A.R.T. @ Mo
July 14-19, 2024
“The most fun, creative learning experience with some of the very nicest people – attendees, instructors and staff!”
A.R.T. @ Mo | An art conference for all ages! Come out and do some fun art workshops, recreational activities and worship!
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 2024 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.
Director – Lee Booker
Lee Booker from Boerne is completing her third year on the Art @Mo Leadership Team. Nature and pottery are her passions. You’ll find her bird or bat watching or in a ceramics studio most days of the week. All other times, she’s usually with her sweet grandkids who call her Nana. Mo Ranch is a very special place to Lee. Her family has held their family reunion there for 30 years. She has been an Art @ Mo camper for almost a decade. She loves the beauty of God’s creation and the peace of His presence that fills her soul while at Mo.
Co-Director – Amy Jones
Amy Jones is a veteran high school art teacher who lives in deep East Texas. Since her children are grown, she and her husband Byron have 3 rescue dogs and a special fondness for tripawds (they have 3 dogs with a total of 10 legs 🙂 Amy has 6 grandchildren with whom she spends as much time as possible. Her favorite art form is mosaic, which she especially loves sharing with her students.
Planning Team – Joycelyn Schedler
Joycelyn Schedler spent many afternoons as a young girl drawing in her Big
Chief tablet under the live oaks of rural South Texas, USA. Thus began her
interest in capturing the beauty in objects found in nature.
Joycelyn continues her art education and experience by attending in-person and
online workshops by the world’s leading pastel artists. As a tenured pastel
instructor, she considers it a privilege to introduce the medium of soft pastels to
beginner and intermediate students in private or small setting classes. Joycelyn
is excited to be leading her first International workshop in Assisi, Italy in
Artwork by Joycelyn Schedler can be found in homes and businesses across the
United States and internationally as well. She completed an art residency at
International Art Residence Pro Vobis in Italy where five of her paintings were
selected to be in the 3rd International Contemporary Art Exhibition in Assisi, Italy.
Joycelyn has garnished many awards for her paintings including the prestigious
Modern/Experimental category for the 99 Voices in Pastel International Exhibition
sponsored by the Pastel Society of the West Coast.
Susan Calkins – Artistic Welding
After receiving a business degree from Trinity University in 1982, I began to expand an interest in sculpture that went back to my childhood. More and more, I came to appreciate the love I had for its ability to transform a piece of stone from something raw to something refined and beautiful. In addition, I began to experiment in sculpting other types of materials, including metal and wood. During the 1990s, while raising three wonderful children in San Antonio, I commuted to Texas State University in San Marcos to earn a “BFA in Visual Arts” (with an emphasis in sculpture/focus metal).
Barb Francis – Pottery
She’s been working with clay since 1979, through classes at Hope College and continued her passion for pottery throughout the next few decades taking classes and eventually teaching her own. She loves the creative process of working with clay. She began doing mostly wheel work but enjoy hand building more each year. She textures nearly everything, either by carving on a piece, rolling texture in the clay, or adding sprigs to the work. She is always looking for texture in her environment – sometimes outside, at estate sales, around the house, or out shopping. It changes the way she views the world. She has always been a doodler and often incorporates those designs into her pottery.
Connie Watkins – Quilting
Connie has quilted for most of her life, but she got really serious in the late 80’s early 90’s. She has probably made at least 200 quilts over the years. She enjoys teaching quilting, and loves appliqué teaching. She has won 3 “Best of Shows” in Central Texas Quilt Shows and numerous ribbons. Connie had quilts in the Houston International Quilt Show for over 20 years!
Kris Wessale – Stained Glass
Kris is a retired educator that has worked in stained glass for more than 20 years. She has taught classes in stained glass for more than 10 years. She has produced many glass pieces from suncatchers to large windows. She especially enjoys facilitating and instructing new artist in this medium.
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.
- 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.
- 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. We will begin the week with a bang and do most of our creating the first couple of days to ensure time for drying, firing and then glazing pottery.
- 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.
- 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.
- Young Artist Course (Ages 6-17; will be divided into two smaller groups by age)—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, sculpture, painting, collage making, poetry, games and nature interaction. All activities will be designed to meet different ability levels.
- Childcare is available during primary courses and children will complete fun and simple take-home crafts for all ages. (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.
- Foil Tooling
- Get Flowing with Alcohol Inks
- Glass Fusion
- Nature Sketches
- Print Making
- Pastel Painting
- Recycled Art Creations
- Silk Scarf Painting
Cost and Housing
Accommodations will be hotel-style lodging, and are an all-inclusive rate. Rates include tuition, meals and housing. After receiving your registration, a member of our team will contact you within seven business days to confirm additional details such as housing requests (roommates), dietary needs, t-shirt sizes, etc.
Single Occupancy — Adult Primary Course: $1200
Double Occupancy — Adult Primary Course (Two adults per room required): $845
Youth (K-12) Primary Courses: $450
Childcare (During Primary Courses): $200
Youth in an Adult Primary Course: $490
Commuter Rate — Primary Course (Adult and Youth): $435
Additional Adult — Not participating: $525
Promotional guidelines are as follows:
- Participants must be registered within two weeks of the retreat’s start date.
- Participants must list the person’s full name who referred them to the conference in the “additional notes” section of the online registration form. If registering by phone, the participant must register with Echo Truax and clearly state the person’s name who referred them to the conference.
- Referral credits are applied once the referred family has signed up and charges are processed.
Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.
Full refund minus administrative fee up to $75 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 amount paid toward other charges or future conferences.
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.
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.
This conference will include a selection of our ropes course elements. To read a description of each element, click here.
Make sure to stop by the Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly bookstore during your conference to pick out a souvenir!
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