Joan has been leading art related tours for over 18 years to fascinating places around the world. Join us for one of our upcoming adventures!

Upcoming Tours in 2015-16

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Needle felted landscape by instructor and tour leader Joan Slack

Fiber Art Travel Tours    

“Felting the Southwestern Landscape”

A  workshop and tour in Santa Fe, New Mexico

April 17-26, 2016DSC_0453-001

 The landscape of southwestern New Mexico is rich in color, form and ever changing light, and beautifully lends itself to interpretation is art. In this workshop we will explore ancient petroglyphs and pueblos where DSCF8226the past and present merge, learn about the history and culture of Santa Fe and surrounding areas, and experience the rich and vibrant art scene with visits to artists and museums. All of this experience will be brought back to our hands-on felt-making workshop focused on “Felting the Southwestern Landscape”. Felting the Southwest Landscape

 

Fiber Arts in Ireland: A Wooly Trail Along the DSCF4571Wild Atlantic Coast          Fiber Arts Workshop and Tour      June 1-13, 2016  

This tour and workshop begins in the Burren, where wDSCF8217e will learn the history and begin our trail of all things wool. We then head to Connemara for a felting workshop, then Glencolmcille for tapestry weaving!

Fiber art tour to Ireland 2016

Art and Cultural Tours to Ireland

Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way Tour: October 8-15, 2015

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irelandJoin us for a trip along the Wild Atlantic Way, which stretches for 1,500 miles along Ireland’s western seaboard. This trip will be focused on the southwestern part of the “way” where we will explore the history, culture, archaeology and secret places of this coastline. Kerry tourism states “Here, the ocean’s force has carved a coast of wild, raw beauty. Huge Atlantic rollers crash and churn, shaping jagged ocean crags, archipelagos and inlets, sea loughs, surfing strands, and the sheer granite walls of cliffs that are amongst some of the highest in Europe. Rare sea eagles circle over glacial mountains, dolphins leap the waves, seals bask on the shore, puffins nest on cliff faces and geese gather in great estuaries. And lighthouses safeguard sailors all the way up the coast. It is with this splendor as our constant companion that we will explore, delve into the ancient past, and experience Ireland in a way you will always remember.

Tracing the Past in Ireland: October 20-31, 2015

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ireland18Join us for a unique exploration of enchanting Ireland on the eastern and northern coast as we delve into the texture of Irish culture from prehistory to present. We begin in Dublin, which offers a look at hundreds of years of history through its architecture, culture and museums. We will visit the National Museum, which boasts pottery from the Stone Age, gold neck collars, called “torcs” made by the Celts, and elaborate metalworking created during monastic times. The Viking longship exhibit, and the influence of their presence in Dublin, provides an in-depth visual history of this culture in Ireland. We will see the rich and fascinating history in the landscape by visiting stone circles, ring forts, medieval churches, and ancient solar observatories. Woven into the story of the past will be activities with Irish artists, actors, guides and musicians.