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Have Sketchbook, Will Travel – G190613

Workshop ID: G190613
Dates: June 2 - June 8
Price: $675.00 - $1,540.00

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Create an artful sketchbook to record your memories and observations on your journey. Meet your muse, hold the story, record the travel, dream, incubate ideas, and create with the most simple of materials. Fill your pages with a series of explorations: techniques for lettering for sketchbooks, sketching with pen and ink, pencil, watercolors, page design and layout, color notes, and field writing. Step-by-step exercises will guide you through each process both in the studio and in the field.

Featured image JustDoIt ©Janet Takahashi.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping RV$835.00
Camping w/Electricity$795.00
Rio Arriba Commuter$675.00
Janet Takahashi

Janet Takahashi is a free-lance artist with a “love of letters” specializing in calligraphy, illustration and gilding. As a biologist, with a deep appreciation for nature and science, she paints in the field, working “en


Download and print –  2Welcome Letter _LiterallyLetters2019

Literally Letters

The Monoline Pen and Painted Flowers

Learning and Using the Pointed Pen

Have Sketchbook, Will Travel        

Start date: Sunday, June 2, 2019

End date: Saturday, June 8, 2019

Check-in begins at 3:00 pm at the Welcome Center, Sunday, July 28

Dinner 5:30-6:30 pm; Orientation 6:45 pm                                                                               

Welcome to Literally Letters Participants

We hope to make your stay and experience at Ghost Ranch memorable! We have assembled a suggested packing list for you, as well as information about the daily schedule and available activities/amenities at the Ranch. Feel free to contact us with additional questions: Beth House house. Amy Jones amyjones@zianetcom



June 2 (Sunday)

Check-in begins at 3 pm. Find your lodging, take art supplies to your classroom (Pinon 1 or 2 or the Cantina), look around

5:30-6:30 pm Dinner in Dining Hall

7:00 pm Intro to Ghost Ranch

7:30 pm Meet your workshop teacher and classmates

June 3 – 7 (Mon – Fri)

7:30 to 8:30 Breakfast in the Dining Hall (daily)

9:00 am All Literally Letters students gather at 9am in Cantina

9:10 am – noon Individual classes

Noon – 1 pm Lunch in the Dining Hall (daily)

1 – 5:00 pm Student’s Choice: work in studio, hike, explore

5:30-6:30 pm Dinner in the Dining Hall

7-8:30 pm Evening Programs in Cantina
Monday – Wednesday: Each teacher will give a presentation to all participants|

Thursday – student show-and-share, sharing artwork you’ve brought

Friday – Literally Letters Art Show. We will invite the Staff and ranch attendees to see what we’ve been up to all week

June 8 Saturday

7:30 to 8:30 Breakfast in the Dining Hall followed by 10:00 am checkout

Getting to Ghost Ranch

If you are flying into Albuquerque, let Beth know how you plan to get to Ghost Ranch. There are options: renting a car gives you independence or Beth may be able to arrange airport pickup and a ride to Ghost Ranch with another participant, or you can sign up for the Santa Fe Sage Inn shuttle on your registration.


We suggest the following:

  • comfortable clothes for hot, cold and wet weather
  • sturdy walking or hiking shoes (sandals may work too)
  • hiking stick, if needed
  • WATER BOTTLE (you’ll need to drink lots of water)
  • sunglasses and hat
  • swimsuit and towel (Pool is expected to be open. Abiquiu Lake is a short drive away.)
  • flashlight
  • sunblock and lip gloss
  • bug spray or Skin so Soft for no see ’ems
  • toiletries, hairdryer, if needed
  • bathrobe and flip flops to walk to the communal bath
  • camera/phone for pictures
  • medicines (NOTE: there is a First Aid Kit in each classroom) (Tylenol available for altitude headaches)
  • credit card for long distance phone calls or purchases at Trading Post, no ATMs
  • Cell service and WIFl are available in some areas of the ranch
  • Art Supplies (you will receive a supply list from your teacher)
  • The artwork you’ve made you’d like to share with the group (Thursday night)

Hiking, Tours, Trail Rides and
Other Things Around The Area

At Ghost Ranch

There are several hiking trails on the ranch. If you are planning an afternoon hike or trip, sack lunches (sandwiches and fruit) can be made at breakfast. We will create a “post-it” board to network hiking opportunities. It is not a good idea to hike alone.

O’Keeffe Landscape Tours and Trail Rides are available at Ghost Ranch. See the schedule and book ahead at

In the Area

There are interesting sights in the area including: Abiquiu, Abiquiu Cafe and Inn, Georgia O’Keeffe Welcome Center and the Home and Studio Tour (make advanced reservation on the Georgia O’Keeffe website-this tour fills really early), Echo Canyon, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, Christ in the Desert Monastery (this is a single lane road impassable in rain), Bodes General Store and gas station, etc…

If you are arriving Saturday, June 1st, consider staying at the Abiquiu Inn and taking the Georgia O’Keeffe house tour at 9am on Sunday, the 2nd. It leaves from the Georgia O’Keeffe Welcome Center right next to the Abiquiu Inn and costs $40/person. Sign up early! The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe is worth visiting too. Google for hours.

Happy Trails!

Beth and Amy



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