Save the Dates!  Upcoming 2018 Art Spa Workshops. Hope you can join us!
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art spa workshops 2018


Our 2017 Art Spa Workshop was a huge success!  We have scheduled three Art Spa Workshops for 2018!  Each will focus on a different art form so that you can take one workshop or all three! 
  • June 20-22, 2018             Sculpting the Horse                     
  • June 27-29, 2018             Creating Layered Compositions  
  • September 5-7, 2018       Historic Paste Paper & Fiber Fusion Collage

Expand your creativity with art, food and relaxation in one of our unique workshops located in the hills of Santa Fe, NM. This retreat will inspire and renew your creative spirit.

Join us for three days of quiet but fun, exciting but restful artistic wonderment both through art classes and culinary demonstrations.  Take an art journey while Arizona chef, Christine Hauber tantalizes your taste buds with healthy and easy culinary demonstrations, and hands on food creation and consumption. 

These small workshops of just ten guests each will include six art making sessions (details below), three lunch experiences and optional relaxation time. 

Cost:  Each workshop is priced at $300 per person. 
-Non-refundable unless we are able fill your spot. 
***(Sculpting the Horse Workshop will have an additional foundry fee if you decide to make a bronze of your piece.)  

*This fee does not include accommodations. You will need to make your own arrangements for accommodations. Suggestions include: Sage Inn, Inn at Santa Fe, Guadalupe Inn or Pecos Trail Inn. If you are in an RV or want a camping cabin, the Santa Fe KOA is a good option. 

Ellen Premack, who is our host and contact person will help answer any questions you may have as well as take your registration. 
Click Here for Questions or 2018 Registration
Three Art Spa Workshops
In this multi-level class students will learn to master the classical figure sculpture technique from a live model. Lisa will cover anatomy,  the use of clay tools, clay body chemistry, basic armature construction, and clay hollowing.  You will leave class with a clay sculpture or for an additional bronze foundry fee, Lisa will complete your final piece for you.
Create fabulous compositions of texture, color and shape by transforming various weighted and embossed papers, image transfers and much more into layers of interesting and tactile collage-type pieces of art. Explore a variety of materials and processes. Experiment and create during this mixed media adventure!
Paste Paper is a decorative arts process where the surface of a variety of papers are prepared with a handmade paste combined with paint. The design is achieved by the application of tools and gadgets into the colored paste.  You will achieve beautiful papers that you will be able to embellish with acrylic inks. 

Fiber fusion is the collaging of fibers, some papers, notions, fabrics and a magic ingredient that has stickability, to create gorgeous textural and layered pieces using heat as the adherent. Additional color will be added with chalk pastels, shimmer color and embossing powder. We will make small and large pieces. You will have the freedom to be as creative as you wish with the large assortment of materials we will have available for you. 

Final pieces can be a canvas ready to hang, greeting cards, a book cover or more depending on your vision.  

In all three of these workshops, there is no experience needed. All levels of artistic ability can do this. You will have the freedom to grow in your creativity, so, come and play. You will have a ball!

About Our Instructors

Lisa Gordon

The emotional bond between the horse and Lisa goes beyond simple childhood fascination. Horses have always been an intricate part of her life. She drew and mimicked them as a child; She owned and trained them as a teen; studied and revered them in college. Now as an artist it is natural that she sculpt the horse's image. The horse is the figure through which she actualizes her ideas. It becomes a tangible bridge between the viewer and herself. Her goal is to render the horse with empathy and respect without getting bogged down in realities. She strives to breath new life into an often cliche historical subject. By using tension and whimsy and by juxtaposing figure and form her sculptures are carving out a space of their own in the world of equine sculpture. 



Barbara is originally from New York City. She has lived in New Mexico and Colorado her adult life. Trained as a handmade paper artist, she now works in large paper mache sculptures and out of the box collages. An avid collector of papers, bought, found and prepared, she integrates these with fibers and fabrics in her collage pieces.


She has been on faculty at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center’s Bemis School of Art for 23 years and teaches at various schools in the vicinity. She has been on faculty at Pikes Peak Community College as well. Barbara has recently been selected to be the Artist-in-Residence through the Makers Program at 21C, the most progressive library center in the Pikes Peak region.



Christine has lived her life as a visual artist, loving everything related to creativity including photography, mixed media and culinary arts.  When presented with the opportunity to take an Arizona cafe to new heights, she welcomed the challenge. As a seven year newcomer to the vegetarian lifestyle, she began by offering homemade, farm to table dishes in the cafe, eventually finding a way to offer a diversity of food that is required by the American consumer. As a vegetarian, she soon realized that with the right flavors, even the most hard core meat eaters find her vegetarian food amazing. 

Along with managing a busy cafe, she caters small parties and offers hands on cooking instruction as well as prepares healthy vegetarian meals for individuals and families. 


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