Thursday, January 15, 2015

join me on an art adventure in belize!

Note: This art adventure has been rescheduled for early 2016 to allow more participants to come! Details to follow :)

Big news… I am hosting a mixed media travel art workshop in Belize! 

Mixed media is such an incredible way to create artwork and the result is truly unique to every artist. I love sharing my process and techniques, and since so much of my artwork is inspired by the process of traveling, exploring and using found materials, it only felt right that my first workshop would incorporate all of that.

This April, I'm teaming up with Arts & Cultural Travel to host a 9-day art adventure that will take us from an eco-lodge in the lush rain forest of Blue Creek, Belize to an ocean-side cottage on the beautiful, remote island of South Water Caye on Belize's unspoiled barrier reef. Local guides will show us the best things each area has to offer culturally and environmentally, including hikes, markets, local artists, snorkeling, boating, dancing, music and more. We'll use all of these experiences to fuel the beautiful artwork we create on our trip!

Throughout the trip I'll be hosting art workshops each day. Using provided supplies, photos and our own found materials from the area, we'll explore all the same mixed media techniques I use in my paintings, and create beautiful art-filled travel books inspired by our time in Belize. You'll learn collage techniques, paper image transfers, photo manipulation, paper stitching and the best way to seamlessly incorporate a variety of textures, surfaces and found objects into your travel journal.

We envision this trip to be more playful and less intensive than average art workshop! During our 9 days together we'll focus on exploring a new place and seeking artistic inspiration from our experiences, so you don't need to have any professional artistic experience in order to enjoy this adventure. Just have an urge to travel and create! You'll return home with a gorgeous travel book full of  your own mixed media paintings and lots of new techniques to incorporate into your own art.

We'll start off our journey with four days at the Cotton Tree Eco-Lodge in the interior of Belize, where the adventurous (thats you!) can hike the Rio Blanco waterfall or explore the caves of Blue Creek, then relax and create art in their open-air, sustainable, solar-powered lodge...

...and then travel for five days to the rustic, remote island of South Water Caye:

On South Water Caye, we'll spend our days snorkeling, swimming, boating, creating art and even enjoying drumming lessons as we relax at this UNESCO heritage site.

We spent a lot of time perfecting this trip for those who want to really get out there, explore and see a new part of the world with a more adventurous twist. It only made sense to pack this trip full of incredible activities -- the same way I do when I travel -- in order to fuel our creativity and give us delicious inspiration to channel into beautiful, vibrant art. I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am! 

All the details are here on A&CT's website, and there's an interview here on my travel art process if you really want to know the nitty gritty! Use the contact form to get ahold of Sharon, the trip director (she is awesome!) or contact me if you have art-specific questions. I really hope you'll join us!


  1. What an amazing opportunity! Wish I were able to go. I cannot WAIT to see your photos from this trip! xox

  2. While I would love to attend this, I am the mama of young children so it's impossible. Any chance you will create an online course???

  3. Sounds like heaven! Wish I could go.
    - Becky RG

  4. I'm in! Just got to check with the hubby. This is so exciting Mae!

  5. A dream of mine would be to do something like this but I have a three year old and have run out of my savings that I used to fuel that first few years ... First I need to find more money so I can do something like this. What an incredible journey it would be. Well done for being involved in organising something like this. I can't wait to hear how it all goes!

  6. This looks wonderful! Only I stumbled on it a little too late to sign up, I'm already traveling the month of March. Will you be hosting any other travel journaling retreats and workshops? Thanks so much!

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