2017 Spring Nunn Design Art Retreat was a Success!

2017 Spring Nunn Design Art Retreat was a load of fun! I think fun was had by all during the 3-day retreat.

This is the bracelet we created.

Nunn Design Art Retreat Bracelet

Thursday we met in the warehouse and went over the project. This bracelet is a “charm sampler” of over 15 different techniques that the students would be learning Friday and Saturday. Each student was encouraged to make the bracelet uniquely their own, so there were stations with “tables of decisions” around the warehouse. Each station helped them think about the design and feel of the bracelet. Making a lot of these decisions up front helped the students move through many techniques in a short period of time. Time was spent making decisions, eating snacks and then shopping!

Student Bracelets:

I’m sad that I don’t have everyone’s bracelet to show, but here are some of the pieces the students created.

Credit: Janet

Credit: Pam

Credit: Linda

Credit: Andrea

Credit: Tabitha

Credit: Joan

Credit: Jennifer

Credit: Dana

Credit: Barbara

Credit: Luranah

Artist in Residency – Christi Friesen

This year we had Christi Friesen join us for an artist in residency during our retreat. It was so much fun for all of the students to be able to watch her work and learn from her. A lot of great tutorials will be coming out of this retreat, so we look forward to sharing some polymer clay projects that Christi is working on with you.


Here is what some of our students said about the class:

“I had a wonderful time, thank you. The instruction was top notch, the food and Port Townsend were beyond expectations. I think the project was good for learning the different techniques; you could not have done a better job, really.”

“I have taken lots of classes over the years from lampwork artists, wire-working artists, and colorists, and I truly feel my experience at the NDAR was right up there at the top! I gleaned so many very useful tips and techniques, gained a better working knowledge of the products used in the class, and totally enjoyed the company of my fellow attendees. Becky’s attention to detail, and clear explanations of the techniques and the whys and how’s of them were extensive and “meaty”. The addition of Christi Freisen was also a rich experience!”

“Going to the October 2017 Nunn Design Retreat should have been on my bucket list. It ranks up near the top as one of my life’s best experiences (and I turned 70 in April)
If you are looking for the most competent instructors around,  you have found the right place at the Nunn Design Retreat.  Becky is so thorough, detailed minded, patient, more than knowledgeable, and even has a funny side.
This retreat was well-planned and perfection hour by hour.  I came home ready to practice some of the many techniques taught by this group  with the knowledge needed to be successful.

Did I mention we had lots of time to shop the warehouse and buy things we couldn’t live without.  It was nice seeing and touching everything before buying. Also I met “new” friends who were newbies as well as second-timers.  By the time I left Port Townsend they were my “old” friends. Thanks all for a wonderful retreat.”

Another Art Retreat Coming – In the Fall!

October 5-7, 2017 we will be offering this same bracelet sampler for our Fall Nunn Design Art Retreat. To sign-up, email Cheryl at cheryl@nunndesign.com. Here is an outline of what we will be doing during the two+ days of class:

Thursday October 5, 2017, we will open the class with a pre-class party on Thursday evening. The warehouse will be open for poking, digging and of course shopping! We will have food and beverages and tons of samples for you to look at and learn from.

Friday will be an all day class day. Based on the information that we gather from the students that will be attending (there is a survey with the registration form), I will cater the class to be geared to what you want to learn. Speaking of catering, we will have lunch brought in and lots of great snacks, tea and coffee! Friday evening will end with a fun outing in downtown Port Townsend!

Saturday we will resume classes and lunch will be provided.

Registration & Fees:

  • Register and pay by June 15, 2017: Early Bird Special – $330 (RECOMMENDED – registering early will ensure that you are able to secure lodging – this class is happening the same weekend as a local festival and lodging fills up 3 – 5 months in advance)

  • Register and pay June 16- July 31 2017 – $380
Registrations received between August 1 and August 31 2017 – $410
  • Registration closes September 1, 2017

Cost includes: Thursday pm pre-party with snacks, pre-class demos ( 3-4 hours). All day class on Friday with lunch (7 hours). An after hours event (dinner not included). Saturday all day class with lunch (7 hours). All supplies will be provided and included in the cost of the class.

To sign-up, email Cheryl at cheryl@nunndesign.com.

I thank all of you for taking time out to create. It was so much fun to inspire and nurture your creativity.  – Becky

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