ART TREKS: Europe Workshops

Tuscany, Italy – Sept. 5-13, 2014
Cinque Terre & Lake Como, Italy – Sept. 12-21, 2014
New Orleans, LA – Oct. 22-26, 2014
Venice, Italy – Carnivalé – Feb. 7-14, 2015
Athens and Santorini, Greece – May 7-16, 2015
Andulucia, Spain – May 2015
The French Riviera – June 16-25, 2015
 Provence, France – June 25 – July 3, 2015
  
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ArtTreks – Tuscany, Italy

Sept. 5-13, 2014

Join us once more as our path takes us to the medieval towns, cypress tree-lined roads and glorious sun drenched splendor of the rolling hills that are Tuscany in the fall. Whether you are a painter or photographer, this unique workshop has been designed to allow you to hone your skills and expand your creativity, all while you further your artistic voice. Choosing which aspect interests you, we will help guide you to capture the architecture and breathtaking vistas flooded with their extraordinary quality of light, on either canvas or film.

TuscanyImagine the inspiration derived from strolling the narrow cobble streets of the hill towns or taking in the panoramic views from their outer walls as the sun sweeps across the landscape spread out before you. Start your own renaissance by standing in the shadows where the masters once painted, all while experiencing the grandeur of Tuscany first hand. Capture the rich fall colors offset against cobalt blue skies, the rows of earth-hued vines, ripe with their succulent grape harvest, all while being warmed, literally, under a Tuscan sun.

Tuscany’s warmth is in more than the countryside, it’s within its people as you will discover while sampling the region’s abundant wines, savory fruit and amazing varieties of cheese. There is nothing like getting to know a culture and experiencing a sense of place. It is a journey for the senses, not only visually and intellectually, but for the palate as well.


Niki will conduct the Plein-Air Painting Workshop from different picturesque locations daily, teaching through a combination of demos, discussions, assistance and critiques. Sessions will be broken into different morning and afternoon locations, with plenty of time in between for shopping, sightseeing or to dine al fresco for a leisurely lunch.

Scott will take the photographers on a daily walking tour through the winding streets of the hills town and into the countryside surrounding them. You will have the opportunity to experience Tuscany through your lens as Scott guides you to use your camera to define what you see while achieving your own artistic vision. As with the painters, there will be daily destinations with time allowances for exploring on your own.

This unique Workshop affords you the option to choose which aspects interest you, whether it is painting, photography or both. Thereby giving you an opportunity to make the most of your Tuscan experience.

There will also be valuable critique sessions throughout the workshop. This will give everyone an opportunity to discuss the day’s events, compare notes, ask questions and get a chance to know each other. It also presents a unique option to get views and perspectives from both painters and photographers.

Niki has been painting for more than 20 years, and is a nationally acclaimed artist whose work is much sought after and collected, as well as being an accomplished painting instructor with over 10 years of experience.

Standing-TallScott has taught college photography, has led workshops in the US and Italy, is a guest lecturer and is a working commercial photographer. Both Niki and Scott are passionate about art and love helping others refine their skills while guiding them to find their own muse in life.

So come join us as we take you on an inspirational exploration of Tuscany with an emphasis on observation and perception as we help you develop your own style – or just ride along to enjoy Italian countryside in fall, as artists and non-artists alike are welcome.

Space is limited to 10 participants on a first-come basis, so we encourage you to enroll as soon as possible. There will also be space open for non-participating partners at reduced rates on a limited basis.

Work Shop includes:

  • Round trip air fare and private van transportation to various Tuscan hill towns, including
  • Side trips to Siena and Florence, as well as to the wine town of Montepulciano.
  • Lodging for 7 nights amid the picturesque rolling Tuscan landscape. (Pricing is for shared rooms)
  • Guided wine tour
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Emergency Medical insurance
  • Instruction, guidance, experience and fun

 

Your cost for all of this is $4,595 and to reserve a spot, simply send a completed application form along with your deposit of $1,500. Prices after 1/25/14 are based on current airfare.

For those wanting a single occupancy room, there will be an additional cost of $650. There has to be a minimum of 6 people for the workshop to make. If the 6 person minimum is not met by the 1/25 deadline, deposits will be refunded.

To reserve a spot, simply send a completed application form along with your deposit. Forms will be provided by email. There is also a discount of $350 for partners wanting to accompany participants on the trip, but not take the workshop. There will also be optional spa tours and food & cooking classes available at an additional cost for participants not interested in the painting/photography sessions.

A second payment of one half of the remainder after deposit is due by March 1st, with a final payment due by April 12th. We can take credit card payments, however it will incure a 3% fee.

In the event of inclement weather, arrangements will be made for museum visits etc. There will be no rain dates or refunds for weather or travel difficulties. We suggest travel insurance for those situations.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way. We hope that you will be able to join us!

Niki Gulley

214-803-5812

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information and to register for this amazing trip.

Scott Williams

214-289-8512

Photoguy@Blind-Squirrel.org

To see more of Scott’s Work, visit his website at blind-squirrel.org.

To see more information on the trip and additional photos from previous Tuscany workshops, visit blind-squirrel.org/workshop.htm.

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Cinque Terre & Lake Como, Italy

Plein-Air Painting  & Photo Workshop

Led by Niki Gulley & Scott Williams

Sept. 12-21, 2014

Expanding the scope of our travel this year, we have combined a couple of new stunning destinations into one exciting workshop, Cinque Terre & Lake Como.

Brightly colored homes stacked one on top of the other, looking like they were carved into the hillside with the ocean lapping at their doorstep, is what awaits you in Cinque Terre. Translating into the “5 Lands”, you get to experience the beauty that each city has to offer. From the southern most stop of Riomaggiore with its vertical ascent of pastel hued homes, to Vernazza with it’s medieval fort protecting the harbor and finishing along the beach at our home base of Monterosso in the north.

This trip literally has almost every form of transportation to heighten your traveling adventure. You can ride the rails from city to city, take a boat tour if water is more to your liking or to truly experience the Cinque Terre in all of it’s glory, you can hike cliff side with the landscape spread out before you. These are your many options as you expand your creativity through paint and film capturing this amazing setting.

The second stop on our Italian pilgrimage, is the place that Niki considers the most beautiful place on earth, Lake Como. Imagine sitting at a café’ along the water with the waves gently lapping the shore with the Alps as its backdrop, it truly is “La Dolce Vita”! From our hilltop hotel overlooking the city of Varenna, to the opulent villas surrounding the lake and to the shop lined stairs and alleys of Bellagio, every destination offers a multitude of opportunities to capture this amazing locale.

Work Shop includes:

* Round trip air fare, all transportation to Cinque Terre & Lake Como
* Lodging for 8 nights, 4 nights in each location. (Pricing is for shared rooms)
* Continental Breakfast
* 4 Days of train tickets in Cinque Terre
* Hiking Pass for trails in Cinque Terre
* Boat transportation in Lake Como to Bellagio
* Admission to Villa Monastero in Varenna
* Boat transportation and admission to Villa Balbianello in Lake Como
* Emergency Medical insurance
* Instruction, guidance, experience and fun

Your cost for all of this is $4,995 and to reserve a spot, simply send a completed application form along with your deposit of $1,500 per person. After 11/2/13,  prices are based on current airfare.

For those wanting a single occupancy room, there will be an additional cost of $750. There has to be a minimum of 6 people for the workshop to make. If the 6 person minimum is not met by the 11/2 deadline, deposits will be refunded.

To reserve a spot, simply send a completed application form along with your deposit of $1,500 per person. Forms will be provided by email. There is a discount of $350 for partners wanting to accompany participants on the trip, but not take the workshop.

There is also an option of combining the two Italy Workshops into one fantastic two week Italian adventure. The cost for that would be $7,695 with a $2,500 deposit per person.

A second payment of one half of the remainder after deposit is due by Dec. 14th, with a final payment due by Jan. 25th. We can take credit card payments, however it will incur a 3% fee.

In the event of inclement weather, arrangements will be made for museum visits etc. There will be no rain dates or refunds for weather or travel difficulties. We suggest travel insurance for those situations.

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Carnivalé – Venice, Italy – ArtTrek
Feb. 7-14, 2015
Early Registration Deadline for a $600 discount: 9/4/14
Final Registration Deadline: 10/12/14
 
You’ve seen the images of the people with elaborate costumes and ornate masks set against the stunning backdrop of Venice. Well, now is your chance to not only be a part of this fabulous spectacle, but to also capture the festival in all of it’s glory. Imagine working on your photography and painting skills in an environment with such visual stimulation and artistic opportunities.Join Scott as he takes you on a photographic journey among a cast of characters that have stepped out of a long forgotten time as they stroll amid the grandeur of the Venetian canals. Like our spring workshop, you will experience the sights, sounds and passion of Venice as you are immersed in Italian culture.Niki will conduct the Plein-Air Painting Workshop from different picturesque locations daily, teaching through a combination of demos, discussions, assistance and critiques. Sessions will be broken into different morning and afternoon locations, with plenty of time in between for shopping, sightseeing,  or to dine al fresco for a leisurely lunch.There will be walking tours through the back streets and canals of Venice as we go in search of opulent costumes and dazzling masks in a setting like no other place on earth. There will also be critique sessions throughout the workshop that can provide invaluable information and feedback, as well as giving everyone an opportunity to share ideas and get to know each other. There will also be opportunities each day to see the museums, visit the churches, go shopping and enjoy all of the things that make Venice what it is.Admission is limited to 12 participants, so we encourage you to enroll as soon as possible. There will also be space open for non-participating partners at reduced rates on a limited basis.Workshop includes:
* Round trip air fare, all transfers.

* Hotel for 6 nights. (Double occupancy) (Accommodations are in shared
rooms, although a few single rooms may be available at an extra fee)

* Private boat from the airport.

* Breakfast.

* Boat trip to the islands of Burano & Murano.

* Emergency Medical Insurance.

* Instruction, guidance, experience and fun.

For those wanting a single occupancy room, there will be an additional cost of $650. There has to be a minimum of 6 people for the workshop to make.

First payment of one half of remainder after deposit is due by Nov. 2nd, with final payment due by Dec. 14th. We can take credit card payments, however it will incur a 3% fee.

To reserve a spot, simply send a completed application form along with your deposit. Forms will be provided by email. There is also a discount of $350 for partners wanting to accompany participants on the trip, but not take the workshop.

In the event of inclement weather, arrangements will be made for museum visits etc. We suggest travel insurance for unforeseen circumstances as there are no refunds.

Please let us if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way. We hope that you will be able to join us!

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information or to register.

Email Scott Williams at PhotoGuy@Blind–Squirrel.org if you are interested in participating or need more information.

Visit Scott’s website at Blind-Squirrel.org for more details.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way. We hope that you will be able to join us! 

– Niki Gulley

214-803-5812

Email niki@nikigulley.com for more information.

To see more of Scott’s work, visit http://www.blind-squirrel.org.

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Plein Air Painting & Photography Workshop

Athens & Santorini, Greece

May 7-16, 2015

Early Registration Deadline for a $600 Savings: 10/1/14

Final Registration Deadline: 11/15/14

Taught by Niki Gulley & Scott Williams

Get inspired from the ancient beauty of Greece as you join us for this amazing opportunity to sharpen your skills while enjoying one of the most picturesque landscapes in the world. Learning has never been as much fun as it is with this unique workshop that takes both painters and photographers on a tour through the cradle of civilization. The best part is that you get to choose which aspects of the workshop interest you – whether it is learning how to paint quickly to achieve the mood and changing light of the scene or deriving the most out of your camera as you capture one of the most beautiful places in the world, Greece.

This workshop will open your eyes to a new view of your art as we push you on a personal journey to expand your creativity. You will experience the sights, sounds and passion of Greece as you are immersed in its culture. See Athens spread out from the Acropolis, explore the cliff side views of the blue domes and white washed buildings set against the cobalt water of the Agean or watch the sun set next to the windmills at Ioa. This is an opportunity to have one of those adventures that you will talk about for years, all while you improve on your artistic skills in a real world setting.

Niki will conduct the Plein-Air Painting Workshop from different picturesque locations daily, teaching through a combination of demos, discussions, assistance and critiques. Sessions will be broken into different morning and afternoon locations, with plenty of time in between for shopping, sightseeing or to dine al fresco for a leisurely lunch.

Scott will take the photographers on a daily walking tour along the caldera and through the back streets that make Santorini one of the truly wondrous spots on earth. You will have the opportunity to experience Greece through your lens as Scott guides you to use your camera to define what you see while achieving your own artistic vision. As with the painters, there will be daily destinations with time allowances for exploring on your own.

There will also be valuable critique sessions throughout the workshop. This will give everyone an opportunity to discuss the day’s events, compare notes, ask questions and get a chance to know each other. It also presents a unique option to get views and perspectives from both painters and photographers.

Niki has been painting for more than 20 years, and is a nationally acclaimed artist whose work is much sought after and collected, as well as being an accomplished painting instructor with years of experience. Scott’s artistic work is also gaining critical attention, he has taught 3 years of college photography, has helped guide workshops in Santa Fe, is a guest lecturer and is a working commercial photographer. Having taught several European workshops, both Niki and Scott are passionate about art and love helping others refine their skills while guiding them to find their own muse in life.

So come join us as we take you on an inspirational exploration of Greece with an emphasis on observation and perception as we help you develop your own style.

Admission is limited to 12 participants, so we encourage you to enroll as soon as possible. There will also be space open for non-participating partners at reduced rates on a limited basis.

Work Shop includes:

* Roundtrip air fare, all transfers.

* Hotel for 7 nights. (Double occupancy) (Accommodations are in shared

rooms, although a few single rooms may be available at an extra fee)

* Breakfast

* Winery Tours

* Sunset Cruise

* Emergency Medical Insurance.

* Instruction, guidance, experience and fun

There is a discount of $350 for partners wanting to accompany participants on the trip, but not take the workshop.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way. We hope that you will be able to join us!

To see more information about Scott Williams, visit blind-squirrel.org.

E-mail Niki@NikiGulley.com or call 214-803-5812 if you would like to receive more information or register.

– Niki Gulley

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ArtTreks  – Provence, FranceJune 25 – July 3, 2015Early Registration Deadline for a $600 Savings: 9/4/14

Final Registration Deadline: 10/12/14

Like Paris, Provence is someplace that evokes strong emotions that beckons the inner artist in all of us. Travel the back roads admiring the country manors, chateaus and castles set among vibrant purple fields of lavender and golden sunflowers guaranteed to make you smile. Add to that some of the best food anywhere and once more, it is someplace that everyone just has to experience at least once in their life.

Once again, if you are a painter or photographer, we have designed this workshop to expand your  creativity and further your artistic voice. Choosing which aspect interest you, where we will help guide you to capture on canvas or film, the spectacular architecture and rich tapestry, that is Provence.

Join us as we explore the abundant riches that Provence has to offer. Imagine the chorus of monks chanting as you admire the commanding views from the ramparts of a thousand year old Abbey.

Visualize the spectacle of Gladiators or feel the ground shake as the chariots passed by in one of the best preserved amphitheaters in the world built in 90 AD.  What trip to Provence would be complete without its star attraction, those amazing fields of lavender. Our excursions will take us in search of that perfect field that captures the essence of Provence.

Walk in the steps of Van Gogh through the city of Arles and into the countryside where he spent his time in the asylum. Next spend some time touring in the old city section of Aix viewing their open air markets before poking your head into their cathedral built on the grounds of a Roman temple. If your taste for Roman architecture hasn’t had it’s fill, marvel at this engineering feat as you walk across the Pont Julien bridge dating to 3 BC. These are but a few of the things that await you on your Provence adventure.

Once more, as with Paris, Provence has its own style of cooking that amounts to culinary acrobatics where food is a religion and wine  carries a Papal heritage. Which means a visit to Châteauneuf-du-Pape for some of the best wines in France. Provence is an adventure around every corner, that is just waiting for you to discover.

Niki will conduct the Plein-Air Painting Workshop from different picturesque locations daily, teaching through a combination of demos, discussions, assistance and critiques. Sessions will be broken into different morning and afternoon locations, with plenty of time in between for shopping, sightseeing or to dine al fresco for a leisurely lunch.

Scott will take the photographers on daily walking tours where you will have the opportunity to experience France through your lens as Scott guides you to use your camera to define what you see while achieving your own artistic vision. As with the painters, there will be daily destinations with time allowances for exploring on your own.

There will also be valuable critique sessions throughout the workshop as time allows. This will give everyone an opportunity to discuss the day’s events, compare notes, ask questions and get a chance to know each other. It also presents a unique option to get views and perspectives from both painters and photographers.

So come join us as we take you on an inspirational exploration of Provence and its surroundings with an emphasis on observation and perception as we help you develop your own style.

Admission is limited to 14 participants, so we encourage you to enroll as soon as possible. There will also be space open for non-participating partners at reduced rates on a limited basis.

Work Shop includes:
* Roundtrip air fare, all transfers.
* Hotel for 7 nights. (Double occupancy) (Accommodations are in shared rooms, although a few single rooms may be available at an extra fee)
* Side trips to the hill towns of Les Beaux, Greoux les Baines, Roussillon
* Abbey de Montmajour addmission.
* Wine tasting in Fontvielle & Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
* Emergency Medical Insurance.
* Instruction, guidance, experience and fun.

Application forms will be provided upon request.  After Nov. 2nd, rates will be based upon current airfare prices.

For those wanting a single occupancy room, there will be an additional cost of $750.

There is also an option of combining the two France Workshops into one fantastic two week French adventure. First payment of one half of remainder after deposit is due by Dec. 14th, with final payment due by Jan. 25th. We can take credit card payments, however it will incur a 3% fee.

There is a discount of $350 for partners wanting to accompany participants on the trip, but not take the workshop.

There will be no rain dates or refunds for weather or travel difficulties. We suggest travel insurance for those situations.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way. We hope that you will be able to join us!

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PAST WORKSHOPS:

Venice, Italy - May 2009, Feb. 2010, May 2010, Feb. 2013, Feb. 2014

Tuscany, Italy - Sept. 2010, Sept. 2011, Sept. 2012, Sept. 2013

Cinque Terre & Lake Como, Italy – Sept. 2013

Paris, France - May 2012, June 2014

Athens & Santorini, Greece – May 2013
 
Provence, France – June 2014
Santa Fe, New Mexico - Aug. 2011, Aug. 2012

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ArtTreks  – Paris, FrancePlein-Air Painting / Photography WorkshopTaught by Niki Gulley & Scott WilliamsJune 19 – 27, 2014

Whether you call it “The City of Lights” or “The City of Love” Paris conjures up a vivid impression in your mind. From its iconic landmarks, to its gastronomic pleasures, to its amazing art and culture, Paris is almost certainly a state of mind that everyone has to experience at least once in their life.

Once again, if you are a painter or photographer, we have designed this workshop to expand your creativity and further your artistic voice. Choosing which aspect interest you, we will help guide you to capture on canvas or film, the spectacular architecture and rich tapestry, that is Paris.

So take our hand as we guide you along the path where giants have trod. Stand where Monet did before the gothic masterpiece of Notre Dame, whose gargoyles watch over the city and whose flying buttresses changed architecture. Venture into the cafes to envision 1800’s Paris from a table with Toulouse Lautrec or go backstage of the ballet with Degas. These are but a few of the things that await you on your Parisian adventure.

Marvel in the modern iron lattice work that many called a folly, but has come to signify a city if not an entire nation, the Eiffel Tower. Take time out to reflect on his genius as you see the city spread out before you from its observation platforms. Or experience the flow of the city from the deck of a guided boat tour as we journey down the Seine. Finally, stop off for a pastry as you stroll through the gardens on your way to the Louvre.

Paris is as much a pilgrimage for the senses, as it is for the soul. Savor in its gastronomic explosion of flavors as you dine in a city where food is a way of life and wine is the river that carries it. Revel in the birthplace of Impressionism while you wander the halls of the Musee d’ Orsay or visit the grandeur of the Louvre. Paris is an adventure around every corner, that is just waiting for you to discover.

Finally, take a side trip to a palace so grand that it bankrupted a country and split a nation, Versailles. Spend the day among the gardens and fountains imagining what it must have been like to be the king. Although nothing quite compares to the view or experience as you stand along the waters edge gazing out at the bridge in the private garden that Monet created for himself and fueled his passion.

Niki will conduct the Plein-Air Painting Workshop from different picturesque locations daily, teaching through a combination of demos, discussions, assistance and critiques. Sessions will be broken into morning and afternoon locations, with plenty of time in between for shopping, sightseeing or to dine al fresco for a leisurely lunch.

Scott will take the photographers on a daily walking tour along the Seine and to the iconic landmarks that make Paris one of the truly wondrous spots in Europe. You will have the opportunity to experience France through your lens as Scott guides you to use your camera to define what you see while achieving your own artistic vision. As with the painters, there will be daily destinations with time allowances for exploring on your own.

There will also be valuable critique sessions throughout the workshop as time allows. This will give everyone an opportunity to discuss the day’s events, compare notes, ask questions and get a chance to know each other. It also presents a unique option to get views and perspectives from both painters and photographers.

So come join us as we take you on an inspirational exploration of Paris and its surroundings with an emphasis on observation and perception as we help you develop your own style.

Admission is limited to 12 participants, so we encourage you to enroll as soon as possible. There will also be space open for non-participating partners at reduced rates on a limited basis.

Work Shop includes:
* Roundtrip air fare, all transfers.
* Hotel for 7 nights. (Double occupancy) (Accommodations are in shared
rooms, although a few single rooms may be available at an extra fee)
* 5 Day Metro Pass.
* Boat Tour of the Seine.
* Eiffel Tower Admission.

* Breakfast.

* Palace of Versailles Admission.
* Monet’s Garden Admission.
* Emergency Medical Insurance.
* Instruction, guidance, experience and fun.Your cost for all of this is $4,995 and to reserve a spot, simply send a completed application form along with your deposit of $1,500 per person.  Application forms will be provided upon request.  After 11/2, rates will be based upon current airfare prices.For those wanting a single occupancy room, there will be an additional cost of $750. First payment of one half of remainder after deposit is due by Dec. 14th, with final payment due by Jan. 25th. We can take credit card payments, however it will incur a 3% fee. There is a discount of $350 for partners wanting to accompany participants on the trip, but not take the workshop.

In the event of inclement weather, arrangements will be made for museum visits etc. There will be no rain dates or refunds for weather or travel difficulties. We suggest travel insurance for those situations.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way. We hope that you will be able to join us!

To see more of Scott’s Work, visit his website at blind-squirrel.org.

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Plein-Air Painting / Photography Workshop

Taught by Niki Gulley & Scott Williams

Venice, Italy – May 8 -15 / 2010

Get inspired from the majestic beauty of Venice as you join us for this amazing opportunity to sharpen your skills while enjoying one of the most picturesque cities in the world. Learning has never been as much fun as it is with this unique workshop that takes both painters and photographers on a tour through Venice. The best part is that you get to choose which aspects of the workshop interest you, whether it is learning how to paint quickly to achieve the mood and changing light of the scene or deriving the most out of your camera as you capture one of the most beautiful places in the world, VENICE, Italy.

This workshop will open your eyes to a new view of your art as we push you on a personal journey to expand your creativity. You will experience the sights, sounds and passion of Venice as you are immersed in Italian culture. See the city spread out from the bell tower at St. Mark’s, explore the vibrant hues of the homes on Burano, enjoy the canals from the seat of a gondola or watch the sun set along the Grand Canal. This is an opportunity to have one of those adventures that you will talk about for years, all while you improve on your artistic skills in a real world setting.

Niki will conduct the Plein-Air Painting Workshop from different picturesque locations daily, teaching through a combination of demos, discussions, assistance and critiques. Sessions will be broken into different morning and afternoon locations, with plenty of time in between for shopping, sightseeing,  or to dine al fresco for a leisurely lunch.

Scott will take the photographers on a daily walking tour through the back streets and canals that make Venice one of the truly wondrous spots on earth. You will have the opportunity to experience Venice through your lens as Scott guides you to use your camera to define what you see while achieving your own artistic vision. As with the painters, there will be daily destinations with time allowances for exploring on your own.

So come join us on this unique adventure, as we take you on an inspirational exploration of Venice with an emphasis on observation and perception as we help you develop your own artistic style.

Admission is limited to 12 participants, so we encourage you to enroll as soon as possible. There will also be space open for non-participating partners at reduced rates on a limited basis. More details and registration deadlines are specified below.

Work Shop includes:

* Roundtrip air fare, all transfers in Venice including a side trip to the island of Burano.

*Hotel for 6 nights. (Double occupancy)

* Breakfast

*  Emergency Medical insurance.

* Instruction, guidance, experience and fun

In the event of inclement weather, the schedule will be changed with arrangements for museum visits etc. There will be no rain dates or refunds for weather.

Please let us if you have  questions or if we can help you in any way.We hope that you be able to join us!

Niki Gulley – 214-803-5812

Scott Williams – 214-363-0014 - Blind-Squirrel.org

Email Niki, niki@sbcglobal.net if you are interested in joining us!

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Plein-Air Painting  & Photo Workshop

Taught by Niki Gulley & Scott Williams

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Aug. 12 – 18, 2012

There is something about Santa Fe that has drawn artists there for decades, the Light. The clean pure radiant quality of the sunlight bathes the region in a glow that makes colors come alive and adds a richness to the surroundings. This is the landscape that inspired Georgia O’keeffe and Ansel Adams, now it’s your turn. Capture the beauty of a river that has carved its way through the rugged terrain or a pueblo set against a snow capped mountain backdrop. This is one of those places that allows you to witness nature’s staggering beauty amid a setting straight out of the old west. Its location affords the opportunity to capture everything from desert to mountain and from rivers to pueblos. Along with its ideal climate and abundance of natural settings, it makes New Mexico an artist’s paradise.

Niki will conduct the Plein-Air Painting Workshop from different picturesque locations daily, teaching through a combination of demos, discussions, assistance and critiques. Sessions will be broken into different morning and afternoon locations, with plenty of time in between for shopping, sightseeing or for a leisurely lunch.

Scott will take the photographers on a daily tour where you will have the opportunity to experience Santa Fe through your lens as Scott guides you to use your camera to define what you see while achieving your own artistic vision. As with the painters, there will be daily destinations with time allowances for exploring on your own.

This unique Workshop affords you the option to choose which aspect interests you, whether it is painting, photography or both. Thereby giving you an opportunity to make the most of your Santa Fe experience.

There will also be valuable critique sessions throughout the workshop. This will give everyone an opportunity to discuss the day’s events, compare notes, ask questions and get a chance to know each other. It also presents a unique option to get views and perspectives from both painters and photographers.

Niki has been painting for more than 20 years, and is a nationally acclaimed artist whose work is much sought after and collected, as well as being an accomplished painting instructor with over 10 years of experience. Scott has taught college photography, has led workshops in the US and Europe, is a guest lecturer and is a working commercial photographer. Both Niki and Scott are passionate about art and love helping others refine their skills while guiding them to find their own muse in life.

So come join us as we take you on an inspirational exploration of Santa Fe with an emphasis on observation and perception as we help you develop your own style.

Space is limited on a first-come / first-served basis, so we encourage you to enroll as soon as possible.

Work Shop includes:

  • Private van transportation to various locations in and around Santa Fe, including side trips with stops at Chimayo and Ghost Ranch. (You are responsible for your own transportation arrangements to Santa Fe.)
  • Lodging for 6 nights amid the scenic Santa Fe landscape. (Pricing is for shared rooms)
  • Meet & Greet Party Sunday Night
  • Gallery Visits
  • Breakfast
  • 3 days of box lunches
  • Instruction, guidance, experience and fun

Please let us if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way. We hope that you will be able to join us!

Niki Gulley

214-803-5812

E-mail Niki Gulley

To see Scott Williams website, go to blind-squirrel.org.

 

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