Jill Bliss

retreats & workshops

I’ve taught numerous hands-on workshops & classes on the processes of art & design. My book Drawing Nature, as well as my stationary collections, journals and original artwork are sold in museums, galleries & shops world-wide.

Generally I spend the summer months showing others how to leave their daily lives behind while exploring, uncovering, discovering & strengthening their natural creative abilities using several tools including drawing, collage, photography, writing & discussions. Three to twenty art-makers at a time of all skill levels together benefit from 1 – 5 uninterrupted days of creativity. Email me if you’d like to receive info for future workshops!


2015 workshop / retreat

JUNE 11 – 13, SEATTLE AREA
My annual Summer Nature Drawing Workshop returns! Join me and up to 20 others for a few days in July at the gorgeous Bloedel Nature Reserve on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from downtown Seattle, WA.

Workshop evening reception on June 11, Workshop work days June 12 & 13, from 10am to 4pm both days.

Visit the Bloedel website for complete information & registration details.


praise for past 3-day immersive retreats

LOVED the retreat in portland in 2012, one of the best i’ve ever been to! – Elizabeth, from Pennsylvania

Thank you so much for a fabulous, fun, colourful, eye-opening, tasty getaway!” – Cathy, from Victoria, BC, Canada

I already miss waking up to freshly made breakfast and a nice drawing session. Not only was this an eye-opening and learning experience for me but I got to meet some amazing women as well.” – Teresa, from Fairbanks, Alaska

praise for past 1-day nature drawing workshops

I have the best memories of your drawing class! I love the freedom, creativity, and introspection that your class inspired in me.” – Linnea, from Texas

Thank you so much for a wonderful drawing experience! I had a great time and am having fun filling up the pages in my journal :-) Jill, you are a great teacher – you were very easy and fun to talk to and learn from. Thank you!” – Adrianne, from Portland, Oregon

I enjoyed the afternoon SO much! Thank you for creating such a lovely experience. I learned SO much and can’t look at plants the same anymore.” – Beth, from Portland, Oregon

Fabulous class!!! I am hoping to sign up for another just to get the 5 hours of drawing time with a group of excited people. Thank you so much. ” – Betsy, from Portland, Oregon


past independent workshops & retreats

2014
3-day Summer Drawing Retreat [July], Bainbridge Island, WA

2013
5-day Nature-based Creativity Retreat [august], Cortes Island, BC, Canada [canceled due to circumstances beyond anyone's control]

2012
3-day Summer Drawing Retreat [July], Portland, OR
3-day Wildflower Drawing Car Camping Adventure [August], Mt. Rainier, WA

2009 – 2011
1-day Summer Sunday Drawing Workshops [May, June, July], Portland, OR