We Are Opening Up a Second Weekend | Live WILD AWAKENING Workshop In Our Studio!

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We have just opened up a second weekend to our sold out workshop Wild Awakening!

Join me in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on October 6-7, 2017 for a two day art workshop.

Our studio is light filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing.

You will have opportunities during the workshop to also make your way through some of our wooded paths and find a spot to create.

It is our heart’s desire that your time on our land and studio brings you rest and dreaming.

 

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When you arrive on Friday morning you will be welcomed with mimosas and a light snack as we find our places and meet each other.

All main supplies will be provided for this workshop.

Our days will be filled with learning how to honor our create spaces, foraging for alternative mark making tools on our land, learning new techniques to create bigger and more expressive paintings, lots of new marks and layers, stitching, stamp carving, rust dying, loose and intricate details in our work, creating an art series and then taking everything we have learned and creating a larger abstract painting.

Each day there will also be time spent in the beautiful land surrounding the studio including our lunchtime in the garden.

At the end of day one, I hope you will join me for dinner at one of my favorite local restaurants (this is not included) or explore our sweet town and find the perfect place to relax after a full day of creating.

 

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|Some of the women at my last art workshop in our front yard|

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You will leave this two-day workshop with stacks of your paintings and marks, new possibilities in your art and hopefully a new eye to the ways you can connect more with the world around you.

Our time will end with cocktails and appetizers as we say our goodbyes.

While you are in the area we will make sure to point you in the right direction to all of our favorite restaurants, hiking spots, and antique stores.

Our town has been ranked one of the best towns in America and we have to agree. I suggest you stay a few extra days to enjoy the beauty of Colorado!

Space is limited. If you have any questions please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

You can register below or request an invoice.

 

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France | Where Beauty Is The Function

 

Jet lag is still my sidekick as I try to settle back into day-to-day life after France. These extra days of adjusting are also good for my heart and mind as I process once again the beautiful opportunity of travel. As I download photos, unpack my suitcase, wash too many loads of laundry, unwrap French treasures, and put away art supplies I am given the gift of remembering, honoring and reflecting on this time away.

 

 

 

I am a lover of learning so being a student is natural for me. I love to immerse myself into places, people and history. As much as I am most comfortable alone, with my family, making art and immersed in my books and learning… life has offered me the honor of also leading and teaching. This combination of teacher and student is the most wonderful worlds to combine.

 

 

Each person that I ever travel with teaches me more about myself, others, love, bravery, passion, second chances, fear, doing hard things and so much more. This trip to France for our Living Studio art workshop was no different. I watched beautiful marriages, watched families creating memories, watched women move on bravely, watched intentional acts of creating, watched friendships formed, watched so much joy and laughter, watched so many making art after a long hiatus, watched woman encourage one another, watched my daughter grow up before my eyes, watched people making the whole world their studio!

 

 

France taught me once again and this time it surprised me and encouraged me all in the same breath. France lavishes me and gives me a glimpse into ways I can make our day to day life more lovely just for the sake of being lovely. Maybe this is why I love France so much. I feel like the moment I land I dive into a color palette I love, live in and paint in. Each street holds a glimpse into something beautiful whether it be a doorknob or architecture. The parks announce to the world that this is a place that gathers and honors resting. The cafes bulging on every street corner beg you to stop and slow down. When you gather at a French restaurant they will never rush you so the next group of people can sit down. This table is yours for the night if you want it and if you want your bill…good luck. You may have to track down your waiter to actually get it. The art…oh, the art. It is spilling out everywhere and it may be painted along a wall in an alley, the sound of a quartet on the corner, sculptures throughout a garden or maybe the most beautiful and yummy croissant you have ever tasted.

 

After the workshop I had another five days in France with just our Madolyn. We would sleep in, walk all over Paris in the day, find good food along the way and watch movies each night. It was the most wonderful gift I have ever given each of us. This precious time of being alone and helping me see her separate from the boys will always be deeply woven in my heart.

 

 

 

 

On Easter Sunday I had ordered a picnic lunch to be picked up that morning and then we were going to take it to the green in front of the Eiffel Tower. As we unpacked our beautiful lunch, spread the blanket that was included on the ground and as I opened the wine I felt loved by this artisan that put our beautiful lunch together. They honored what they did and in their authentic way they were making the world more beautiful. I turned to Maddy and said, “This must be how women feel like when they come to our workshops.” It hit me hard. So, France also taught me that what I do is important. I am not just talking about the big things we do and the online courses but the day to day making things beautiful for myself, my family and those that gather on our land is of importance. It may not be to everyone but it is to me and I am proud of it. I also believe that when woman have gathered on our land to create art part of my gift to them is to make their time here beautiful and to put attention into the details. To help them experience beauty, rest and art if possible. France made me see that it is not just something I do but something I need to do because I love it, appreciate it and honor it. The world will be better when we each use our authentic gifts to make it just a bit more beautiful for beauties sake. Not such a bad way to function.

 

***Next week I will share more photos from the workshop and the art made***

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The Living Studio | Amsterdam and Beyond River Cruise

 

 

 

Detailed Itinerary

April 14-23, 2018

The Living Studio | Amsterdam and Beyond

DAY 1

AMSTERDAM

Arrive in Amsterdam today, check into your hotel and enjoy some free time.

DAY 2

AMSTERDAM

Your day in Amsterdam begins with a panoramic tour of the city, on which you will see renowned landmarks like the Royal Palace and a windmill. The rest of the day is yours to explore this grand capital. (B)

DAY 3

AMSTERDAM – EMBARKATION

Check out of your hotel today and transfer to your ship. Later tonight enjoy a welcome aboard dinner. (B,D)

DAY 4

AMSTERDAM – HOORN

This morning the ship cruises the Ijsselmeer River to Hoorn, where you have a choice of three activities. The first is a visit to a family-run tulip farm, where you will learn about growing these flowers, tour greenhouses and discover over one million tulips in different colors, species and phases of growth. The second option is a walking tour of Hoorn, where you will tour De Halve Maen, a replica of the Dutch East India Company’s most famous ship and then stroll through this town’s beautiful harbor. Those that are more active may choose to join a guided bike tour through West-Friesland, where windmills, tulip fields and fruit orchards abound. (B,L,D)

DAY 5

MIDDELBURG

After cruising the Delta today, you can explore Middelburg, which boasts more than 1,000 city monuments, on a walking tour. Alternatively, you may explore the Delta Works storm surge barrier, which showcases steel doors that are 147 feet wide, an impressive series of dams and Dutch hydraulic engineering. Your last option is a guided bike tour through this historic city. (B,L,D)

DAY 6

ANTWERP, BELGIUM

This morning, you will have your choice of one of three different excursions. Your first option is a walking tour of Antwerp on which you will see Antwerp Castle, Grote Market, Brabo Fountain and the city’s superb architecture. Your other options are a visit to Rubens House, the former home of the famous Flemish Baroque painter, or guided bike tour. This afternoon, choose between a Belgian chocolates and waffles tasting or a visit to Floralia, an annual spring flower show that spans over 34 acres and features approximately one million bulbs that are hand-planted each year by the castle staff. (B,L,D)

DAY 7

GHENT

Today, you can either choose a full day excursion to Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or stay to explore Ghent. Bruges features many marvelous things to see, including Grote Market and the city’s historic center. Those that prefer Ghent will have a choice between a walking tour and chocolate tasting, with highlights like Belfry Hall, the Koornlei, the Graslei and the Castle of the Counts. (B,L,D)

DAY 8

ROTTERDAM, KINDERDIJK – SCHOONHOVEN

This morning there are three ways you can discover Rotterdam. The first takes you to see The Hague and then visit Delft, known for its canals, historic town center and being the manufacturing base for Delftware, hand-painted blue pottery. Alternatively, you may explore the Delta Works, which showcase an impressive series of dams and Dutch hydraulic engineering, or join a guided bike tour. In the afternoon, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk, a lovely village renowned for having the country’s greatest concentration of windmills, all dating from the 18th century. Tonight the ship cruises to Schoonhoven, where you will have some free time as we moor overnight. (B,L,D)

DAY 9

AMSTERDAM

We arrive in Amsterdam today. Admire the spectacular display of millions of flowering tulips during your morning excursion to the world famous 70-acre Keukenhof Gardens. In the afternoon enjoy a scenic cruise through the historic harbor and canals of Amsterdam. See the beautiful homes that line the water, the fabled Skinny Bridge, and the famous house where Anne Frank spent years in hiding during World War II. You can opt instead for an excursion to delightful Zaanse Schans, a small historic village just outside of Amsterdam, or stay in Amsterdam for a walking tour of the upscale Jordaan district. The ship moors overnight in Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

DAY 10

DISEMBARKATION – DEPART AMSTERDAM

Disembark the ship and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

What is included in your 9 night/ 10 day stay

*7 nights deluxe cruise accommodations in an outside stateroom – most staterooms offer French balconies.
*Art classes with Jeanne Oliver
*Daily creative prompts to inspire you to create in new ways while traveling
*You will be provided with your own portable studio so you can create anywhere you go
*”Limited Edition Tours”
*Life-enriching tours with personal headset included
*Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations
*Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
*Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
*Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
*Multiple dining venues
*Unlimited red & white wines from France’s great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
*Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
*Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain’s Gala Dinner
*Transfer from the ship to the hotel in Amsterdam
*2 nights hotel accommodation in Amsterdam
*Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
*Services of professional Cruise Manager
*All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
*Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways
*All port fees, taxes
* This does not include airfare

 

A peek into life on the ship…

 

Join me: April 14-23, 2018 for the Living Studio | Amsterdam and Beyond
In US dollars:  Starting at $4107.00 per person / double occupancy

Cabin Choices:

Cabin E $4107 per person /double occupancy

Cabin D $4406 per person/ double occupancy

Cabin CB $4706 per person/ double occupancy

Cabin CA $5006 per person/ double occupancy

Cabin BB $5506 per person/ double occupancy

Cabin BA $5706 per person/ double occupancy

Cabin AB $5906 per person/ double occupancy

Cabin AA $6106 per person/ double occupancy

Cabin SS $7406.00 per person/ double occupancy

 

To look at the room plans of the AmaKristina click HERE.

 
Deposit (non-refundable) due on contract signing $1000,00

Payment Schedule:

We will set up a payment schedule just for you

If you are interested in The Living Studio | Amsterdam and Beyond River Cruise please email Jeanne Oliver at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com to answer any questions and/or to place your deposit on this once in a lifetime art retreat.

To make your non-refundable deposit click on the register image below…

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We Are Opening Up a Second Weekend | Live BE PRESENT Workshop In Our Studio!

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***WE ARE OPENING A SECOND WEEKEND***

Join me in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on June 2-3, 2017 for a two day art workshop.

Our studio is light filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing.

You will have opportunities during the workshop to also make your way through some of our wooded paths and find a spot to create.

It is our heart’s desire that your time on our land and studio brings you rest and dreaming.

 

When you arrive on Friday morning you will be welcomed with mimosas and a light snack as we find our places and meet each other.

All main supplies will be provided for this workshop.

Our day will be filled with art prompts and techniques to help us all be present and connect with our worlds daily through our creativity. We will create our own journals using rust dyed fabric, watercolor paper, vintage ephemera, stitching and more. We will practice contour sketching and watercolor techniques, stamp carving and mark making to create abstract and realistic images.

Each day there will also be time spent in the beautiful land surrounding the studio including our lunch time in the garden.

At the end of day one I hope you will join me for dinner at one of my favorite local restaurants (this is not included) or explore our sweet town and find the perfect place to relax after a full day of creating.

 

|Some of the women at my last art workshop in our front yard|

Day two will be filled with more creating as we take some of our smaller works of art and create one larger abstract painting incorporating our painting, mark making, vintage ephemera and stitching.

You will leave this two day workshop with a journal full of your work, new possibilities in your art and hopefully a new eye to the ways you can connect more with the world around you.

Our time will end with cocktails and appetizers as we say our goodbyes.

While you are in the area we will make sure to point you in the right direction to all of our favorite restaurants, hiking spots and antique stores.

Our town has been ranked one of the best towns in America and we have to agree. I suggest you stay a few extra days to enjoy the beauty of Colorado!

Space is limited. If you have any questions please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

You can register below or request an invoice.

 

 

 

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Santos Cage Dolls II Begins on Monday!

If you love getting your hands dirty, creating with clay and using vintage elements in your art…

Tomorrow you will not want to miss the start of Santos Cage Dolls II: Inspired Figures with Jen Rizzo!

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Jen Rizzo is back with a follow up to her popular online course Santos Cage Dolls!

Today is the last day for the early registration price for Santos Cage Dolls II: Inspired Figures.

This online course has 4+ hours of instruction, all videos are pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience and you will have lifetime* access.

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Santos Cage Dolls II: Inspired Figures

Let’s dive into clay, plaster, wood, concrete and wire to make Santos and art dolls! If you’ve taken the first Santos dolls class, this class expands on earlier material and introduces new techniques,projects and doll forms!

We’ll make 2 traditional Santos dolls,one with a traditional cage base, and the other standing, and then head off into making art dolls inspired by nature and birds,such as “She takes flight”, “Wearing feathers and wire”,”Sunflower girl” and concrete mini-dolls for garden fairies. We’ll also make the easiest Santos doll ever using something completely unexpected!

We’ll use ordinary and accessible household items to make armatures and frames, and learn different facial sculpting techniques, and skills such as making molds of faces and heads, and casting in plaster to be able to recreate elements of our dolls so they can easily be reproduced. We’ll make wings from various materials and work with wire, wood, plaster, concrete, paint, wire mesh and more!
I love mixing all kinds of materials, and getting my hands dirty, and I am so excited to share this class and help open your inspiration and create with you

The registration price for this course is $42.

To register or read more come over to the course page.

 

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

*as long as we manage this site

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Come and Create With Danielle Donaldson {coming to Denver this summer}

I am so lucky to be surrounded by amazingly strong and creative women.

I guess luck doesn’t have anything to do with it.  I am picky and spend my time and energy building up healthy and loving relationships.

My life is sweeter, funnier, more creative and more sarcastic because Danielle Donaldson is in it!

If you live in the Denver area (or you want to come in for a nice weekend) you are in for a real treat because Danielle is coming to one of my favorite venues to teach a one day workshop.

Join Danielle for a special class designed just for us and based upon her brand new book coming out in July!

Reserve your spot (class size limited).

You can email me at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com and I can send you an invoice or you can pay below.

I can’t wait to join you in class!




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