Westwind is located within Oregon’s coastal rain forest and often draws artists from far and wide due to its natural and rugged beauty. Even on a rainy day, Westwind provides beautiful scenery and resources to both inspire and create art.
Registration is $350+ (there are slightly different fees based on which Artisan project you choose) and includes:
- Instructors – Taina Meadow (Glass), Isaac Koval (Photography), Graham Klag (painting), Scotty Evens (knife making), Angelo Regalbuto (Woodworking), Duncan Berry (Gyotaku and paper making), and Caryn “Indigo” Corwin (Beach and Nature Crafts)
- Lodging – Westwind’s rustic cabins, all of which are equipped with heaters, outlets and lights.
- Food – seasonal menu and scratch-cooked meals.
It is not uncommon for September to bring the best weather to the Oregon coast. Clear blue skies and late summer light make for a spectacular backdrop for artisan projects and exploring Westwind’s incomparable landscape.
Learn new skills and make a finished product under the expert guidance of professional artists and art instructors. Select a project of your interest and spend a beautiful weekend at Westwind exploring it further. All levels of experience (or inexperience) are welcome!
Artisan Projects Descriptions
Knife Making*: Make a custom, artisan knife from raw materials. Steel and wood will be shaped over the weekend into a beautiful tool that can be used for either culinary or other artisan projects.
Wood Crafts*: Explore basic woodworking skills while crafting a cutting board and other beautiful wood projects, spending time with certain tools and techniques to get a well-rounded introduction.
Fused Glass Art: Using a variety of skills and techniques, artisans have the opportunity to make jewelry, bowls, and sun catchers while learning about the art of fused glass.
Gyotaku & Paper Making: Explore the world of Gyotaku, or Japanese fish printing, a traditional method to record fish and wildlife by fishermen from the mid-1800s. Artisans will also have the opportunity to make paper from scratch using natural materials found around Westwind’s beautiful forests and beach.
Watercolor Painting: Spend time with an experienced painter and learn the basics of watercolor painting with Westwind as inspiration and a backdrop – focuses on nature and landscape art.
Photography: Explore the beauty of Westwind through the lens of a camera, learning new skills and techniques to capture the landscape and the details of a beautiful wilderness area, guided by a professional outdoor photographer.
Beach and Nature Crafts: Explore the wild corners of Westwind and learn how to make a variety of crafts using materials and treasure that come from nature. Projects may include candles, sand paintings, and sculptures.
*These projects are limited to ages 18 and older due to some of the tools and machinery used.
**Some projects may have additional material costs.
Other activities while at Westwind can include:
- Kayaking & canoeing in the Salmon River estuary
- Tide pooling
- Fire building
- Exploring natural beach caves
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