Last year was my first year for Art is You and I’ve already written that I felt so fortunate to have found out about it online while surfing around for mixed media art technique tutorials and other info. Mind you, this is a prime example of my finding something that sounds perfect and going with my gut. It wasn’t until I was already there I learned there are other art retreats held in various parts of the country and oh so much more cool Art is You! specific detail.
Given my newbie status last year I must say I prepared rather well and there’s not a whole lot I’m doing differently this time…well maybe a lot of things but more like fine tuning vs. major game plan overhaul. Here are some of the things I did to prepare better and set myself up for a better time in general…
- Staying at the Sheraton the entire time. Having a home base in the midst of all the action is worth the few bucks I might save at a cheaper hotel.
- I’m prepared to take copious notes throughout because all I thought I’d remember when I tried doing things a second time back home….I was missing quite a few steps.
- Created a small binder for myself with print outs of the overall agenda, workshop descriptions for my classes, instructor bios, supplies lists. I know everyone is going to wish they had one too so I’m cross-posting this to the yahoo group so get the word out while there’s still time!
- Put the supplies for each class in individual mini storage bins. I’m taking a class each day so with five classes it’s easy to get mixed up about what’s needed for which class….there is a good bit of cross over esp with paints and brushes but the things unique to each class are in their own container. Thank you Dick Blick!
- Made it a point to find and join the private Yahoo group for attendees. Doing so kept my excitement high, served as frequent reminder to get my gear together, enabled me to get to identify a few people that I absolutely must meet in person, find a friend from the DC area and arrange to have a drink together when we get there on the 9th.
- Got myself an inexpensive tutu…the cheerleader or whatever in me hates to be without a costume when I have an opportunity to dress up. The tutu might be for one special event or day but I have to say that I might wear mine every day…not sure if I can stand the tiara on the whole time but it’s going with me for sure!
- Taking classes every day/every opportunity. I learned so much last year that took me so far in my art through the past year that I decided if I’m going to make the trip I’m going to max out on learning everything and anything I can from this group of great teacher artists. The repeats: Jodi Ohl and Sue Pelletier. The “I signed up too late and her class was full but I’m so excited just to see her again: Tracy Verdugo from Australia. The new ones: Andrew Borloz and Andrea deMeng.
One thing I did not do that I still may regret, or at a minimum consider doing differently next year is shipping all of my supplies to the hotel in advance so I can take the train up to CT without worrying about dragging the supplies with me. I’m not looking forward to driving up alone even though I love to drive my little BMW and it’s basically a straight shot up I-95…it just gets long especially on the way home when I’m tired from the virtually non-stop activity and engagement and sensory overload and stimulation.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Art Case!! LOL
- Gearing up for Art is….You! Stamford (fromthecsweet.com)
- Art Is You…Stamford (flatwoodsfolkart.typepad.com)