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Art Spot on Wheels

Hi Dear Friends-

We are writing today full of announcements and optimism. As the world around us continues to change and evolve so must we. And for us, that process came with beginning to further educate ourselves on racial, cultural and social justice as well as choosing to make a few necessary changes to our business–both in name and plan. There is much to share, so we broke it down by subject below, to hopefully help you navigate easier.

The endless support, love and especially patience, that we have received during this ever changing time have been so, so appreciated. We cannot wait to work with you again in whatever capacity that looks like. Please stay tuned as we continue to bring you new content!

Now on to those business pivots we mentioned above…

1. We Changed Our Name

Let’s start with our our name, ‘Gypsy Studios.’ Moving forward, our business name will be “Art Spot on Wheels” or “Art Spot” for short. Some of you may have heard this from us last month when we shared on our social media, but if you, like us, try to avoid social media then you may have missed it. We are listening and learning more every day and have decided that since we now know better, we will do better. “Gypsy” is a derogatory term used to describe the Romani people. We never meant any harm with our name but realize that regardless of our intentions, our name can be offensive and hurtful and that is the absolute last thing we would ever want. “Gypsy” had always signified a “free spirit”… “wanderer”…. “traveler” to us and in an effort not to further the normalization of the use of this culturally offensive term, we are making the change.

If you would like to learn more about the Roma people please click HERE

2. We Have Closed Our Studio & Are Creating More Online Content

As this new world of “social distancing” continues to shift with each passing day, we made the very hard decision to close our brick-and-mortar studio and shift gears toward more outdoor custom private events, classes and online courses. We are taking this as an opportunity to become more accessible to those who otherwise might not have been able to enjoy our physical studio location. We currently have a few guided painting courses available on our website HERE and soon will have more expansive classes and varying courses online at your fingertips, no matter where you are located!

3. We Have Returned to Mobile Only & Added More Services

Interested in an in-person option? Well don’t worry, you will still be able to book a private painting party or lesson but now with more services available for all ages and interests. We take your health and safety seriously, as well as our own, and will create events with you that allow for proper social distancing of groups coming together from different households, as well as always keeping a mask on our faces.

From PRIVATE PARTIES for corporate events or family reunions, to KIDS PARTIES or ‘pandemic pod’ KIDS PRIVATE ART CLASSES, we are here to adapt to your needs. If you have something you would like to book or a question about options, please let us know and lets make a custom service just for you! Simply reply to this email or call/text us at (805) 325-8092. We are also a Heartland Charter School approved vendor.

4. We Have Created a New Online Store

Last but not least, we are excited to share that we have created an online shop to keep art supplies and projects available to you. Our online store is still being updated and project kits are coming soon but please check out what we have available today HERE (for pick-up or local delivery only). We will continue to update the shop (and you) with new merchandise and project kits soon, but please check back often.

WANT TO PAINT TODAY?

Enjoy one of our FREE* online guided painting tutorials HERE

*Many painting tutorials are free, but if you are able, please consider making a donation to help us continue to make these videos accessible to all.

VENMO @art-spot-on-wheels

October At A Glance With Gypsy Studios

We are so ready for you! Now that our community art studio (that we’ve dubbed the ‘Art Spot’) is officially open we are excited to share what we have on the calendar for October! Aside from being open 5 days a week for you to just come and create in whatever art medium you fancy, we have some classes starting! We have pushed back our Beginner Acrylic Painting series until Oct. 9 and on the Oct. 11 we have a figure drawing night! Information on Painting in the Vineyard events in October, and more on the above classes and the Art Spot is below. We sure hope to see you soon and if you have any questions please let us know! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to share this space with you!

6-WEEK BEGINNER ACRYLIC PAINTING COURSE | $210

Wednesday’s beginning Oct 9-Nov. 13, 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 six-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!

Click the photo for more info.


FIGURE DRAWING EVENING
$65 (materials provided) | $50 (bring your own materials)
October 11, 5:30-9pm

Enjoy an evening appreciating the beauty of the human form. We bring you an experienced nude model and provide light instruction to help those of you new to figure drawing to get started in this super fun and interesting charcoal medium! Materials and supplies provided but participants are
encouraged to bring any other supplies they would like to use, as well as any beverages you would like to enjoy during the event. This event is for guests 18 and over.  Click the photo for more info!

ART SPOT
Community Art Studio | Art Supplies | Family Memberships

A new take on a community art spot. We welcome you to come by and find yourself again through one of the many mediums available. Offering art classes, workshops, hosting guest teachers, art supplies, and most importantly a space for YOU!

ADULTS: We have classes for those who have never touched a paint brush to those wanting to expand their knowledge base. Not looking for a structured course but would like to try out a new medium? We are open for you! Looking for a place to set up your own easel but don’t have the space at home? We are your spot!

PARENTS: We have classes for your young ones too, as well as drop-off times (for school-age kids) when you want to leave them and drop-in times (for all ages) when you’re looking for something to do for the whole family! As a member you can also enjoy a quarterly kids night at the studio. So make your dinner reservations and leave the kids with us!

COMING SOON…. Preschool process art at the Gypsy Studios ‘Art Spot’!

 

September Classes

The studio is officially open and ready for business! Are you looking for your place? Your place to create, your place to make a mess without pause, your place to connect with an art community? The Gypsy Studios Art Spot is open and here for you with our easels set up and waiting!

Adult Acrylic Painting Course

Wednesday evenings starting October 9 & ending November 13 (6:00pm -8:30pm)

Join us at our studio location in Solvang for this six-week painting with acrylics series for beginner to intermediate painters. This class 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 below), willingness, and favorite bottle of wine (or beverage of your choice).

Art Spot members receive 20% off all Gypsy Studios Art Spot workshops & classes 

Kids Painting Class Ages 7-13

Wednesday afternoons starting September 18 thru October 23 (3:45pm -5:15pm)

This six-session series aims to equip students with basic techniques of acrylic painting and fundamentals of composition, perspective and color theory. Choose from 5 animals allowing participants to paint something they’re interested in and will receive focused instruction, encouragement and guidance from our trained artist team.

All supplies provided.

Art Spot members receive 20% off all Gypsy Studios Art Spot workshops & classes 

Want to maximize your experience and take advantage of all the open studio time available and get extra discounts? Check out our special introductory membership packages below. Or call us to talk through what might be the best fit for you. We’re friendly and happy to help shape your best experience!

Whether art is your passion, a new hobby, or you’re looking for a space to connect & create with others, Gypsy Studios Art Spot in Solvang is the place for you.

Gypsy Studios ‘Art Spot’ is opening Sept 3!

The wait is over! Whether art is your passion, a new hobby, or you’re looking for a space to connect & create with others, Gypsy Studios Art Spot in Solvang is the place for you. Opening the doors next Tuesday, September 3 for you to “Drop-in” during any open studio hours! You will find an open canvas of opportunities for all levels of art-making. All you need to bring is your unique self and a spirit for creating. Make an appointment, drop in, take a class, or even sign up as a member for easy access whenever creativity strikes.

OPEN STUDIO HOURS:
Tuesday: 3pm-8pm
Wednesday: 10am-9pm
Thursday: 10am-8pm
Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: 10am-3pm

You will experience an open and inviting environment, assistance and encouragement as needed from a Gypsy Studios artist as well as access to supplies for your project if needed.

Want to maximize your experience and take advantage of all the open studio time available and get extra discounts? Check out our membership packages here. Or call us to talk through what might be the best fit for you. We’re friendly and happy to help shape your best experience!

Check out our introductory special pricing below!

What does Mom love just second to you? Wine, of course 😉!

Mother’s Day & Memorial Day

May events for you to enjoy with those you love

MAY PAINTING IN THE VINEYARD EVENTS

We Do Private Events Too

We know that time is precious and options are limitless, but let us help you keep the celebrations and time together special and unique. If you have joined us for an event before (as many of you have) you know how much we love what we do and strive to make each event memorable and special for all. This May, let us share Santa Barbara wine country as only Gypsy Studios can!

If you are looking for something unique to do in wine country with your friends or family on a date we don’t have an event listed; let us create an experience for you, unlike any other you’ve had in wine country. We’ll make all the arrangements at a local Santa Ynez Valley Vineyard–all you need to do is bring your creative spirit and a few friends.

Santa Ynez Valley is home to some of the most beautiful and world-renowned vineyards in California. Imagine you and friends, surrounded by the unparalleled beauty of the Santa Ynez Valley with a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of estate wine in the other. 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.          

 

Summer Camp Dates and Early Enrollment Savings!

Summer Camp Dates and Early Enrollment Savings!

Art plays an integral role in childhood education, play, development and so much more, yet sadly, it’s always the first thing cut in our schools. Take back the ARTS for your kids this Summer! Enrich them with Gypsy Studios Art Camp.

  • Proud artist enjoying the artist reception

We are excited to announce our Summer Camp dates, opening of enrollment and especially to share that we are offering a $50 discount off all camp sign-ups made this month! That is a total of $300 off if you join us for all 6 camps! Summer camps sell out and this is a limited time offer for all those who plan early and act fast :).

USE CODE ‘GiveKidsArt’ at checkout to receive your $50 discount

About Summer Camp with Gypsy Studios:
This Summer join us for a week (or weeks) of fun, creativity, and artistic expression! We will be creating paintings, drawings, sculptures, decoupage pieces, weavings, clay works and more!

Enjoy three or more guided paintings each week and close with an open house art show featuring all the young artist’s work from that week. There is much to look forward to this Summer with new projects and paintings, exploring with watercolors, pastels and acrylic paints as well as the occasional walking field trip to gather inspiration.

Summer Camp Dates:

Week 1: June 24-28 SIGN-UP HERE

Week 2: July 1-5 SIGN-UP HERE

Week 3: July 8-12 SIGN-UP HERE

Week 4: July 15-19 SIGN-UP HERE

Week 5: July 22-26 SIGN-UP HERE

Week 6: July 29-Aug 2 SIGN-UP HERE

Upcoming Events:

  • April 13- Watercolors at the Santa Ynez Botanical Gardens INFO LINK
  • May 11- Painting in the Vineyard at Koehler Winery INFO LINK
  • May 12- MOTHER’S DAY Painting in the Vineyard at Brander Vineyard INFO LINK

Upcoming Adult Classes (ages 16+):

  • Beginner Acrylic Painting 6 week Course, starting Thursday, April 25 INFO
  • Explorations in Art 6 week Course, starting Wednesday, May 1 INFO

Kids art camps & art classes

February at Gypsy Studios;
for Teens & Kids

(Middle School Art Classes and Mid-Winter Break Camp)

 

What to look forward to this month

Mid-Winter Art Camp (Feb. 18-22) 10 am-2:30 pm

Join us for one, two or all five days (at a discounted rate)! Geared toward children ages 7-13, we provide space and guidance for kids to freely create, learn different skills in various mediums and build self-confidence. Afternoon guided paintings include a billy goat, ostrich, rhino, beta fish and seahorse. 

*All materials provided

 

Junior High & High School 5-Week Acrylic Painting Course*- Weekly Beginning Feb. 26, 3:45-5:15pm 

Join us in a five-session series for beginner to intermediate adolescent painters aged 12-17! This class aims to equip them with basic techniques of acrylic painting and fundamentals of composition, perspective and color theory.

*All materials will be provided for this course

 

Have a special event coming up this month?

We offer private parties at the location of your choosing, in our art studio or in the vineyard! Celebrate your next birthday, social gathering, family visit or shower with us!

February for Teens & Kids at Gypsy Studios

 

February at Gypsy Studios;
for Teens & Kids

(Middle School Art Classes and Mid-Winter Break Camp)

 

Your mistakes do not define you.

Friday fact/reminder brought to you by the art of Stacie Swift. Give yourself the grace to remember you are not your mistakes and they do not define you 😘

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