This workshop will be held in beautiful Cozumel, Mexico and will be facilitated by three renowned artists:
Patti Mollica, contemporary artist, author, and instructor.
Requirements: Basic dive certification.
Prior drawing experience is not necessary.
Interested snorkelers and non-divers can participate.
It is not exclusive to divers, although the emphasis will be on the marine environment.
🐠 A portion of the proceeds go towards coral restoration, research, and projects.
Arrival Meet & Greet
There will be a meet and greet from 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Sunset Restaurant and Bar
Preparation for underwater drawing
There will be a 2-3 hour class in the provided workshop space covering how to use the aquaSketch Palette and materials underwater, safe dive procedures when drawing underwater, various drawing techniques for underwater drawing, respect for the environment and the use of color media underwater amongst other topics along with a question and answer period.
During this first class participants will need to have a sketch book and something to draw with as we will be doing a number of drawing exercises as a "warm up" for the following day underwater.
A supply list will be sent out to the participants in advance.
Afternoon snorkel to cool off and explore the site where we'll be diving and drawing.
Ocean underwater drawing class
Prerequisite: Open water dive certification; bring your dive card.
Participants will have private consultations and painting guidance with Mark & Pat (depending on the enrollment approximately 45 minutes per per person).
Participants that are not divers can work with Pat in the workshop on the subjects of their choice, though the emphasis will be on the marine environment.
Participants can work from life or bring their own reference photos or use a photo that we will provide. At the end of the day each student will be scheduled for approximately 45 minute one on one session with either Mark or Pat in the studio on the following day.
Participants can dive with Colleen to learn more about Zoe - A Living Sea Sculpture and engage with the coral restoration project, if they like.
This will be a Zoe experience course that includes some basic discussion about the restoration process, the corals, and working with the fragments. Participants may have the opportunity to hunt for broken and/or orphaned corals to transplant on Zoe.
Participants can relax and enjoy the area at their leisure. Colleen may add something extra for those who just can't get enough of the coral reefs, depending on the interest of the group!
Those who wish to keep working in the studio will have private consultations and painting guidance with Mark & Pat.
*Due to the nature of nature, some activities may need to be shuffled if weather dictates it to be so. Safety first!
The aquaSketch Workshop culminates with an informal "gallery style" reception at the Casa Del Mar hotel. Enjoy some food, sharing, and viewing the group's art to close the event.
Requirements - Basic dive certification. Prior drawing experience is not necessary. Non-divers and snorkelers are welcome.
Dive & Draw Workshop Only.
The Casa Del Mar is a short walking distance to the dive location (approximately 5-10 min.) and where some of the workshop will take place. Prices shown below are for you information only. You will pay the hotel directly.
Standard room, taxes, hotel fee, DSA, food starting with lunch or dinner on the day of arrival and ending with breakfast on the day of your departure, non-alcoholic drinks.
Participants will make reservations directly with the Hotel and will receive a special code for our group's discount package rates.
5 Nights (Per Person)
1 or 2 beds as requested and are subject to availability
Instructor | Owner & Inventor of aquaSketch
In 1983 while working as a musician on the T.S.S. Carnivale, Mark began to sketch regularly and soon was appointed ship’s artist. Upon returning to Boston he was awarded a scholarship to study painting at The School of The Museum of Fine Arts.
After moving to New York, he studied anatomy, drawing, and painting at the Art Students League in NYC. Masters there instilled in Mark the importance of working directly from life.
An avid scuba diver and environmentalist, he has studied underwater photography with Cathy Church at Sunset House in Grand Cayman, BWI and Jim Church off the coast of Belize aboard the Aggressor III. He has also studied animal and marine anatomy with Stephen Quinn at the Museum of Natural History in NYC.
Years of experimenting to make drawing possible underwater, Mark developed the aquaSketch system and founded aquaSketch, Inc. the worlds foremost writing, drawing, and reference for all
extreme environments. aquaSketch products are now available worldwide and in constant use by the US Military, NASA and NOAA as well as Sea Shepherd, Greenpeace and other environmental organizations.
Mark’s marine paintings are derived from observations, sketches and hundreds of photos taken on the many dives he has made throughout the world in locations ranging from the China Sea off Okinawa, Puget Sound in the Pacific northwest and the Caribbean off the coasts of Cozumel Mexico, the Florida Keys , Grand Cayman and Belize.
Socio-Ecological Artist | Founder of Living Sea Sculpture
Through visual, performing, and biological arts, she investigates contemporary issues of species endangerment and ecosystem regeneration, specifically coral reefs.
Her work encompasses Living Sea Sculptures, conversation-catalyzing alter egos, participatory multimedia exhibitions, and more.
Colleen works at the intersection of art, science, technology, and the environment.
She is the first visual artist to be certified in electrolytic mineral accretion, a method for coral reef restoration that shares many metallurgical, electrical and chemical principles with her early jewelry and sculpture, which encompassed electroforming, casting, welding, surface patinas, and mixed media fabrication.
The first of its kind in Cozumel, Mexico, Colleen and an international, interdisciplinary team have created and maintain a DNA-inspired artificial reef sculpture.
Zoe - A Living Sea Sculpture has become an artistic coral refuge, scientific study, and unique attraction in the MUSUBO underwater museum in Cozumel, Mexico.
Scientists, filmmakers, environmentalists, government, tourism, divers, and others are involved with bringing this new angle to the underwater art/science institution started in 2011.
Artist, Author, Instructor | Owner of Mollica Studio, NY
Patti delights in painting the world around her in a bold, confident style, with hues that are vibrant, energetic and contemporary. Her work is known for its fearless use of color and expressive brushwork, while still blending a delicate balance between impressionism, abstraction and realism.
Patti has been commissioned by, and is included in the private collections of American Express, Sheraton Hotels, CBS & RCA Records, Penguin Press and many others.
She is a Certified Teacher for Golden Paints and conducts workshops throughout the U.S., covering topics such as “Innovative Acrylic Techniques using Golden Paints”, as well as “How to Paint Fast, Loose and Bold”.
Patti’s original artwork is represented in several galleries throughout the US.
Published prints and posters can be found in retail chains worldwide. She is the author of 4 Books, "How to Paint Fast, Loose and Bold", “Modern Acrylics “, “Color Theory”, and “Acrylics - Getting Started”, as well as 3 instructional painting DVD’s, “Value, Brushwork, and Color Techniques”,
If you'd like to know more or you're interested in creating a private event at Zoe - A Living Sea Sculpture in Cozumel, please drop us a line. We love creative ideas!
Zoe - A Living Sea Sculpture, Av. Rafael E. Melgar, 77600 San Miguel de Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico