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Beach Art Retreats

Online art classes are good, but getting together in person is priceless.

Let's get together somewhere that's beautiful, sunny, and relaxing...Emerald Isle, North Carolina.

Middle of May each spring 

One week for high school girls. One week for adults.

Beach retreats are full for summer 2022. Registration for summer 2023 will open in January of 2023. If you have information on retreat venues, vacation homes or retreat centers, we'd love to hear about more options! email courtneylsanforddesign@gmail.com

Beach Retreat Details

Beach retreat 2022 was so much fun! The 2023 retreat will be ready for registration in January. Beach will be mid-May and hopefully we will be adding a Mountain retreat in June or July. (Kayaking, hiking, painting mountains and wildflowers) Fly in and out of Charlotte, NC for the Mountain Retreat. (Fly in and out of RDU for the beach retreat.

SESSION 1

May 15-18

Emerald Isle, NC

$200.00 deposit  + $299 balance due March 15

(Full. If you'd like to be added to the waitlist, email: courtneylsanforddesign@gmail.com)

Students arrive to the beach house on the first afternoon and enjoy some time making new friends and walking on the beach. We have dinner together and then get creative with collage and paint. The second two days, we will draw and paint all morning, spend the afternoon on the beach or by the pool and draw and paint again in the evening. On the last morning we finish up with a watercolor and check out by noon.

I'll be there offering leading group art experiences and offering art instruction along with experienced artists and art teachers willing to share what they've learned. In 2022, Kate Perry joins us to teach us about watercolors.

Students arrive after 1:00 on May 15 and have free time until dinner

6:00 Dinner

7:00 to 10:00 Painting

Days 2 and 3

early morning walk on the beach (optional)

Continental Breakfast (help yourself)

9:00 - 12:00 Painting 

12:00 Lunch- build your own salad or sandwich

afternoon on the beach or by the pool

Dinner

7:00-10:00 Painting

On day 4

We will have breakfast, take the sheets off the bed and start laundry.

Paint from 9:00 to 11:00 (finish a painting or do a watercolor)

Pack up and check out around 11:30

Art projects:

favorite book/quote collage, small loose beach scapes, intro to watercolor, large acrylic painting (your choice of subject).

SESSION 2

May 18-21

Emerald Isle

Adults arrive on Wednesday afternoon with free time until dinner. After dinner we will warm up with a collage. The following two days will follow this routine:

Early morning walk on the beach (optional)

Continental breakfast (help yourself)

9:00 - 12:00 Painting 

12:00 Lunch- build your own salad or sandwich

afternoon on the beach or by the pool

Dinner

7:00-10:00 Painting

The fourth morning we will have to have our things out of the house by 10am unless we can get a late check out.

So, we will probably just have breakfast and pack up. That doesn't mean you have to leave the beach, though, there are nice places to park and walk to the beach, and shops and restaurants nearby.

Art projects:

favorite book/quote collage, small loose beach scapes, large acrylic painting (your choice of subject).

Kate Perry isn't available for this retreat, but you are invited to join her online for the summer class Paint Your Way through Marvelous to Behold (co-teaching Courtney and Kate) and in the fall Watercolor Psalms and Proverbs.

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