Fred Krakowiak: The Tao of Dye on Silk at 1440 Multiversity

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The Tao of Dye on Silk

August 18 - 23, 2019

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

All-inclusive program package to include:

<ul> <li>Tuition</li> <li>Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)</li> <li>Shared or Private Accommodations</li> <li>Signature classes and wellness offerings</li> </ul> <p>Please Note: All packages are priced per person. Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. Only private rooms have the option of a private bath.  1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.</p>

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Program Description

Many creators will tell you that art is a form of meditation. In the ancient art of sumi—a spiritual path to creating pictures in ink—nothing could be truer. Rooted in Zen Buddhism, sumi is a path to beauty, simplicity, concentration, and clarity.

Join acclaimed nature and wildlife artist Fred Krakowiak and spend five days honing this East Asian art of painting with dye on silk. Each day will include time indoors and outdoors, viewing the natural colors of nature and expressing it within your art. With time for review and discussion, you will learn:

  • To look at nature and wildlife with an artist’s eye
  • The fundamental use of color and how to punctuate it in your art
  • How to control water and retain several colors in your brush
  • How to translate images onto silk
  • An art practice that is freeing, centering, and full of joy.

Think of painting on silk as a kaleidoscope of colorful strokes coming together as a masterpiece. Find stillness in your creativity and leave with work to wear, love, and display.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Fred Krakowiak

    Nature and wildlife artist, explorer

    Fred Krakowiak is a leading wildlife artist and writer, and a safari expert. Author of Africa: An Artist’s Safari and The Artist’s Safari, his passion is to capture the experience of seeing animals in Africa in all their motion, magic, and natural habitats.

    Fred engages audiences at zoos and museums across the country where he demonstrates his art techniques. He uses dye on silk to paint wildlife while sharing stories of his travels throughout Africa. With unscripted adventures such as facing bull elephants and lions only feet away, he inspires his audiences to step out of their comfort zone and experience life head-on.

    With over 25 years of conventional study in a variety of mediums, Fred is commissioned internationally by private collectors. His work is all about spontaneity and movement—the Africa he sees with his artist’s eye. Fred’s work is on display at the Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery in La Jolla, California.

    Fred’s books have been described as a “feast for the eyes” by the Virginia Quarterly Review and won him the prestigious 2008 Benjamin Franklin Awards for large-format cover design and best first book for nonfiction. His latest book, a memoir, is Tracking Your Inner Maverick: Career Transition for Trailblazers, Risk Takers & Rule-Breakers.

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  • Why Attend
    • Discover the gifts of this ancient and creative spiritual medium used by monks, Zen masters, and samurai.<br />

    • Create beautiful images of nature and wildlife bursting with brilliant color. With sumi, the possibilities are infinite!

    • Fred Krakowiak is a brilliant and award-winning artist whose connection to the natural world and enchanting safari stories will astound you.

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  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.


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