Imaginative Sketching + Painting
Goteborg, Sweden

May 28 - June 4, 2011

We are heading back to GOTEBORG, SWEDEN to join CAMILLA ENGMAN in her studio to learn the art of making different backgrounds and textures and to sketch and paint.

The group will be staying at HOTEL FLORA and will have time to explore Goteburg together and on their own. Camilla will lead a 4 day workshop and take us to her inspirational places in GOTEBURG. This Ace Camp will include an excursion to the west coast archipelago and the town of MARSTAND where you will collect your imagery in sketchbooks and transform them into a painting in the STUDIO VIOLET studio.

MARSTRAND is a wonderful summer's paradise with a wide range of beaches, nature scenes, cultural experiences, outdoor life, cafes, sailboards, rare pink lilies and a "magical forest". Your sketches can be the nature, the architecture, words or anything you find interesting.

CAMILLA ENGMAN grew up in a small Swedish town named Trollhättan. This is where she began looking at life from a perspective that most of us see only momentarily, and just a few are able to record. Camilla practised her skills at the Dome Art School and later at the School of Design and Craft, Gothenburg University, where she acquired a Master of Fine Arts degree.

Often through animals or people, Camilla’s pictures inspire their audience with a wide range of feelings. Her work has a knack of allowing you to grasp a notion without robbing you of your personal interpretation, regardless of whether it’s an acrylic painting, paper-on-paper or mixed media.

Published by UPPERCASE - The Suitcase Series presents in glorious detail the lives of artists and designers from around the world. See Camilla's book HERE.

Studio Violet has also published "THE LIFE OF MR. MUSTACHE" - "The life of Mr Mustache" - a book about the Studio Violet character Mr Mustache who worries for nothing and can't sleep.

She has been featured on many websites and publications such as FORM MAGAZINE, THE JEALOUS CURATOR, POKETO, DÉCOR8, BOOK-BY-ITS-COVER, SFGIRLBYBAY and many more.



Saturday, May 28th
Travel Day
Arrive in Goteborg and go to Hotel Flora for check in. Depending on arrival times we will meet and head out to a café or restaurant to get to know each other. Hotel Flora is conveniently located close to food markets, restaurants and shopping.

Sunday, May 29th
Meet Camilla and travel to Marstrand as a group and spend the day sketching, collecting and exploring. Meet at 9:30am after breakfast. Lunch in a cafe on the island. We will focus on some of the key elements in creating a good painting, such as design, drawing, value, color, edges and texture

Monday, May 30th
Meet at 9:30am after breakfast and head to Studio Violet. We will start to work with our sketches and what we have found, organizing, transferring them to paper shapes and discuss composition. We will learn about making backgrounds with acrylic paint. This is a full day at the studio. Panels and pigments will be provided for students to practice on. Bring all your supplies with you. Lunch is at the studio.

Tuesday, May 31st
Meet after breakfast at 9:30am to head to the Studio Violet. Lunch is at the studio.

Wednesday, June 1st
This is a free day to explore Goteborg. Camilla will discuss some options that inspire her and we can either head out as a group or on your own to adventure and discover. Taking a bus to Akvarell Museet has been suggested as a day trip.

Thursday, June 2nd
Meet at 9:30 after breakfast and head to Studio Violet.

Friday, June 3rd
Day 6 - Free Day – To be discussed depending on the weather and what is happening in Goteborg. You can either participant as a group or head out to adventure, bike ride or shop on your own and follow your interests. There are great thrift shops in Goteborg and you may want to venture to one today.
5:00pm We head to Studio Violet for group exhibit, drinks and final dinner.

Saturday, June 4th
Travel Day
The itinerary may be subject to change depending on the weather or whims of the group.

This workshop includes:

  • 4 day workshop with Camilla Engman
  • 7 nights accommodation at Hotel Flora in Goteborg, Sweden
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, snacks and final night dinner and cocktail party.
  • Transportation to Marstand

You will be sent a list of supplies to bring upon registration.

Workshop is limited to 10 people.

Fee: $1595.00 - airfare is not included
Deposit: $800.00 - due when place in workshop is confirmed.
Final Payment of $795.00 due April 30, 2011