Fran Gardner's artist retreats make space for thoughtful discussion, bold experimentation, and transformative insights that will strengthen your craft and clarify your creative intent, regardless of your skill level or medium.
Through supportive critique sessions and private one-on-ones with Fran, you’ll identify new, exciting paths for your work in community with other artists of all experience levels and mediums.
Feed your creativity and supercharge your technique at artist retreats that further your skillset and invite you to deeply explore your art-making with Fran as your guide.
Support for artists of all abilities, whether they’re devoted hobbyists or established professionals.
Explore your artistic message with guided critiques from a supportive, non-judgmental group of your peers.
Hone your technique with help from a working artist with 30+ years of teaching experience.
Connect with a broader community of artists aiming to take their work to deeper levels.
Set long-term creative goals and clarify your artistic intent through one-on-one sessions with Fran.
Learn how to craft impactful artist statements and other materials for grant applications and more.
"At this retreat, there was a trinity: artists, strong women, and a shared learning experience. We took turns being the teacher and the student. With the hallmark of a skilled and confident facilitator, Fran allowed this to happen. She provided exemplars and structure for a safe environment that made critiques beneficial, insightful, and articulate."
"I am like a child in a candy store eating and enjoying all the signs and flavors. What a privilege it is to be here surrounded by amazing artists and a gem of a woman guiding all of us through our separate journeys."
"You have created an atmosphere where each of our voices are heard and gently guided. You have an ability to listen intently to our ramblings, our concerns, our vision while you also offer specific, detailed suggestions to help us focus on our voices and how to clearly express them. I most appreciate your support and gentle nudging."
"The retreat was superb. I feel I gained a lot of things to think about and that perhaps is the most important thing. Everyone was so professional in work and behavior and yet what fun we had."
"Your workshop was really helpful to me in fine tuning and updating my Artist Statement to read more clearly. Also working alongside such talented artists always inspires me to create some of my best current works; I take new risks and I leave very satisfied for exposing my soul in my work!"
Through focused one-on-one sessions and insightful group critiques and discussions, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of your artistic intent, and strengthen your craft—regardless of what medium you’re working in.