Whether we want to be or not, we are all on a journey. Everyone’s journey is different, but as we travel our own we come into contact with many others who may be on a similar path as our own.

As artists we come into contact with other creative people and this enriches all, both the students and the instructors. One of my first live teaching venues was at the Escondido Municiple Art Gallery in Escondido, CA. I was invited to teach by Lisa Bebi and honored to have both her and Renee Richetts in my class. We struck up one of those instant friendships that comes from being of a creative bent and sharing a love of art.

We three went on to dream about teaching a small group workshop together in Paris and as most of you know that dream became reality this past December.

Teaching in a small group setting allows for friendships to form and one on one learning to happen. We three love this type of atmosphere so much that we decided right after Paris to do offer the same type of experience here in the states!

Experience: 3-days of small group art instruction and attention to your learning experience with Lisa Bebi, Pam Carriker and Renée Richetts. You will join us in a relaxing, specious environment near beautiful Lake Hodges, California.

Each day consists of a morning and an afternoon session, divided by a lunch break (lunch is provided). Lisa, Pam and Renée attend all sessions to assure you personal attention and time with each of us. The workshop series’ enrollment is intentionally low, with no more than one instructor for every 3 attendees.

General description of session techniques/content:

  • Lisa Bebi’s unique “paint-over” method with acrylics and other media
  • Pam Carriker’s Busting Out 3-D Portrait
  • Renee Richetts’ signature mixed-media hinged metal books
  • Paper-making using cold-water (one of the most eco-friendly ways to make paper)
  • Art journaling—and you will learn to make the journal itself!

California Registered Nurses: portions of this series have been approved for CEUs by the California BRN. For BRN course description and requirements, please contact Renée Richetts, RN at .

Date and time: June 27, 28 29, 2011 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Lunch included

Location: North San Diego County in Southern California, overlooking Lake Hodges and the San Diego “back country”.

  • 30 minutes from The San Diego International Airport
  • Walk to Lake Hodges from the workshop location
  • 15 minutes from Queen Califia’s Magical Circle sculpture garden by Niki De Saint Phalle, The San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, Museums, art galleries and wineries

Themes: Personal growth through your art? Healing? Expanding your art career? Making eco-friendly art? You will decide.

We will contact you two weeks prior to the series for your input about the themes you would like to focus on during your time with us.
Pricing and registration:

$595- Workshop series includes 3 lunches, materials and tools. There are no material fees.

  • $200 registration fee reserves your workshop series space. You may register by check drawn on a U.S. bank or by Pay Pal. The remaining $395 is due on or before June 27th.

Need housing as well? $1195/person double occupancy ($1420 single occupancy)-Workshop series, materials, tools 3 lunches, 5 hot buffet-style breakfasts, PLUS 5 nights lodging at the nearby Holiday Inn Express. Summer is high-season in San Diego. We have reserved a limited number of rooms at the current low-season rate. Let us know when you register for the workshop series, if you will also want one of these rooms.


Before June 13th receive a full refund, minus any Pay Pal fees, if applicable.

No refund for cancelations after June 13th unless we are able to fill your vacated spot.

Cancellation by instructors: full refund, including Pay Pal fees

What I’m teaching:

Pursuing Portraits with Pam Carriker: Busting Out

In Visual Art a portrait can be many things from a painting, to a photograph, to a sculpture or any other form of art in which the face is the face is the main theme or focal point. The goal of creating a self portrait is to showcase the unique characteristics of the subject: You.

Creating self portraits is a way of discovering yourself and what makes you the miracle you are. Incorporating meaningful collage and  journaling onto a bust that represents you, allows you to capture who you are at this moment of your life and the things that lead you to this point.
We will create these Self Portrait Busts using a variety of mixed media techniques, including sculpting with plaster strips, painting, collage, and journaling. Bring meaningful scraps of ephemera (paper bits from everyday life) and I will provide additional collage material and everything else.

This bust is large (human head sized) so plan to carry it on the plane if you’re traveling by air. I will provide a bag for this.

And on June 25th, 2011 I’ll also be teaching a one day workshop at the

Escondido Art Gallery-Escondido, CA

Renaissance Women

Instructor: Pam Carriker

A Renaissance Woman is a woman who has broad intellectual interests and is accomplished in areas of both the arts and the sciences.  She sets her own agenda, controls her destiny, and knows the sky’s the limit when it comes to her personal achievement! Join me as we create amazing journal pages reminiscent of the Renaissance Era and discover our own personal mantra for success. Rich texture, vibrant colors and meaningful symbolism will be used to create these masterpieces. I will also teach you my easy Dauber Bottle method for painting faces without fear!

for more information and to register:

I hope some of you will be able to join me on one or both of these journeys~

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