Yvette is a fabulous teacher and I learned so much about different acrylic mediums and techniques. Her studio is absolutely beautiful and she and her husband Derek are gracious hosts. I highly recommend the 3-day abstract painting course and I’m looking forward to taking another course from Yvette again! 💚
–ANGIE HANNA, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
The dial in my minds’ eye is set to ‘artist’ and I see the design, lines, shapes and colors in all that I see. I have always been a ‘visual’ person, but the knowledge and experience I gained in these past few days, deepened my perception, wow, what could be better than that? 💚
–ALICE JEAN RYLAARSDAM, SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA
The trip to Bellingham was fabulous. Creative Adventures with Yvette and Derek was amazing, very well-planned and perfect in every way. We were handled like friends with V.I.P. privileges at all times, and left each day wanting more. This was one of my most favorite weeks ever – I’m so glad I went! 💚
–JANE SACHS RADOFF, HENDERSON, NEVADA
All I can say is WOW – This is the most amazing experience ever.💚
–LAURA GOLD, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
I want to somehow convey how much these days of art and creativity immersion have meant to me. Thank you for your generosity of spirit, your willingness to share your talent, heart, and knowledge to make the world, our community and our place in it, more beautiful.💚
–ALLISON ROBERTS, BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON
My week with Yvette and Derek was beyond memorable and a treasure in every conceivable way. I am wowing all of my friends with details of my visit. Yvette possesses many gifts: phenomenal artistic ability, intelligence, boundless curiosity, and a genuine warmth that pours out of every pore in her body.💚
–ANN WEISMAN, BINGHAM FARMS, MICHIGAN
I could not have asked for a more fabulous vacation than what I received from Yvette Neumann and her “team” during my 3-day Painting Retreat. Her beautiful and inspiring environment was perfect, and the instruction and support was exactly what I needed to progress along my path toward painting more professionally. (It is a very long path!) Yvette’s service was optimal too, including door-to-door pick-ups, fabulous lunches, excellent wines, and some much needed pet therapy from Logan and Amy – thank you!💚
–CAROLYN FRY, PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA
I will cherish my experience at Creative Life Adventures always! Yvette and Derek Neumann made every aspect of our event memorable with a perfect blend of stimulation and relaxation! Thank you for sharing your talents and spreading joy to others!💚
–DANEEN RACKE, BURBANK, CALIFORNIA
The week was sensational. It was just more than I thought it would be. The process of painting was more intricate than I imagined – Yvette and Derek were great. Yvette’s kind encouragement has made me want to paint again, so I’m coming to work with her next summer for a week. I think I will learn more from her that week than having somebody here for a year!💚
–SUZANNE HARTMAN, WEST BLOOMFIELD, MICHIGAN
Just returned from one of their ‘custom group adventures’–and every aspect was PERFECT!💚
–LISA OLWINE, LAWRENCEVILLE, GEORGIA
The Abstract Painting workshop was fantastic! With Yvette’s encouragement, I felt safe enough to try a great variety of new techniques and to take creative risks. She is a born teacher, and as a teacher myself, I appreciated how she met the needs of all of the workshop participants right at their varied levels of knowledge and experience. I plan to take her classes again because I learned more in three days than I considered to be possible.💚
–LORI VANETTA, BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON
I am still feeling so uplifted from my “week of art heaven” with you. Thank you again for your individualized instruction in your beautiful and inviting studio space, for the decadent and delicious meals, for all the extras – your extra time in facilitating wonderful visits with other artists, book recommendations, and gifts; it was exactly – EXACTLY – what I needed right now in my life!💚
–JESS ARMSTRONG, GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLORADO
I am still on cloud nine after the extraordinary art weekend with Yvette and Derek. I felt like a kid in a candy store as I walked in the door! A treasure trove of art supplies at your fingertips and the gorgeous work space was “home” for three days!💚
–LAURA JONES GARCIA, ISSAQUAH, WASHINGTON
Absolutely enchanting retreat. From an orca whale watching cruise to relaxing in a beautiful remodeled old barn, the ambience was amazing to say the least. Yvette’s paintings seemed to always follow the lighting of the day. In the sunlight, crisp, clean and airy. And with the sunset, colors I didn’t notice before, warm, comforting and glowing. There’s not enough I can say about this hidden gem!💚
–PATRICIA SMITH, SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI
Thank you so much for the glorious experience. It was a blast!! I learned so much!💚
–ANNIE WINDSOR, PORTLAND, OREGON
ABSTRACT PAINTING 1.0 WORKSHOP
Students Say It Best
Class Description and Overview
Over 3 days, create a personal masterpiece from the ground up, using essential painting and composition skills and a design-driven methodology. Working with a range of art materials and a focus on form, color, and texture, apply principles and aesthetic considerations of good design to your project. Explore the art and science of color mixing, glazing, and popular textural techniques at your personal interest level and pace. No need for art materials, tools etcetera – all are conveniently provided. Catered lunches, healthy snacks, and a daily Happy Hour Social at the conclusion of each day, are an ideal balance of creative expression and socializing in a safe, collaborative environment. .This workshop is appropriate for the beginner to experienced painter alike, and strives to meet you where you are in your personal practice and stage of painting experience.
The outline of this workshop is loosely patterned after the traditional Atelier model, where a professional painter works with a small number of students to train them in visual fine arts. We've developed a meaningfully structured practicum with many different learning levels in mind, to challenge students of all backgrounds and skill levels within a single class. This enables students to focus on personal learning goals of their choice and discretion in a safe and nurturing environment, without the pressure to produce great art. This lightly free-form approach supports students returning again and again, for the purposes of honing key skills and maturing overall painting expertise and experience.
We offer a full service experience, where each adventure session has been carefully choreographed behind the scenes. A high-level overview of what to expect appears below, with the emphasis on ‘slowing your roll’. Upon booking, clients receive a detailed itinerary and comprehensive information about their specific adventure with us.
Our Time Together
DAYS 1 THRU 3
In a harried world, the opportunity to 'recharge' is essential. Our authentic Northwest experience combines the love of art, the great outdoors, and "slowing your roll" in a beautiful way. Connect to the artist within, letting your creativity find its own unique voice and style. Be touched and surprised by what you discover through play and mindful expression, while connecting with other creative spirits in a collaborative and non-judgmental environment.
Arrive at Yvette Neumann Fine Art Studio to begin work on your very own masterpiece. Divided into morning and afternoon painting sessions, the construction process will be broken down into easy, bite-sized lessons, throughout which you'll be offered invaluable prompts and exercises to support the design and composition of your work. Enjoy a tasty, catered lunch on the patio and a relaxing Happy Hour Social in the Gallery and garden at day's end.
Return to the studio to continue refining your work in AM and PM painting sessions. You'll be encouraged to experiment with tools, materials, and techniques that are demonstrated to you, as you explore methods for abstraction, composition, color theory, and more. Progress reveals a maturing work, taking form. Another catered lunch, followed by another soothing Social Hour in the gallery and garden; this is living at its best. You're now two-thirds of the way to completing your visual opus.
Finalize painting refinements on your final day, and with plenty of one-on-one help to put finishing touches on your one-of-a-kind masterpiece, complete the creative process begun on Day 1. Tips for hanging, framing, cleaning and more will be shared, along with vendor sources for materials used throughout your journey. A final intimate lunch, with the rest of the afternoon to paint to your heart's delight. Now comes the hard part - deciding where to hang your new original artwork.