Tuesday, November 28, 2017

It's a wrap!

We returned home from our 7th Tesoro del Corazon retreat in San Miguel de Allende a few weeks ago.  It is so inspiring to be in San Miguel during Dia de los Muertos. The altars, adorned with marigolds and sugar skulls, sprung up around the square in the early morning hours of November 1st It was magical to see the transformation around the Jardin.
Once again we had a great group of gals (and a guy!) with us.....everyone was so warm and friendly which really made our time in Mexico so very special.
The La Narradora (storyteller) artwork that was created was simply amazing. As the artwork arrived for our student showcase on the last evening I think we all felt a sense of pride and accomplishment at what was created in four days. (and a few late nights!)
 It was very moving to hear all of the stories behind the Storytellers.....


And of course, we can not forget Greg and Carman!!!!

 Finally, MANY, MANY thanks to this year's incredible guest artist, Karen O'Brien. I think we can all agree that her class may have been the "scariest".....but wow, did she get everyone painting incredible faces for their projects. She is an awesome instructor and we were lucky and happy she joined us this year. (and Yes, that is one BIG margarita....well deserved!)


Thanks to all who joined us this year......we so appreciate you entrusting us on this journey.....here's to the lasting friendships and great memories that were made..... xoxoxo

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Leslie's storyteller!

After many months, Les finally completed her wonderful "narradora"or storyteller. We wanted to share it here so you can see another of the various ways you can make this piece your own. Leslie definitely put her own spin on it....and for those of you who know Leslie like I do....well, (not exactly since she is my sister), you can see that hers is a Queen of Hearts theme and the colors, red, black and white are HER colors! There is no mistaking that this was her piece!
Can't begin to tell you how this piece morphed since its inception.....everything about it changed and this was because she finally found a theme she wanted to use and then the rest fell into place.

So with October nearly upon us, be thinking of the story that your storyteller wants to tell! (hehe, no pressure!)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Getting ready!


Last week we got together to start working on getting all of the pieces of this year's project prepped for students. We didn't quite get it done, so we are meeting again tomorrow. Every year is an adventure figuring out and brainstorming creative ideas for class projects.....and that is always followed by many-a-meeting throughout the year working out all the technical issues!!! 

It is always a process of compromise and a good lesson on working together.....and while we may not always agree on every aspect of how a project should come together, we somehow laugh our way through and it all gets done!

Monday, March 6, 2017

La Narradora-The Storyteller.....Sold Out

We just wanted to announce that this year's retreat, La Narradora-The Storyteller,  in charming San Miguel de Allende is officially sold out. We sold out in record time this year and wanted to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you.....while we were sadly not able to accommodate all the requests we received this year, please know that we are ever grateful for your trust in us.  We hope that those who didn't make it in this year will join us in the future. Thank You so very much.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Our Dates!

Just realized that we never posted the dates for our 2017 retreat......the dates are October 29-November 6, 2017........and registration will be opening VERY soon!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Introducing this year's project.....La Narradora-Storyteller


Tesoro del Corazon is pleased to share this year's project, La Narradora-Storyteller, for our 2017 retreat in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Students will create their own unique storytellers employing a variety of mixed-media techniques. This year's guest artist, Karen O'Brien, will share her techniques for achieving fabulous painted/collaged faces. Once again, Lynn Leahy will teach sculpting with paper clay to create a wonderfully dimensional upper torso and hand.  Laurie Mika will be exploring a variety of polymer clay techniques to fashion a "skirt" for the storyteller and last, but not least, Helen Shafer Garcia will be creating the base for our storyteller, a unique rounded, half-moon shape with a handmade book on it, of course!
Come join us and tell your story......registration information will be coming soon in February!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Announcing our new guest Artist for our 2017 retreat!

Laurie, Helen, and Lynn are pleased to announce our 2017 guest artist for Tesoro del Corazon!



Karen O'Brien
Karen will be a great addition to our creative team. We are still in the planning stage for our 
2017 project...so exciting! 
We'll let you know soon about our sign up dates. 


Karen O’Brien is a self taught mixed media artist and painter of soulful characters. She started her creative journey as a teddy bear artist and developed a love for experimenting with mixed media materials and techniques. Karen believes in the letting her muse loose, enjoying the process of creating by following her curiosity. Her art has been featured in several books and publications including, Incite: Dreams Realized, Incite 2: Color Passions, Incite 4, Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals, Somerset Studio, Art Journaling and Art Doll Quarterly. Her work can also be viewed at Gallery One in Grants Pass, Oregon. Karen's first book was just released by Northlight publications!




Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Back from San Miguel de Allende!



We recently returned from our 2016 Tesoro Del Corazón art retreat in gorgeous San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.


We had 30 lovely ladies join us from all over the US, Canada and even one gal (Jo) from the UK!
Our group at Anado's mosaic house!

 This was our 5th year in San Miguel and we had well-known mosaic artist, Katherine England, join us as this year's guest artist.
(Katherine in the midst of her "lost phone saga"-which was amazingly recovered days later!)
The bed and breakfast where we stay is so charming with a lively history as a former bordello! Here is a photo during one of the classes.
 The only interruption in our workshop day was when a delicious lunch was served! Life is tough!
The theme for this year's project was, Casas del Corazon. Students each completed 4 house-shaped substrates using a variety of techniques. These inspiring "neighborhoods" of houses far exceeded our expectations and it was great to see all 120 houses together during our student showcase!!! 





One of the highlights of our trip to San Miguel is being there during Dia de los Muertos. The intermittent rain and electrical storm this year created a spooky, wonderful ambience for the night!
                         (We found out that Katherine was also a great make-up artist too!)



 It was another fabulous year in San Miguel made all the better by the incredible group of gals that joined us this year. THANK-YOU so much for putting your trust in us and for being a part of our growing San Miguel family!

 We just had a planning meeting yesterday for our 2017 retreat....we have our guest instructor selected and the project is in the works......stay tuned for more info!!!


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Beaded Mosaic Houses with Katherine England!

Our Tesoro group recently drove up to Fullerton to spend the day with our guest artist, Katherine England, to learn her wonderful beaded mosaic techniques. We all had so much fun and each of the houses came out beautifully....and amazingly unique! Each of us had our own signature style that emerged while we beaded.
Above is Katherine "in the zone" demonstrating her technique!!  It actually is quite meditative and we can't wait to share this brilliant process with this year's group in San Miguel. Below is a shot of Katherine's studio....that used to be her garage.....

Here is a close up of the finished "neighborhood".....Can you guess whose house is whose???




Saturday, April 16, 2016

Casa del Corazón 2016-SOLD OUT

We are happy to announce that our 2016 workshop is officially sold out! We have started a wait list and if you are interested in joining that wait list, please let us know. From year to year we have one or two people who need to cancel for one reason or another....so you never know! The amazing thing is that nearly half of the participants joining us this year are returnees! I think that is a testament to the wonderful experience that this retreat is (well, and to be fair, a testament to the incredible place that San Miguel is too!!)  We look forward to meeting those we don't know and welcoming you into our wonderful group of creative and adventurous women!

The picture above was taken at Lynn's house where we got together to take Lynn's portion of the workshop. Unfortunately, Helen was unable to join us due to a teaching conflict. It was our guest instructor, Katherine England's birthday that day and we celebrated in style!

Every year we schedule workshops at each of our homes to do a test run of the project and work out any bugs....and it is also a chance for us to complete our own projects so that we have samples to bring to Mexico for each classroom. (and it is just plain fun to get together and create!)



Monday, January 25, 2016

Our 2016 Tesoro del Corazón Retreat

We are very pleased to announce that we have finalized plans for our 6th annual mixed-media art retreat in lovely San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  The dates for our retreat are October 27-November 4th, 2016. We will once again be staying at Casa de la Noche, a charming B&B near the center of town.

We are also very pleased that Katherine England will be joining us as this year's guest instructor.
Katherine is a wildly talented mixed-media artist who creates beautiful mosaics. She also paints, journals, sculpts, and is a community leader who promotes the arts. A true renaissance spirit!

We are excited to unveil our collaborative project this year, Casas del Corazón.



Katherine will share her wonderful techniques for creating beaded mosaics. Lynn will teach you the ancient art of reverse painting on glass. Helen will guide you in basic drawing skills, illustrated watercolor and book arts while Laurie will share her passion for polymer clay.

Come join us and let your imagination soar with creative possibilities! Please email Leslie Harris, our retreat coordinator for more info and to register: tesorocorazonretreats@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Our big announcement will happen very soon!

If you are on our email list you will get first dibs on registration for 2016...coming very soon! Here's some snippets of our new project.........oh...the excitement builds....! 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Back from our retreat in San Miguel, 2015!


We just returned from an incredible trip to San Miguel de Allende. Our Tesoro Del Corazon art retreat was a resounding success with most folks wanting to return next year! It is not surprising because San Miguel is such a magical town especially during Dia de los Muertos and this year was no exception. The town was festively decorated with flags and flowers. Marigolds were draped around front doors and windows and altars popped up throughout the week around the Jardin.



On top of all this was the fact that we were there to create art! Wow, the Santos Real project turned out to be something truly special. Each Santos had a charm of their own and the loving care to detail was evident in each sculpture. 


We were delighted to have Elitia Hart from Canada join us as our first guest artist this year. Her work in pewter embossing is superb and we know that participants thoroughly enjoyed learning from her.


Of course, the time flew by all too quickly and we were soon having our farewell dinner in the shadows of the beautiful Parroquia. We will all miss the time spent together but know that many of the friendships created will last a lifetime....and so will the memories of San Miguel, 2015.



We are already in the planning stages for our retreat in 2016 and have tentative dates penciled in for October 27-November 4
More info will be announced in mid-January....stay tuned! 
(PS. Leslie is taking a much needed vacation from her computer until January!)
Happy Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Royal Saints come marching in!



We have have been very busy preparing for our next retreat in beautiful San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for Day of the Dead, 2015. Our progressive workshop this year will culminate in a three- dimensional Santos figure. Each year the instructors get together at each of their homes to teach the workshop that they will be doing in Mexico. This is helpful to both complete the project themselves and to make the learning experience better for participants.

Here are a few examples of our Santos:


There are so many personalities that come out when sculpting these wonderful "characters" and we can't wait to see what students come up with this year! The faces will be sculpted in Lynn Leahy's class while the mid-section/torso and arms will be done in Helen Shafer Garcia's class. The base portion using polymer clay will be taught in Laurie Mika's class and the metal crowns, wings and trim pieces will be completed in this year's first guest instructor, Elitia Hart's class.
Looking forward to seeing you soon! Hasta luego!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Tesoro del Corazon presents El Santo Real ~The Royal Santo

Laurie Mika, Helen Shafer Garcia,  Lynn Leahy, 
and guest artist Elitia Hart from Canada
 are pleased to announce

El Santo Real ~The Royal Santo
October 28 to November 5, 2015

Join us for a trip of a lifetime in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Eight days of fun, laughter, and blissful creating with painting, sculpting, book arts, and surface designs.