January 2017 Retreat

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Art Journaling the Magic Live Art Retreat at Disneyland Resort in California 2017

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

Walt Disney

I want to invite you to a retreat that focuses on the magic of Disney as a place born of determination and imagination. Many people have had huge dreams but Walt Disney took action and moved forward in his. We can learn many great lessons from the dreams he brought to life. Become a child again and enjoy Disney like you never have before, documenting the “magic”, art journaling style. Join me as we slow down, notice the small details and are swept up in the energy of innovation, invention and creativity. You may even find a huge boost of inspiration and encouragement to follow your own dreams.


Art Journaling the Magic Live Art Retreat at Disneyland Resort in California 2017

The very basics of what we’ll be doing:

We will be sketching and water coloring right inside Disneyland with our travel sized art journaling kits, focusing on the magic of Disneyland Park (you DON’T have to know how to draw, I promise!). We’ll also be collecting “collage fodder” (receipts, bags, tags, stickers, cute napkins, maps and postcards…anything you want) to incorporate into our journals. We will show you quick and easy ways to make an art journal full of memories on the go that you can apply to any situation in your life.

Art Journaling the Magic Live Art Retreat at Disneyland Resort in California 2017

Dates for the workshop:

  • January 9th: Exclusive dinner with Tangie and Mindy
  • January 10th &11th: Live Workshop at Disneyland Park, California, USA
  • January 12th: Live Workshop at Disney's California Adventure

Art Journaling the Magic Live Art Retreat at Disneyland Resort in California 2017

This is a unique opportunity to share our love of art and/or Disney in a whole new way with like minded people!

Art Journaling the Magic Live Art Retreat at Disneyland Resort in California 2017

4 Day Workshop (& Art Kit) $475
includes these magical adventures:

MONDAY: Meet the Artists--Dinner & Art Party Celebration (NEW THIS YEAR!)

  • Monday, January 9th from 5 PM-9 PM
  • We're securing an amazing private location near Disneyland just for this marvelously magical get together, it's going to be a royal treat!*
  • Come hang out with your hosts Tangie & Mindy as we dive right into the art the very first night! You can watch us work in our own journals and see how we create our Disney pages. Plus, we'll host live painting demos during the party that you won't see anywhere else! We'll also have practice pages, art challenges and of course, a delicious dinner delivered! Do yourself a favor and come play, we know this is going to go down as a student favorite!
  • You will receive an exclusive gift bag filled with surprises
  • We will have a Q&A time for you to ask Tangie and/or Mindy any questions you would like about working as full time artists, business, social media, teaching, workshops etc. You will even have the option to email your questions before we go, so that Mindy and I can make sure we are prepared to answer you fully
  • Please bring your favorite snack to share with everyone for this epic party (optional)

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: 2 Day Art Journaling Workshop at Disneyland

  • Tuesday & Wednesday, January 10th-11th during park hours (with periods of free time).
  • First, Mindy and I are excited (more like THRILLED) to be able to spend time at “The Happiest Place on Earth” with YOU as we share our favorite memories, tips, tricks and attractions! We LOVE the parks, and feel so much joy while we are there and hope we can share our joy with you.
  • We will have scheduled group events, demos, journal challenges (with prizes for everyone), optional assignments, attraction meetups and more.
  • NEW THIS YEAR! We're doing a "sketchbook" walk each day (these are not vigorous walks, and there will be benches along the way). Tangie will demo right inside the parks how to art "on the go" with her famous "15 minutes or less" pages.
  • Two other live demos right inside the park are included and one of them will be with our amazing guest artist Mindy.
  • We'll also be on hand during scheduled journal meetups to answer your art related questions and help you troubleshoot any issues you're having in your journals.
  • We want to talk to you about your dreams, goals and ideas for your life or business. Art has an amazing capacity to help us accomplish great things, share with us your thoughts and dreams, and we will cheer you on as you work on some of these in your workbook throughout the park.

THURSDAY: 1 Day Art Journaling Workshop at Disney's California Adventure 

  • Thursday, January 12th during park hours (with periods of free time).
  • The magic continues as we'll have one more day together! We'll have scheduled group events, journal challenges, optional assignments, attraction meetups and more!

We love happy, positive students who understand that sometimes schedules need to be adjusted due to crowds, weather and group health. We love students that can make the most of such an amazing opportunity to be together. We are committed in every way to a workshop environment that fosters kindness, respect, understanding, and is free from gossip and profanity. It's all about the incredible magic, and we want our students to have an amazing experience with amazing people! 

Please note: We highly recommend you take our "A Walk in the Park" online class before you arrive. If you haven't taken this class yet, you will receive a 50% off coupon as a registered/paid attendee to take this class before you come.

Also includes these amazing goodies:

  • Online access to our retreat No. 5 backstage "green room", exclusively for our registered attendees! It includes “before we go” information, FAQs, packing lists, challenges & page samples. This is not a techniques class, we encourage you to take our "A Walk in the Park" course before you come for in-depth watercolor instruction and methods.
  • Exclusive 2017 “Art Journaling the Magic” zine style workbook printed in full color (it's not the one shown in the picture, we found these too bulky to carry around the park)
  • The official “Art Journaling the Magic” ultimate travel journal kit! It includes one of Dave’s hand-bound Golden Book Art journals which are made with 140 lb watercolor paper (your choice of cover!), your very own set of Peerless watercolors AND a travel version we’ll make for you, black waterproof pens, a selection of Caran d’nache neocolor II watercolor crayons, washi tape, glue stick, stickers, collage sheets, die cuts, collage fodder and other fabulous goodies (no other art supplies will be needed)

We highly encourage everyone to take the 4 day workshop, which saves you $114 over the "build your own" prices, to enjoy the whole experience as it was planned for maximum learning and fun from start to finish! However, we do understand that you may have different needs and availability (see the exact details for each option in the 4 day workshop description above).

Build Your Own Workshop A: $139
Meet the Artists--Dinner & Art Party Celebration 
We only have a few extra spots available for the dinner & art party! This option is going to sell out fast, so please book early!

    • Monday, January 9th 2017 from 5 PM-9 PM
    • Your chance to hang out with Tangie & Mindy! We'll have art journaling demos, eat yummy pizza from Naples and also have a Q&A session!

    Build Your Own Workshop B: $295
    1 Day workshop* 

      • Choose 1 workshop day:
        •Tues/Disneyland •Wed/Disneyland •Thurs/California Adventure
      • Includes art kit with Golden Book Journal of your choice
      • We will have scheduled group events, journal challenges (with prizes for everyone), optional assignments, attraction meetups and more

    Build Your Own Workshop C: $379
    2 Day workshop* 

      • Choose 2 workshop days:
        •Tues/Disneyland •Wed/Disneyland •Thurs/California Adventure
      • Includes art kit with Golden Book Journal of your choice
      • We will have scheduled group events, journal challenges (with prizes for everyone), optional assignments, attraction meetups and more

    Build Your Own Workshop D: $450
    3 Day workshop* 

      • All 3 workshop days:
        •Tues/Disneyland •Wed/Disneyland •Thurs/California Adventure
      • Includes art kit with Golden Book Journal of your choice
      • We will have scheduled group events, journal challenges (with prizes for everyone), optional assignments, attraction meetups and more

    *Please note that if you do not attend the Monday night dinner you will miss many of the art demonstrations by Tangie & Mindy which will only be done at our opening celebration. Depending on final availability of our desired location and where you stay, transportation to this event may be required, such as the ART, Uber or taxi, but we will help you figure this out after registration when our final location is secured).

       SAVE $114 by purchasing the 4 day workshop option!

      Payment plans available. Meals are not included unless otherwise stated. All activities are subject to change as Disney has not released schedules or opened reservations for our scheduled time. However, substitute activities will be scheduled as needed.

      Hotel Information:

      • Hotel is not included. Please feel free to stay in any hotel of your choosing, there are so many great choices for every budget. If you need a recommendation or place to get started, The Candy Cane Inn or The Best Western Park Place Inn are both within walking distance and our past students have highly recommended them.

      Disney Tickets:

      • You are responsible for getting your own Disneyland park ticket. You should buy it online, as many of the best options are NOT available at the gate. The reason we are leaving this part of the workshop up to you is that you may want more days at Disney than we are planning (for example going to the Park Sunday or Friday). If you need help choosing a ticket that is best for the workshop please email us: artjournalingthemagic@gmail.com

      Art Journaling the Magic Live Art Retreat at Disneyland Resort in California 2017


      You can email us your questions to artjournalingthemagic@gmail.com and we'll be happy to help you within 24 hours Monday-Saturday.

      Q: Should I come alone or bring my family?
      A: We highly recommend you come alone. We have seen the huge difference in experiences between those that come with their families and those who come on this adventure by themselves (or with a friend). When you come with your family you are constantly being torn in two (wanting to be with the group & wanting to be with them). Of course, it can be done, but we want to give our honest opinion. We promise if you do come on your own you won't feel lonely or awkward! There are new friends to make and if you've never been to the park by yourself, you're actually missing out on a really neat experience. 

      Q: I would like to find a roommate to share hotel expenses can you help me?
      A: We can't guarantee to find you a roommate, but you will be able to post in the "backstage" area that you are looking for one! You can always let us know by email (artjournalingthemagic@gmail.com) that you're looking for one as well; it may help us put you in contact with someone else that we may know is looking. We'll do what we can to help, but ultimately it will be up to you find/choose a roommate that will work for your situation. 

      Q: I have health issues and I'm not sure I can keep up?
      A: We understand and we want to assure you that we aren't doing the park in the "traditional" style of racing from one place to the next. This adventure is about slowing down and soaking up the magic of the parks. There are also breaks for free time so that you can rest all you need. (Or, if you are a "racer" you can race around all you want during free time.)

      Q: I haven't been to the parks in years, are we going to visit all the attractions?
      A: If you haven't been to the park in a really long time we highly suggest that you come a day early or plan on staying a day late if you can, this way you can make sure you see everything you want! We do visit some of the attractions as a group (and take sketchbook walks), but our main purpose is to journal and enjoy the park's magic. There is scheduled free time for you to visit your favorite attractions as well. (We usually go on Pirates, It's a Small World and watch some of the shows together as these are conducive to groups.)

      Q: Are you going to be able to help me draw better, I have anxiety of my ability as an artist?
      A: The answer to this one is tricky! We will be able to teach you how to conquer that blank page and get started, we'll also share tips and tricks with you on how we journal at the parks (and basic technique, of course). We'll also do our best to spark your imagination and get you excited to draw! However, there is a certain amount of practice required (it takes time to build your talents). Your pages will be AMAZING because you are a unique person, but they may not be what you consider "perfect" your first try. It's part "jump in and try" and part "jump in and keep trying" that really makes you a better artist. We have ALL levels of artists join us; from stick figures to full realistic portraits, everyone is welcome and we will do our best to help you with your specific needs/questions. The group is very supportive of each other and I am confident that those who "let go" and just enjoy the process instead of stressing about the results have the best time at these retreats!