This two hour experience is a time for meditative self expression.
Each participant gets to produce one or more small clay sculptures in nature. These unfired pieces are left in place and photographs are taken of them within their settings. The image is what you take home. The sculptures stay in place and melt back into the land.
After a group introduction and inspiring reference photo viewing, we start by walking casually into the chaparral to find the perfect spot. Each artist choosing their own place of interest. Tools, clay, water are provided along with enthusiastic guidance. Afterwards, we optionally share tea and conversation about each art piece to complete the experience.
This class is also offered for only Birdsong Backcountry Retreat guests and taught there, just out their back door. No driving required. Link to Birdsong.
About the teacher and the location.
Nina Karavasiles, typically and public artist, will be teaching this class. She has also been a college adjunct professor for many years. She is totally enjoying the openness of teaching these kinds of classes, outside and outside of a curriculum.
Location Warner Springs, California San Diego county- top, right, between Temecula and Julian. Chaparral, 3000 elevation. 6 acres with sitting spots. Indoors- metal building. It's not a cottage. It's not cute. Its a working artist's studio on loan to you for a few hours. Utilitarian, toilet and great library, chairs are miss matched and comfy. Views of the Palomar Mountain Range and Beauty Mt. Close to mom and pop sized vineyards (not to diminish their amazing wind, but to describe their size and feel). Snakes, spiders and mountain lions are here.