A.R.T. @ Mo | An art conference for all ages!
Art + Recreation + Theology = A.R.T. @ Mo
A.R.T. @ Mo is a relaxing and inspiring time to get away and enjoy the beautiful wide-open spaces of the Texas Hill Country! Create art within a community of fellow artists while experiencing fellowship, worship, relaxation and renewal during this weeklong art conference. Mornings are spent in class and afternoons are open for working on projects, learning new skills through mini-workshop courses or simply time to enjoy beautiful Mo-Ranch. This is a family-friendly art conference with entertainment for all ages, and childcare is available during morning courses. Make plans to join us in 2019 for A.R.T. @ Mo!
Primary workshop art courses may include jewelry for beginners and advanced students, painting, quilting, pottery, artistic welding, digital photography, stained glass and young artist/teen courses! Click the schedule and workshop tab for more details on the workshop art offerings.
Mo-Ranch is a wonderful place to “recreate.” Afternoons are open for free-time to enjoy Mo-Ranch’s stunningly beautiful 500-acres with activities like swimming, hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, and riding down the water slide! Scheduled recreation will include activities such as ice cream socials, critter classes, campfires, s’mores, pool parties, ropes course and more.
Each day, participants are invited to join together in worship and song, stopping to hear the scriptures along with your fellow A.R.T. @ Mo friends and family. Worship is structured to welcome everyone from the youngest to the oldest to where everyone will find something to inspire praise and thanksgiving for God. Materials for individual worship will also be available for use during free times.
What Others Are Saying About A.R.T. @ Mo “It was awesome! This is a great place to come to re-energize both artistically and spiritually. All the family coordinated activities are wonderful.” “This is an incredible week of art, fun, family, and friends.” “It is an amazing experience, especially for people with kids. You can spend time enjoying something just for you knowing that your kids are having so much fun that they “run” to class each morning.” “It is a great opportunity to learn something new and to explore your artistic/creative abilities. Located in a beautiful, peaceful surrounding with wonderful people and staff.”
Workshop course preferences are filled on a first come, first served basis. Questions? We’re happy to help! Contact us at 1.800.460.4401 ext. 246 or email@example.com.
Susan Calkins earned a business degree from Trinity University in 1982, and afterward, she began to further develop and expand her interest in sculpture that stemmed from her childhood. After delving into sculpture artistry, she came to appreciate the love she had for the ability to transform a piece of stone from something raw into something refined and beautiful. Susan also began to experiment in sculpting other types of materials, including metal and wood. During the 1990s, while Susan was raising three wonderful children in San Antonio, she commuted to Texas State University to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual artsé with an emphasis in sculpture and focus metals.
A teacher and lover of all things fiber related, Lesley Saunders has been knitting and crocheting for over 30 years. She is especially drawn to the math and geometry of knitting and loves the ability to transform a hank of yarn into something that didn’t previously exist. She teaches classes for adults and children in the Austin, Texas area where she lives with her husband, three children and yarn stash.
Jean Cofer has been an instructor for A.R.T. @ Mo for six years. She is a jewelry artist and has taught fabrication and various jewelry classes at Brookhaven College since 2015. Jean is the owner of “The Studio” in Carrollton, Texas and offers weekly classes, workshops and private instruction courses.
Joycelyn Schedler enjoys capturing the beauty of her surroundings through pastel painting. She is drawn to pastels due to the immediacy of the medium and the absolute rainbow of colors available. Joycelyn is a member of the Pastel Society of America, Austin Pastel Society and Lost Pines Art League. She loves introducing pastels to beginners and well as expanding the knowledge of the medium to intermediate pastelists through workshops and classes. Joycelyn Schedler’s artwork can be found in homes and businesses throughout the nation and internationally as well.
Charlie Becker was born in Los Angeles, CA but was raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. He started painting in 1968 after he left the army. After taking painting and art courses at Del Mar College, he began to study with Dick Turner in painting with oils. He now paints in oil, acrylic, watercolor as well as hand-crafting pottery. Charlie continued his educational pursuits at Pan American University; there, he received a Bachelor of Arts in history and a minor in art. He then completed a master’s program in interdisciplinary studies.
Charlie contributed illustrations to “The History of Brownsville” volumes I & II. He previously taught art at Lufkin Middle School and is now retired from teaching. As a result of his varied interests in history, he enjoys capturing the elusiveness of the past and the mystery of the future. He currently enjoys making jewelry and pottery as well and continually painting different sceneries.
Barbara Francis began working in clay through classes at Hope College in 1979. She continued her passion for pottery throughout the next few decades by teaching classes and eventually teaching classes on her own. She has taught classes at her local community college as well as the art center. Barbara now teaches classes in her own studio.
Connie Watkins has been quilting since the ’70s and has been teaching since the ’90s. She has taught all over the state of Texas. Connie’s quilts have been featured in the Houston International Quilt Show for 20 years.
Rick Busby is a freelance creative consultant, professional writer, singer-songwriter, recording artist, creativity facilitator and licensed Unity teacher. He is a regular guest speaker/musician at Unity Churches throughout Texas and has been a member of Unity Church of the Hills in Austin since 2001. He regularly publishes his writings on spirituality and creativity on his church’s website. Rick has also served as president of the Austin Songwriters group since 2007 where he is known as the “song doctor.” He recently released “The Soul of Everything” which is his third full-length album of original music on Atticus Records, and he expects to publish his first book in the fall of 2019.
Kris Wessale is a retired educator and has worked in stained glass for more than 20 years. Kris has taught classes in stained glass for more than 10 years. She has produced many glass pieces from suncatchers to large windows. She enjoys facilitating and instructing new artists in this medium!
Teen Artist course—coming soon!
Kendra Persohn and Jennifer Maier love working with children. Together, they have over 30 years of combined experience working with youth of all ages. They have a passion for inspiring young children to investigate their creative side and explore new opportunities. In their spare time, they enjoy collaborating on a wide variety of projects such as painting, sewing, cooking as well as educational opportunities.
View displays of each instructor’s artwork and potential A.R.T. @ Mo projects here.
Primary workshop courses:
Each participant will participate in one primary course that will meet daily during the conference from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. You must select and rank your top three primary workshop course preferences during online registration. The primary workshop courses are filled on a first-come, first served basis. Every effort will be made to place you in your first or second choice for your primary course.
We understand and appreciate your excitement for particular courses, and we kindly ask that you select three different primary course options when registering.
Supply fees are not included in registration fees, they are paid to the instructor at the beginning of the class Sunday evening.
2019 course offerings:
- Artistic Welding—This course introduces students to the basics of welding. The goal is for participants to produce a creative or practical (or both!) metal structure that can be brought home with them. Participants will learn to cut metal with acetyline/oxygen torch, plus introduced to ARC and MIG welding techniques. For participants’ safety, we recommend attendees to wear jeans or cotton pants with no holes, a long sleeve cotton shirt and work boots. Please bring work gloves and safety glasses if you have them.
- Fiber Arts (Knitting & Crocheting)—This course is designed for beginners who are interested in learning to knit and or crochet, but will also be useful for those who want to increase their knowledge and skills for fiber arts. Participants will start by learning knitting and crocheting terminology, how to choose a pattern and yarn and how to read a pattern. Participants will work through a project from start to finish and will learn a variety of stitches along the way! By the end of the course, students will be comfortable choosing a pattern to knit or crochet on their own.
- Jewelry Fabrication—Participants will learn to design and fabricate one to three pieces of jewelry by sawing, forging, soldering and stone setting. This course will also teach participants how to texture and patina their pieces in order to add color and depth.
- Pastel Painting—This course begins with the rudiments of the art of pastel—strokes, blending, different types of pastels and types of paper. Participants will learn through demonstrations and instructional “paint-alongs”. Participants are then free to paint from any of the instructor’s photo references or their own photographs. Supplies are provided, but students may bring their own supplies as well (no oil pastels, please).
- Plein Art Painting 01-04—This course will focus on participants painting surrounding subjects with half of the day spent outside and the other half spent in the studio. Participants should complete at least four paintings. On Sunday evening, this course will focus on the shapes of nature after dinner for beginner painters.
- Pottery—This course is for clay lovers of all levels. Beginners will learn the foundations for working with clay, while more advanced students may be more self-directed. Participants will have wheel instructions as well as access to hand building assistance. Projects will be provided.
- Quilting—This course allows participants to gain a highly-valued opinion and assistance from a skilled instructor on their own personal projects. Participants are also asked to bring fabric with them so they can try new techniques and shortcuts. All levels are welcome and participants are asked to bring their own sewing machine and supplies.
- Songwriting—In this interactive workshop experience, participants will learn the principles of writing good song lyrics, while also dabbling in some haiku, poetry and other exercises intended to stimulate creative expression. Drawing from the creative life principles espoused by Julia Cameron in her international best-seller, “The Artist’s Way”, participants will learn how to cultivate creativity as a routine experience in their lives. Students should be generally interested in music and creativity, but do not need to have any further musical talents to participate in this course. All participants really need is a love of music and a sincere desire to creatively express themselves.
- Stained Glass—Participants will learn the skills and techniques needed to complete a stained glass piece using the copper foil method. Participants can create their own design or use a pattern provided.
- Teen Artist course (6-12th grade)—This course combines Art, Recreation and Theology for a week of fun and fellowship. Participants will explore various mediums such as sculpture, painting and collage-making. This course will also incorporate collaborative games and exploration of the beautiful scenery of Mo-Ranch throughout the week. Youth will have the opportunity to grow in faith through small-group style discussions and reflections. This course encourages youth to explore their creative side and have adventures along the way in a fun, welcoming environment.
- Young Artist course (kindergarten-6th grade)—Participants will be involved in a fun, educational and interactive environment. Through faith and creativity, students will engage in a variety of activities including different mediums such as paper engineering, agamographs, painting, collage making, poetry, games and nature interaction. All activities will be designed to meet different ability levels.
- Childcare (2 years old-kindergarten)
Mini workshop courses:
In the afternoons, “mini-courses” offer participants a chance to try something different than your primary course. These courses are generally about two hours long and offer just a taste of another medium or technique. It is not necessary to sign-up for mini-courses during the conference registration; your mini-course selections are made when you arrive for the conference.
Mini-courses often have a supply fee which is paid to the instructor at the time of the class. Supply fees (per mini workshop) will not exceed $20.
- Beaded Kumihimo Jewelry
- Paper Engineering
- Silk Scarf
- Mosaic Creations
- Hand Building Pottery
- Needlepoint sampler
Cost and Housing
Accommodations will be hotel-style lodging.
First adult price: $1,225
If you are interested in reserving your room as a double occupancy (for yourself and a friend or to be assigned a roommate), please call us to make those arrangments at 800.460.4401 ext. 242.
Second/additional adult(s) or youth in an adult course price: $545
Children/youth price (5-17 years old): $ 495
Childcare (0-4 years old): $200
Adult non-participant, after first participating adult: $185
Commuter adult/youth in an adult course: $490
Commuter youth (5-17 years old): $455
A $75.00 deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 45 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 45 days full payment is required at the time of registration. Full refund minus $75.00 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 30 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 30 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.
Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.
Approximately three weeks before the conference, participants should receive a confirmation email from their course instructor with a supply list and specifics for each lass.
Approximately two weeks before the conference, participants should receive a confirmation email from Mo-Ranch’s Program office with helpful conference information, ropes course release forms, and schedule and more!
Art Show and Silent Auction
At the beginning of the week, participants are invited to bring their artwork to show, sell or donate for silent auction at the art show. Silent auction proceeds go to the A.R.T. scholarship funds for the following year.
Supply fees cover the actual supply costs for different classes and vary depending on the course you choose. These fees are paid directly to the instructor at the first class session—please come to the conference prepared to pay those fees with cash or check. 2019 supply fees are coming soon!
What Do I Bring?
Approximately one month before the conference, a confirmation email with a supply list, more specifics for each class, and ropes course release forms will be sent to all participants. In addition to special equipment and materials for your class, you may want to bring a Bible, notebook, flashlight, comfortable walking shoes, casual clothing, tennis equipment, swimsuit, water shoes, rain gear, camera, lidded cup or mug, sunscreen and insect repellent.
Conference participants may arrive and check-in beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 14. Dinner is served from 5:30-6:30 and the opening gathering will begin around 7:00 p.m.
Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2-hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event. If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport. Click here for directions to Mo.