Workshop + Currant Room: Inspired Abstract Desert Landscapes



During this week-long workshop retreat at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon, expand your artist’s eye by learning different ways of seeing and interpret your observations of the high desert environment to create abstract art that is wholly your own.



This package includes a 7-night stay in a private room in the shared Garden House only steps away from the PLAYA garden and the main Commons lodge, registration for Inspired Abstract Desert Landscapes and two group dinners as listed in the workshop description below.

Choose “single” for one workshop registration and single room occupancy.

Choose “double” for two workshop registrations and double room occupancy.

The Currant Room is a cozy, north-facing private room in the Garden House closest to the PLAYA garden and main Commons lodge. The room includes a queen bed, closet, dresser and nightstand. You will share the large kitchen, dining area, living room and bathroom with the other bedroom renter as well as anyone who camps in the garden. The Currant Room is secure so renters can lock their belongings inside. Please note that the refrigerator is a shared appliance. Labeling your food is encouraged. This low-cost option creates more affordability for folks on a budget. The house comes furnished with all kitchen utensils, bedding, towels and furnished dining and lounge area.


Instructor: Meg Kaczyk

Dates: Sept. 5- 12, 2024

Arrival: Thursday, Sept. 5

Departure: Thursday, Sept. 12

Skill Level: All skill levels welcome

Mobility Level: Easy, flat walks around campus on uneven terrain or gravel.

Workshop Description:

Expand your artist’s eye by learning different ways of seeing, loosen your grip on realism, and move into an exploration of essence. In this workshop, you will interpret your observations of the high desert environment to create abstract art that is wholly your own. With an iterative approach, you’ll lean into different mediums, including watercolor, graphite, oil pastel and cut paper, to personally express the power of the Playa landscape. Along the way, creative process insights are shared that can free your hand, and strengthen your visual voice. Three days of independent studio days give participants a chance to experiment on their own.

Instructor Bio:

Meg Kaczyk’s abstract paintings are fed by observations of daily life, the natural
world, poetry, and a long-standing meditation practice. Trained as an illustrator and designer in the Midwest, Meg has had a 30-year career in the creative arts including fine art, creative direction, graphics, arts administration and teaching. Now working out of her studio in Port Townsend, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula, Meg exhibits her work regionally. Her solo show at Grover Gallery in March 2021, “Some Mornings”, featured abstract oil paintings inspired by poems by Linda Robertson on themes of transcendence and loss. Meg regularly teaches at Northwind Art School in Port Townsend, offering creative processes designed to grow each artist’s personal expression. Follow Meg on Instagram: @megkaczyk. Visit her website: megkaczyk.com



  • Day 1: Thursday, Sept. 5: 2:00-5:00 pm Arrival | Evening on your own
  • Day 2: Friday, Sept. 6:  10-12  Introduction and slide show presentation, field assignment | Lunch on your own |   Studio + materials overview, warm-ups and small formats |  Group Dinner Provided by PLAYA
  • Day 3: Saturday, Sept. 7: Presentation on “ways of seeing” examples, work share from previous day. Field work | Lunch on your own | students share images, guidance/coaching on iterative process, Continue working on small format pieces, moving on to mid-size format | Instructor work share | Evening on your own
  • Day 4: Sunday, Sept. 8: Working from previous days small and medium works, go larger, change mediums. Reading packets distributed | Lunch on your own | Reading debrief, studio time | Evening on your own
  • Day 5: Monday, Sept. 9: Independent studio time 
  • Day 6: Tuesday, Sept. 10: Independent Studio time
  • Day 7: Wednesday, Sept. 11: Independent Studio time | 4-6 student showcase and share |  Group Goodbye Dinner Provided by PLAYA
  • Day 8: Thursday, Sept. 12: Morning on your own | Depart by noon

Materials Provided for use:

Mediums provided for studio/classroom work include: student grade pan watercolors, oil pastels, water soluble pastels, graphite, charcoal, paper for collage, and liquid acrylics. Substrates provided include 3 different small format papers, 3 different medium format papers, and two different large format papers. Brushes are provided for use. 

Materials List:

Bring any materials, paints, tools and substrates of your choice for independent studio work.


*No pets allowed. Thank you.


Additional information

Single | Double

Single, Double