Deck of Textures 2023

Deck of Textures 2023


Are you ready to get away on a creative break and make art with like-minded people? Join Uma Kelkar, Suhita Shirodkar and Nina Khashchina on a creative all-inclusive weekend:  instruction, supplies, lodging and food included when you join us on this retreat. 

Sep 15 – 17, 2023

🎉 Highlights of the 2023 version 🎉

  1. One Workshop session each day – starting as soon as you arrive on Friday afternoon! In effect, you will have one workshop on Friday, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. 
  2. 🖌 🎨 Increased outdoor painting time with each session incorporating a segment where you work on location.
  3. ⛱ Restful afternoons after lunch on Saturday and Sunday to take advantage of the wonderful Asilomar grounds available to us. 
  4. Experimental Art Sessions after dinner on Friday and Saturday, open to non-participants as well. With wine 🍷 and non-alcoholic🥤beverages, 📚 sketchbook sharing and 🎶 music.
  5. All workshop supplies are included in the price again, and you will get a take home kit with materials for all three parts of the workshop, enabling you to experiment and grow all the skills you tasted at the workshop. 
  6. 🔖A workshop handout to take home so you don’t have to write down all the notes at once.
  7. A private chat group where we can post updates, answer questions, exchange tips and results of work and stay in touch before and after the workshop. 💬 This chat will commence a month before the workshop.
  8. BOOK your spot at a fraction of ticket price with a non-refundable deposit. Remaining payment due March 1, 2023
    Pay Deposit
  9. 🐦 If you rather buy full ticket now and avail of Early Bird Pricing, scroll on down! Prices increase June 1.
  10. 🍒 Cherry on top: You want to sign up you and your buddy at once? That will get you a total discount of $200 on your total payment! Use coupon code JYWS59BM when you make payment. You will also get an email on March 1 with coupon code in it if you paid deposit for 2 people.

Coupons and Early Bird pricing expire June 1.

Deck of Textures is a two-day on-location, in-person experience which emphasizes finding joy in the process of making. Each workshop attendee will engage in short nature walks to find inspiration in nature and then use found objects/photographs to inform the guided explorations in workshop sessions through the day. Our media will be diverse, ranging from watercolor, ink, crayons to charcoal. Some of our work will be individually made and some collaboratively. Emphasis will be on experimentation and demonstrations will include techniques in mark-making, creating textures, experimental printmaking and collage among others.


Your inspiration will be our breathtaking locationAsilomar on Pacific Coast with your choice of motifs ranging from representational to abstract. We will be within walking distance from the beach. The workshop will be held in a spacious, heated, enclosed yet ventilated room.

What are people saying of Deck of Textures?

“Returning home with permission to play.”

Yoga of Strokes made me realize that I bring an expectation-free self to my knitting that focuses me on the joy of the process and this same joy can be brought to my sketchbook. The dots and dashes from Suhita’s class? That’s how I knit!

Loved the camaraderie of the 3 instructors and variety of art materials we experimented with.”

Excellent workshop. Can’t wait to be back next year!


Single Occupancy room
Your booking includes workshop fees, supplies, meals, room, welcome reception, take-home kit and handout.

Double Occupancy rooms
Your booking includes workshop fees, supplies, meals, shared room with 2 beds, welcome reception, take-home kit and handout. You will be paired with another attendee of same gender.

Single Occupancy room + 1 non-participating guest
Your booking includes workshop fees, supplies, your meals, take-home kit, handout, shared room with the guest and meal for the non-participating guest & welcome reception for both of you.


Don’t want to remember to pay another date? Want to pay in full? Take Early Bird Pricing below, no deposit needed in that case! In addition, use coupon code JYWS59BM if you sign up for 2 people. One single credit card transaction will purchase and pay for 2 tickets.

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Suhita Shirodkar (@suhitasketch)
Visual Journalist
Urban Sketcher
International Workshop Educator

Uma Kelkar (@umapaints)
Fine Art Painter
Urban Sketcher
International Workshop Educator

Nina Khashchina (@ninaapplepine)
Nature and Food Illustrator
Sketchbook Artist
Urban Sketcher
Workshop Instructor

Session 1: Nina

Nina will introduce quick and portable printing techniques and their phenomenal capacity to expand and simplify your creative practice. We will add whimsical and colorful printed lines and textures and play with adding interesting bold shapes and subtle patterns to existing line works.

Session 2: Uma

In the second session led by Uma, you will feel the color palette and textures of large natural elements like facades, vegetation, beaches, cliffs ledges. Employing ink + spray bottles + walnut ink crystals we will use different tempos of putting down large shapes and of introducing secondary media at various drying times to build textures into it our works. Think of this session as though practicing staccato and legato of painting strokes.

Session 3: Suhita

In session 2, you will explore mark making in myriad media, experiment with mixing and layering media and with using found tools to create unusual marks. You will also build on experiments from Session 2 & 3 and start to combine and layer techniques into dynamic pieces. 


Take a deep breath and settle in for a time of serene relaxation, reflection and rejuvenation. Celebrated as Monterey Peninsula’s “Refuge by the Sea” – Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds is a breathtakingly gorgeous 107 acres of ecologically diverse beachfront land. Situated within the quaint and scenic town of Pacific Grove, Asilomar offers guests the simple comforts of cozy cottages and historic lodges – and an unforgettable escape from the demands of everyday life. 

  • Workshop attendance requires on-location accommodation. Free on-location parking.
  • Choices of single/double occupancy. Wi-Fi in each room. Room refrigerators can be rented from hotel management.
  • Asilomar State Park Video and Cottages

[Pick up from San Jose or San Francisco Airport is available and can be arranged. More details to come about this]


Meals covered are 2 x breakfasts, 2 x dinners, 2 x lunches. Gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options always available. We will have eating tables for our workshop set aside in the main mess hall, so we will not be dining with people outside our group. Staff will wear masks and adhere to state and county rules at all times. See sample menus in the gallery above. Chef’s decides menu daily.

Tentative Timetable

Supplies for workshop

Workshop cost includes the following supplies that will be available for group use – All watercolor pigments, crayons, water soluble and insoluble inks, and paper that instructors use for demonstrations will be available to you. If you must have special tools, archival papers, specific pigments then, please bring them along. 


Is there an age requirement?

This is an adults (18+) only workshop.

What is your cancellation & payment policy?

  • Pay non-refundable deposit ($250) now to block a seat. Make remaining payment on March 1, 2023
  • Remaining payment is due March 1, 2023.
  • Everyone buys full price ticket March 1 – May 31, 2023.
  • Ticket prices go up by $100 on June 1, 2023.
  • No refunds at any time after March 1. The event organizers will refund all monies in case event is cancelled by them.

Can locals pay just for workshop?

We wish, but out contract with Asilomar Conference grounds requires accommodation + meal charges bookings.

What if my non-participant guest and I don’t share the same dietary concerns?

Choose single occupancy + 1 non-participating partner ticket as per your dietary restrictions. Then send email (LINK) to Uma with partner’s name + dietary preference.

Do I know who I will be roomed with? Applies only to double occupancy tickets.

We expect flux here, therefore, we won’t divulge until you arrive on the premises. We are unable to offer lifestyle matchmaking with potential roommates.

Is there an airport pick up available?

No. However, here is one way to arrange for a ride as suggested to us Asilomar Conference grounds. Monterey Airbus (LINK) picks up at San Francisco and San Jose Airports. These are their rates (LINK).

Refrigerator Rentals

Asilomar Conference Grounds lets people arrange for refrigerator rentals by calling front desk. Information about price coming soon. We do not have visibility on the # available.

Parking Fees

Parking is free.


Free Wi-Fi in all guest rooms.


No TV’s in rooms.

Other attractions

World famous Cannery Row is 3 miles away from conference grounds.
Short distance from tourist spots like Lover’s point. Driving distance to scenic 17 mile drive.
View Pebble Beach (golf course) during our inspiration foraging walks.

Room Occupancy

Single Occupancy Room, Single Occupancy + 1 Non-participant guest (+ $350 for both days), Double Occupancy Room


No restrictions, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Vegan

Join Waitlist We will inform you when the workshop seats become available. Please leave your valid and frequently used email address below.