Announcing the 2018 Sedona Summer Colony!
New this Year...Residency Workshops

Sedona Summer Colony dates for individual residency are July 21 - Aug 11, 2018. Participants can choose a one, two or three week residency by filling out the online application and submitting the required deposit. Residencies include living quarters, working space for development of artwork, and two meals per day. See FAQ and Application at Sedona Summer Colony website.

Now in its third year, the main objective for the summer colony continues to be to support the inspiration and creation of new artistic work and cultural content by providing undisturbed time, temporary living space, regular meals, and appropriate studio or work space. Due to the collective nature of a group residency with a shared campus and meals there is ample opportunity to foster new connections and dialogue creating opportunities for cross-disciplinary interaction and thinking.

New this year...residency workshops! Four workshops are designed as stand-alone colony experiences or can be used as a creative kick-start for an individual residency immediately following the workshop. The workshop/residency program takes place the week before the independent residencies, July 16 - 19, 2018 with arrival on campus July 15 and departure (or individual residency starting) on July 20. Students in the workshops also enjoy private lodging and two meals per day while participating in the workshop.

New Scholarship Program for Teachers!
A generous donor has provided $5000 in funding specifically for local teachers to participate in Sedona Summer Colony Workshops. Each workshop can be worth two (2) college credits through Yavapai College School of the Arts & Humanities. Read the full release here and apply (click here)

Sedona Summer Colony is a creative partnership between Sedona Arts Center and Verde Valley School. See more about the background HERE.

Contemporary Mixed Media

Joan Fullerton | July 16–19, 2018 | $1025

Join us for inspiring demonstrations, lectures, encouragement and practice. You'll learn how to coax hints of reality from an abstract background, how to integrate collage imagery, how to control values and colors for emotional emphasis, and how to suggest rather than delineate. You'll explore working intuitively, responding to what shows up, working in a series, mixing and utilizing neutrals for softer, more ethereal abstracts.

We'll touch on notions of confidence, procrastination, vulnerability, curiosity, courage, talent, play, inspiration, intuition, your mean critic, metaphor, symbolic elements, competition, marketing, your belief systems, finding balance, and more! There will be plenty of time for "playing" and creating along with individual attention and guidance.

Traditional Hopi Pottery

Rachel Sahmie Nampeyo | July 16–19, 2018 | $1025

Rachel Sahmie has had her hands wrapped around clay since she was a child, encouraged by her mother, Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo, who only had encouragement and positive words to share with her children when it came to making pottery. Today Rachel is an accomplished potter whose works are in many fine art galleries, museums and people's homes. She is inspired by nature and birds in particular, as well as by old pot shards.

In this workshop Rachel will share how she loves best to create her beautiful pottery using traditional Hopi materials, methods and tools. You'll be making small pots made from Hopi clay, decorated with paint made from traditional plants and minerals, using brushes made from Yucca, using the hand-coiled method, and fired in sheep dung. While you're invited to use Hopi designs, feel free to bring along your own design ideas, or plan on a taking home a simple, pure pot free of design that allows the natural textures to tell their own story.

The Magic of Surrealism

Libby Caldwell | July 16–19, 2018 | $1025

Take an experiential journey using many ideas for image making that are inspired by Surrealism, with a focus on the work of Max Ernst who lived in Sedona from 1946 -1953. It's all about freeing up the imagination, moving towards the spontaneous play that adults have often forgotten. Process is the key to finding the randomness that maybe isn?t so random. We start by making a book that will be used throughout this 4 day Surrealist workshop. Sedona was a place of inspiration for Max Ernst, and will become so for students as we engage in artistic play using a wide variety of techniques designed to engage both our conscious, and sub-conscious mind including:

Automatism, Collage, Decalcomania , Eclaboussure, Frottage, Grattage, Photomontage, Soufflage

Plein Air to Studio

Matt Sterbenz | July 16–19, 2018 | $1025

Join Matt Sterbenz in this informative workshop surrounded by the Red Rocks of Sedona. Students will learn how to capture the fleeting beauty of nature through plein air painting, and use these outdoor paintings as references for studio paintings. Students will learn how to create plein air paintings that can serve as finished pieces on their own, as well as quick "sketches" created specifically for later studio references.

Matt will provide daily demonstrations and discuss the importance of composition, design, structure, harmony, light, and color theory. Students of all skill levels are welcome, but should be familiar with their medium of choice

Discovering and Celebrating Your True Voice

Thomas Eldon Anderson | August 6–11, 2018 | $1195

Your voice represents your unique communication path to the world around you. Speaking with grounded clarity and truth creates an engaged and persuasive presence that connects us to others whether it’s conversationally, within a work presentation, or in a true performance situation. Using professional theatre exercises we will explore and strengthen the important connections between mind, body and spirit to enhance your voice within your authentic being. We will examine breath and vibration, and then explore sound and tone. We will then delve into how the voice works to create words, understanding, clarity of thinking, melody of meaning, and story. We will dive into some of the world’s great writing including classic speeches, poetry, theatre, and other collected stories of wisdom through the ages.






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