Multimedia Workshop in Santa Barbara, CA

The focus is on florals in our week-long art vacation with Courtney Cerruti and Pam Garrison
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Fabulous Florals Inspired by Nature

Dates: March 28 – April 3, 2021
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Cost: from $3250 based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: $495

The focus is on flowers on our 6-night multimedia workshop in Santa Barbara, CA. It will be a journey of fun and laughter with our teaching dynamic duo Pam Garrison and Courtney Cerruti of CreativeBug. Join us as we explore, discover and capture the wild florals of springtime in California. 

We’ll gather inspiration from touring beautiful blooming gardens, hikes along the coastline, beach walks, and meandering the streets and paths of this charming city. 

Start your week by selecting blooms and botanicals to create one of a kind prints.  Work in a variety of media such as watercolor, acrylic paints, monoprinting, colored pencil and other favorites of Pam and Courtney’s. We’ll focus our observation and creation on making floral paintings, motifs and sketches. 

Each participant will receive a copy of Courtney’s newest book Make Art Where You Are which includes a sketchbook and art making guide. In addition, we’ll create a one-of-kind sketchbook full of your paintings and drawings to work in during the week and take home to treasure.

Courtney and Pam will be loading their cars full of sketchbooks, inspiration, and ephemera for you to include in your books. Join us on this special floral-art focused retreat in sunny California. 

Multimedia Workshop in Santa Barbara 

With its Mediterranean climate and south-facing coast Santa Barbara is an artist’s dream. Year-round beautiful light and panoramas where the Santa Ynez mountains tumble into the Pacific make the perfect setting for our multimedia workshop and art vacation.

Additionally, Santa Barbara holds a special place in our hearts as we lived here for many, many years. We are excited to share our favorite places with you!

The week together will focus on collecting and creating content for your multimidea travel journal. Ephemera, watercolor sketches made on location, and pieces developed in our classroom space will build a travel journal that is uniquely your own.

Strolling through the city and along the coast, we will walk to many of our destinations. Additionl brisk morning walks and a hike into the foothills are included options. Our multimedia workshop in Santa Barbara is the perfect oportunity to stretch your legs and your creativity. You will visit beautiful Santa Barbara locales, have wonderful food and lots of laughter along the way.

  • Art Program 85% 85%
  • Sight Seeing 75% 75%
  • Walking 75% 75%
  • Fun! 100% 100%

What’s Incuded

Multimedia Workshop in Santa Barbara, CA

  • Daily watercolor and sketchbook art classes with Courtney and Pam on location and in our Art Walk studio
  • 6 nights at centrally located, beachfront hotel
  • Visits to the Santa Barbara Mission, Rose Gardens, Waterfront, and other quintessential Santa Barbara locations
  • Welcome aperitivo
  • Fabulous welcome and farewell dinners
  • Orientation meeting and walk
  • Optional guided walks to some of our favorite spots
  • One-week unlimited use downtown and waterfront shuttle pass
  • Daily, optional morning walks along the beach
  • Wine and chocolate truffle tasting
  • Free time to explore scenic Santa Barbara 
  • Delicious continental breakfast to start your day
  • Wine social every afternoon
  • Support from your guides who were long time residents of Santa Barbara 
  • All transfers and admission to sites
  • Fully hosted and escorted
  • Portable chairs to use during the week


Multimedia Workshop in Santa Barbara

1. Small group classes

With a maximum class size of 16, you can expect quality time with Pam and Courtney as well as your friendly, like-minded classmates.

2. Daily guided excursions

Each day you will experience beautiful locations and hidden gems with your local guides.

3. Studio Workshop

Pam and Courtney will introduce techniques and materials to develop your work in our Art Walk studio space.

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Example Itinerary

Multimedia Workshop in Santa Barbara

Actual daily schedules may differ.

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Day 1

Your multimedia workshop in Santa Barbara begins at our charming, beachfront hotel just blocks from State Street. After a meet-and-greet and program overview, we will have a short orientation walk to get to know the neighborhood.

Our first day will close with fabulous welcome dinner in downtown Santa Barbara.


Day 2

We begin the day in our Art Walk studio. There Pam and Courtney will outline the week’s project. Then we will be treated to an art-themed walking tour of downtown Santa Barbara. We will visit local galleries, historic sites, and artist’s workshops. There will be time for collecting and sketching along the way.

The remainder of the day is free to explore Santa Barbara.

Day 3

Today, we will explore the waterfront. Inspiring locations abound for the multimedia workshop in Santa Barbara. The harbor or the coastal promenade for example.

In the afternoon, some may choose to peruse Santa Barbara’s Tuesday farmers’ market. Filled with the seasonal bounty of the region, it is a treat for the senses.

Day 4

In the morning, the energetic may join us for an optional walk/hike on the Inspiration Point trail. Afterward the group will meet at Mission Santa Barbara, Queen of the Missions, and it’s adjacent rose garden. There, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch among the roses followed by a class on location. (A game of croquet on the sprawling lawn is optional).

We will convene later in the day for a wine and chocolate truffle tasting by local artisan makers.



Day 5

The day begins with a trip to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden nestled in the coastal foothills of the Santa Ynez mountains. There, we will walk through a dewy redwood grove, a scented chapparal forrest, and a mountain meadow awash with golden poppies and blue-violet lupines. Enjoy a class capturing the wildflowers in the midst of it all. 

The afternoon is free to lunch, explore in downtown Santa Barbara, or return to the hotel for time in the art studio.

Day 6

On our multimedia workshop in Santa Barbara final day, a short walk will bring us to one of the California coast’s most renown historic buildings. Our tour there will conclude with a spectacular view across the city to the waterfront. Later, return to the studio for a final class and time to finish your floral flourishes.

We celebrate our last evening together with a very special dinner in the company of fellow artists and friends.


Day 7

Our multimedia workshop in Santa Barbara will come to a close after a delicious breakfast shared together. Then we bid farewell to our art walk studio until the next time we meet again.

A full week of leisurely sightseeing and cultivating creativity

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