San Sebastian, a jewel of a city by the shimmering Cantabrian sea, ringed by the Pyrennes, is shrouded in mystery. Donostia, as it is known in the Basque native language, offers visitors a rich tangle of history and intrigue and who better than Tracy and Teesha Moore to lead us through this beautiful Spanish coastal city that will bear the title of European City of Culture in 2016.
The Moores: When we were asked if we wanted to come teach in San Sebastian, we started doing a little research on the area and couldn’t ignore the giant creature disguised as an island in the middle of the bay. We also unearthed strange stories of the Basque people themselves, along with an art installation embedded in some large rocks (“Combs of The Winds”) which some say are tied in with aliens.
We immediately thought of creating a journal that told the “real” story of San Sebastian through altered photos, drawings (both real and imagined), papers and ephemera from the area, gouache paint and story. While learning new techniques, we will also show you how to dig deep into your own imaginations to create truly original art that has never been seen before. All of this while adding a rich creative layer to the travel/art/food experience.
This type of creative imagining is what drives us both in our artwork and lives. And trust us when we say that all future travel will forever be changed after our week together. Your imagination will be stretched, never to return to its normal size again, and your eyes will be opened wide.
Einstein stated; “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed.”
You will go home with a journal full of your own mysteries from San Sebastian. It will become a precious memento of your time with our group, making art, seeing amazing places, eating Pintxo’s (pronounced peen-cho’s), learning new ways of seeing, doing, creating, and connecting back to your true self as a highly creative and original being.
Techniques included: working with found (Spanish) collage, drawing on-site as well as drawing from the imagination, lettering and condensed story writing, painting with gouache to add color to your pages, creative photography using your smartphones and incorporating it into your journal, penwork and more.
This type of retreat is perfect for showing you the way we create…not just in the studio, but also in the diverse world around us. We can’t wait to sit and journal right along with you as we go on our excursions out of the studio and eat fabulous food (rated top 5 places in the world for foodies!). You will see firsthand how we weave art into our lives.
Come join us as we explore and document the wonders, the art, the food, and the mysteries of San Sebastian together.
Tracy and Teesha have spent the last 30 years holding over 40 art retreats including the original Artfest and have 12 years of publishing art magazines under their belt. They have taught their journaling and journal making workshops all over the world. Their current project is a popular online club (The Artstronauts Club) where they post inspirational videos & articles on a daily basis.
The trip is scheduled for October 22-29, 2015. The price is $3,700 based on double occupancy. A $900 deposit is required now and payments can be made in installments for the remainder of the balance due. Final payment is due July 20, 2015. The price includes hotel, most meals, a walking tour of the city, a pinxtos tour, a cooking class, and a trip to Bilbao to visit the Guggenheim museum. The price does not include airfare. Suggested entry into Spain is to fly into Barcelona and then take a connecting flight to San Sebastian.
Our accommodations will be at Hotel Niza owned by the family of the sculptor Eduardo Chillida who created Combs of the Winds. Narru, an award winning restaurant is located on the main floor of the hotel.
A 3-day extension to visit Barcelona on your return home or to other places in Spain will include:
- a visit to the architectural masterpieces of Antonio Gaudí’s Familia Sagrada and Güell Park,
- a Devour Barcelona food tour in the Bohemian neighborhood of Gràcia filled with fabulous food, art galleries and interesting shops–out of the tourist trappings of downtown Barcelona
- tour of the Picasso and Miro museums
- market excursions
The cost of this trip will be $1350 (price will go down if more than 6 participants sign up) and will be led by trip organizer Amy Persons. You can fly out of Barcelona on Sunday, November 1.
Please contact Kathie Vezzani using the contact form for more information or to sign up for this once-in-a-lifetime excursion with Tracy and Teesha Moore.