What happens in Vegas…

Stays in Vegas. Ok, not so much. What’s really happening in Las Vegas this summer is the fabulous Art and Soul mixed-media art retreat where I’m teaching three classes. The event is June 14-18 and registration is currently open.

art and soul Las Vegas

Art and Soul Las Vegas page graphic of some exciting art samples and workshops.

Glenny does an amazing job putting on her inspiring events. The people who attend are all so excited about their art and learning techniques to take it to the next level. It really is a bucket list thing for me to teach at Art and Soul, and I can’t wait to get to the gorgeous Green Valley resort to start making all kinds of mixed-media jewelry.

art and soul butterfly and resin necklace

I’ll be teaching a class from a project in my book Explore, Create, Resinate; Mixed Media Techniques Using ICE Resin. It’s one of my favorite images from the book where I use a real butterfly wing, some French text, a little special technique to get the wings to “pop” and encase them in ICE. The entire necklace is made by hand too, and that means the rolled metal bail, the resin paper beads and proper attachments of metal wire to silk fibers to create a gorgeous and strong necklace. It is so much more than a resin class, it’s also a metalsmithing basics class too. You can read more about my Eternally Beautiful Butterfly Necklace class here.

jen Cushman mica cuff bracelet

I’ve also developed a brand new class – Mica and Metal, Oh My! – for Art and Soul Las Vegas for a mixed-media cuff. These mica charms are so much fun to create, and can be used in jewelry or other mixed-media applications like on journals or assemblages. Students will learn to cut the cuff shape from metal sheet (nickel or bronze), stamp it with metal stamps for a sentiment of their choice, anneal it and form it. We’ll also be properly attaching the paper and mica charms to the cuff as well. Students can also save the charms for other projects and create a simple formed cuff if they so choose.

Jen Cushman publishing graphic

Lastly, lots of folks have asked me to teach a class on the publishing process. This class called Marketing Youself and Your Art to Editors covers the nuts-and-bolts basics about writing queries, emailing editors, showing your work in its best light, coming up with article ideas and following through with deadlines. If you’re an artist who wants to talk professionally with editors and learn how to not only get your foot in the door, but stay there, this will be a valuable class for you.

In addition to my classes, I’m excited to be sharing a room with my very dear friend and fellow artist/instructor Kari McKnight Holbrook. She’s teaching 3 great classes, including my personal favorite called Rockin Resin Reliquaries using what else??? ICE Resin.

Be sure to check out the retreat and also poke around to see how cool the resort is. What a great summer vacation to immerse yourself in art and also be inspired by gorgeous surroundings. It may still be Vegas, but its pretty far from the Strip. I’m planning on signing up for a mini spa session too. Who’s joining me?