Private Casita/ San Diego Artist Retreat/ Avocado Ranch

Artist Retreat – Book Your Stay

Artists, vacationers, or business travelers – come enjoy my artist retreat and working avocado ranch.  Stay in a private, fully outfitted casita, enjoy the pool.  Book your time online at the San Diego Artist Retreat in Fallbrook, California.

San Diego Artist Retreat, morning at the pool
San Diego Artist Retreat, morning at the pool

Relax and get away from it all.  Solo, with friends, or plan a romantic couple escape, take in the nature and beauty.  Artists, use the studio work space and/or take a workshop (workshop information) in the large air conditioned studio.  Sunshine and quiet provide an experience that sparks and fosters personal creativity and provides for reflection and refinement of artistic work.

This is a great alternative to a hotel room – business travelers – instead of a mundane hotel room, enjoy a unique experience which includes living with art: a continually growing collection of original art embellishes the casita interior and retreat grounds and living among the avocado groves.

San Diego Artist Retreat/ Avocado Ranch
San Diego Artist Retreat/ Avocado Ranch
San Diego Artist Retreat casita kitchen, skylight
San Diego Artist Retreat casita kitchen, skylight
San Diego Artist Retreat casita inside and outside dining areas
San Diego Artist Retreat casita inside and outside dining areas

Private Casita

This beautiful, fully outfitted, air conditioned, vaulted ceiling luxury casita is your private oasis during your stay.  It is a spectacular rural mountaintop retreat, gated estate on 4-acres, close to downtown Fallbrook in De Luz Heights.  Relax on the private casita deck overlooking an avocado grove surrounded by gorgeous views, mountaintop breezes, and sunsets with starry nights free from city lights or enjoy a dip in the infinity pool.

San Diego Artist Retreat casita deck in evening
San Diego Artist Retreat casita deck in evening
San Diego Artist Retreat avocado grove from casita deck
San Diego Artist Retreat avocado grove from casita deck

Surrounded by beautiful mature landscaping dotted with the owner’s sculpture, the private, completely separate casita has brand new contemporary furnishings with a midcentury modern vibe.  The skylight, open beams, interior window, barn doors, and other interesting architecture mimic that of the main house built by a well-known architect/artist.  The casita has a private bedroom: twin bed that pulls out to a king size, a fold up desk, an en suite bathroom and walk-in closet; living room with a couch that converts to bed for one person; full kitchen with gas oven and range; dining table for 4; breakfast bar for 2; deck dining area with table and 4 chairs; TV; DVD player; Wifi; internet; A/C and heat.

San Diego Artist Retreat casita entrance from walkway ramp
San Diego Artist Retreat casita entrance from walkway ramp
San Diego Artist Retreat casita entrance
San Diego Artist Retreat casita entrance

The Neighborhood

Fallbrook is almost always sunny, and much of the time cool mornings and nights from the marine layer.  It was founded in 1869, is known for its avocado groves and claims the title “Avocado Capital of the World.”  It is often called or known as “The Friendly Village” so explore our small town’s agriculture and culture, shop in locally owned farmer’s markets, clothing boutiques, art galleries, antique shops, and enjoy our fine eateries, have a coffee or a high tea (complete with china, tablecloths, and a hat!).  Hike nearby at the Santa Margarita river wilderness with 14 miles of trails (7 minutes) or climb Rock Mountain (14 minutes)!

San Diego Artist Retreat Rock Mountain
Rock Mountain

Go wine tasting in town or nearby Temecula (30 minutes), or to the beach in Oceanside (35 minutes).  There are great routes from the property through the neighborhood to walk, run, or bicycle.

Fallbrook Art Community

Fallbrook has a vibrant and active arts community with many galleries and exhibits to tour.  It is organized under Fallbrook Arts Inc.:

fallbrook arts, inc.

Take a Workshop: Sep. 12, 13, 14, 2017

Air-Dry Clay

I have been asked to have my next sculpture workshop be teaching air-dry clay with the incorporation of found objects.  It will take place at my San Diego Artist Retreat studio in Fallbrook next month (see workshop information and sculpture examples on Julia’s Blog).  Air-dry clay does not require firing, is light weight, and allows a more versatile design as any material e.g., wood, plastic, metal, paper, etc. can be incorporated and an internal wire armature allows the sculpture to be easily posed in any configuration and wired to various objects.  Students will incorporate their own found object artifacts into a one-of-a-kind figurative sculpture.

San Diego Artist Retreat air-conditioned studio workshop, fine art sculpture
San Diego Artist Retreat air-conditioned studio workshop

Contact Julia to receive a Registration Form.  Receipt of a completed form and payment check will reserve your place in the workshop.  Workshop Instructions will then be emailed to you.  This will be a fairly small group, up to nine students for maximum one-on-one interaction.  A number of spaces are already taken.  When the workshop is full, you will be placed on a waiting list, notified of any cancellations, and be among the first in line for the next workshop.  Call Julia if you have any questions at 408-395-3335.

San Diego Artist Retreat, studio exterior
San Diego Artist Retreat, studio exterior

Instructor’s Background

As a medical device inventor and entrepreneur (inventing the tools that physicians use, www.MedicalDevice.com), Julia S. Rasor explores materials and often uses found artifacts in her sculpture that will both, convey topics she is passionate about and preserve time, resulting in a unique, expressive body of work (www.FineArtSculpt.com).

Julia merged her art and science careers – it not uncommon to see her fearlessly experiment with a wide range of media and subjects resulting in sculptures that emanate both dark and light emotion – Yin and the Yang.

Fine Art Sculptor Julia S.Rasor Fallbrook, CA
Sculptor, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Julia S.Rasor

Her sculpture series include world events (The Recession), the afterlife (Spirits), high fashion (Haute Couture, Dancers), and strange departures into the unusual (FractAliens).  Her 12 exhibitions last year included Sparks Gallery, San Diego Botanic Garden, 50 to Watch, and a Solo Exhibit at Fallbrook Library.  This year’s exhibits include Sparks Gallery, San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas City Hall Solo Show, and La Playa Gallery three artist show in La Jolla.

Julia founded the San Diego Artist Retreat in Fallbrook, an art immersion experience for artists, collectors, and visitors, where she holds workshops and studio/gallery tours, overnight guests can book a stay in the private casita (Avocado Ranch/Artist Retreat, Private Casita, Pool).

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Air-Dry Clay with Found Objects – Sculpture Workshop at San Diego Artist Retreat – Abstract Figure Example

Air-Dry Clay – Sculpture Example #3

Abstract Figure Sculpture

Air-dry clay works well for abstract figures – unlike fired water-based clay, an internal wire armature can be permanently incorporated.  As an example, see my sculpture “Shadow Spirit” below – purchased by a collector at last year’s Open Studios San Diego run by The Studio Door gallery.

Fine Art Sculpture, Shadow Spirit, Julia S. Rasor, abstract, air-dry clay
Shadow Spirit, Julia S. Rasor

As another example, “Willow Spirit”, curated by Sparks Gallery owner for exhibition in the PHYSIQUE show.  Pictures of the sculpture detail show the metallic patina capabilities of the material.

Fine Art Sculpture, air-dry clay, figurative, found objects, artifacts, upcycle, spirit
Willow Spirit, Julia S. Rasor
Fine Art Sculpture, air-dry clay, figurative, spirit
Willow Spirit, Julia S. Rasor, neck detail
Fine Art Sculpture, air-dry clay, figurative, found objects, artifacts, upcycle, spirit
Willow Spirit, Julia S. Rasor, shoulder detail
Fine Art Sculpture, air-dry clay, figurative, found objects, artifacts, upcycle, spirit
Willow Spirit, Julia S. Rasor, hip detail

Join us in this workshop of sculpting using high quality air-dry clay with the incorporation of found objects.  It will take place at my San Diego Artist Retreat studio in Fallbrook next month.

 

 

 

 

Workshop Information

Instructor: Julia S. Rasor, Sculptor

Location: San Diego Artist Retreat, De Luz Heights area of Fallbrook (directions provided to registered students)

Dates: 3 days: September 12, 13, 14, 2017

Instruction Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm

Materials: Materials are provided and tools loaned. Bring found objects to incorporate and to use as a base for your sculpture (optional).

Cost: $250

Registration: Email Julia at jsrasor@gmail.com to receive a Registration Form.  Receipt of a completed form and payment check will reserve your place in the workshop.  Workshop Instructions will then be emailed to you.  This will be a fairly small group of 7-9 students for maximum one-on-one interaction.  A number of spaces are already taken.  When the workshop is full, you will be placed on a waiting list, notified of any cancellations, and be among the first in line for the next workshop.  Call Julia if you have any questions at 408-395-3335.

Students will incorporate their own found object artifacts into a one-of-a-kind figurative sculpture.  All experience levels are welcome.  Instruction is tailored to individual goals.

San Diego Artist Retreat studio, fine art sculpture
San Diego Artist Retreat studio workshop

 

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Air-Dry Clay with Found Objects – Sculpture Workshop at San Diego Artist Retreat – Rock Climber Sculpture Example

Air-Dry Clay – Sculpture Example #1

Rock Climber Sculpture

Air-dry sculpture “Mantle the Crag”, a rock climber sculpture, was commissioned by a collector.  A tribute to my fellow climbers.

Join us in this workshop of sculpting using high quality air-dry clay with the incorporation of found objects.  It will take place at my San Diego Artist Retreat studio in Fallbrook next month.

Fine Art Sculpture, Mantel the Crag, Julia S. Rasor, rock climber figures, clay
Mantel the Crag, Julia S. Rasor, straight view
Fine Art Sculpture, Mantel the Crag, Julia S. Rasor, rock climber figures, clay
Mantel the Crag, Julia S. Rasor, upper figure
Fine Art Sculpture, Mantel the Crag, Julia S. Rasor, lower rock climber figure, clay
Mantel the Crag, Julia S. Rasor, lower figure

 

Workshop Information

Instructor: Julia S. Rasor, Sculptor

Location: San Diego Artist Retreat, De Luz Heights area of Fallbrook (directions provided to registered students)

Dates: 3 days: September 12, 13, 14, 2017

Instruction Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm

Materials: Materials are provided and tools loaned. Bring found objects to incorporate and to use as a base for your sculpture (optional).

Cost: $250

Registration: Email Julia at jsrasor@gmail.com to receive a Registration Form.  Receipt of a completed form and payment check will reserve your place in the workshop.  Workshop Instructions will then be emailed to you.  This will be a fairly small group of 7-9 students for maximum one-on-one interaction.  A number of spaces are already taken.  When the workshop is full, you will be placed on a waiting list, notified of any cancellations, and be among the first in line for the next workshop.  Call Julia if you have any questions at 408-395-3335.

Students will incorporate their own found object artifacts into a one-of-a-kind figurative sculpture.  All experience levels are welcome.  Instruction is tailored to individual goals.

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Air-Dry Clay with Found Objects – Sculpture Workshop – September 2017

Venue – San Diego Artist Retreat

I have been asked to have my next workshop be teaching air-dry clay sculpture with the incorporation of found objects.  It will take place at my San Diego Artist Retreat studio in Fallbrook next month.

San Diego Artist Retreat, studio exterior
San Diego Artist Retreat, studio exterior

Medium – Air-Dry Clay

Air-dry clay does not require firing, is light weight, and allows a more versatile design as any material e.g., wood, plastic, metal, paper, etc. can be incorporated.  In addition, an internal wire armature allows the sculpture to be easily posed in any configuration and wired to various objects.

Being able to incorporate a variety of materials in a sculpture is a feature I particularly like about air-dry clay.  In my travels I collect interesting twisted roots, textured dry desert branches, shells, etc. which I incorporate into sculptures such as in my Spirit Series.

Fine Art Sculpture, air-dry clay, figurative, found objects, spirit
Transforming Spirit, Julia S. Rasor

I also attach air-dry sculptures onto found object bases such as with my Willow Spirit sculpture and Rock Climber sculptures.

Fine Art Sculpture, air-dry clay, figurative, found objects, artifacts, upcycle, spirit
Willow Spirit, Julia S. Rasor
Fine Art Sculpture, air-dry clay, figurative, found objects, artifacts, upcycle, spirit
Willow Spirit, Julia S. Rasor, shoulder detail
Fine Art Sculpture, air-dry clay, figurative, found objects, artifacts, upcycle, spirit
Willow Spirit, Julia S. Rasor, hip detail
Fine Art Sculpture, air-dry clay, figurative, found objects, artifacts, upcycle, rock climber
Mantle the Crag, on wood slab base, Julia S. Rasor
Fine Art Sculpture, air-dry clay, figurative, spirit
Willow Spirit, Julia S. Rasor, neck detail

Making sculpture in this way is very personal and specific to the artist – it preserves a history important to them via their collected artifacts into a piece of art – a heritage and memories that can be passed down to family members.  Constructing the sculpture in the form of a figure captures the artist’s emotion associated with the gathered objects and projects it into the piece.

Students will incorporate their own found object artifacts into a one-of-a-kind figurative sculpture.  All experience levels are welcome.  Instruction is tailored to individual goals.

San Diego Artist Retreat workshop studio
San Diego Artist Retreat workshop studio

Workshop Information

Instructor: Julia S. Rasor, Sculptor

Location: San Diego Artist Retreat, De Luz Heights area of Fallbrook (directions provided to registered students)

Dates: 3 days: September 12, 13, 14, 2017

Instruction Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm

Materials: Materials are provided and tools loaned. Bring found objects to incorporate and to use as a base for your sculpture (optional).

Cost: $250

Registration: Email Julia at jsrasor@gmail.com to receive a Registration Form.  Receipt of a completed form and payment check will reserve your place in the workshop.  Workshop Instructions will then be emailed to you.  This will be a fairly small group of 7-9 students for maximum one-on-one interaction.  A number of spaces are already taken.  When the workshop is full, you will be placed on a waiting list, notified of any cancellations, and be among the first in line for the next workshop.  Call Julia if you have any questions at 408-395-3335.

Instructor’s Background

As a medical device inventor and entrepreneur (inventing the tools that physicians use, www.MedicalDevice.com), Julia S. Rasor explores materials and often uses found artifacts in her sculpture that will both, convey topics she is passionate about and preserve time, resulting in a unique, expressive body of work (www.FineArtSculpt.com).

Julia merged her art and science careers – it not uncommon to see her fearlessly experiment with a wide range of media and subjects resulting in sculptures that emanate both dark and light emotion – Yin and the Yang.

Fine Art Sculptor Julia S. Rasor Fallbrook, CA
Sculptor, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Julia S.Rasor

Her sculpture series include world events (The Recession), the afterlife (Spirits), high fashion (Haute Couture, Dancers), and strange departures into the unusual (FractAliens).  Her 12 exhibitions last year included Sparks Gallery, San Diego Botanic Garden, 50 to Watch, and a Solo Exhibit at Fallbrook Library.  This year’s exhibits include Sparks Gallery, San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas City Hall Solo Show, and La Playa Gallery three artist show in La Jolla.  Julia founded the San Diego Artist Retreat in Fallbrook, an art immersion experience for artists and collectors, where she holds workshops and studio/gallery tours, overnight guests can book a stay in the private casita (Avocado Ranch/Artist Retreat, Private Casita, Pool).

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Found Object Sculpture Workshop June 2016

Found Object Sculpture Workshop

I have been asked to have my next workshop be teaching found object sculpture.  It will take place at my San Diego Artist Retreat studio in Fallbrook.  Students will incorporate their own found object artifacts into a one-of-a-kind figurative sculpture.  Once the workshop is full, additional students will be placed on the cancellation list and list for next class that will be held on Fridays or Saturdays.

This method of sculpture is one I particularly like – when I repaired and remodeled my ranch I kept pieces of weathered steel mesh and rusty worn hardware and incorporated them into a figurative sculpture I mounted on an avocado root from my grove thus creating the sculpture “At the Apex” that preserves the history of my homestead.

FIne Art Sculpture, found object sculpture, At the Apex, Julia S. Rasor
At the Apex, Julia S. Rasor

Making sculpture in this way is very personal and specific to the artist – it preserves a history important to them in a piece of art – a heritage and memories that can be passed down to family members.  Constructing the sculpture in the form of a figure captures the artist’s emotion associated with the gathered objects and projects it into the piece.

All experience levels are welcome.  Instruction is tailored to individual goals.

Workshop Information

Instructor: Julia S. Rasor, Sculptor

Location: San Diego Artist Retreat, De Luz Heights area of Fallbrook (directions provided to registered students)

Dates: Coming late June 2016

Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm

Materials: Basic materials are provided and large tools loaned.

Cost: $210

Registration: Email Julia at jsrasor@gmail.com to receive a Registration Form.  Receipt of a completed form and payment check will reserve your place in the workshop.  Workshop Instructions will then be emailed to you.  This will be a fairly small group of 8-10 students for maximum one-on-one interaction.  Call Julia if you have any questions at 408-395-3335.

Instructor’s Background

Julia has a number of awards for her works including two Third Places in Recycled Materials with her Recession Series sculptures “Industrial Plummet” and Industrial Slowdown” and a First Place in Ceramics at the San Diego County Fair, Del Mar, Fine Art Exhibit (4th largest fair in North America).

Fine Art Sculpture, Industrial Plummet, Julia S. Rasor
Industrial Plummet, Julia S. Rasor
Fine Art Sculpture, Industrial Plummet, Julia S. Rasor
Industrial Plummet, Julia S. Rasor

Her sculptures are on exhibit at the San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas; the Fallbrook Public Library; Weichert/Murphy and Murphy Realtors, Fallbrook; and at The Studio Door gallery in Northpark.  More sculpture can be seen at RasorsSculptures.com.

Fine Art Sculpture, found object sculpture, Industrial Slowdown, Julia S. Rasor
Industrial Slowdown, Julia S. Rasor

It has been my experience that sculpture produced in the presence of other sculptors is of higher quality and the creative experience is more gratifying. I would love to have you join us!

San Diego Artist Retreat

An Art Immersion Experience

The workshop will be held at the newly founded San Diego Artist Retreat, the instructor’s mountaintop avocado ranch studio and gallery in the De Luz Heights area of Fallbrook.

The San Diego Artist Retreat setting is a spectacular rural mountaintop avocado ranch.  Panoramic views, sunshine and quiet provide an experience that sparks and fosters personal creativity and provides for reflection and refinement of artistic work.  Artists collaborate and receive facilitation to plan and produce art that inspires and excites imaginations and strives for excellence.

San Diego Artist Retreat, studio exterior
San Diego Artist Retreat, studio exterior
Sunset at San Diego Artist Retreat
Sunset at San Diego Artist Retreat
Winter dawn at San Diego Artist Retreat
Winter dawn at San Diego Artist Retreat
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