Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Hosted by Cypress Inn

- Residential Artists' Retreat -

Upcoming Retreat
Sunday through Friday
April 28th through May 3rd 2024

'First Impressions: Exploring Drawing into Painting'

capturing essence, luminosity, mystery through gouache (unique, creamy, water-soluble opaque paint used by the Impressionists in layering values, dimension and drama), graphite, mixtures of mediums on prepared panels and paper


The village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, described as one of the most stunningly beautiful landscapes in the world, has provided inspiration to artists, photographers, writers and composers from across the globe with it's indescribable light and beauty, gorgeous white-sand beaches, dazzling vistas of the Pacific ocean and European charm.

The Cypress Inn will host An Artists' Retreat with Anna Rhodes for this unforgettable adventure! Classes will be taught at the renowned Sunset Center in a large sun-filled studio equipped with individual easels and an array of the finest artists' materials. The combination of this stunning setting, uniquely charming world-class accommodations, highly personalized service, delicious dining, and a dedicated instructor with an in-depth exploration of art are the ingredients for this unsurpassed experience at one of Condé Nast Magazine's top-ten rated destinations.

In these six day concentrated art courses, designed to encourage instinctive confident creativity, you will have the opportunity to experience drawing, painting, composing, layering and manipulating the finest array of paints, pigments, pencils, and papers in unique and exciting ways.

The emphasis on personalized instruction, the freedom to follow your individual artistic path and the building of knowledge and skill within a creative community, is the foundation of this retreat. Daily demonstrations, individual and group dialogue, videos and inspiring resources are a part of each day.

A detailed list of artist supplies needed for the course will be sent upon your registration. These materials have been chosen for their quality and flexibility and with the intention that you will enjoy using them long after the course.

Cypress Inn provides the allure of old world charm masterfully blended with modern comforts for today's discerning artists and travelers. The Cypress Inn, described as a "bit of paradise," is co-owned by Doris Day and offers a rich history with Mediterranean grace and warm hospitality. The inn always feels like home with its magical courtyard, fireside reception and the dedicated service of an attentive staff. Cypress Inn is located in the midst of Carmel's finest restaurants, unique shops and well-known art galleries, just blocks from the famous Carmel Beach.

Fees for An Artists' Retreat include:
Six Day Artists' Course
Individual and class instruction,
Artists' materials: a wide array is included and a supply list will be sent upon registration.
Spacious studio, including easles
Portfolio of course information
Films of artist's lives and lending library of art books

An Artists' Retreat begins with welcome reception Sunday evening and includes a celebration dinner, Thursday evening and concludes on Friday at 4:30pm. (Receptions hosted by Cypress Inn)

Tuition for An Artists' Course:

'First Impressions: Exploring Drawing into Painting'
capturing essence, luminosity, mystery through gouache (unique, creamy, water-soluble opaque paint used by the Impressionists in layering values, dimension and drama), graphite, mixtures of mediums on prepared panels and paper

An Artists' Retreat Tuition Package :
USD $1985.00 and a $275 studio fee
A non-refundable deposit of $700 is due upon registration
Balance of $1560 is due by February 1, 2024 .

*Cancellation and trip insurance may be obtained at www.accessamerica.com
An Artists' Retreat Package:
contact Anna Rhodes.

Accommodations Package includes:
- Guest Room
- Daily breakfast at inn
- Daily lunch buffet in studio
- Daily beverage service in studio
- Welcome reception Sunday evening
- Celebration dinner Thursday evening
- Service and gratuities

Cypress Inn
Single Occupancy: $3,100
Double Occupancy: $3,950
*Contact inn for deposit and cancellation policies.

For reservations, please contact:
Cypress Inn


* Early registration recommended

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"An Artists' Retreat with Anna Rhodes far surpassed all of my expectations! The exquisite environment of the inns, the breath-taking Carmel landscape combined with a beautifully appointed studio, delicious healthy food, a dedicated and amazing instructor and the best art materials I have ever used, were what I needed to nurture and expand my creativity. I would emphatically recommend An Artist's Retreat with Anna Rhodes, to everyone, beginners and professionals, who desire an out-of-this-world experience in learning and creating paintings and drawings that you will love."
- Joseph D. NYC


An Art Course For Creative Exploration

An Artists' Retreat™ with Anna Rhodes
'for the inquisitive beginner, the advanced professional
and anyone wishing to expand creative potential'

Art is not only created through desire, necessity, presence and passion but through acquiring knowledge of materials, techniques, patience and practice.

This is an in-depth concentrated art course designed to encourage instinctive, confident creativity through developing skill and imagination within a creative community. Students experience the unfolding of their unique style and palette and will have the opportunity to explore the wonders of a wide array of the finest pigments, pencils, papers and brushes. Through drawing and composing, painting and layering mixtures of mediums, personalized instruction and group discussion, we will use both experimental and traditional techniques to guide our travels through realism, impressionism and into the realm of magic.

Photographers, chefs, pilots, painters, physicians, homemakers, trapeze artists, architects, executives, teachers and deep-sea divers have found that attending this retreat has infused a new way of seeing into their personal and professional lives.