Artists can find inspiration in many places — with the possible exception of late summer in Bakersfield. Thankfully local artist and educator Art Sherwyn is ready to lead students out to the coast for his annual plein air retreat.
The three-day session is set for Sept. 14-16 in Cambria. Exact locations for each day's art workshops have not been finalized but past retreats have gone to Sweet Springs and Fiscalini Ranch preserves and San Simeon.
During this retreat, students will learn techniques in various mediums, expand their knowledge of artistic concepts; and learn to incorporate art and creativity with their daily lives.
Since the 1990s, Sherwyn has produced high-quality art retreats. He is known for pushing the boundaries of art-making, going beyond learning how to draw and paint. The artist, who also books sessions as a motivational speaker, encourages attendees to learn more about themselves and leave the retreat with increased confidence and enlightened spirit.
On his website, he said of the upcoming event: "I truly look forward to an incredible and life enhancing three days. Please come to this experience with an open mind, prepared to deal with the challenges that can come with being outdoors, and learning new things."
Former workshop attendee and fellow educator Mike Mastagni praises Sherwyn as “one of the most gifted practitioners of visual arts in California."
"Students will find their value as a creative person in spite of their own preconceptions about ability," Mastagni said in a news release. "It has been my privilege to watch this talent encourage fledglings to become full blown painters and sculptors.”
The session is open to beginners to advanced artists, 18 and over, who desire to grow, need to "loosen up" or are just searching for a creative outlet.
Cost is $295, which includes 15 hours of workshops, lessons, personal critique and group discussions. Lodging, meals and supplies are not included. Classes will take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and include a break for lunch. A $90 nonrefundable deposit is required by Aug. 31.