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A.R.T. @ Mo

July 16-21, 2023

Continuing Professional Education
26 Possible CPE Hours
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“It was awesome! This is a great place to come to re-energize both artistically and spiritually. All the family coordinated activities are wonderful.”
-Attendee of A.R.T. @ Mo

A.R.T. @ Mo | An art conference for all ages! Come out and do some fun art workshops, recreational activities and worship!

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 2021 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.

 Workshop course preferences are filled on a first come, first served basis. 

Leaders For 2022:

Susan Calkins, Welding:

After receiving a business degree from Trinity University in 1982, Susan began to expand an interest in sculpture that went back to her childhood.

More and more, she 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, she began to experiment in sculpting other types of materials, including metal and wood.

During the 1990’s, while raising three wonderful children in San Antonio, she 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:

Barb has been working in clay since the 1980’s, beginning first in college, and then continuing with classes at art centers and community colleges.

She has also been teaching for at least 10 years, in her home studio and at the local art center and through continuing education at the McLennan Community College. She has a  passion for both exploring the clay process and for interacting with students.

Connie Watkins, Quilting Instructor:

Connie Watkins has been quilting most of her life and teaching quilting since the 1990’s.

She has led workshops across the state in stores and schools. She is most excited to show best quilting practices and short cuts to those who join her class.




Joycelyn Schedler, Painting Pastel:

Sharing her love of the pastel medium with others is a passion for Joycelyn Schedler.

She leads mini-workshops in various subjects and teaches an Introduction to pastels class. She is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America and exhibits her work internationally.



Kris Wessale, Stained Glass:

No stranger to Mo-Ranch, Kris served as our stained glass instructor at the 2019 A.R.T. @ Mo conference.

She is a retired educator and has worked in stained glass for more than 20 years – and taught others the practice for over 10 years. She has produced many glass pieces from suncatchers to large windows.

She enjoys facilitating and instructing new artists in this medium!


Please view displays of instructor’s artwork from 2019 and potential A.R.T. @ Mo projects here.

We are finalizing details on two courses that will be brand new to A.R.T. @ Mo this year and will update the website as soon as able. We are not ready to announce yet, but those preregistered will have first choice to change courses if they wish.

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.

Potential Workshops Include:

  • 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.
  • ART Pastel —Learn the art of drawing/painting with soft pastels–strokes, blending, different types of pastels and types of paper. Through a paint-along, you will learn how to create a pastel painting. After that, you will be off creating your masterpieces with individual instruction at your easel painting from any of the leader’s many photo references or your own. Students can work on one painting all week or create several small paintings. The pastel class is beginner/intermediate level using dry pastels — no oil pastels. Basic pastel set and paper included for materials cost or student may bring their own pastels.
  • Beginner’s Jewelry
  • 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.
  • Watercolors – Have you ever thought you’d like to try painting a watercolor but then 2nd guessed yourself? Maybe you are a watercolor aficionado looking for new horizons and venues? Or somewhere in between? Well this is just the class for you!
    Mo Ranch is the perfect setting to inspire your creativity, with the varied vistas and endless variety of landscapes, flora, fauna, and subjects available. We will take advantage of both Plain aire (outdoor) and indoor (A/C) spaces.
    While I have been a watercolorist for the past 20 years, my teaching philosophy is; we learn more together! Novice or expert we can all learn from each other and have fun in the process!
  • 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 in the arts as well as take advantage of opportunities to explore and participate in activities available at Mo-Ranch. 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, 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.

Course possibilities:

  • Silk Scarf
  • Mosaics
  • Barbecue cooking class
  • Pottery shard jewelry
  • Calligraphy
  • Glass Fusion
  • Foil Tooling

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

Refer a friend and receive 10 percent off the total price of the retreat!

Promotional guidelines are as follows:

  1. Participants must be registered within two weeks of the retreat’s start date.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Pre-Conference Timeline

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

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.

Ropes Course

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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