Nature in the Wild – Ferns, Foliage and Flowers Mosaic Retreat invites you to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the natural world while honing your artistic skills. Led by the talented Kory Dollar, these monthly retreats offer a unique opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and find tranquility in the midst of nature’s splendor.
Step into a world where vibrant colors, delicate ferns, and lush foliage collide to create an enchanting mosaic that will captivate your senses. Our retreats are carefully curated to showcase the finest specimens of flora, allowing you to explore the intricate patterns and textures that nature has to offer.
Under the guidance of Kory Dollar, an esteemed artist with a passion for merging art and nature, you will learn the ancient art of mosaic-making. Using a variety of materials including glass, ceramic, and stone, you will bring your vision to life and create unique masterpieces that reflect the beauty of the retreat’s surroundings.
Immerse yourself in a serene environment that fosters creativity and self-expression. Feel the refreshing breeze brush against your skin as you uncover the hidden wonders of the natural world. With Kory Dollar as your mentor, you will receive personalized guidance and be inspired to push the boundaries of your artistic abilities.
During your retreat, you will have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for art and nature. Share stories, exchange ideas, and develop lasting friendships with fellow participants as you embark on this transformative journey together.
Each retreat offers a unique theme, allowing you to continually expand your artistic repertoire. From delicate flowers to sprawling ferns, each workshop will bring you closer to understanding the beauty and intricacy of nature’s designs.
Join us on this unforgettable retreat, where creativity flourishes and nature’s wonders come to life. Rediscover your artistic spirit in the midst of ferns, foliage, and flowers, and leave with a renewed sense of inspiration and a stunning mosaic masterpiece to cherish forever.
- The three day retreat will be a combination of lecture/slideshow, discussion, Q&A, demos, and hands-on instruction. Focusing on Glass on Glass (GOG) application, using the direct method to create a stimulating optical effect. Kory will demo several unique cuts she uses in her flowers, using three tools, nippers, a scoring tool, and running pliers. During this process, you will learn how cut glass while maximizing your glass. Kory will demonstrate and discuss a specific nipping style /technique, Glass Shaving® to create a crisp clean edge, using only wheeled nippers. The class will explore how to create movement, using Kory’s signature cuts. Additional topics covered include: precision cutting, committing to a design, selecting a color pallet, varying opacity, and creating a one-of-a-kind designs. Kory will discuss grout bleed, adhesives, grout additives, and provide tips and tricks to grouting. Mac glue will be provided. There will be a grout demonstration on Sunday. Students are welcome to grout if they have completed the project and glue has dried. If projects are not completed, or dried by 12 pm then a grout package will be available to take home for optional grouting.Kory notes that she does not strive for perfection; “the art of art is the imperfections.” She says, “It is my goal that I will simplify the process enough to give you ‘artistic freedom without self doubt’. I strive to build confidence in these classes. I do not teach from a pattern, I teach to use your sketch as only a guideline; you are not restricted to the pattern. I will assist you in creating a balanced one-of-a-kind composition, using my uniquely designed simplified steps. We will focus on several unique cuts and I will provide you with tips and tricks that I use daily.*Need to knows*
- If you’re staying the night bring hard bottom slippers.
- Glue does not come out of your clothes please bring clothes you do not care about.
- We have basic amenities ie , hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, pillows, bedding, ear plugs.
- Bunks are built into the walls, they are sturdy, easy to get in and out of and very cozy! Bunks do have outlets near by. Bunks and studio king room do not have AC. 1 Private room and fully equipped travel trailer have AC.
- Students can bring additional unique items such as broken jewelry, beads, and tesserae to embellish your mosaic.
Stay with us, do not book a hotel, trust us it is to your benefit. Our venue/studio is fabulous, you’ll be amazed.
Flying in? Lodging and transportation can be added to your package. Transportation to and from the airport can be arranged for $75 each way. Our studio is located about 50 miles from the airport, a 2 hour round trip for our driver. Cab or Uber transportation is either not available or highly costly.
We will have snacks and refreshments available all weekend, there is so much planned! Studio is open till 10 pm. each night, instruction available till 5 pm. This studio is unlike any other, located inside a 2000 sq. ft. gymnasium, it offers an inviting artistic atmosphere. Breakfast is included Friday is included if you stay Thursday night.
*A $75 fee will be added to your bill at time of stay for meals, this includes 2 breakfast, 2 lunches and 2 dinners. We are not near any food establishments and discussions are held at meal time.
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*Please note there are pets in the house Private room, no pets in shared studio or trailer lodging.
*All reservations are final; you will have to option to reschedule within 6 months if you must cancel for an unforeseen reason. Cancelations within 45 days, your spot must be filled to receive full credit, partial credit will be given. Cancel 15 days prior for any reason you will forfeit your credit. Final payments must be received 30 days prior to the event.