ROBERT REGIS DVORAK
TRAVEL EXPERIENCES

 

This was painted a short walk from your condominium.

WATERCOLOR HAWAII
January 5-12, 2018

Nine spaces left!

You can enjoy one week (seven days and nights) of watercolor (and drawing) instruction on the beautiful island of Molokai. Includes: seven nights double occupancy at the Kaluakoi Condominiums located next to the ocean on the west end of Molokai.  Each condominium is equipped with cooking and serving utensils, a microwave oven, stove top, refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, TV, private bath and a lanai.  You will view the Hawaiian sunset on the ocean each evening from this location. There is a tennis court and barbecue areas.  The workshop includes all watercolor (or oil painting if you prefer) and drawing instruction and demonstrations, private and group instruction, some materials, and all land transportation on Molokai.  Fee does not include meals, airfare from and to the mainland, or airfare from and to the other Hawaiian islands.  Register NOW!  Space available until a "wait-list-only" notice is posted on the web site or in a future newsletter.

NOW is the time to register by sending $1499 for one person, double occupancy. Or you may send a $500 deposit with the balance due August 1, 2018.  For a single supplement or a non-participating partner add $500.  There is no need to call to see if there is room for you. When the enrollment is full a "waiting list only" notice will be posted at the beginning of this announcement. Call 1-916-391-5051 or e-mail: hawaii@youcreate.com, if you need more information before registering.  This will be the 26th time Robert has offered this Hawaii workshop. It is loads of fun and you will gain confidence and skill with drawing and watercolor that will amaze you.   Traveling to Molokai is going back in time.  Molokai is old Hawaii, the way the other islands looked 75 years ago.  You will find Molokai friendly and peaceful, a perfect place to relax and paint and draw without distraction.  Molokai has the highest cliffs in the Pacific, pastures, rain forest, waterfalls, beautiful beaches and palm trees.  To register, send your check to the address below.  And book your flights early for the best price.  Please register before October 1, 2017 as that is the date we need to lock in our condominium reservations.

Note: If the workshop is fully registered, quite often a room will open up because of a last minute cancellation a few days before the beginning date.  If the workshop if full, be sure and wait list if you want to come.

Hawaii Trip Cancellation Policy:
Penalties and refunds:
Days prior to the trip                                  Cancellation fee
90 days or more                                           $100
60 days or less or nonappearance       100% of total fee
Travel insurance is highly recommended!
If the trip is full with a waiting list, and a cancellation occurs, a wait-listed person can take the place of a cancellation.  In such a case there will be a
full refund minus a $40 administration fee.  There will be no refunds for any reason after November 25, 2016.   It is highly recommended that you take out travel insurance. 

To register send check or money order, email address and phone to:

R. R. DVORAK, 5825 Annrud Way, Sacramento, CA 95822
For more information call:
1-916-391-5051
or email:
hawaii@youcreate.com



YOSEMITE 2017
June 2-4, 2017

Registration open! (7 places left)
916.391.5051

From Friday, June 2-Sunday June 4, 2017 you can sharpen your landscape drawing and painting skills while you visit powerful waterfalls, overflowing streams, fresh green meadows, and the spectacular geologic formations in Yosemite Valley.  Robert will do four watercolor demonstrations. You will get individual coaching and participate in three class reviews of student works. You will be able to observe and try a variety of drawing and watercolor techniques. This will be the 30th year Robert has conducted a Yosemite Workshop. He has also been invited to be the Artist in Residence at the Art Activity Center in Yosemite for many years. The fee includes 16 hours of instructional class time. Registration Thd registration fee is $249.  You must make your own reservations for accommodations.  Your room is not included in the workshop fee.  We recommend that you make your accommodations reservation as soon as possible.  Rooms in June can be difficult to get in Yosemite Valley.  Transportation to and from Yosemite and meals are not included.  There is no need to call to check if there is room for you.  When the enrollment is full, a "waiting list only" notice will be posted at the beginning of this announcement.  For more information, call: 916.391.5051,  or e-mail: yosemite@youcreate.com. To register, send your check for the full amount to the address below.

Yosemite Trip Cancellation Policy:
Penalties and refunds:
Cancellations before May 1, 2017 will receive a full refund minus a $20 administration fee.  After that date, no refunds are possible.  If non attendance occurs because of a serious health issue, a partial or full credit for a future workshop may be possible.

Go to Yosemite watercolor exhibition.

To register send check or money order, email address and phone to:

R. R. DVORAK, 5825 Annrud Way, Sacramento, CA 95822
For more information call:
1-916-391-5051
or email:
yosemite@youcreate.com


"Robert gives helpful specific tips as well as a general orientation to the philosophy of plein air watercolor painting."
Sophie Torrance (Yosemite Art Center Class)

The poem that I recited at the end of the 2007 workshop is below.  RRD

Being an Artist of Life

We stand before a grand canvas: our life.
We prepare the colors of  our thoughts--rich or poor, false or true.
We must be ready to feel the warm and cold hues of our emotions--our fear and joy, our love and sadness.

In our hands we hold the finest of brushes: time, the instrument which allows us to express our world of experience in each and every spontaneous stroke.
We visualize this grand canvas as we want it to be, and commit to painting our image with integrity.
Each shading and shape, each color and hue; each smudge, drip, slip, tone, shadow, and value will be determined by us.
We are responsible for each stroke of our brush.

And although others may misunderstand or criticize, if we stand for who we are and what we do, most will respect us and admire our courage.

And when this grand canvas, our life, is finished, may the world in some small or large way be a better place.
May those who have touched our canvas with their eyes and hearts, grow to know the joy and wonder of being an artist of life.
We paint each day,
And we create every now!

by Robert Regis Dvok


From May 28 to June 11, 2008, I conducted a watercolor workshop for 16 people in Athens and the Greek islands.  Here are some of my paintings from Greece.  RRD


CLIFF HOUSES FOLEGANDROS
Original Watercolor12" x 16" Image Size
NFS
Giclée Prints Available
$300


FOUR GREEK FISHING BOATS
Original Watercolor 10" x 14" Image Size
NFS
Giclée Prints Available
$300


MONASTERY FOLEGANDROS
Original Watercolor12" x 16" Image Size
NFS
Giclée Prints Available
$300


OLD CHURCH IOA
Original Watercolor 10" x 14" Image Size
NFS
Giclée Prints Available
$300

Report from  the Greece 2008 watercolor workshop.

Here are some highlights from my Greek painting trip.  Except for Olympic Airlines staff who gave us some problems, everything went well.  We had a great dinner in Athens at Psara's The Old Tavern Restaurant in the old section of Athens, Plaka, our first night in Athens. The next day some of us visited the Acropolis and some of us traveled to Pireaus and got on a ferry for Aegena, an island south of Athens.  In Aegena we toured the island in a passenger van, had lunch at the beach, drew and painted most of the afternoon and returned to Pireaus by ferry and our hotel in Athens after a great first full day in Greece.  While in Mykonos many of us went by boat to the uninhabited island of Delos, one of the most important ancient sites in Greece.  While I was in Mykonos I was asked to show my 1968 film, A Day on Mykonos, to the Mayor of Mykonos and friends.  They were all very grateful for a look back in time at the way Mykonos used to be.  They made me an honorary citizen of Mykonos.  From Mykonos, we traveled to Santorini by ferry boat stopping in Paros for a couple of hours to change boats.   Santorini and the small town of Ioa were as spectacular as ever.  I saw my good friend, the Greek painter, Christoforos Asimis.  You can see his work in the inspirational Art Gallery Phenomenon, on the cliff’s edge in Thira.  My group’s favorite island was Folegandros, a small island southwest of Santorini in the Aegean Sea.  We stayed at the Fata Morgana Apartments and many said that it was there favorite accommodation.   Folegandros at this time of year is fairly quiet--not as many motor scooters and cars zooming around the countryside--and the cliff side scenery is spectacular.  Finally we traveled by ferry to Milos on Speedrunner II, a  large hydrofoil that travels over the water at about 35 knots.  In Milos we were also inspired by the spectacular view from the terrace in front of the main church in Plaka, Milos.  When I go back to Greece on my own, I will be sure to visit this place again.  Of course the food was delicious and our group of 16 produced  many wonderful drawings and paintings. RRD

WATERCOLOR THE

CALIFORNIA COAST


August 25-27, 2017


(call 916.391.5051 for suggestions for places to stay)


September 2–4, 2016, CALIFORNIA COAST WORKSHOP, To register send $199 to:  Creative Power Seminars, 5825 Annrud Way, Sacramento, CA 95822.  Call: 916.391.5051 for more information.

Learn to enjoy painting the coast simply and beautifully in watercolor. You will learn how to easily create coastal landscapes, ocean scenes with waves, cliffs, rocks, beaches, bathers, distant islands, sea gulls, and other coastal features.  We will paint at different coastal sites outdoors each day if it is not raining.


You will learn how to:

  1. have fun painting coastal landscapes outdoors

  2. create strong colorful compositions

  3. shortcuts for waves and ocean movement

  4. paint with shape and space

  5. when and how to put people in your painting

  6. how to insure that your paintings will succeed every time

  7. create entrances and pathways in your paintings

  8. create scale

  9. how to paint a horizontal horizon

  10. and much, much more


We will meet at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant at Rockaway Beach in Pacifica on Friday, September 5 at 12 PM if you would like a no host lunch, or 1 PM if not.  Since we will be painting outdoors, so be sure to bring a hat , a jacket, some kind of stool or portable chair, or something to sit on.  The coastal temperatures can vary a lot.  Be prepared for 3 days of drawing and painting outdoors at different coastal sites from Pescadero to Pacifica. When you register you will receive an email letter giving you details about the workshop and a check list of what to bring. For more information call: 916.391.5051. To register see above.

Please register before August 25, 2015 to insure a place. There is no need to call to check if there is room for you. Send amount per participant if you want to be included.   When the workshop is full a "wait-list only" notice will be posted above.  If you need more information regarding any other details, please contact Robert Dvorak at (916) 391-5051 or e-mail Robert at: robert@youcreate.com

Note: If the workshop is fully registered, quite often a space will open up because of a last minute cancellation a few days before the beginning date.  If the workshop is full be sure and wait-list if you want to come.

Watercolor the California Coast Workshop Cancellation Policy:
Days prior to workshop          Cancellation fee
12 days or more                          No fee
11 days or less                            No refunds

If the workshop is full with a waiting list, and a cancellation occurs, a wait-listed person can take the place of a cancellation.  In such a case there will be a full refund.

To register for this workshop mail check, email address and phone to:


R. R. DVORAK, 5825 Annrud Way, Sacramento, CA 95822
For more information call:
1-916.391.5051
or email:
info@youcreate.com

Note: If the workshop is fully registered, quite often a space will open up because of a last minute cancellation a few days before the beginning date.  If the workshop is full be sure and wait-list if you want to come.

Coast Workshop Cancellation Policy:
Days prior to workshop          Cancellation fee
30 days or more                          $20
30  days  or less                         No refunds

If the trip is full with a waiting list, and a cancellation occurs, a wait-listed person can take the place of a cancellation.  In such a case there will be a full refund minus a $20 administration fee no mater when it occures.

To register for this experience make check or money order to:
R. R. Dvo
k
and send to:
R. R. DVORAK
, 5825 Annrud Way, Sacramento, CA 95822
For more information call:
1-916-391-5051
or email:
info@youcreate.com




Travel Drawing and Painting in Cuba

October 20-28, 2016

Robert Dvorak 916-391-5051 info@youcreate.com For Cuba trip details contact: Paul Bardwil 916-225-8207


Join Robert Dvorak for a week of drawing or painting in Cuba.

Robert Regis Dvorak makes travel drawing and painting fun and easy to learn. He has written and illustrated the book, Travel Drawing and Painting.  He has conducted this kind of travel workshop in Greece (10 times) Bali, Mexico, South of France, Italy, and Holland. He has traveled in 68 countries making drawings, watercolors and speaking.

During this unique program you will have the opportunity to interact with Cubans while capturing the spirit of the country and her people with your drawings and paintings. The program will offer an array of activities in which you will be able to see and participate in the Cuban way of life.

Robert Dvorak 916-391-5051 info@youcreate.com


Cuba Trip Tentative Schedule:


Day 1. You will need to arrange your own flight to Fort Lauderdale. Overnight in a hotel TBA.


Day 2. We will be sending exact travel dates, times and schedules in the departure package. Depart Fort Lauderdale for Havana. Transfer to hotel. Informal walking tour close to our hotel and welcome dinner.


Day 3. Breakfast in the hotel. Lecture on Cuban history and culture. Walking tour of Old Havana 1.* We will visit the 4 main squares of Havana and cover as much of them as we can. The plaza de Armas, the parque central, the plaza of San Francisco and many sites along the way. We will see the old aqueduct of the city; we will pass by some of Ernest Hemingway's watering holes as well as the city museum and other interesting cites. 2. After lunch we will visit what is known as new Havana which includes Vedado and Revolution square.


Day 4. Breakfast in the hotel. Lecture on the arts. 1. Visit Instituto Superior del Artes (ISA) and take in the campus that used to be grounds of the Havana Country Club then we will have lunch. 2. Then we will have a chance to visit artist's homes which are also their studios.


Day 5. Breakfast in the hotel. 1. Today we will have the opportunity to explore the country side a bit outside of Havana. We will be visiting Las Terrazas which is a unique self-sustained community. There will be a discussion upon arrival about the community. The community center includes a disco, a family doctor, a store, a pharmacy, and a coffee shop. 2. After lunch you will have an opportunity to take in the beautiful river.


Day 6. Breakfast in the hotel. Lecture on community projects in Cuba. 1. We will visit a mural art wall project called Muraleando. This project began as a community beautification project and turned into an international mural art exposition. Lunch. 2. We will head back to the Malecon (sea wall) which is the vibe of the city where people socialize, work and play.


Day 7. Breakfast in the hotel. 1. Depart for a visit to Matanzas. This is an old city not focused on tourism which will have interesting sites to see as well as an opportunity to view Cubans' daily lives. 2. After lunch we will visit an agricultural engineer and see his plantation as well has his wife’s pottery studio. Time permitting we will dip our toes in the ocean. Afternoon return to Havana.


Day 8. Breakfast in the hotel. Lecture on Ernest Hemingway. 1. We will then head out to see some of Hemingway’s sites such as his finca (farm) where he wrote some of his novels and see Cojimar, a small fishing village from where he took the character from Old Man and the Sea. Lunch in Cojimar. 2. On the return we will stop across the bay from Havana in Regla. Regla is known for its industrial base as well as large African population that practices Santeria. Regla is to Havana what Oakland is to San Francisco. Return to Havana for depature dinner.


Day 9. Depart for home.


* 1. and 2. represent the two drawing sites daily

As legal travel to Cuba is restricted for American citizens, there are a limited number of opportunities for travel. We will be traveling on a people to people license. We recommend that you send your $500.00 deposit as soon as possible to guarantee your space.


Program Includes:

*Roundtrip airport transfers

* Hotel accommodations in Cuba

and overnight in Fort Lauderdale *All breakfasts, lunches, 2 dinners

*Medical insurance in Cuba *Visa for travel to Cuba *A daily bilingual guide *Round-trip air from Fort Lauderdale to Cuba.


TOTAL COST OF PROGRAM:  $2,750. $500 Deposit due: July 20, 2016 Final Payment: August 19, 2016


DEPOSIT DEADLINES: The non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is due on July 20, 2016 and the final payment is due on August 19, 2016.


Please send both to: GEF, 8428 Denison Court, Sacramento, CA 95826.


Complete this application and submit with a copy of the picture page of your passport and a $500.00 deposit and mail to: GEF, 8428 Denison Court, Sacramento, CA 95826


Full Legal Name: ______________________________________________________


Date of Birth:_________________

(Name must match EXACTLY the passport that will be carried while on tour)(Required)

Mother's Maiden Name:_________________________________________Occupation:__________________________________________________________

Please circle one:MaleFemale

Mailing Address: ______________________________________________________________________City: _______________________State:_________Zip Code_________

Phone Number:_____________________________ Email:____________________________________

2nd Email: ________________________________

Emergency Contact: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

(Name , Phone & Address)

____________________________________________________________________________________

Do you have any allergies or medical problems?:☐ YES ☐ NO Explain: Do you have any dietary restrictions?:☐ YES ☐ NO Are you currently taking any type of prescribed drugs? ☐ YES ☐ NO I HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS TOUR PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT.

(Please bring ample supply as it may not be available in Cuba)

Travelers Signature: ______________________________________________________________________Date: ____________________





ALASKA

By Invitation

A Drawing and Watercolor Workshop on an Alaskan Cruise
If you are interested in this workshop please contact  Mr. Dvorak.

Develop new watercolor painting and drawing skill on the Voyage of the Glaciers, a Diamond Princess cruise. Vancouver, BC to Whittier Alaska with ports of call in Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, plus glacier-viewing in Glacier Bay National Park and College Fjord.  You may fly early to Vancouver or stay over and see Denali Park in Alaska. Outside cabin cruise workshop price is from $1500 and includes the cruise, all your meals, and other extras on the cruise.  Call Mr. Dvorak at (916) 391-5051 in the San Francisco Bay Area, or e-mail: info@youcreate.com if you are interested.

Alaska Cancellation Policy for R. R. Dvorak portion:
Days prior to trip                        Cancellation fee
6 months or more                        your $385 will be refunded
6 months or less                          no refunds



To register for any of these experiences send check or money order to:
R. R. Dvo
k
R. R. DVORAK, 5825 Annrud Way, Sacramento, CA 95822
For more information call:
1-916-391-5051
or email:
travel@youcreate.com


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Sketch book watercolor from Mykonos

GREECE

May 1-15, 2017

(Trip full, wait list only)

Many people have asked me to do another drawing/watercolor trip to Greece.    If you would like an opportunity to paint or draw the magical island architecture, landscape and people for two weeks please contact me and let me know.  We will visit Athens, Aegena or Hydra, Santorini, Folegandros and Milos.  The $2900 (double occupancy) fee ($3900 for single occupancy) will include all my painting instruction, your ferry boat and air transportation in Greece, all your hotel accommodations double occupancy, and your breakfasts that are included with the hotel rooms.  It will not include other meals and your transportation to Greece and back.  If you want to be included on this trip send a $500 deposit.  Final payment due, January 1. This will be my 11th group trip to Greece.  Questions: travel@youcreate.com


To register for this experience send your name as it appears on your passport, address, phone, email address and a check or money order for the $2900 to:

R. R. DVORAK, 5825 Annrud Way, Sacramento, CA 95822
For more information call:
1-916-391-5051
or email:
info@youcreate.com