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Spirit Wings

An Angel Painting Course to Inspire and Manifest Your Dreams

August 6 - 11, 2017

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

$695 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

Join internationally celebrated artist, entrepreneur, and inspirational teacher Kelly Rae Roberts for a heart-art painting workshop to let art out and let love in.

We all have dreams and struggles, as well as layers of tenderness and hope. In Spirit Wings, you will create angel paintings specific to where you are on your life journey at this time. Your paintings will be sacred to your story, inspire and manifest what’s to come, and invite what you want more of and declare what you want less of.

This weekend you will learn and practice:

  • Several techniques for creating backgrounds, painting faces, and adding wings
  • Opening your heart to what becomes possible when you nurture your spirit through art
  • How to access and follow your own soulful intention throughout the process to inspire your path.

Kelly Rae’s approach is intentionally nontechnical. She will walk you step-by-step through her own process of creating whimsical, even unrealistic faces, without focus on technical facial drawing assignments.

Even if you have no painting experience, through painting winged angels you will grow your own wings and take flight. Together, we will do something magical and the beautiful paintings that result will be your own personal guides as you continue forward in your life.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Kelly Rae Roberts, MSW

    Artist, author, and "possibilitarian"

    Kelly Rae Roberts is an internationally celebrated artist, author, and “possibilitarian.”

    She earned her master’s degree in something practical: social work. Then, her heart started pulling her towards something big, brave, and new, and she decided to pursue a thoroughly “impractical” dream: to become an artist. She put paint to paper, and her heart exploded with renewed passion and joy. Her artwork spread like wildfire, reaching thousands of fans and pulling in millions of dollars in licensed artwork sales.

    She is the best-selling author of Taking Flight: Inspiration & Techniques to Give Your Creative Spirit Wings, author of the popular e-book series Flying Lessons: Tips & Tricks to Help Your Creative Business Soar, and creator of two well-loved online painting e-courses.

    Kelly’s work and approach has been featured in countless books and magazines and on uplifting gift products worldwide. She genuinely believes that anything is possible, if you take one baby step of bravery after another.

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  • Why Attend
    • Create your own gorgeous, inspirational paintings—even if you have no prior experience—to help manifest and call in all that is waiting for you.

    • Let your life magically shift as you open up to discovering new, brighter, and more hopeful ways of being in the world.

    • Explore a new form of self-expression to honor your celebrations, grief, courage, and abundance.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.


    None required.

    Experience Level

    No art training or prior experience required.

    Things To Bring

    Paint: Try and get a mixture of fluid acrylics and soft body acrylics. I love using Golden fluid acrylics and Liquitex soft bodied paints, but they are not required. Feel free to purchase the less expensive craft brands of paint that can found at craft stores, nationwide (brands like Martha Stewart, Folk Art, Americana). You will not need heavy bodied paints – just fluid acrylics and soft bodied. If you choose to purchase the craft brands of paint, the consistency of those paints will work just fine as they’re in between a traditional fluid acrylic and soft body.

    You’ll need the following colors.

    • White– at minimum, 4 oz bottle
    • Black – at minimum, 4 oz bottle
    • At minimum 3-5 Cool Colors (blues, greens) – choose whatever coolcolors that you love – anything in the blue/green family will work. Depending on how many colors you choose, I would recommend buying at least 2 oz bottles of each color you choose. Not sure what would be considered a cool color? This color wheel is helpful to reference.
    • At minimum 3-5 Warm Colors (reds, yellows, oranges) – choose whateverwarm colors you love! Depending on how many colors you choose, I would recommend buying at least 2 oz bottles of each color you choose. Not sure what would be considered a warm color? This color wheel is helpful to reference.

    Canvases: You’ll need something to paint on! Pick one or all of the following options (or a combination). I recommend having at least 5-6 blank canvases. I will be using the canvas panels as demos, in size 9×12. You can use whatever size you’d like depending on your comfort level – though I don’t recommend anything smaller than 8×10.

    Please note that we will not be using traditional canvases in class, but rather canvas boards and panels. These provide a hard surface that comes in quite handy, especially when we are stamping/stenciling our mantra words onto the surface.

    • Dick Blick Studio Artist Boards– These come in a variety of sizes and I use these almost exclusively.
    • Canvas panelsThese are sold individually or in a pack.
    • Wood Panels– Be sure to pick up some gesso (link below) if you decide to go with this option as you’ll need to coat your wood panel with it before you start painting.
    • Mixed Media Paper– Can be bought as individual pieces or bound, like a sketchbook. Be sure the paper is a minimum of 90lb weight. Watercolor paper will work just fine as well.

    Oil Pastels: I use Sennelier Oil Pastels to create the faces. They are the creamiest, smoothest oil pastels. You can find them right here. Be sure to get the following facial tones/colors:

    • Raw Sienna
    • Burnt Umber
    • Raw Umber
    • White
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Flesh Ochre


    Gel Medium: It’s super important to get the Regular Gel Medium in GLOSS. Golden brand is worth every penny, and if you’re going to spend extra money on any art supply for this class, this is where to spend it. I’d recommend at minimum, a 16oz jar. We’ll use this a lot.


    • Foam Brushes: I’d get 5-7 of these, 1.5″ – 2” in size.
    • Small Paint Brushes: Remember to keep it inexpensive. I like the ones that are sold in economy packs. Be sure it includes a #6 round (or somewhere close to that size).

    Spray Bottle: any spray bottle will work, so have fun picking it out.

    Texture Tools: These are household items that will help us create really fun effects in our paintings. You don’t need all of these, but I want to give you an idea of a few things that are fun to use. Watch the video for more details.

    • Bubble wrap – at least 6×6″ square will do.
    • Drawer/grip liner (waffle texture)
    • Old credit cards
    • Jar caps
    • Pen caps
    • Anything that could make a great mark when stamped into paint or ink

    Painting Palette: In class, I use an enamel tray palette (small), but you can also use a disposable palette pador anything else that can hold your paint.

    Embossing Gun: (heat gun) – This is a super duper time saver when it comes to drying your paints in between layers.


    • White Gel Pen– I like Uniball Signo brand.
    • Faber Castell Pitt Pens – In black and red. I use the brush tip, and the medium tip.
    • Stabilo “All” Pencil– Black

    Alphabet Stamps:  Cavallini makes a great typewriter alphabet stamp (I use these lower case and these upper case stamps) as do many other brands, found in craft stores nationwide. I also like using  a small typewriter font stamp like these as an added bonus. At minimum, one set of alphabet stamps will work.

    Collage Papers: You’ll need a variety of papers – at least 10-15 scraps of paper per painting. Below are a few options. You don’t need all of these, but below are some options to choose from. When it comes to choosing papers, don’t worry about colors, patterns, etc. Just choose papers that delight your spirit and we will use them! Here are a few suggested collage paper options:

    • Wallpaper scraps (vintage or otherwise) – this is what I use for the painting in Part 1 of the course.
    • Scrapbook papers: There are lots of options, check them out!Also check out these ones! I’d recommend having at least 10-15 sheets of paper.
    • Gift wrap – Any gift wrap will do. I loveCavallini papers.
    • Tissue paper – patterned
    • Sewing pattern paper
    • Book pages (I love using pages from old music books)
    • Maps

    Paper Towels: I’d recommend a paper towel with texture and without colored images. It’s also totally fine to use an old rag..

    Latex Gloves: if you prefer not to get your hands dirty then by all means please use gloves , yet I encourage you to get messy (permission granted)!

    Apron: Again this is a personal choice so let your heart lead and find one that speaks to you.


    Special Details

    Spirit Wings is about inspired creation; it does not cover the technical aspects of drawing realistic facial features.

  • 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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