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5 Reasons why you should try painting with acrylics…

If you have ever wondered why acrylic paint is our preferred medium for Painting in the Vineyard or art classes well here is an article that helps sum it up . Starting with

1. You only need a few simple tools

All it took to clean up this beach was a fish named Goby

As some rumours swirl around the internet that there will be more plastic than fish by 2050, there are also some great stories about local recycling, like this one about Goby The Fish.

Winter Break to Mid-Winter Break

We can’t believe we never shared any photos from winter break camp! With January more than half way over we are in full prep mode for our next art camp over Mid-Winter break. Beat the rush and sign up early to secure your child’s spot 🥳🎨👨‍🎨👩‍🎨…/mid-winter-break-art-camp/

Wherever you are, be there totally.

This one spoke to our hearts. Working on being in each moment, each day. It’s a constant challenge for me (Maria), in this overly stimulating and fast paced world but I will always keep trying.

Repost Lisa Congdon Art + Illustration

Fun with the Gypsies in the Santa Ynez Valley 🌿

Happy 2019!

Many have asked for information on our painting events for this year, so we wanted to share the schedule with you all!  If you have a special occasion you’re planning, are expecting to visit the beautiful Santa Barbara wine country or are just looking for a fun new activity to enjoy, find a date that works for you and join us!

The list of events below is our set schedule (at this time), in addition to our 6-week painting courses, kids art camps, and private lessons. The fun we offer extends far beyond the vineyards, so keep us in mind for your next birthday party, bridal shower, or family gathering.

Painting in the Vineyard

Guided painting & wine tasting

Did you know we also offer Kids Art Camps daily during all school breaks and weekly over the Summer? If you haven’t already, check it out! Camps are from 10-2:30 and include all supplies.

Next on the books is Mid-Winter Break Art Camp, February 18-22. Click theLINK HERE to learn about the projects we will be working on and all about our afternoon guided paintings!

Kids After-School Art Classes Coming soon as well! (starting in March)


30 – Painting in the Vineyard at The Brander Vineyard

6 – Painting in the Vineyard at Koehler Winery
13 – Watercolors at Santa Ynez Valley Botanical Garden

11 – (Mother’s Day Weekend) Painting in the Vineyard at Koehler Winery
12– (Mother’s Day Weekend)Painting in the Vineyard at  Kalyra Vineyard

15 –  Painting in the Vineyard at Kalyra Vineyard
30 – Painting in the Vineyard at Andrew Murray Winery

21 – Painting in the Vineyard at Kalyra Vineyard

6 – Painting in the Vineyard at Andrew Murray Vineyard
19– Painting in the Vineyard at Kalyra Vineyard

2– Painting in the Vineyard at The Brander Vineyard


Why not book a Private Painting in the Vineyard Experience for your group.

Discovering and Creating a Life of My Own

Maria here, and I wanted to share a “Tuesday Tale” about how I came to join Gypsy Studios while finding myself in a year I dedicated to me.

Today is #GivingTuesday and while it is my favorite addition to the shopping days after Thanksgiving, it always seems to remind me of the endless pressures, albeit somewhat self-inflicted, of the holiday season. Between personal feelings of unearned good fortune (where we live, good health, food on the table), seeing estranged family, and countless holiday parties (this introvert’s personal favorite) I have to constantly remind myself during the holidays to take care of me. Love myself. Listen to what I need. As Buddha once said, “You, yourself, as much as anybody else in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

It felt almost selfish, the year I decided to really begin the journey of owning my life, but halfway through the year before my 30th birthday I had the profound realization that I didn’t know who I was. Just me. A singular person outside of my family unit. A member of my family was the only context I knew myself in. But who was Maria? What did Maria like to do? What was MY story. Not the story I was born into (which has an amazing cast, btw), but the one where I was the main character and existed as a stand-alone storyline. So I set out to answer these questions and create my life with intention.

I stepped into the discomfort of the unknown–something I was not excited about or known for doing, voluntarily. I went places, learned things, booked a trip to New York on a whim and opened myself up to the world. There was also a lot of committing to doing things by myself if I couldn’t wrangle someone else into joining. Those commitments really enhanced the feelings of discomfort, but as I am sure come as no surprise, also enhanced the experience of self discovery. Truly experiencing moments with only my like or dislike to consider and grow from was somewhat liberating.

During this time I signed up for a Gypsy Studios art course and fell in love with all of it. I owned a children’s consignment store for upward of 8 years that had sort of fallen into my lap. I loved the store, mostly the relationships built from it and connections made, but otherwise felt completely unfulfilled. As Gypsy Studios grew to a place of expansion, I jumped at the opportunity to join the team and help further its offerings! I sold my business and helped bring the “art studio on wheels” into a brick-and-mortar studio. I helped start our kids art camps during school breaks which allowed me to combine my enthusiasm for creating with my love of children and their endless energy and curios minds. The possibilities of life and business are endless but always seem to begin and continue in that place of “discomfort” known as growth. Ugh 😉

So this holiday season, particularly this Giving Tuesday, I remind myself and you too, yes, be aware of and grateful for blessings, say yes when we can, give with intention, but most importantly, to LOVE and take care of ourselves each and every day.

Looking for some great organizations?
May I suggest one close to my heart, personally, (CAMP KESEM) and one close my heart, professionally, (ARTS OUTREACH.)
Camp Kesem: My nephews have been profoundly impacted by this incredible organization and the free camp they put together for children affected by their parents’ battles with cancer. Even just $5 makes such a difference in helping one more child heal their ptsd and trauma. Many many thanks! LEARN MORE AND DONATE HERE

Arts Outreach: Bringing art into our local schools and community- “Arts Outreach is a small non-profit, that wouldn’t exist without help from the community. As we enter Arts Outreach’s 39th year, we are reflecting on all the donations big and small that have helped keep art in schools for our kids.” DONATE HERE

Landscape Painting Weekend Workshop Aug 17-19



Are you looking to jump-start, develop or expand your landscape painting abilities?

Learn how landscape artists layout their compositions, simplify what the eye sees, use a variety of brushes and stroke to communicate different foliage, the importance of shade, color, and tint in expressing planes and so much more.

Don’t worry if none of that verbiage makes sense to you–it will after the workshop! We’ll break it down to the very basics.

Join us Aug. 17-19, for a weekend dedicated fully to the artistry that goes into developing beautiful landscape paintings from start to finish!


Already booked for the weekend of Aug 17-19? Find out more, below, about our weekly class series, the dates they begin, the series lengths, and types, all formatted for whatever your skill level may be… or not be 😉 

Aug 23 (4-wk) Thursday Evenings: Beginners Acrylic Class

Sept. 5 (5-wk) Wednesday Evenings: Beginner Watercolor

October 4 (6-wk) Thursday Evenings: Intermediate Acrylic Class

October 23 (4-wk) Tuesday Evenings: Beginners Acrylic Class

Wherever the coming weeks take you be sure to stay tuned, as we will be announcing more workshops and events soon!

What creative projects do we have in store for Summer Camps?? Take a peek inside and find out!

Two weeks left to sign-up and join us for our first week of summer camp (June 11-15)!!

We are excited to share with you, between our 3 camps, what will be made during this summer’s morning creative sessions! With each camp week having a different focus, our projects will incorporate the week’s theme and consist of making: ceramic air-plant vases, multi-part dioramas, handmade bound notebooks, self portraits series, plaster bowls and more*! Afternoons will consist of guided paintings (listed below) and each camp week will end with a gallery show of the week’s art work at pick up. SPACES ARE LIMITED to 12 KIDS per camp.

*we have to keep some things a surprise 😉

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“Summer, Summer, Summertime. Time To Sit Back And Unwind”

 Summertime with Gypsy Studios Art


Learn to Paint with Acrylics Weekend Workshop 

May 19 & 20 | $240

Interested in learning to paint on your own but have been unable to make a multi-week painting course or live out of town? Then this workshop is just for you and will equip you with basic techniques and fundamentals of composition, perspective and color theory. We provide the lessons, inspiring studio space, and encouragement; you provide your art supplies (list provided), willingness, and favorite bottle of wine (or beverage of your choice). This is your last opportunity until August to learn to paint with us!


Painting in the Vineyard 

This is a perfect, stress-free environment that will both inspire your creative spirit and indulge the wine-lover in you. You’ll even walk away with a masterpiece of your own to commemorate the occasion.

If you’re thinking, “I don’t have an artistic bone in my body,” or “but, I don’t know how to paint,” don’t worry! A trained artist will walk you through the entire painting process step-by-step. Most of our guests are amazed by what they’ve created. Events are typically 3 hours long, provide all materials necessary as well as a wine tasting from the host vineyard!

Locations, dates and links can be found below.

 Upcoming Painting in the Vineyard Schedule:

6 – Roblar Winery
12 (Mother’s Day Weekend) – Kessler-Haak (BBQ included)
13 (Mother’s Day Weekend) – Hilliard Bruce (with Lunch)
27 (Memorial Day Weekend) – Kalyra

16 – Sanford Winery
24 – Kalyra

1 – Roblar Winery 
7 – Andrew Murray Vineyard
15 – The Brander Vineyard
21- Koehler Winery
22- Kalyra

5- Hilliard Bruce (with Lunch)
25 – Sanford Winery

16 – Kalyra
30 – Roblar Winery

Kids Summer Camps 2018

We have 3 week-long camps exploring Contemporary Art, Modern Art, Impressionism, Post Impressionism, and Pop Art. We begin each day with a creative morning project (some days building on the previous day’s art project), followed by a midday lunch break and finishing with an afternoon guided painting. Friday of each camp will close the week’s session with an “Art Show” at pick up time showcasing our camp artist’s paintings from the week!

Camps are geared toward children ages 7-13, allowing structured emphasis with time to freely create, learn different skills in various mediums and build self-confidence with trust in the process.

JUNE 11-15, 10AM-2PM

Afternoon Guided Painting Subjects:
Monday- Elephant
Tuesday- Koala
Wednesday- Rhino
Thursday- Ostrich
Friday- Hippopotamus


JULY 15-19, 10AM-2PM

Afternoon Guided Painting Subjects:
Monday- Sloth
Tuesday- Alpaca
Wednesday- Flamingo
Thursday- Horse
Friday- Chameleon


JULY 30- AUG 3, 10AM-2PM


Afternoon Guided Painting Subjects:
Monday- Bison
Tuesday- Fox
Wednesday- Moose
Thursday- Wolf
Friday- Owl



For adults, an upcoming 4-week beginner course starting Wednesday, May 9. JOIN US! 

Wednesday’s beginning May 9-May 30, 6-8:30pm

Choose your subject matter, bring your favorite bottle of wine and learn to paint with focused instruction and guidance from our trained artist. This four-week painting with acrylics series is for beginner painters and will equip you with basic techniques and fundamentals of composition, perspective and color theory, leaving you with a completed masterpiece created by YOU!