January Class Line-Up at Gypsy Studios Landing

Join us this January or February as we open the studio back up after the holidays for an array of class style choices! We will have new Youth Acrylic classes, Adult Acrylic classes and Adult Watercolor classes! Sign yourself up or purchase as a gift now through December 31 and receive a free Gypsy Studios canvas tote to carry those brushes, paints and so much more in!

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ADULT ACRYLIC PAINTING CLASSES
Now offering FOUR & SIX-WEEK acrylic painting courses for beginner to intermediate painters. These classes will equip you with basic techniques, fundamentals of composition and color theory. Students choose their subject matter and will create their painting with focused instruction and guidance from our trained artist.

Students choose their subject matter and will create their painting with focused instruction and guidance from our trained artist.

6 Week Beginner Daytime Acrylic Painting Series
(Beginning Thursday January 18 from 10am-12:30pm)
Classes are 2.5 hours long and begin January 18 and end on February 22. (10am – 12:30pm)
Students are responsible to purchase needed supplies.

4 Week Beginner Evening Acrylic Painting Series
(Beginning Tuesday February 6 from 6pm-8:30pm)
Classes are 2.5 hours long and begin January 18 and end on February 22. (10am – 12:30pm)
Students are responsible to purchase needed supplies.

6 Week Intermediate (Returning) Acrylic Series
(Beginning Thursday January 18 from 6pm-8:30pm)
This class will jump off from the basics and start to dig into technique, practices, style and composition. We’ll start off playing with paint and mediums to loosen up from our tendencies toward rigidity and see where our own creativity takes us…then we’ll play with a limited palette in a complementary study where we’ll all paint the same objects. Then I’ll work through a landscape painting from a photo step-by-step as if I was working on it in my studio. That way you’ll all be able to follow along with every step and see how one artist works, at least 😉 Lastly, I’ll have everyone bring in a painting from an artist they admire or just love and I’ll help you re-create that piece of work. You learn so much by copying artists…really…it’s not a bad thing! promise.

Limited to 8 students.

Class runs from January 18 till February 22.

ADULT WATERCOLOR PAINTING CLASSES
Join us Wednesday evenings for this five-week painting with watercolor series for beginner to intermediate painters. This class will equip you with basic techniques, fundamentals of composition and color theory. Students choose their subject matter and will create their painting with focused instruction and guidance from our trained artist, Chelsea Ward.

YOUTH ACRYLIC PAINTING CLASSES
These classes are geared toward 10-15 year olds who love to paint, create and do all things art! This is a seven-session painting with acrylics series for beginner to intermediate painters. First-time beginner students will need to take the optional Pre-Session class that meets one week before the first class (on Wednesday, January 10 from 3:30-5pm). Returning students are welcome as well–but not required as they’ve already taken this session. This class will equip them with basic techniques and fundamentals of composition, perspective and color theory.

Classes are 1.5 hours long and will meet on Wednesdays beginning January 10 (Pre-Session) and end on February 28. (3:30pm – 5:00pm)

 

 

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Reminder: Reserve your spot before December 31, 2017 and receive $150 off your Summer enrollment of our Italian Bellissima Art Retreat in either the Tuscan village of Castiglion Fiorentino or a week in “Italy’s hidden gem” Lucca!

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Hone in on your acrylic abilities!

Enhance Your Acrylic Skills While Learning to Develop Your
Painting Techniques!

Join us as we spend a weekend creating, learning, and most of all PAINTING! Have you enjoyed our painting in the vineyard events and want to learn more? In particular how to actually paint on your own without step-by-step instruction? Would you like to learn how to execute a painting from start to finish from an experienced artist? Do you wish you lived closer to the studio or had more time to join an art class but can’t make it work? Then this weekend workshop is for you!

We’re only opening this workshop to 8 people, so be sure to reserve your spot ASAP if you’d like to join!

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FRIDAY Evening FEB 16 6pm-8:30pm (Optional but recommended for all who haven’t painted before or just would like a refresher)

Join us for a refresher lesson on Composition and Color Theory

 

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SATURDAY FEB 17, 9am-5pm A Focus on Still Life 

9am-12pm Creative Session
12-1pm Lunch (provided)
1-6pm Still Life Lesson

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SUNDAY FEB 18, 9am-5pm Learning about Landscapes 

9am-12pm Creative Session
12-1pm Lunch (provided)
1-6pm Lesson in Landscapes

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MONDAY FEB 19, 9am-12pm Weekend Wrap Up 

9am-12pm Plein Air Painting (weather dependent) or Completion of Landscapes

 

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”.
-Thomas Merton

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Bellissima Art Retreat Summer 2018 Dates just released!

Discover your bliss in Italy this Summer!

We’re so excited to announce that we’ve finally got our dates and details together for our 2018 Tuscan Art Retreat…and we hope you’ll join us.
We have two different retreats planned for you this year. ​Each week includes lodging in luxurious and authentically Tuscan accommodations. Enjoy sketching, your choice of watercolor or acrylic classes, walking tours in the local villages, authentic Italian cooking classes and time to just take in the beauty of Italy in either a the Tuscan countryside or a charming city center.

We believe that living a full life means waking those senses that often lie dormant while we work, pay bills, get the kids to their activities, and a plethora of other “life” tasks. So we’ve created holistic art retreats that are designed to refresh you, draw out your creativity, and give you space to breathe and get acquainted with yourself again.

Below, you’ll find more information on each retreat. We invite you to spark your creativity, try something new, and make a memory that will last a lifetime! Join us in Tuscany this Summer and give yourself the space to create.

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TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE VILLA
(June 23 – 29)

Relax poolside under the Tuscan sun while surrounded by olive trees and vineyards. Villa Panichi will be our home for the week, tucked up on the hillside overlooking the Val di Chio and the charming town, Castiglion Fiorentino. The villa dates back to 1570, and is filled with an authentic rustic charm you can only find in Tuscany. We will visit the famed, local towns of Cortona (featured in Under the Tuscan Sun) and have a full day trip to Assisi. Sample local wines and olive oils made fresh by the locals and feel like a local yourself.  Show me all the details!

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LUXURIOUS LUCCA APARTMENT
(July 1-7)

Are you ready to call the “hidden gem of Tuscany” your home for a week? Live like the Tuscans do in the historic center of Lucca! Just an hour west of Florence, Lucca is a charming town surrounded by a medieval wall completely covered in trees. Ride bikes through the town, explore the historic center, shop like an Italian and learn to paint the countryside and cobble stone streets…you’ll have your favorite cappuccino and gelato spot in no time! Show me all the details!

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We can’t wait to show you our Italy :) Go ahead…give yourself some space to create.
Love + Art,
Chelsea & Christi

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Upcoming Events and Ongoing Offerings at THE LANDING

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We’ve been working hard on filling out our calendar over here at The Landing with new events and classes that we want to keep you informed of. We are just LOVING hosting so many art classes for kids and adults alike here in Buellton. Keep scrolling to see a taste of what we’ve got going on.

In other news….the holidays are just around the corner…WHA?! Can you believe it? Life seems to be easing back into that natural Fall rhythm with school in session and cooler temperatures sneaking in here or there…I mean, we are still in CA after-all. We’re guessing that like us, your plate is filling up by the minute, so why not let us help you plan your next birthday, kid’s birthday party, team building event or holiday party?! We’ve got information below on how we can help take one thing off your plate and provide a once in a life time event for you!

If you are a parent and looking at upcoming holiday breaks we will be announcing a holiday schedule for your child to participate in, while out of school! We are planning half day, full day or multi day art class schedules to keep those busy minds occupied during the breaks. Stay tuned for dates and further details!

We’d so appreciate it if you’d share this email with your local friends and family so we can get the word about our new studio in town!

Love + Art,
The Gypsies

PS. We’re also planning some fun community nights this Fall/Winter where we hope to showcase student work, talk art history, invite guest artists to do demos and and talk about their medium so stay tuned for more info on those as well.

 

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UPCOMING:
HARVEST PUMPKIN PAINTING PARTY 
Pop-Up Pumpkin Painting at Gypsy Studios Landing! All ages welcome and multiple time slots available for reservation. Come for as little or as long as you would like and help your little creator make something special to adorn your doorstep or kitchen table! Imaginative play and art making are essential for growing minds.

We will be providing all material necessary including the pumpkin, festive snacks, a safe space, fun music and instructors to help if you get stuck.

First child $20 with additional siblings $15 each (pumpkin included in ticket price)

Adult kids can pay the child fee as well 😉 We know you want to get out there with your kid! Must purchase tickets in advance, but drop-in from the hours of 10:30am-2:30pm …come for 30 minutes or 3 hours

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UPCOMING:
SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER
ACRYLIC PAINTING CLASSES 
Youth Acrylic Paint Series 5-week series beginning Wednesday, September 27 from 3:30-5pm for $145

Students choose their subject matter and will create their painting with focused instruction and guidance from our trained artist. Students paint what they please.

Class One: Composition & Color Theory
Class Two: Value Painting
Class Three: Monochromatic Study
Class Four: Underpainting
Class Five: Actual Color Study

Beginner Acrylic Paint Classes 4-week series beginning Thursday Oct 5 from 6pm-8:30pm for $150 (Last series of 2017)

This class will equip you with basic techniques and fundamentals of composition, perspective and color theory.

Students choose their subject matter and will create their painting with focused instruction and guidance from our trained artist.
Week One: Composition & Color Theory
Week Two: Value Painting
Week Three: Underpainting
Week Four: Actual Color Study

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ONGOING:
PRIVATE PARTIES
We love doing private parties! If you’ve got a group and a location (your own place included), we’ll bring the party to you or if you’d rather, you can host the party at our studio in Buellton? Painting parties are always a huge hit–a creative twist on your next get-together and there’s even a built-in party favor to commemorate the occasion.

We can paint your view, you can choose the painting for the group from the gallery or even request a custom painting that is special to you or the occasion. We’ll provide all of the supplies for the painting (table covers, easels, canvas, paint, brushes, palettes and water glasses)—all you have to supply is any food or drink you’d like to provide for your guests.

Painting time is typically around 2 hours and if it’s at your place, we’ll come early to set up and stick around to help with cleanup. All of our paint is non-toxic and water-based, so nothing to worry about there.

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ONGOING:
PRIVATE KIDS PARTIES
If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate your tween or youngster’s birthday this year—you’ve found it! The birthday boy or girl will get to choose the featured painting and will receive a birthday surprise. Your job is easy— reserve a time and wrangle up the kids—we’ll do the rest. Painting parties are always a huge hit and there’s even a built-in party favor to commemorate the occasion. Parties are two-hours long. They include guided instruction, 1 large Gino’s cheese pizza and everything the kids or teens need to complete their own masterpieces. All of our paint is non-toxic and water-based, so nothing to worry about there.
Kids’ parties start at $365 for a party of up to 8 kids. $25 per additional painter.
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Tuesday Tale 9/12/17

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Tuesday Tale: On this day we hosted our first birthday party at our new studio space “The Landing”. I love kids, and taking them on adventures and seeing life through their eyes… but this was HARD! Christi was amazing and I (Maria) was rather overwhelmed. The kids were unaware of my impending melt down and at the end we all walked away feeling proud of our accomplishments. One little said “I had no idea I could paint so well!” To which her friend said, “me either! I didn’t think mine would be so beautiful.”
Then, just like that, my personal stress of everything going exactly as I wanted (which let’s face it, is the biggest lesson kids give) went away. Stuff doesn’t always look exactly as I want and with kids events I am always reminded of that. It’s not about an event looking exactly as I want but looking like exactly what the need– creative, free, lightly structured, and most of all confidence building in allowing themselves to be vulnerable. Myself included.
-Maria

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Labor Day Painting, BBQ and lots of Wine!

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Are you looking for a unique experience over Labor Day Weekend in the Santa Barbara County Wine Country? Why not make a day of it and join us as we paint the gorgeous Kessler-Haak Vineyard in the world renowned Sta Rita Hills followed by a gourmet burger and wine lunch in the vineyard?! Sounds idyllic, right? We think so too.

Beat the heat that is expected to be in the triple digits in most areas of the central coast… but not in the portion of the Sta Rita Hills where we will be setting up our easels! Temperatures forecasted at a perfect 82′!

Painting from 10am-12:30pm followed by lunch from 12:30-1:30pm

$90 per person — includes full tasting of Kessler-Haak wine while painting, all the supplies necessary to create your landscape masterpiece followed by a gourmet burger and wine lunch in the vineyard

$35 per person — wine tasting while the others paint, followed by a gourmet burger and wine lunch, for the person who wants to join but isn’t feeling so artsy

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Upcoming Painting in the Vineyard Events

Roblar Winery Sept 17
Andrew Murray Vineyard Oct 7

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Art Classes at Gypsy Studios Landing

Thursday evenings Beginner Acrylic 4 week series beginning Oct 5
Wednesday afternoon Youth Acrylic 5 week series beginning Sept 27
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Book a Private Event
We offer in-house (Landing), in the vineyard or at your place private events for any dates you want! Find out how we can make your next Team Building, Holiday Party, Birthday, Bridal Shower or Girls Weekend etc extra SPECIAL!
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Weekday Art Classes for Adults and Kids

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This month has been a big one for us at Gypsy Studios Art and we look forward to all that our new studio space will be able to offer to the community! We would like to thank everyone that was able to make it (and those who were there in spirit) to help us celebrate!

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NOW Hosting Adult and Youth Art Classes!

We are now offering weekday paint classes in both acrylic and watercolor mediums! Classes will be hosted at our new Gypsy Studios Landing in Buellton (597 Ave of the Flags, suite 103)

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Adult Classes (ages 15+):

Learn to paint in a fun environment with encouraging people in a conveniently located studio right here in Buellton!

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Youth Classes (ages 10-ish – 15):

We are excited to introduce a beginner paint series for the youth in our community to come out and expand their talents or learn a new skill! Youth art classes will be geared toward children 10(ish)-15 and will allow for your budding artist to learn to paint a subject of their choice in a 5 week class!

Beginning August 29 from 3:30pm-5pm 

A very special extra thank you to Bill Candela, Morgen McLaughlin (SYV Vintners Association), Kathy Vreeland and Jody Knoell (Buellton Chamber of Commerce), Jessica Yacoub (Mercado 43), Chelsea Ward (Sketchy Notions), Dr Amy Parker, Joy Culley, Linda DeLaura, Hazel Wells, Brie Parker, Tristan Durbiano, Diego Hernandez, Kenny Klassen and all the countless others who brought moral support and endless prayers. We are eternally grateful to have you all in our lives.

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This Mother’s Day…Shine Like The Favorite Child You Are

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Isn’t it time you showed mom just what a great job she did in raising you–by giving her the BEST Mother’s Day ever? Treat your mom to a Painting in the Vineyard event and secure your place as her favorite 😉 This year you have two events to choose from over the weekend. On Saturday, May 13th we will be at Brander and on Sunday, May 14 we will paint at Sunstone (with an optional lunch available afterward). With choices like that there is no way to strike out. You provide the gift and we will provide a memorable day.

Not able to make a Mother’s day weekend painting? Why not plan for another event we have planned…not only for mom but anybody you love and want to make feel special. We have gift cards available and will be offering five more weekend painting in the vineyard opportunities before we head to Italy for the month of June! May 20th we will be setting up our easels at Ca’Del Grevino. Over the long Memorial Day weekend we will be offering 3 painting in the vineyard experiences! You can catch us Saturday, May 27 at Rideau and then on Sunday and Monday at the beautiful Lincourt Winery. And our last event before Italy will be June 3 at Roblar.

If you have been allured and in contemplation about joining us in Italy next month, now is the time to make that dream a reality! Or if you REALLY want to treat mom… 😉 hehe. But, really, we have space for a small group to join for the first week of our Italian Art Retreat in the Tuscan hillside and only 2 spots remain for the second week! We are so excited to further get to know our participants and from what we have learned from them thus far, both weeks are shaping up to be an amazing time–the only thing missing is YOU! Sign up today, and reserve your spot. We will help you reserve your plane ticket, find the right transportation to our Villa and arrange to pick you up at the train station with a glass of rose waiting for you. Join us in discovering your bliss!

Love + Art,
Christi
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.”
~St. Augustine

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Gypsy’s Landing

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We’ve landed!

This is quite literally a DREAM COME TRUE and an answer to so many prayers! Gypsy Studios now has a home base in Buellton. We can’t wait to open our doors! We’ll be hosting daytime & evening art classes as well as art parties, workshops and camps for adults and kids   We plan to open our doors May 1st…or perhaps even earlier if we can!

We’re launching a new series of art classes to break in the new space starting the beginning of May. Why don’t you join us for our evening 6-week beginner painting course beginning Tuesday, May 2nd, at our new location in Buellton (597 Ave. of the Flags, Ste 103)?! We’d love to have you help christen the new studio.

If you’re starting to think maybe we’ve lost our gypsy souls…don’t worry, we’ll still be hosting regular Painting in the Vineyard classes and Art Retreats in Italy and California’s Central Coast we’ll just be offering more now!

That’s all for now. Just wanted to share our excitement :)

Don’t forget to check the calendar for upcoming Painting in the Vineyard events and stay tuned for a grand opening event!

Love + Art,
Christi
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.”
~St. Augustine

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What brings joy, frustration and ultimately timeless memories?

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Painting in the Vineyard classes are back! 😉

Spring has sprung and it’s a spectacular show of wildflowers all over our hills and mountains up here in the Santa Ynez Valley and we can’t wait to paint them all. Spring always seems to bring with it all things new and fresh…and we seriously have so much new, fresh & exciting news to share with you that it won’t fit in this email alone. So, be on the lookout for an announcement email  arriving in your inbox in the next couple of weeks! Can’t wait to share more details about a dream finally realized!

Speaking of dreams realized, I did want to mention that I gave a talk out at Casa Dumetz last week for their Friday Night Speaker Series about my personal journey starting this little business I like to call Gypsy Studios. It was pretty raw and honest, but hopefully somewhat encouraging for any of you who have ever found yourself stuck in a dark place…depressed, unmotivated, defeated etc. It is posted on the website here if you’d like to give it a listen. It feels quite vulnerable to share if I’m being honest, but I believe our vulnerability is what connects us…and there’s nothing I love more than connection. SO, listen away! :) …but be gentle.

As I was saying earlier, tons of Painting in the Vineyard events have recently “sprung” up on our calendar and we are looking forward to a couple NEW locations this year! We will setup our easels for the first time at Camp 4 Vineyards with Kita Wines on April 29 and at Ca’Del Grevino on May 20th. We’ll also be celebrating holidays like Earth Day,  Mother’s Day & Memorial Day weekend with Painting in the Vineyard events. Earth Day will be at Kalyra on Aprill 22 and Saturday of Mother’s Day Weekend will be at Brander Vineyard. Sunday (actual Mother’s Day) we’ll be at Sunstone and there will be a lunch included–details to be released shortly :) Painting in the Vineyard is such a perfect way to celebrate your mom. These events produce memories that will last a lifetime and a painting to commemorate the occasion…what more could mom want, honestly?! OH! and…if you’re in town over Memorial Day weekend–we have an event EVERY DAY. Saturday, Sunday and even Monday. Check out our calendar here for all of our upcoming events!

In other news, you guys…we are only 10 weeks away from painting in the Tuscan countryside! We’re filling up, but we still have spaces available for both weeks…so if you’ve been debating about this years’ Bellissima Art Retreat in Italy–here’s your nudge. Life is short. Open the good bottle. Eat dessert first. Take the trip! 😉

Speaking of Bellissima Art Retreats…we just finished up our first local art retreat here in Ballard and it was so idyllic! We had such a great group–couldn’t have asked for anything better. The Santa Maria Sun actually just did a write up about it if you’re interested in reading more. Also–here’s a link to photos if you’d like to live vicariously through the participants :)

Love + Art,
Christi
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.”
~St. Augustine

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