The Fantastic Workshop 2017

Artist Workshop In Nashville Tennessee


The Fantastic Workshop took place in Nashville Tennessee this November. This was my second time attending this workshop. Here are a few words about my experience of spending a long weekend with many fellow artists.


The workshop is an opportunity to hang out with fellow artists and learn from expert instructors. During the workshop we learn about how to grow our art businesses and we also talk a lot about the process of creating art.

I was especially excited this year to learn from some of my favourite artists such as Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Annie Stegg Gerard and Justin Gerard. I picked up a lot of new information about oil painting techniques that I can't wait to try. Jasmine Becket-Griffith also did an amazing talk about having a successful art business that I found extremely inspiring.


The Location

The Fantastic Workshop takes place in an area that looks just like Hogwarts! The campus is called The Scarritt Bennett Centre. This place is such an inspiring environment to talk about art and draw and paint.


Belle Meade Plantation

I travelled to The Fantastic Workshop all the way from Finland, so I wanted to have a chance to do a few days of sightseeing before the workshop started. I love history and whenever I'm abroad I like to visit historical sites. I especially love old manor houses.

There is a historic plantation called the Belle Meade Plantation just a short car ride from the centre of Nashville. Below you can see a photo of the Belle Meade Mansion. We weren't allowed to take photos inside, but I took a lot of mental notes, the house was absolutely gorgeous inside. We had a tour guide who was dressed in turn of the century clothes take us through the house. And because it is almost Christmas time, each room of the house was decorated for Christmas from different centuries.


The grounds around the mansion were beautiful as well. I loved how the trees were bright with autumn colours. I am definitely going to paint something inspired by the experience of visiting this place.


You can find more information about The Fantastic Workshop on their website

Thank you for reading.


Eeva Nikunen is a fantasy artist from Finland who specialises in narrative style fine art and illustration.