Moving Forward Class Example by Sharla R. Hicks, artist, author, CZT
Moving Forward Class Example by Sharla R. Hicks, artist, author, CZT
Moving Forward Class Example by Sharla R. Hicks, artist, author, CZT
Moving Forward Class Example by Sharla R. Hicks, artist, author, CZT
Moving Forward Class Example by Sharla R. Hicks, artist, author, CZT
Moving Forward Class Example by Sharla R. Hicks, artist, author, CZT

Select Choice, 2020 Big Bear (So Cal) Alumni Retreat: Moving Forward in Expressive Tangling

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2020 Big Bear Retreat:  Alumni Moving Forward in Expressive Tangling and Botanicals

Prerequisite: Attended a past Tangle-Inspired Botanical Workshop or Retreat, if you have a question about if this is the correct workshop for you, email Sharla  sharla@softexpressions.com
Alumni Retreat in Big Bear
2020 September 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Arrive Wednesday afternoon, leave Monday morning

Download PDF for timeline, and additional details.

Refund Policy:
1. Cancellation request within 90 days of retreat will be subject to a NON-refundable $250 registration fee. If earlier than 90 days prior to retreat or if space can be filled from the waiting list, a $50 admin fee will be deducted. 

2. If for any unforeseen reason the class is cancelled by Sharla R. Hicks, you will be issued a full refund.

Workshop facilitators/teachers: Sharla R. Hicks & Beckah Krahula
Sharla and Beckah are artists, authors (see books list below), mentors, and Certified Zentangle Teachers who understand the struggle of artists looking to improve their work and are eager to learn the fundamentals to allow them to soar. Sharla and Beckah have a mutual ideology and find that team teaching offers students the best of each of them.

Attendees: Alumni are students who have attended previous retreats or Workshops with  Sharla Hicks or Beckah Krahula Retreats & Classes Tanglers who are looking to expand their visual vocabulary, creative thinking, and artistic voice.

This year we will move out into nature for texture and tangle inspiration that will inspire your deep dive fusion of expressive mark-making using a magical pen to add narrative content using larger sized paper. Then turn to collage, mixed media, color pencil, paint, and more that incorporates past works and personal photography. Deepen your understanding of self-expression with a comprehensive study of shade & shadow, repetitive patterning, serendipity design, composition, intuitive logic, and selective color choices. Beckah will be bring her technical expertise introducing us to underpainting, it like setting the table to add your beautiful layers of work.

The retreat includes 1-1 with Sharla & Beckah to review past years' work and current directions and goals for your art.

$175 EARLY BIRD 2-Day OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS
'Color is not Color Until’ Take a Deep Dive
Into the Essentials of Color, Shade, and Shadow   
Teacher: Sharla Hicks & Beckah Krahula
2020: September 14, 15, 16
Monday 3:30 pm, Tuesday & Wednesday am
NOTE: Monday Arrive between 1-3 pm for 3:30 start

Learn how to make informed choices to use color, value, shade, and shadow when creating dimensional shapes, forms, and backgrounds for expressive tangling, botanical, and landscape tangle work.

''Color is not Color Until' essentials teach you how to make magical color and value selections that add multi-dimensional shapes, forms, and backgrounds to your work. Learn how the color tools of value, shade, shadow, warm, cool, light, medium, dark, pure, shaded, grayed, transparent, and opaque layering inform under-layers, forms, shapes, lines. Each choice offers an illusion of depth and dimension that allows the eye to move through and around the design elements with visual checkpoints that define the forms, shapes, and foreground, middle ground, background elements that are essential to developing a personal style and message in your artwork.

Extend your stay to Thursday & Attend the Optional After the Retreat Workshop

$350 Dancing with Nature's Muse: Eco-Dyeing Retreat w/ Beckah Kruhala
2020, September 21, 22, 23, 24  Monday 9 am to Thursday departure after breakfast

All Inclusive: Includes Room & Board

Last Year Repeat Attendees will explore new recipes and techniques.

First Time Attendees: This hands-on packed workshop offers controlled chemistry combined with the serendipity process of eco-dyeing. You will be exploring 5-7 or more unique processes. Each technique will become a chapter (signature) in an heirloom Coptic Bound Art Book. Learn how to emboss and enhance your leather cover with botanicals. As time allows, intuitively decide if each page is frame ready art or if you want to enhance and embellish with your unique styles of Intuitive Tangling and Mixed Media techniques.

Introducing Sharla Hicks: Artist, Author, Certified Zentangle Teacher
Sharla is an expressive artist whose work is informed by her experiences as a author, photographer, painter, art quilter, and computer geek. Each genre inspired the next as she worked in threads, fiber, textiles, pen and ink, mixed media, watercolor, acrylic, collage, printmaking,  and more. Her unique fusion of Mixed Media and Tangle-Inspired Repetitive Patterning includes close attention to color, design, and composition that expresses her artistic voice.

Sharla trained under Zentangle® founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher in 2011 & 2013. The daily practice of Zentangle has had a profound effect on her discipline as an artist and creative vision.

She understands the struggles of the budding artist. In her mid-thirties, to fill the ‘what she did not know’ gaps, she pursued a formal art education where she learned the power of visual vocabulary fused with a creative thinking combination of logic and intuition.  Her book, Tangle-Inspired Botanicals, was written to help the new to art find their path using those same tools.

Her passion is mentoring your artistic journey as you explore and develop a unique style of mark-making and artistic voice using a fusion of  Zentangle fundamentals, expressive tangling, visual language,  creative thinking, and intuitive logic.

Introducing Beckah Krahula, Artist, Author, Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT 5)
Co-Teacher of Moving Forward Retreat

Beckah Krahula’s philosophy on life has always been, “Keep creating, it will change your world.”

A mixed media artist, award-winning and best-selling author, product designer/developer and maker, Beckah has taught in the U.S. and internationally. Beckah started practicing Zentangle in 2008 and was certified as a Zentangle teacher in 2011. Guiding her students to think and create 'outside the box' and imparting the skills, knowledge, and confidence to succeed are part of Beckah’s strong, surefooted teaching style.
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Flying? Don't want to rent a car?
$50 round-trip shuttle service from (ONT) Ontario, CA airport.

Pickup: ONT Flight,
please arrive by 11:30 am
for both Optional Class Monday or Retreat Wednesday
It is a 1.5-hour drive up the mountain to Big Bear.

Return drop-off for ONT Flight: Please make your departure 2:30 pm or later. It is BEST to schedule the return flight after 2:30 pm to accommodate the 1.5 hours drive down the mountain plus arrive at the airport 2 hours early recommendation.

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What Students are saying about the Tangle-Inspired Botanical & Moving Forward Retreats:

Kathy Dudek, CZT: I was fortunate to sign up for the retreat with Sharla. It was amazing, from 9 or 10 in the morning til 9 or 10 at night. The only thing we really had to bring were our pens. If you get the chance to take her botanical series, you should sign up immediately. I grew so much in my tangling, the gourmet meals were incredible, and the sharing was so wonderful. This retreat was of the highest quality, and I've attended 18 years of retreats both in tangling and also polymer clay. My husband (a CZT too) and I plan to attend next year. Sharla put her heart and soul to make this a grand event. Ps her husband and Diana (a CZT chef) outdid themselves. Many, many thanks.

Jan Brandt, CZT: I whole-heartedly recommend this fabulous retreat! I attended last year and was thrilled with the variety of exciting hands-on opportunities to expand my world of creative experiences. Sharla is a generous and passionate teacher as well as a gentle, thoughtful mentor. Attend if you can!

Pat Mathes, CZT: Sharla Hicks has been an inspiration to me since I first took a class from her on Mooka Blues at Tangle University 2015.  Her style was a fascination to me.  I had the opportunity to participate in one of her retreats in Wisconsin. This was one of the greatest experiences I have had.  Sharla openly shares her work and techniques.  Very hands-on training.  Intense work in technique, color, style . . . one of the best things is she doesn't stop after the retreat.  She remains open to questions and advice afterwards.  It was the best thing I ever did to further my artistic endeavors.