Our second workshop retreat at Disneyland was a wonderful success! It was every bit as fun as the first workshop in February, and a brand new exciting adventure being there in October. We got to experience Halloweentime in the Park (AMAZING!!!), meet and enjoy a new group of fabulous friends (plus a few returning students!), and we accomplished a whole lot of Disney-themed art journaling in our Golden Book Journals. There were so many fun moments that it will be difficult to do it justice, but we will try to capture some of the highlights of the week below if you'd like to come along on a little adventure down memory lane! We were thrilled to have Mindy Lacefield join us again as our guest teacher! Monday night, Tangie and Mindy hosted an exclusive pre-workshop dinner at Tortilla Joe's in Downtown Disney. This is quickly becoming one of our favorite traditions! The table-side guacamole is DELICIOUS. We loved getting acquainted with everyone and listening to our hosts share some of their experiences and tips for running an art business. We forgot to get a picture with the whole group, but were so happy to have Kami, one of our returning students, join us for dinner.
Tuesday morning we met at Rainforest Cafe in our favorite "classroom" with the giant aquarium. We loved the ambiance of this space so much last time that we had to come back! After enjoying a wonderful 3-course breakfast, Tangie and Mindy inspired us with their live art demos and instruction on how to sketch and use the peerless water colors. This was a perfect complement to the online course and videos. It is always amazing to watch these talented ladies work their magic!
The whole group at Rainforest Cafe: Mindy, Allyson, Sarah, Lori, Sammy, Kathy, Betty, Stacy, Angela, Tangie (minus Amy and Susan, who joined us later in the week).[/caption] Following the workshop we all headed into Disneyland! It was a warm and busy autumn day as we made our way down Main Street, taking in all the first glorious sights and smells of Halloweentime! The Golden Horseshoe Review in Frontierland was the perfect place to set up camp and start working in our journals.
Tuesday evening we all met up in Fantasyland to watch the Soundsational Parade and ride It's a Small World together. We had a blast!
The line was short enough that we all rode together a second time and did some fast sketching in our journals while on the ride. It was so much fun and really pushed us to just draw without thinking too long about it so we could capture as much as possible in a short time. This is a must try activity!
Wednesday we started our day on the patio of La Brea Bakery in Downtown Disney. It was a beautiful morning and a very nice spot to exchange our trades. Everyone brought fabulous goodies to share! Here's a peek at some of the fun items:
Opening all those trades felt like Christmas! But the fun wasn't over... Tangie had a fantastic challenge activity for us to do. We were each assigned a simple object to sketch and watercolor (candy, tree, door, etc.), but the catch was that we had to make enough original copies to share with everyone in the group! It turned out to be one of our favorite group activities and we will all treasure having this collection of original art from each of our new friends!
Wednesday afternoon we all got dressed up for Mickey's Halloween Party! This was the first time most of us had attended this special event, which features festive decorations, trick-or-treating, Mickey's Costume Party Cavalcade parade, the Halloween Screams - A Villainous Surprise in the Skies Fireworks show, character greetings, and other live entertainment and activities. Wow! There was plenty of fun to be had by all. Just seeing all the costumes people wore was a treat - some of them were truly amazing!
Part of the group took a guided tour, which included walking right on to some of the spookiest rides of the night and other yummy treats.
Mindy worked in her art journal while waiting for the tour to begin.
Here's Amy and Sammy Trick-or-Treating. Chocolate please!!!
In between all the festivities we even managed to fit in some art journaling! The Jolly Holiday patio was a great spot for watching the parade and seeing creative costumes go by...
... and eating delicious Halloween treats from the bakery!
It was a magical night, and our incredible week wasn't even half way over at this point! If you'd like to see what we did the last three days, stay tuned for Part 2.
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