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Puerto Vallarta Art Workshop, Mexico

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Key Information:
Class Size: 3 - 20 people
Destination: Mexico  
Category: Art and craft workshop
Specialty: Drawing, Other, Painting  
Season: December - May
Courses Per Year: 12
Course Level: All levels
Min Price: 995 US Dollar (USD) per course
Max Price: 2200 US Dollar (USD) per course

Artist Robert Masla and his wife Monica Levine invite you to join them and other internationally known artists and instructors, in the unique tropical environment of his studio and their home located in the authentic fishing village of Boca de Tomatlan, 10 miles south of Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s gorgeous Pacific Coast. Here inspiration abounds with tropical flora and fauna and all the beauty the sun, surf and sea have to offer. Casa de los Artistas is built with the jungle and mountains behind it and the river and ocean at the front door.

The open-air studio on the top floor is approximately 1,500 sq. ft. with panoramic vistas of the Boca, river and bay. In the nurturing and supportive creative environment of Casa de los Artistas, technical instruction is expertly offered while experimentation and exploration encouraged. Join in this joyful process; express your creativity in this relaxed and healing atmosphere.

About the "Casa Experience", Masla says: "We have created these Art Workshop/Vacations out of some of our key passions in life, what we believe is, the essential human "need" to live, explore, interact with and express the creation, creativity and the creative impulse, and thus produce works of art and creative expression. A love for experiencing and exploring the natural world and diverse cultures and peoples. Our love for Mexico, its' culture and people, particularly the unique beauty of the "Boca" and surrounding regions with their mystical mountains and cliffs adjoining the sea, and our desire and ability to share our passions with others".

Jump-start your intuition as you recharge your creative batteries in this inspirational village, where time seems to stand still. Painting, drawing, swimming, sea kayaking, snorkeling, relaxing on the beach or patio, diving into conversation as you develop camaraderie while enjoying a delicious meal with new friends or hiking along the jungle paths and waterfalls. Your creativity workshop vacation at Casa de los Artistas is different from anything you have experienced, (read the statements of past Casa participants online).

Make sure you bring your camera, journal and sketchbook, as there will be numerous cultural excursions as well. We will visit the exotic botanical gardens for photography and sketching, we visit the nearby Mt. town of El Tuito, tour the small but beautiful Hacienda Museum, having lunch and tequila tasting at a hacienda restaurant overlooking the mountains and the aguave plantation. We will also be taking a trip into Puerto Vallarta for shopping at the Mercado and wonderful crafts shops, walking on the malecon (boardwalk), at night and tour some of the galleries to experience the city’s lively arts scene.

There will be a boat trip to explore the gorgeous coastline and spectacular rock formations, picnic at a secluded beach as well as having the opportunity to swim or snorkel at Los Arcos National Coral Reef Park, with opportunities for seeing sea turtles, whales, dolphins and abundant fish. Other wild life is right at hand, from the balcony of your room you can view tropical birds and observe the local unspoiled Boca. Watch (and participate) as the simple authentic Mexican village life unfolds around you. This quaint fishing village unspoiled by tourists, is a rare treat off the beaten path.

Your all inclusive week long Art Workshop and Vacation is just that - a workshop that is structured for growth and creative development, where you don't have to worry about details, but not too rigid - loose enough to enjoy yourself, relax and experience a vacation from the typical.

Faculty Information:
Your artist-host-facilitator, Robert Masla has been a proffessional exhibiting artist for over 30 years, his work is in numerous discerning private and corporate collections. His teaching experience is extensive, from pre -k through college, as well as private workshops.

He has been a products demonstrator and tester for various artists materials manufacturers. He has been the Artist in Residence for the city of Springfield, MA, where he was the creator and artistic director of the A4E program (art for everyone) which received 3 consecutive grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for bringing art into the inner city schools.

All of the guest artist, co facilitators are nationally and internationally known practicing professional artists/instructors, for example: Jane Lund - Pastel - Jane is a widely collected artist whose has been working in pastels for more than 25 years.

Her pastel paintings have been published and exhibited extensively and are in museums and numerous prestigious private collections, among them are the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the DeCordva Museum and the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts. She has taught art at Smith College and numerous workshops.

Other Activities:
Included in the cost of your trip is:
- Boating to explore the dramatic coastline and destinations of Los Arcos National Coral Reef Park for snorkeling or swimming, with opportunities for seeing whales, dolphins, blue footed boobies and more
- A picnic on a secluded beach for swimming and art making and exploration
- Trip to the mountain town of El Tuito for sketching and plein air painting and lunch and tequila tasting at a Hacienda Restaurant, (possible horseback riding, additional fee, reservations in advance)
- Also available for your use are sea kayaks and some snorkeling equipment
- 1 afternoon/evening excursion to Puerto Vallarta for Gallery Walk Tour, shopping and city life.

Facility Information:
Casa de los Artistas is designed in "Hacienda Style" architecture, built with the jungle and mountains behind it and the river and ocean at the front door. The Large Kitchen, Dining and Living area opens with glass doors to the large veranda and the general "feel" is a unity and flow of the outside and inside.

Each bedroom has its own private bath and a view of the ocean from the bed! On the bottom floor, just a few stairs from the beach, is a large garden patio with table and chairs and numerous lounge chairs for sun bathing and relaxing. The open air studio on the top floor is approximately 1,500 sq. ft. with panoramic vistas of the Boca, river and bay.

Equipped with a full bath, a "washing station", easel, tables and chairs, along with all manner of drawing materials and papers, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, brushes, glue guns and other assorted materials, unless specified for a particular workshop, the only thing a participant needs to bring is their desire for creativity.

- Average cost per workshop: $1,895
- Early Bird Special for early (register by October 31 for winter/spring workshops) entitles participant to $100 discount.

Note: Check for other special discounts.

About This Supplier
Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Oct 2006

Owned and operated by husband and wife Robert Masla and Monica Levine. Masla is an award winning internationally exhibited artist. He has been an exhibiting professional artist and educator for over 35 years; his work is in numerous discerning private and corporate collections. His teaching experience is extensive,...

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