The Living Studio Along the Danube {pictures + thoughts}

Good Morning!  We have been back from our big trip along the Danube for two weeks now and it is crazy that something so beautiful and special begins to feel like a dream when you need to jump back into normal life. I think we need a few weeks to re-enter regular life:-)

This was the first Living Studio that we have ever had on a river cruise.  I had a pretty good idea of how our time would go but I was blown away by the service, food, personal touches, art space, excursions and lavishing by the staff and their attention to detail.  If you are going with us on The Living Studio Along the Seine you are in for a trip of a lifetime and you will be spoiled!

I always feel like the most amazing women come together for our workshops and this one was no exception. This group truly embraced what the Living Studio is all about and I saw them time and time again showing up, getting out of their comfort zone and creating out on our excursions. It was so inspiring to see! From our many conversations I know that a beautiful habit has begun and it will be practiced at home.

My husband Kelly and our sixteen year old Jack was able to come on this trip. This was so fun for me to have their support, encouragement and to share this trip of a lifetime with them. To watch as Jack was seeing Europe for the first time was worth all of the sacrificing to get him there. To see his heart expand towards the world, for him to see that we are all not that different, to see kids his age listening to music he loves and dressing like him, to hear him saying again and again, “I could live here” and to know that our son now sees that the world is a little smaller because of this trip.  Kelly and I were once again thankful that we homeschool and that this was a new and beautiful part of his education that he will remember for the rest of his life.

Travel does that. It opens you up, expands your heart and mind and fills you with so much beauty and inspiration. I hope you will consider joining us in the spring for The Living Studio Along the Seine (there are only a few spots left).

Here is a peek into The Living Studio Along the Danube…

 

Our first four days were spent is gorgeous Prague!

Then we traveled to Germany to board our boutique river cruise ship that would be our home over the next week.

We would go through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

Look at our view as we made art!

Walking around Passau, Germany.

Each day we could all choose what we EACH wanted to do for our excursions. This made it so much fun to go on a walking tour, to a castle or a bike ride.

Here we were taking a bike tour around Linz, Austria.

After a morning art class Kelly, Jack and I stayed on the ship and rested, watched movies, got massages and made art. It was the perfect was to rest and get ready for more fun the next day.

One of my favorite days was bike riding through the vineyards and orchards. It was a magical day.

Then it was off to Vienna…

One of the sweetest surprises of the trip was the most inspiring art museum in Slovakia. In the middle of nowhere was an architectural masterpiece!

The trip to the museum was a special gift from the ship for just us as a thank you for bringing our workshop to them.

Our first glimpses of Budapest as we sailed into this exquisite city.

No photo will show you how incredible our illumination tour in Budapest was from the ship!

This was our last night together and it was the perfect ending!

I will be back to the Danube for sure!

The next post about The Living Studio Along the Danube will be all about the art that was created!

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If Adventure, Creating and Travel Speak To You {I have something for you}

Sometimes we get to be wild explorers and travel far away, other times we can connect with other creatives not far from home and at other times we have the joy of hunkering down right where we live and creating among our day to day life.  Each one of these are life giving and creative building travels.

I love that my travels have allowed me to build beautiful new friendships, sketch among stained glass windows and old wooden pews, sip espresso as I watch the locals pass me by and learn to get out of my comfort zone and create wherever I go.

I also love that it has taught me to find the beauty in the ordinary and familiar.

Whether you are looking for adventure and creating near or far I wanted to share with you what I have coming up. I would sure love to have you join me!

June 2016

We have ONE spot that has just opened up for our sold out workshop at our new studio.

To register or read more click HERE.

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August 2016

I am a speaker at HAVEN and I will be talking all about Product Launching.

To read more or to register click HERE.

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August 2016

Danielle Donaldson is our first guest artist in our new studio.

There are a few spots left.

To register or read more click HERE.

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October 2016

We have ONE spot that has just opened for our sold out The Living Studio Along the Danube.  The whole ship is sold out and this is the very last spot on the river cruise.

If you would like to read more or register click HERE.

Payment would be due in full shortly after registering and this is for a upper lever level room. You have an awesome roommate and room waiting for you!

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February 2017

Join me at Donna Downey’s studio in North Carolina! What an awesome way to kick off the new year.

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April 2017

I know it sounds crazy to be planning for 2017 but we only have a few spots left for The Living Studio Along the Seine!

To read more or to register click HERE.

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A Sold Out Workshop on a Sold Out Ship {one spot just opened}

******ONE spot just opened for this sold out art workshop on this sold out ship******

Ever since I have been a little girl I have been a lover of history, architecture, art and I have ALWAYS known…I would travel.

I am greatly driven by my desire to learn, explore and to discover more of this world.

My family makes choices all of the time that will make it possible for us to travel more and to have less of other things.

We want to collect adventures and memories and not just things.

For all of you lovers of adventure, history, art and travel…this is for you!

Join me in October 2016 for The Living Studio Along The Danube!

Imagine exploring and creating in Prague, Regensburg, Vilshofen, Passau, Linz, Weisskirchen, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest!

Just imagine…

Explore different cities and villages and never have to repack your bags!

Enjoy gourmet food, cooking classes, lectures!

We will have structured art classes on the ship and then creative prompts that will encourage you to create in the cities and villages.

THIS is the heart of The Living Studio! It is my desire that you make the whole world your studio.

This is not just for painters and sketchers…this is for all of us!

If you love history, art, architecture, live music, wine tasting, cooking classes, lectures, bike tours…this is for you!

The best part is that you get to choose each day what you do or don’t do. You can participate in the classes or you can lounge by the pool…or both!

The details…

How about grabbing a bike from the ship and exploring an ancient village?

Here is a more detailed itinerary if you choose to include Prague into your trip.

I hope you choose to explore and create with me!

To read more or to sign up click HERE.

If you have any questions at all please leave your comment below or email me at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

Take a peek into life on the ship…

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Let’s Make Art Together in 2016!

My travel and teaching schedule will be much closer to home next year but I do have a few extra special workshops that I want you to know about!

Registration just opened for Sketching and Sculpting and it is almost sold out.

Join me for a two-day workshop all about finding your sketching style and then incorporating your style into a sculpture.

We will play with charcoal, inks, watercolor pencils, pastels and more and fill a morning with some of my favorite sketching exercises and techniques.

We will then create sculptures using industrial armatures.

The whole workshop will be broken down into easy to follow steps so whether you are new to sketching and sculpting or you are an old pro … you will leave inspired and with pieces that you are proud of.

Teaching at Jenny Doh’s studio in Santa Ana is a blast and if this workshop is calling your name I hope you don’t wait too long!

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In October I will be leading the Living Studio Along the Danube! This retreat only has one spot left!  If this spot yours?

We will be traveling on a luxury river cruise ship and we will be exploring and creating art from Budapest to Prague.

You have to read all about it!

If you have any questions about any of the retreats please do not hesitate to contact me at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

I would love to create with you in 2016!

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Extra Special Retreats Coming…

I love to travel, explore new parts of the world, try new foods, take in the local culture, take my time in an art museum and find the perfect place to create.

Creating art and traveling has helped me to grow as an artist in ways I could have never imaged.

Recently, one of my students was talking to a group of women and shared about my workshops. Her words made their way back to me and she later wrote to me how much my workshop meant to her and her creative process…

“Jeanne Oliver is not just an art teacher, she is an artist’s teacher. Jeanne doesn’t just show you how to replicate the beautiful art that she creates, she teaches you how to create your art as an artist. When retreating with or studying under Jeanne, her art is not your primary inspiration, her way of creation, her way of being as a living artist is. Learning to make art with Jeanne is learning to develop yourself as a uniquely gifted artist. Jeanne teaches the art of becoming an artist, that is most clearly her purpose and call.”  -Cara

I have to tell you that when I read those words my hear was FULL because I have never just wanted to teach someone to make art just like me…I have wanted to help others to find their own way creatively and make art!

Your art can be writing, gardening, photography, decorating, storytelling, painting, cooking and the list goes on and on.

I am so excited to share that I have two very special art retreats that are coming up next year.

There is very limited space in both retreats!

Won’t you consider joining me next year and making time to connect with your creative self? It is one of the most priceless gifts I have ever given to myself.

 

The Living Studio Amsterdam

May 10-17, 2016

The Living Studio Along the Danube

A river cruise

October 6-16, 2016

Watch a short video to get a taste of our luxury yacht…

What is included in your 10 night/11 day stay

*This itinerary includes the land portion of exploring Prague for an additional $780

  • 3 nights hotel in Prague at the InterContinental or Hilton Old Town (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Transfer from Prague to the ship in Vilshofen
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom
  • Most staterooms offer French balconies or revolutionary Twin Balconies
  • A sketchbook and portable studio with all of the art supplies you will need to make the Danube your Living Studio
  • Art classes with Jeanne Oliver
  • Daily creative prompts to inspire you to create in new ways while traveling
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily
  • 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 on select vessels
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’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
  • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
  • 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 local taxes

*This does not include airfare

 


Join me: October 6-16, 2016 /October

In US dollars: Starting at $3767 per person / double occupancy

You can upgrade your cabin for a fee and also add on the land portion of exploring Prague for an additional $780.

The room included in this package is cabin E (there are only a few available at this time) for $3767.00 per person and you can upgrade your cabin to include more square footage and/or a balcony for prices ranging from $4,066.00-$6,966.00 per person.  To view all cabins click HERE.

Deposit (non-refundable) due on contract signing $1,000

Payment Schedule:

We will set up a payment schedule just for you
Final payment due May 12, 2016

If you are interested in The Living Studio | Danube 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.

 

 

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Thank you for taking at a peek of two of my only art retreats that I will be teaching in 2016!

I hope you will join me and create with me as we explore in Amsterdam or along the Danube.

Both of them are a dream!

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The Living Studio Along the Danube {Prague, Vienna, Budapest and more}

Ever since I have been a little girl I have been a lover of history, architecture, art and I have ALWAYS known…I would travel.

I am greatly driven by my desire to learn, explore and to discover more of this world.

My family makes choices all of the time that will make it possible for us to travel more and to have less of other things.

We want to collect adventures and memories and not just things.

I have an extremely exciting announcement to make and we have been working on it for awhile now.

For all of you lovers of adventure, history, art and travel…this is for you!

Join me in October 2016 for The Living Studio Along The Danube! 

Imagine exploring and creating in Prague, Regensburg, Vilshofen, Passau, Linz, Weisskirchen, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest!

Just imagine…

Explore different cities and villages and never have to repack your bags!

Enjoy gourmet food, cooking classes, lectures!

We will have structured art classes on the ship and then creative prompts that will encourage you to create in the cities and villages.

THIS is the heart of The Living Studio!  It is my desire that you make the whole world your studio.

This is not just for painters and sketchers…this is for all of us!

If you love history, art, architecture, live music, wine tasting, cooking classes, lectures, bike tours…this is for you!

The best part is that you get to choose each day what you do or don’t do. You can participate in the classes or you can lounge by the pool…or both!

The details…

How about grabbing a bike from the ship and exploring an ancient village?

Here is a more detailed itinerary if you choose to include Prague into your trip.

I hope you choose to explore and create with me!

To read more or to sign up click HERE.

If you have any questions at all please leave your comment below or email me at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

Take a peek into life on the ship…

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