Mary Mendla

Opening to Abstraction: An Art Retreat in Acrylic and Mixed Media

Sept 4-9, 2016 (Four Teaching Days)

Explore ways of opening yourself to thinking, visualizing, and creating abstractly in this fun filled painting workshop. This four-day workshop will cover techniques to create abstract paintings in acrylic and mixed media as you open to working more spontaneously and intuitively. You will learn how to abstract from an image, how to create strong compositions, and to use color theory to elevate mood and emotion in your paintings. New methods of working, and non-traditional tools and materials will help you to resolve and advance your work through mixed media approaches. You will build confidence and learn how to look within to find new ways to discover and express your own creative voice. All of the Wisconsin northwoods beauty will be your inspiration.

A basic knowledge of painting with acrylics, including various acrylic mediums, is necessary for this class. Basic painting and drawing techniques will not be covered. A variety of mixed media products will be provided for your use to experiment with as you expand the creative possibilities in your painting. You will leave the workshop with new skills to paint more abstractly from your own authentic voice.

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Mary is a professional artist/instructor currently living in Grafton, Wisconsin. She teaches at various art centers, colleges and universities including the Milwaukee Art Museum and Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and has studied with various masters' level instructors to expand her creative abilities. She is an award-winning painter that is represented by various galleries throughout Wisconsin.

Mary Mendla grew up spending summers in the northwoods of Wisconsin. Immersion in the beauty and magic of the northwoods created a yearning to express this special place through her artwork. Abstraction, especially intuitive painting, allows her to express the magic of this place and beyond.

Mary has instructed all ages and levels of artistic experience in a variety of media including, acrylic and oil painting, soft pastel, and oil, cold wax medium, and mixed media. Her students thrive in the supportive, relaxed atmosphere of her classes while they let loose and have fun.

Studio: Something for all levels.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $360
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $395
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $445
Plus $15 Material Fee
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $385
(There are 5 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
NEW Cancellation Policy, Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary


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Workshop Itinerary

Sunday, 9/4
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman's (included in Room and Meal Package. $25 additional for day students.)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9/5-9/8
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Thursday, 9/8
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, 9/9
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Monday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
    Monday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)

    Tuesday 7:30 a.m. Yoga
    Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Wednesday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
    Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Thursday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’sfor $45 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.