Pushing the Color 

An Art-Sea Retreat

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Spend a week Finding Inspiration and Stretching your Skills with other artists in a sound side location.

Springtime just outside the Dare County Arts Council. Photo courtesy of Tatum Clements.

Full moon rising over the Manteo waterfront
Photo courtesy of Carmen Holmes

A walk in the Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, NC.
photo courtesy of Tatum Clements


What artist doesn’t wish to have time to paint without interruption? There are dozens of workshops out there to prove we crave that time away, we love having an instructor to keep us on track, and we can’t wait to learn new ways to create. Add in a dose of charm and a town with options for shopping, eating and down-time, and I have the perfect option for you. 

You are invited to join me, artist and acrylic painting instructor Adele Castillo, this April in the serene coastal village of Manteo, NC . We will spend the week learning, sharing and painting with other artists at the Dare County Arts Council. You may opt to stay in the gorgeous Tranquil House Inn on the waterfront directly across the street from our classroom at the DCAC or share a Manteo rental with several other artists. 

Enjoy the scenery, local pubs and restaurants, walking along the waterfront or take a quick drive to the ocean. Find inspiration in this quaint village that was home to our original colonists. Explore history or nature in nearby exhibits and of course, visit the nearby art galleries including the DCAC. 

To check out the Dare County Arts Council, click Here ☞ ☞ ☞ DCAC

Sculptress Carol Willett works on adapting color theory to her creations in Capture Your Style, Capture Your Color Retreat, 2017

“I want to thank you for your lavishly generous treatment…and for your expert teaching  during our recent retreat. I account the week an enormously successful investment in helping me be a better sculptor. ” Carol Willett, artist

In this, our 2nd retreat, we will focus on Pushing the Color. We will explore mixing the exact color you want, color families and how to decide which works, substituting your own palette for local color and more. 

Cat relishes every minute at the easel.

” Adele’s guidance is always spot on. The daily time provided a balance of instruction with guided painting time truly helped me move forward to the next step (in my painting.) Loved it!” 

A private moment consulting and demonstrating

As well as exploring color in depth, Adele will gently guide you to your next level of painting ability,  customizing each lesson to your needs, so whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, you will leave with added confidence and skills.

” The class size was conducive to personal attention and instruction. I was able to improve  and gain a lot of knowledge and resources for future work.  

Preparing the classroom the day before the retreat begins.

Each morning will be devoted to lessons with demonstrations to help you along that day. Time will be allotted for students to practice each new skill presented.  You can look forward to:

  •  Goal setting as a way to expedite your painting process
  •  Exploring color choices and how to push yourself to a new level
  •  Demonstrations to help get your days’ activity started
  •  Snack and Stretch breaks
  • One on one guidance along the way
  •  For fun: information regarding color – origins, sources, tidbits of interest
  •  Flexibility for the artist who paints quickly and the artist who takes a more measured approach

“Adele is a talented, knowledgable and fun instructor! She makes the classroom an exciting experience for artists of all levels, always bringing fresh ideas and helpful information to her students. You leave her workshops energized and excited to make art!”

My Promise

I promise I will work with you and share as much information as possible to help you improve your painting. If I don’t know something, I’ll do my best to find an answer. I promise to spend my time working with all students, individually as well as in group, to help you push your knowledge of color and to achieve your goals.


“I have learned more from Adele about color and pigment than from any other teacher I have had. Her focus on why colors look and mix the way they do, and on how to view and assess color interactions has been invaluable for me. She is always looking to discover and present products and techniques to her students and is always creatively experimenting with her own works as well. In my experience, Adele is both friendly and persistent in interacting with students, adapting herself to each individual student’s needs and across multiple mediums.” Elizabeth Hood, artist and student

How Do I Sign Up? 

You may still register up until March 3. The cost for late registration is $845.

Please email me to request an invoice. Payment in full will be do upon receipt.  This allows you to make your payment by check or charge.