I'm Kathryn and I'm new. I will be attending the event at Dana Point this year and I was wondering if anyone attended the Colorado workshop last year could shed some light on what to expect.
I'm also planning a short vacation to take either before or after the conference, so I'll need a car for those days. I'm debating if I will really need one during the weekend since I may be busy during that time.Of course there are lots of galleries at Laguna Beach and I understand that it is 20 minutes away. If I stay at Laguna Cliffs Marriott it will also cost $27 per night parking. I emailed the event asking if there was a shuttle to the art school, but I have yet to hear a reply.
Were your days pretty busy with the workshop or did you have some time in the evening??
My workshops are with Quang Ho, Jeremy lipking and Carolyn Anderson. I'm not really familiar with Carolyn Anderson as a teacher/artists and I'm debating on a plein air instead. If not I may just paint on my own for a day. I'm familiar with the other two as artists, but not teachers. Anyone take their workshops?
The first day I will also take some of the half day demos with Prodwozek, Leffel. I'm really interested in what Prodwozek has to say about color and wanted to take the full day workshop, but couldn't get the schedule to work out.
Does anyone even read this section of Artist Daily? It seems that everyone response to the posts on the first page and not these??? Maybe not! Anyway, I am currently making travel plans and need to know if I will need a car rental. Anyone?????????Anyone here???????
Being this is my first Masters I can't answer your questions. Why not inquire at the hotel and see what they say. Doubt the Masters will supply a van but perhaps the hotel will have one that runs into the center of town.
I decided to email AA again and learned that they do have a shuttle going to the school. My guess is that I may not need a car for those days, but will look into this further. Anyone go last year?
I did go last year and it was an EXCELLENT experience!!!!. The event provides shuttle buses to move people around from the hotels to the different events. I do remember that shuttles sometimes were a bit late in the morning and sometimes we had to wait 1/2 an hour or so. If you are an anxious person like I am..then I recommend for you to take your car.
The days were very busy. I used to leave the hotel at 7:30 am and I did not get back till 11:30pm every night (by the way, I am not a party person :)). There is so much to do and the panels during the evening event are amazing.So you will be really busy during the whole event. I used to see my husband in the morning and I will not see him again until I was back in the hotel late in the eveing.
I hope this helps!
thanks for the advice. It is very helpful. It sounds as if a car is not needed and I probably will not see much of Dana Point/Laguna Beach area while the conference is going on.
Aida, Whose workshops did you take? Hear any gossip about any must do workshops/teachers? I really like the 3 instructors I have, but I'm strongly considering taking one plein air. Hear anything about Frank Serrano? His workshop says beginner - though I'm not - and I was wondering if it would be worth taking anyway????
I did not take any plein air last year because I did not know whow the trip back to the main Colorado site was going to be handled. Frank Serrano is a great instructor and he is very talented. I signed up for his workshop again this year. We will have to get up very early in the morning. Last year, I also attended demos with Jacob Collins, David leffel, Sherri McGraw, Daniel Gerthartz, etc. This year I am signed up for the workshops with Nancy Guzik, Daniel Gerthartz, Frank Serrano and Gallo and the demos with David Leffel, Sherri McGraw, Richard Schmid (of course!!!).
I cannot really recommend any specific artist. They are all amazing and your choices really depend on the style that you follow. Irrespective of who you select, you will definitely enjoy every single class/demo/workshop. Every master that gets invited to this event is definitely a real master. I also recommend the evening panels. i am taking every single one of them :)
I hope this helps.
Hi, We are about a month and a half from the conference and someone in another part of this site is looking for a ride from the airport. If you're going and willing to give someone a ride maybe mention your offer here. I will piggy back a vacation with the conference so I will arrive much sooner and head a different direction. yet I will probably need a ride back to the airport on the 28th.
I am seriously considering switching one workshop with a plein air workshop that would mean giving up Quang Ho's portrait workshop for either Prdwozek or Daniel Pinkham. I can find info on Prdwozek buy not much on pinkham. Anyone take a workshop with him. I noticed that he does not offer workshops/teach on a regular basis.
I'm looking for someone to ride to and from the airport. Will share costs. Arriving on the 22nd. Time flexible.
"I did not take any plein air last year because I did not know whow the trip back to the main Colorado site was going to be handled. "
This is a good question even for this year. I assume most plein air workshops will be in the Laguna Beach area and a shuttle will take us to the area, but will the shuttle take us back. This is a concern considering I haven't condensed my stuff down to a backpack size. If there are 3 workshops with 20- 30 people. Will there be enough shuttles for say 50 people??Will we need to walk to a stop with stuff in tow??
both my wife and I went last year. we took Frank Serrano's class and liked it and him so much we signed up for two of his this year. the class was attended by all levels and he had useful help for all. he is very accomplished at workshops.
If you've booked yourself for the entire day with things, you won't have enough time to do much else. we found that we were so exhausted at the end of the day, we had no time for anything else.
the shuttle service between classes worked well for the most part. The only problem I had was that on one cloudy rainy day, I got a very bad back spasm and we were so far away from things, I had to wait till the end of the day to get back.
Often, we were so far in the field, it was a bit of hike to a bathroom. We were happy that a couple of people brought cars.
All in all, we enjoyed the experience so much we are going back this year. We are going to rent a car, mostly because we are going down a couple of days early to extend our vacation and have some time to enjoy things around the area. You will find that if you've booked your time for only the time of scheduled workshops, you'll have little time for anything else. It is intense.
For beginners, don't feel intimidated. Everyone is so nice. You could attend the workshops and never have picked up a brush and go home with a great big smile on your face.
Hint: we drastically overpacked the first time. I mean that we took too much paint. Serrano's pallette is very limited. I've found that I drastically reduced the amount on my pallette since. One can do almost anything with ultramarine blue, titanium white, cad orange, cad yellow, burnt sienna and yellow ochre, alizarin crimson and a touch of bright red. Paints are heavy both for the airplane and carrying around.
You can buy paint thinner there as they have, or at least had, a store. So you won't need to transport combustables. We bought our canvass carriers there also to carry the small plein air paintings back.
We made a lot of good friends at the Colorado Springs Weekend. You can look me up on facebook and see some of my paintings. I haven't posted to the gallery in a long time. Look up Phillip Sweeny. It's a nickname I use as a pen name. You know you've got the correct one when you find the avatar of the beagle dog.
Hope to get to meet you in Frank's class.
Thanks for your response. I will be taking a mini vacation to Joshua Tree and Orange County starting from the 18th and have a day afterwards to hang around the area.I will have a car and then check it in so it is not sitting around. It costs $27 nightly to park your car at the resort. I may change my mind when I figure in the costs of a shuttle to return to the airport???
I will also be looking into the bus system and I hear that Laguna Beach has some type of free shuttle for the area.??
At this time, I'm still interested in Serrano, but Daniel Pinkham seems interesting or even Prdwozek. I really want to shake up the way I use color. I am going to Prdwozek's lecture so maybe Pinkham. I can't seem to find anything related to his teaching online. I can find plenty of student comments about other instructors or even watch Utube videos. The only thing that bothers me is that I would need to give up my Quang Ho's portrait class, but I figure that he is located in Denver and it would be easy for me to go tone of his workshops on my own since relatives live in the area.
Too much to do and too little time. Perhaps we will cross paths. So far I've counted 4 people here that are going to the Weekend.
For anyone who has not booked a hotel room at Laguna Cliffs using the group code:
The block of rooms reserved are already filled. Call directly to the actual hotel to get discounted rate; the reservation line nor online was able to honor the group rate.
I participated in WWM 2009. Even though event planners provided shuttles for all workshops and from/to hotel, the service was not very good. You had to wait - 30 min. here, 30 min there, sometimes the shuttle would come late, or leave earlier. So, those who had cars were much better off. Last year I signed up for everything -as much as I could! To say that days were very busy is to say nothing. We didn't have time for dinners, or breakfasts, for that matter. Grab a bite here and there. For plein air painters they provided boxed lunches - so that was good. Sometimes that would be your only meal that day. We never had time to go back to hotel to clean-up after a day painting en plein air. And had to carry all our stuff -backpacks, easels, tripods with us from morning till night (since there was no time to drop them off at the hotel after day's painting and before evening event)
So, this year I decided to just watch and listen and socialize :-)