruins they left behind, ruins that rival any Egyptian sites. You will not want to miss this.


Aug.30 – Sept.8, 2010
10 Days, 9 nights
Tikal Option
Aug. 29 – 30

Group size limited

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Click Here To View Laurie Humble’s Website

Join nationally recognized painter, instructor, and author Laurie Humble, GWS, WSA, TWS, NSA, as she invites you to Paint and Explore Guatemala. Laurie will teach her secrets to creating greater depth in your paintings though daily demonstrations, as she explains key ways to say “goodbye” to flat-looking paintings. You will receive one on one, personal instruction from this award winning artist and author of the highly acclaimed book, Watercolor Depth and Realism.

This Art Workshop/Tour provides a unique travel experience which will take you to scenic and colorful venues throughout Guatemala. The hotels, excursions, special events, and cuisine will be unique and luxury all the way. Relax in the splendor of the renowned Hotel Atitlán and “the most beautiful lake in the world”, Lake Atitlán, surrounded by three volcanoes and twelve Maya Indian villages. Here the indigenous population lives, speaks, dresses, and practices its religion as it did hundreds of years ago. The markets and the colorful countryside all make you want to return again and again. There will be lots of time to explore villages, bargain hunt in the markets, photograph, relax, and paint on this trip.

In Chichicastenango, you will experience the colors, traditions, and the Maya people selling their goods as they have done for hundreds of years, in the most fascinating market in all the Americas. Step back into time over 300 years as you enter the time-locked colonial town of Antigua where you will stay in a 16th century Monastery. Flowers everywhere, the sounds of running water, the ruins, the candlelit hallways of the Monks, and the feel of Spanish Colonial, will simply take your breath away.

Come, join Laurie Humble in this painting adventure of a lifetime. Laurie’s style and enthusiasm are rapidly winning her awards all over the country. She is becoming a major force in the field of water color, and is highly recognized for her teaching expertise and techniques for water color depth and realism, and adding dimension to paintings.

 


Sept. 29 – Oct.8, 2010
10 Days, 9 nights
Galapagos Option
Oct. 8 -12

Group size limited

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 Jan Ledbetter NWS, award-winning artist, invites you to Discover Ecuador on her next International Painting Workshop/Tour.

Whether drawing with pen and ink or working in watermedia, you will learn how to record your impressions in plein air painting. There will be demonstrations of the day’s lessons with an emphasis on building successful designs, developing strong value patterns, and learning to express and trust your own voice. Lots of individual attention will be given. Novice or professional, this respected and experienced teacher will escort you beyond your current level of expertise into a higher level of artistry, content and technique. Pack your bags and bring an open mind to this creative, interactive experience. Jan is a signature member of the National Watercolor, the Southern Watercolor, and the Virginia Watercolor Societies and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree.

This Art Workshop/Tour provides a unique travel experience which will take you to scenic and colorful venues throughout Ecuador. The hotels, excursions, special events, and cuisine will be luxury and five star all the way. Old Town Quito is a Spanish Colonial center built over the ashes of what was a major part of the Inca Empire. You’ll stay in two fabulous haciendas, eat the cuisine the “rich and famous” as well as the traditional Inca fare, and travel throughout the Andes with scenery that will capture your heart forever. Villages, marketplaces of the Incas, Avenue of the Volcanoes, working haciendas, and much more await you in beautiful Ecuador.

Galapagos Island Option: Charles Darwin’s Galapagos Islands in a cruise ship is an amazing life experience. Swim with penguins and giant sea turtles. Discover exactly what Darwin did; nature at its most innocent and truly communing state. You will walk inches from sea lions and iguanas. Come eyeball to eyeball with giant Albatross – none of these animals fear humans – it is just incredible!

Watermedia artists, photographers, and friends are invited to join Jan Ledbetter’s Discover Ecuador Workshop-Tour. Expect to be welcomed without judgment; expect to grow as an artist; expect to find beauty in Ecuador and within yourself. Empower your visions, observations, and ideas by manifesting them through your art … and have a memorable and fun experience!



October 11 – 20, 2010
10 Days, 9 nights
Group size limited

 

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Rockport Center for the Arts Website

Rockport Center for the Arts is excited to announce a world-class tour to ancient and vibrant Guatemala this fall, October 11-20, 2010. Leading this extraordinary journey to Guatemala, the “land of Eternal Spring” is Diane Johnson, Art Center Board Member, and a seasoned world traveler who recently returned from three weeks in Thailand and Bhutan, with previous trips to Guatemala, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador and many United States destinations.

“An objective of our recently announced Travel Program is to provide an exciting opportunity to engage our community of friends and members in art/cultural/birding experiences and expand the awareness of Latin American art and culture” ….. Beverly Trifonidis, Executive Director.

Designed especially for the Rockport Center for the Arts, this amazing adventure includes among the many highlights, visits to private homes; Birding and photographic opportunities; and many special art venues.

You will witness the Maya who still live and survive as they have for hundreds of years; people who are happy and at peace with the beauty they are able to weave into their textiles, with the produce they grow and sell at their markets, with a blend of pagan rituals and Christian beliefs, with simple lives not totally influenced by the need for modern technology. The Spanish influence on architecture and design, blended with many other cultures offers up a landscape that you will find simply delightful.

So, pack your bags and get your expectations in gear for this travel experience of a lifetime to Guatemala, where the rich tapestry of ancient Maya cultures and traditions woven in with historical European influences has all come together; where extinct volcanoes and ancient earthquakes have created one of the most beautiful countries in the world; where you will enter into a provocative existence of ancient civilization with western influences.



Oct 29 – Nov 8 2010
11 Days, 10 nights
Group limited

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Join legendary painter/instructor Tony van Hasselt on his Annual “All Saints Day” Guatemalan Escapaint. It was in Guatemala, under his Painting Holidays banner, that he organized many workshops in the 70’s and 80’s taught by painting greats such as of John Pike, Robert E. Wood, Tom Hill, and Milford Zornes.

Returning again in 2010, van Hasselt will teach and paint his way through the cobblestone calles and ruins of the colonial city of Antigua. Founded by the Spanish Conquistadores in 1543, the cobblestone streets of this Central American colonial treasure are rich with the architecture and ambiance of ruined churches, ancient monasteries, convents, and colonial homes with hidden courtyards. You will stay at beautiful Palacio de Doña Leonor, site of the former home of daughter of Pedro Alvarado, sent by Cortez to conquer Guatemala for the King of Spain in 1524. The Palace was built in the late 1540’s. It is one of the most exquisite boutique hotels in Antigua; an elegant mansion tastefully decorated to invoke 17th century luxury, and just a few steps away from the main plaza.

Travel through the highlands of Guatemala and experience the Maya culture as you visit villages during the All Saints Day Fiestas; the family reunions in the beautifully decorated cemetery of Pastores, and the Maya markets of Chichicastenango and Comalapa. Encounter what Aldous Huxley called “the most beautiful lake in the world”, Lake Atitlán. Three towering volcanoes majestically stand watch over the lake and its twelve Maya villages in this artist’s paradise.

Come paint and sketch with Tony van Hasselt in Antigua, Lake Atitlán, its villages, and in Chichicastenango. Their textures and colors will weave their way into your art, and the people and culture will weave their way into your heart.

 


 

November 10 – 19, 2010
10 Days, 9 nights
Galapagos Option
Nov. 19 – 23

Group size limited

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Click Here To View Terry Gay Puckett’s Website

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Travel with Award-winning artist Terry Gay Puckett to discover Ecuador, and the most amazing Galapagos Islands on this once-in-a-lifetime travel experience. Artists, friends, Mothers and Daughters, shoppers, and textile enthusiasts, are all invited. Terry Gay will share gesture sketching techniques, which are applicable to all forms of art. As a Certified Instructor, she will also offer T’ai Chi Chih each morning for those who wish to participate. There will be lots of time to explore villages, bargain hunt in the markets, photograph, relax, and do art on this trip of a lifetime.

The optional add-on of the Galapagos Islands will absolutely enthrall you and may be the most incredible of any travel adventure you have ever experienced. Explore Old Town of Quito Ecuador, an extensive colonial center built over the ashes of what was a major part of the Inca Empire. Spanish Colonial architecture, cathedrals, open plazas and vintage facades dating to the mid 1500s are part of what is now declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

View dramatic panoramas of ice capped volcanoes, pastoral scenes of colorfully dressed indigenous herders watching sheep, and llamas grazing in windswept fields of grass as we travel to the Hacienda Cusin, in the Northern Andes. A restored 17th century Andean estate, and now a charming and comfortable country inn furnished with colonial antiques, tapestries, and Andean crafts. Old stone walls topped with moss encircle two acres of gardens which attract over 50 species of birds. Experience Otavalo, one of the world’s most famous indigenous markets where the people arrive at dawn by the mountain trails surrounding the city from nearby villages and towns to sell their products woven on back strap and Spanish treadle looms.

View the Avenue of the Volcanoes as you travel to Hacienda San Agustín de Callo, built on the site of an Inca palace, by the Emperor Tupac Yupanqui in the 15th century. One of the two most important archaeological Inca sites in Ecuador, it is the only lived in museum of Inca and Spanish Colonial style. From here you will have day trips that will introduce you to the magic of this country – volcanoes, Inca markets, Rose plantations, and working haciendas.