Bento Boxes: A Retreat with Seth Apter, June 6-9

Bento Boxes: A Retreat with Seth Apter, June 6-9



This is a collaborative program between PTSA and the Pacific NorthWest Art School. REGISTRATION via this link: SETH APTER RETREAT Please use code PTSA2019 to register.

*Check in June 5 for class dinner; checkout after breakfast June 10.

Join us for an exclusive four-day workshop/retreat with nationally and internationally known Mixed Media artist and instructor Seth Apter, in collaboration with the Port Townsend School of the Arts (hosting the retreat) and the Pacific NorthWest Art School. Come join Seth in a stunning venue surrounded by woods and ocean. Participants will have their own single room dorm and all meals provided, in addition to the workshop experience.

Escape the ordinary and immerse yourself in "Bento Boxes" June 5-9th (Check out morning of the 10th as Seth would like everyone to have a final class dinner and evening together. Since this is a retreat, students must stay on site and dine on site together.

Fees include: full tuition, all meals and lodging (five nights) of dormitory-style lodging provided by Fort Worden. Those with special dietary considerations need to state those as least two weeks before the retreat so catering can accommodate you. A deposit of half ($650.00) is required to secure your spot.

Workshop description:
We will be making a series of projects, small in size but big in impact, that will each nest inside its own container – think tins, boxes, bags, etc. Each of these will in turn be placed and housed inside one larger box, creating a very special treasure chest. Your unique art pieces will include some combination of handmade books, paintings, collages, assemblages, scrolls, wraps, shrines, and more. In the end, the process of opening and exploring the contents of the box becomes a magical part of the art.

 Student Supply List:

  • Fluid acrylic paints (assorted colors)

  • Gesso (black and white)

  • Chip brushes (1 inch and/or ½ inch)

  • Water container and paint palette

  • Dye Ink Pads

  • Scissors and/or craft knife/cutting mat

  • Matte Medium, PVA (or other white glue), Liquid Fusion

  • Water mister

  • Craft sponges

  • Watercolor paper (a single pad should be more than enough)

  • Awl

  • Favorite mark making tools (pens, markers, pencils, crayons, etc)

  • Paper towel/cloth and/or baby wipes (optional)

  • Box. Bring your own box of any material (metal or wood is preferred) to house your projects. Size can vary but close to 6x10x4 inches would work well. It can be open, with a hinged lid, or have a separate cover. It can have compartments or be one open space. Feel free to send me an image and measurement of your choice if you are unsure if it will work.

  • Containers. Bring a selection of small tins, boxes, bags, vessels (with and/or without covers) which will hold your creations and stack inside your larger box. Bring an assortment so you have a number of to choose from as you make your projects. 

  • Flotsam and Jetsam. Bring in assorted material to personalize your projects. Think small in size and include your choice of collage material (ephemera, papers, photographs, etc.), fabric scraps and thread, small embellishments (found objects, rusty bits, charms, beads, bling, etc.), natural objects (twigs, pods, leaves, etc.) and commercial products (embellishments, stamps, rub-ons, washi tape, etc.).

Instructor will provide:

  • Base material for individual projects (could include paper, fabric, book board, wood panels, etc.)

  • Needles and thread

  • Rubber stamps to share

  • Assorted mixed media mediums





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