Once Upon A Time - Creative Arts Summer Camp for Grown Ups

Reconnect to the wonder, magic and artfulness of traditional fairy tales in this 9-week virtual art camp. Be inspired by the original stories of Goldilocks, the Little Mermaid and the Ugly Duckling as we gather around the virtual campfire for Season 2 of Once Upon a Time to create your own compendium of fairy tales in a brand new format.


Temperatures are getting warmer and days are getting longer. Summer is the perfect time to reconnect with your passion for art-making, storytelling and play.  If you found your way here, you are ready to fan the flames of your creativity, gather weekly for storytelling and art making and rekindle the excitement and wonder of summers past. 

We invite you to bring ALL of you to this magical experience:

  • The curious, playful explorer.
  • The believer in magic and myth.
  • The lover of fairy tales and adventures.
  • The storyteller and the poet.
  • Prepare to share your favorite stories and perhaps to write a new one where you are the hero or heroine. 
Create Your Own Book of Fairy Tales and Folklore
At Once Upon a Time you will have ample time to play, create and connect with other campers. We have a beautiful journey through art and story to guide you along the way. Imagine a variety of lessons, experiences and open studio time spread throughout the 9 weeks, with a sprinkling of fairy tales, fairy dust and magic making added to the mix. Imagine experiencing bookmaking, watercolor, Zentangle®, mixed media collage, storytelling, poetry and so much more!
What you can expect:
    •    Lessons in watercolor, Zentangle® and lettering
    •    Intuitive collage and mixed media techniques
    •    Guided visualizations and journaling

    •     Bonus creative play sessions between lessons
    •    Storytelling and connection time during live sessions
    •    Plenty of time for art-making! 

What’s included:

  • A custom curated kit of unique supplies just for camp  (for campers in the US/CANADA ONLY)**
  • A printable resource rich guidebook for your journey
  • 9 Live Classes with your camp guides
  • 3 Creative Play Sessions (no teaching, just play time)
  • A Facebook group for creating connections and making friends before, during and after the camp

Retreat Schedule

  • Live Lessons will be Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Pacific / 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Eastern
  • Weekly live sessions will be recorded in case you miss one
  • There will be three live creative play sessions for creating art in community between teaching session - great for connection and catch up (dates TBD)
Event Date Event End Date Price Register
4:30pm (PST) on Jun, 23rd 6:30pm (PST) on Jun, 23rd $297.00
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4:30pm (PST) on Jun, 30th 6:30pm (PST) on Jun, 30th $297.00
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4:30pm (PST) on Jul, 7th 6:30pm (PST) on Jul, 7th $297.00
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4:30pm (PST) on Jul, 14th 6:30pm (PST) on Jul, 14th $297.00
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4:30pm (PST) on Jul, 21st 6:30pm (PST) on Jul, 21st $297.00
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4:30pm (PST) on Jul, 28th 6:30pm (PST) on Jul, 28th $297.00
We are no longer accepting registration for this event
4:30pm (PST) on Aug, 4th 6:30pm (PST) on Aug, 4th $297.00
We are no longer accepting registration for this event

Instructor Info

Andrea Chebeleu

Andrea Chebeleu is the artist and entrepreneur behind A Work of Heart Studio.  A creative innovator from a very young age, Andrea enjoys a challenge and most of all figuring out how to make art with what’s on hand.  As an art instructor, her greatest joy comes from leading students through a process that, on the surface, looks complex but is achieved in simple steps.  Andrea's students appreciate her knowledge of materials, techniques and "try it and see what happens" attitude.  Creativity comes intrying and retrying.  Andrea takes the fear of trying in her approach of "first, not only."  While it may be the first time you’ve tried this, it’s not your only time.  Students are empowered to freely approach learning with playful curioisty.

Dr. Minette Riordan

Minette Riordan, Ph.D. is a modern-day Renaissance Woman. She is an artist, poet and writer who believes passionately that making time making art is essential to our well-being. She has built several successful businesses and published three books. Making art has helped her to recover from being an overachiever and perfectionist workaholic. 
She believes that we are all creative and it's time to own our artistry! The only way to do that is through consistent and frequent creative play. Minette loves the dynamic interplay of creativity and productivity and helps other artists and creatives to find their creative purpose and make time for their art. 

Brian Crimmins

Brian Crimmins is an artist, writer, Certified Zentangle® Teacher and certified Creative Depth Coach. On the heels of graduating with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of Central Florida in 2014, he discovered Zentangle® through a class at a local art store.

Since becoming a CZT in 2016, Brian has twice been on the faculty of Tangle U. He’s taught online and in-person workshops in his community and has exhibited his own Zentangle-inspired art in museums and galleries in the Central Florida area.

Brian is the author of Zentangle(R) Dingbatz: Patterns & Projects for Dynamic Tangled Ornaments & Decorations, available on Amazon.com He runs an active Facebook group, “Dynamic Dingbatz with Zentangle®”. 

One of Brian's favorite fairy tales is The Little Mermaid.

Dr. Minette Riordan


Dr. Minette Riordan is a modern day Renaissance woman: transformational artist, writer, award-winning entrepreneur and advocate for creativity as essential to the well-being of all people and our planet. She holds a doctorate from Stanford University as well as multiple coaching certifications including her most recent certification as a Creative Depth Coach.

Life took her by surprise in 2017 when people started asking her to buy her paintings. “I’m not an artist,” she said. This was a turning point in her life and her career. Since then she has been selling art and teaching others to courageously own their artistry and build their creative business through her coaching, online programs and live events. 

Minette always believed in unicorns and magic. When she was young, she could often be found riding around the neighborhood on her big black horse, pigtails flying, in search of adventure or lying in the grass gazing at clouds. 

Minette has always loved the story of The Ugly Duckling, probably why she was so addicted to American Idol.