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Intense Drawing
seeing with pencil
with Alexandra Rozenman
January 25 - February1, 2017

Join me for a journey through a complete spectrum of traditional and non-traditional rendering techniques, building and honing specific drawing skills that can be applied to a lasting personal drawing practice.

The week begins with rigorous exercises where we learn to see and think together, advances to drawing from life, moves on to perspective and the landscape, and finishes with individualized projects.

Through a variety of media and techniques, we focus on building a skill set from one exercise to the next. We emphasize the practice of observation, experimentation, mark making, and the ability to critically discuss the work that we create.

This workshop is a structured developmental introduction to the visual language. Concepts and skills are developed through sequential, observational and imaginative drawing. Using gesture drawing as a point of departure you will create images by interpreting what you see,

Feel, and remember. Your awareness of space, unity, variety, emphasis, contrast, balance, movement and rhythm will be heightened and internalized. You will also realize that you are drawing infinitely more than what you see.

Please bring to class an 18x24" pad of white 50 lb. drawing paper, B, 2B, 4B, 6B, pencil sharpener, scissors, glue, charcoal sticks, eraser, your curiosity and your willingness to take risks.

Cost: $1300.00 plus GST (5%) including Instructions, 7 days accommodation,
transportation from and to Puerto Vallarta airport, all delicious and nutritious meals,
entertainment and a field trips to the Jungle.

Retreat Instructor :
Alexandra Rozenman

Contact info for Alexandra:
website: www.alexandrarozenman.com
email: alexandra.rozenman@gmail.com

"My work expresses longing for understanding and being understood, for non-belonging and finding a place to be. Playfulness in my work points to instability of life – visually, culturally and literally. I am working playing on the conflicts between identity and assimilation, tradition and modernity.

Using recognizable sets from popular tales, places and paintings as my environments - I create a world of visual stories. I often am a non-fictional character in my work along with my fictional cast that I invent or find on my way. That creates a net of two-sided stories: my approach to being who I am in this world and my ways of telling this as a story.
Story, which communicates with art and history, illustrates psychology and challenges criticism."


Wonderful teacher, very encouraging, extremely helpful with ideas and with painting technique. Great studio environment to paint in. Classes small and lots of private instruction available from Alexandra. She is very creative and I have learned a great deal about painting.
Maren Anderson

Moscow-born, both classically and conceptually trained, Alexandra Rozenman brings a canny and charming mysticism to her life and art. Rozenman came to America from Moscow, Russia as a political refugee at the end of the eighties, when again through history the world was changing its shape and purpose. She creates her personal and often surreal world, where shapes, colors and images are often utilized like words in a story. Living in the Soviet Union Rozenman studied in Russia with today well-known dissident artists and was a part of Moscow alternative cultural scene of the 1980’s.
She holds Masters degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Beginning in 1989, her work has been represented nationally and internationally. In 2006 she was awarded a MacDowell Foundation Fellowship. She works in a wide range of schools, using art as a tool for personal growth.

What others say:

Alexandra is the perfect teacher/coach for an artist who wants a space to paint with as much or as little direction from the teacher as the moment requires. Alexandra provides excellent technical guidance in traditional painting methods; but more importantly for me, she is able to help me translate my ideas, using my personal visual language, onto the canvas. Her teaching method is rare, combining a deep understanding of her craft with an ability to perceive how best to assist a student in achieving their personal creative goals. I have been painting for many years and consider Alexandra's guidance to have played an important part in my artistic development.”
Helane Prottas

I have taken multiple group classes with Alexandra over a number of years, as well as participated in her weekly artist studios. She has been my inspiration & mentor guiding me to develop my painting insights/skills to be more aggressive with color & texture in my work. I have been delighted with my progress & credit much of it to her insights, enthusiasm & patience. She thinks outside-of-the-box, and this attribute helps her connect with her students' current state of art & move them forward to the next plateau. A very special person & wonderful teacher."
Andrew Friedland

Alexandra's Artwork

Iced Garden

Tentative Itinerary

Pick up from Puerto Vallarta Airport
Settling in your hotel, dinner, Art Gallery walk

8am - 9am Breakfast
2 hour scenic drive North to Los Cocos, Nayarit,
where Casa Buena is located.
Optional stop at La Panita Art Market

Settling in, setting up your work space
Demo evening with Alexandra

7am 40 min Yoga (optional)
8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am - 4pm workshop
Art discussions or movie in the Casa

Early start at 6:30, light breakfast,
7am - 9am organized tour to the Jungle

Exploring and shopping at San Blas,

Lunch at the beach
relax for the rest of the day
return to you studio to paint
Dinner at Casa Manana

8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am - 4pm workshop
Happy hour, critique

8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am - 4pm workshop
Happy hour, siesta

Dinner: party with local artists at the Casa Buena

8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am-4pm workshop:
Happy hour, siesta, free time
Art Show and Tell

8am - 9am Breakfast
Transport to PV Airport


Cost: $1300.00 plus GST including Instructions,
most art supplies, 7 days accommodation,
transportation from and to Puerto Vallarta airport,
all breakfasts, lunches and dinners,
entertainment and a field trip to the Jungle.

Payment Options

A. Pay in full 1300.00 plus GST (5%) upon registration

B. Make a deposit of $500.00 and pay balance before December 15, 2016

Payment Method

A. send your check (Money draft or certified check if outside of Canada) made payable to Jane Romanishko (contact Jane for her mailing address)
B. Email your money to janerom@shaw.ca

C. Pay via Paypal (for deposit only) by clicking here:

Cancellation Policy

A. If your workshop is cancelled due to Instructor's unavailability, you will be notified immediately and you will receive a full refund.

B. If you can't attend your retreat and notify us 45 days prior to the retreat, you are welcome to transfer 100% of your full payment to another Casa Buena Art Retreat within 2 years of the date of cancellation. You can transfer your payment to another person or any other options that Casa Buena has to offer.

C. If you can't attend your retreat and notify us 30 days prior to the retreat, you are welcome to transfer 70% of your full payment to another Casa Buena Art Retreat within 2 years of the date of cancellation.

D. If you can't attend your retreat and notify us 14 days or less prior to the retreat, Casa Buena Art Retreat will not issue any refunds or transfers to other session. Your only choice is to transfer your payment to another person.


Los Cocos, Nayarit, Mexico email: janerom@shaw.ca

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