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 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:

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.  

Monday, December 8, 2014

Our artful, joyous journey is in the past but our memories of San Miguel de Allende will forever stay with us. Dream on and hold on to those memories! We loved having you stay with us, create with us, and best of all, share laughter and friendships with us. 
Happy Holidays! 


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Count down to San Miguel de Allende workshop

 The sights and sounds of San Miguel De Allende are
never tiring and we will be there soon.
Gather your art supplies, passports and sense of adventure
because the workshop is only a few weeks away.
See you soon. Your instructors,
Lynn Leahy, Laurie Mika,  Helen Shafer Garcia , Jane LaFazio  and our manager; Leslie Harris.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Our Totem de Vida published!

Just had our final meeting before we head off on our wonderful workshop in San Miguel de Allende for Day of the Dead.  We were so excited to see this year's project featured in Cloth Paper Scissors. If you haven't already received your copy, I would hurry out to Barnes and Noble and pick up a copy. The folks at CPS did a fantastic job of photographing our Totem de Vida, capturing the vibrant colors of Mexico! Here we are at our meeting with our project and magazine article proudly displayed!
The 4 Amigas-Jane, Helen, Lynn and Laurie (Leslie our trusty coordinator was taking the pic!)

It was a grueling meeting ironing out all the details! Just joking....our meetings are at a yummy coffee shop and are usually 3 hours in length...and they involve a lot of laughing! But we do work too!
Ironing out the final details

Here is a little glimpse of our project which we were all obviously excited to photograph, hence the dualing I-Pads!  See you soon!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Dia de los Muertos in San Miguel de Allende

La Calaca is an annual festival born in San Miguel de Allende, MX, that is integrated into the vibrant Mexican celebration of life and death known as ‘Día de Muertos’ (Day of the Dead). La Calaca seeks to foster culture of participation that honors, promotes and explores the traditions and themes of Día de Muertos. In 2014 La Calaca will be held October 30 - November 2.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Happy 2014

It is hard to believe that it is already February ,2014.
 Jane LaFazio, Helen Shafer Garcia, Laurie Mika and Lynn Leahy are so excited about their upcoming Day of the Dead workshop, Totem De Vida.
With the holidays behind us we forge ahead in the planning process of our workshop to make this the best teaching, art and travel experience possible.
San Miguel De Allende is full of color and inspiration at every turn and the folk art example in this photo is just a small sample.
It is The Tree of Life, sculpted from clay.
You will see many such fabulous pieces as you walk the city.
The colors in this piece are typical of the vibrancy that makes San Miguel a feast for the eyes and one of the many reasons we continue coming back.
Lynn Leahy,Laurie Mika, Jane LaFazio, Helen Shafer Garcia

Monday, December 2, 2013

Totem de Vida 2014

Super news! We are sold out for Totem de Vida 2014!
 but you can still sign up to be put on the waiting list

 Contact Leslie to sign up 

Friday, November 22, 2013

We are almost sold out! Thank you to everyone for responding so quickly,

Giant puppets during one of the many parades.
San Miguel de Allende is a feast for the senses
during Dia De Los Muertos.
Some photos from 2012 show that there were characters lurking around every corner during the evening festivities. Hmmmm...some faces you may recognize.
The giant puppets, dancing in the streets,were
a particular favorite. 
The workshops were fabulous during the day and it spilled over into the evening with teachers and our students enjoying the local people,food, music and festivities.
We can hardly wait for next year to teach some exciting art techniques for our Totem De Vida, meet new students and of course catch up with those that are returning. We are so pleased at how quickly everyone
responded. We couldn't do this without you.
Jane LaFazio,Laurie Mika,Helen Shafer Garcia,Lynn Leahy
Laurie Mika trying to scare the locals (it didn't work).
Helen Shafer Garcia looking quite relaxed.
Up close and personal with a giant puppet. They were awesome!
Fabulous artwork from one of our students during the workshop.
More giant puppets...yes, Lynn Leahy loved the puppets.