Fast & Loose Sketching® Easter 2020

Semana Santa Retreat in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

10 9 SPOTS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

 

Fast and Loose Sketchers

For Process Professionals Who Work Visually
With Groups and/or Individuals

TWO NICHE EXPERTS HELP YOU
DRAW BETTER … AND FASTER

Spectacular World Heritage City
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico!

Semana Santa / Holy Week:
April 7 – 14, 2020

Deluxe Members:
Tuesdays, 4:30-6pm Pacific
May 5 & 26 and June 16

The niche field of Graphic Recording and Graphic Facilitation (GR/GF) has taken the world by storm as it radiates from North American and European urban centers out across the globe.

As a result, more and varied Process Professionals are using spontaneous, live, hand-drawn visual techniques to help people effectively think and feel. Both as employees embedded in various kinds of organizations (corporate, governmental and not-for-profit) and as self-employed independents in the gig economy.

Given the live nature of the GR/GF approach, Practitioners need to be able to listen, write and DRAW FAST in order to quickly mirror the thoughts and feelings of clients.

Process Professionals who aren’t artists need to develop good-enough sketching and caricature skills.

Process Professionals who do possess formal art training need to release perfectionism and standard rules in order to work in the speedy manner that GR/GF work demands.

This special week-long Mexican Sketching Retreat caters to both audiences — Process Professionals who have no or little formal art training. And/or artists who do have formal art training who need to loosen and quicken their style for the GR/GF market. And to other Cultural Creatives who to want to learn these valuable and fun Fast & Loose techniques for their own uses and enjoyment.

Christina Merkley
Graphic Facilitator, Trainer & Coach

Rhoda Draws
Sketcher and Caricature Artist


RETREAT OUTCOMES

Learn Fast & Loose Sketching® To Enhance Your Drawing Range and Confidence;

Boost the Aesthetic of Your In-Studio and Real-Time Work – Delight Your Clients and Yourself;

Receive Personalized Instruction and Feedback From 2 Niche Experts;

Network with a Fascinating Cohort of GR/GF and Other Visual Colleagues;

Bask in the Beauty of This World Heritage City That Draws Artists Like Bees to Honey … During the Sacredness of Semana Santa!


RETREAT AGENDA

Below is the overview of what is planned. Be prepared for some ebb and flow depending on how conditions unfold in the now. A detailed itinerary is provided upon arrival.


Monday-Tuesday April 6-7:

ARRIVAL & ORIENTATION

San Miguel is in Central Mexico. We have designed free time on the front to accommodate leisurely arrivals. Arrive between Monday 4pm and Tuesday evening. Christina and Rhoda greet you at our reserved haciendas and get you settled.  Explore the city until we officially kick off on Wednesday morning. 

Given Semana Santa is a popular time to come, we have secured accommodation in the Zona Centro (Central Zone). Our haciendas are a short walk from Rhoda’s Casa de Dibujo (House of Drawing) which is our central hub each morning before we head out on our plein air excursions.

Closest Airport is Leon BJX (also known as Del Bajio or Guanajuato International Airport). This airport is a 90-minute drive from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. There is an excellent shuttle service between the airport and city.  Full logistics and support provided upon registration.

Our Flower Girl

Sketch in the Square


Wednesday, April 8:

ANALOG AND DIGITAL SUPPLIES AND SKETCHING OBJECTS

Breakfast at Rhoda’s Casa de Dibujo. Introductions plus distribution of sketching kits! Morning tutorial is on supplies (analog and digital) and to establish a baseline of your current skill level … also single stoke sketching and shape fills.

Rest of the day is out and about in this remarkable cobblestone city to establish bearings. We begin with the artist district neighborhood which is our home base — murals everywhere! Then head over to Fabrica La Aurora to sketch objects and visit the galleries and shops. Lunch. Then off to the Mercado Artesianas (Artisans Market) for an afternoon tutorial on blind sketching. Free time provided and we gather in the evening for dinner.


Thursday, April 9:

PERSPECTIVE & SKETCHING PLACES

Breakfast and feedback session at Rhoda’s Casa de Dibujo. Morning tutorial on sketching places (interiors and exteriors).

Our morning location is El Jardin (central Plaza) where we sketch outdoor scenes, buildings and streets. Followed by lunch. Afternoon tutorial, demo and plein air on perspective and vanishing lines. Free time and dinner with new friends.


Friday, April 10: Good Friday

SKETCHING BODIES AND GESTURES

Breakfast and feedback session at Rhoda’s Casa de Dibujo. Morning tutorial on anatomy proportions, body lines and how to quickly land energetic gestures. Christina presents on the cultural context of what we experience today in the courtyard of the Parroquia and the Church of Santa Escuela. Good Friday is the high point of Holy Week with much to respectfully take in. Christ’s trial and sentencing, Roman soldiers with Christ’s statue and Mary as Virgin of Sorrows carried by women, with little angelitos everywhere … beautiful, solemn and spiritual!. Afternoon tutorial on sketching people in scenes (as major or minor elements). Free time provided and we gather in the evening for dinner.


Saturday, April 11

HEADS, FACES, AND CARICATURE

Breakfast and feedback session at Rhoda’s Casa de Dibujo. Morning tutorial on face proportions and sketching portraits from photos. Then we head over for a tour and sketching opportunity within the remarkable Mask Museum (talk about heads!). Lunch. Afternoon tutorial on caricature – Rhoda sketches us! Free time (sketch, shop, tour local sites) and mingle for dinners.

faces and caracatures



Sunday, April 12: Easter Sunday

SKETCHING COMPLEX SCENES

Breakfast and feedback session at Rhoda’s Casa de Dibujo. Morning tutorial on sketching a complex scene and working in live crowd conditions. Holy Week has vivid displays of emotional lows and highs (via the sorrow of Christ’s crucifixion and the exuberant joy of resurrection).  Today’s events are on the more joyful side of the polarity with Easter Mass, fireworks, bells, bells and more bells … plus 6-foot tall papier maché effigies of unsavory characters from times past and present!  Much pomp, circumstance, and chamomile for us to see smell and feel.  Final gathering this night as we slide into our final close and goodbyes in the morning.  


Monday-Tuesday: April 13-14

CLOSING AND DEPARTURES

Final breakfast and morning session at Rhoda’s Casa de Dibujo on Monday morning. We have our hacienda until 11am Tuesday, so arrange your departure to your liking … take off after Monday close or take advantage of the extra day to complete souvenir shopping, mingle with remaining colleagues, get a massage, etc.

Sketch Groups of People

Sketch Scenes and Environments


Tuesdays, 4:30 – 6pm Pacific: May 5 & 26 and June 16

DELUXE MEMBERS: ADDITIONAL MENTORING

There are two membership levels for this Mexican Sketching Retreat: Basic and Deluxe. Deluxe members receive 3 follow-up online webinars for integration support. Plus Private Coaching Sessions with both Rhoda and Christina.


*** OPTIONAL ADD ON: SHIFT-IT VISUAL COACHING RETREAT APRIL 14-16, 2020

Want to spend 3 more days reveling in warm springtime in San Miguel? You can! Christina Merkley hosts a SHIFT-IT Visual Coaching Retreat right after the Fast & Loose Sketching Retreat so you can do both in one trip. SHIFT-IT is her signature personal planning system for work and life. Let San Miguel be the beautiful backdrop as you sketch your big picture … where you’ve been, where you’re headed now and who you next need to be (inside and out) to gently allow that unfoldment. Great for personal reflection, integration of big events and milestones and getting in your SHIFT-IT prerequisite if you are headed for Visual Coach Certification.


ABOUT YOUR HOSTS / INSTRUCTORS:

Rhoda Draws (yes that’s her real last name!) is a professional artist with a specialty in caricature, cartooning and urban sketching. She’s a salty presence at business conventions, meetings, and events across North America and pioneered video trainings for Corel’s Painter programs. Formerly based in San Francisco she now calls San Miguel de Allende, Mexico her home, where she hosts sketching retreats and tours. For more info see www.rhodadraws.com

Christina Merkley is a seasoned Visual Practitioner specializing in Organizational Development and Change Management with a niche in Strategic Planning and Visioning with groups and individuals. A well-respected trainer and mentor in the GR/GF field she’s trained 2500+ including many prominent personalities in the field. More info see www.shift-it-coach.com


WHO THIS RETREAT IS FOR:

Sketching in El Jardin

This program is specifically designed for Visual Process Professionals — people who help groups and/or individuals think, feel and process in corporate, governmental, not-for-profit and other settings. Consultants, Facilitators, Trainers, Managers, Supervisors, Coaches, Counselors, Therapists, Graphic Recorders and the like.

You most likely have invested in some beginner or even advanced training in the niche skills of Graphic Recording and/or Graphic Facilitation (with Christina Merkley or other instructors in the field). And would like to broaden your ability and confidence in live, spontaneous sketching, drawing and caricature.

Others who benefit from this Fast & Loose Sketching Retreat are artists, illustrators, graphic designers, urban sketchers and other creatives who want to loosen their style and drop perfectionism and design rules. Particularly if you are curious or contemplating trying to transfer your existing skills into the live and speedy Graphic Recording and/or Graphic Facilitation profession. Please also see Fundamentals of Working Visually for more in-depth guidance about the niche GR/GF field.

*** San Miguel is a stone city with lots of stairs and steps, so besides being creative, you are also mobile. Unfortunately not advisable for those with disabilities or other issues that hamper mobility.

Get Your Marker On!

Fun Colleagues


ABOUT SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, MEXICO

As you can see from the photos and sketches shared, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico is a remarkable place and Semana Santa is an especially good time to come. Historically this city has the essence of a rebellious, creative spirit … that perseveres through thick and thin. Embraced by American artists in the 1900s, it remains a beacon for artistic ex-pats the world over, including Rhoda!

Its stone buildings and cobblestone streets harken back to earlier times which have been recognized with World Heritage designation to preserve the striking Historical Zone, just a short walk from Rhoda’s Casa de Dibujo. Despite its historic root s its also modern, safe and surprisingly convenient to get around (it has Uber!).


WHAT’S INCLUDED:

There are two levels to this program: Basic or Deluxe. Accommodations and most meals are additional. See provided accommodation packages below.

*FEES ARE IN CANADIAN CURRENCY. Your Credit Card converts into your currency at time of purchase. Currently, the Canadian dollar is low, so for Americans, Europeans, and some other locales, this translates into additional savings of 25% or more! See currency converter.


CURRENTLY 10 9 SPOTS AVAILABLE

CHOOSE YOUR LEVEL OF PARTICIPATION BELOW:

BASIC MEMBER:
$1197.00 CND

6 Day Retreat: April 7-14, 2020

Arrival and Departure Days

Sketching Kit & Tee Shirt

Extensive Handbook & Online Resources

Mask Museum Entry

DELUXE MEMBER:
$1697.00 CND

Everything in the Basic Level Plus:

3 FOLLOW-UP WEBINARS:
Tuesdays, 11am-12:30pm Pacific
May 5 & 26 and June 16

PRIVATE MENTORING SESSION:
With Rhoda Draws: 45 Minutes via Webinar

PRIVATE MENTORING SESSION:
With Christina Merkley: 45 Minutes via Webinar

1 PAYMENT OF $1,197.00PURCHASE
3 PAYMENTS OF $416.00PURCHASE
7 PAYMENTS OF $185.00PURCHASE
1 PAYMENT OF $1,697.00PURCHASE
3 PAYMENTS OF $582.00PURCHASE
7 PAYMENTS OF $257.00PURCHASE

Payments pull every 30 days until complete.


CHOOSE YOUR LEVEL OF ACCOMMODATION:

The Basic and Deluxe Memberships above do not include accommodation. We have booked two lovely haciendas in Zona Centro (Central District) within walking distance of Rhoda’s studio for retreat participants. This neighborhood is centrally located, safe and within easy distance to restaurants and shops. Choose between Private Rooms (with separate bathrooms) or Shared Rooms (with shared bathrooms). Prices also include daily breakfasts at Rhoda’s studio. Act early to secure your rooms, please.

8 Nights: Monday, April 6 – Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Official Retreat Start is Wednesday, April 8th at 8am. Official Retreat End is Monday, April 13 at 11am. Check-In As Early as 4pm Monday.  Check-Out as Late as 11am on Tuesday, April 14.  No Discounts for Late Arrival or Early Check-Out.

Private Room, 6 5 Available

1 Bed: 1 person or couple per room

1 PAYMENT OF $747.00PURCHASE
3 PAYMENTS OF $250.00PURCHASE

Shared Room, 4 Available

2 Beds: 2 solo people per room

1 PAYMENT OF $547.00PURCHASE
3 PAYMENTS OF $185.00PURCHASE

Payments pull every 30 days until complete.

If you have a desired roomie please list in the comments section of your order. Shared rooms are organized for solo travelers as roomies become available. We also host a pre-retreat info webinar to answer questions and introduce retreat participants before our Mexican adventure!

Flights, transportation to and from the airport, and most meals are not included. There is a wonderful shuttle that services between the airport and SMA (logistics provided with registration).  ATMs are available locally for easy withdrawals and currency conversions.


That’s it! We’re both very excited to pool our knowledge and experience to assist you to up-level your sketching skills for the unique needs of the GR/GF field and other applications and pleasures. And to host you in amazing San Miguel de Allende, Mexico during the Semana Santa week!

Nos Vemos Pronto en Mexico,

Christina Merkley and Rhoda Draws

Rhoda Draws and Christina Merkley

P.S.Questions? Email to admin@shift-it-coach.com. Also, feel free to request an Exploratory Chat directly with Christina to discuss this course.