May 2017 Retreat Review

An Experience of a Lifetime!

Because how many chances will you get to be taught by a world-famous artist?

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Reviews from Previous Students


"Let me start by saying that the 1st Scott Jacobs Artist Retreat was an outstanding success, what an amazing time we all had!  This truly was an experience of a lifetime and I will be forever grateful to have had the chance to be a part of this wonderful event.  To have the chance to learn from such incredibly talented artists as Scott, Dan, Todd & Alexa, well it just doesn't get any better than that!  

The art instruction was so worthwhile and valuable, more information than I thought possible to learn.  At times, it was daunting and felt far beyond my abilities, but the excitement we all felt when we actually completed or tackled a technique was so rewarding!  

I really do believe we all will finish our pictures and send Scott a photo, it just may take some of us a while to complete.  I can't wait to take what I learned and see how my work improves & changes as I explore these new techniques.

All aspects of the Retreat exceeded my expectations, it truly was an experience I will treasure forever!  I met some really nice people and several of us plan to stay in touch with each other.  I'm hoping my husband & I can visit Deadwood next year, I can't stop talking about how beautiful the area is.  

Please share my heartfelt thanks with everyone at the gallery who had any part in making the Retreat happen and also the wonderful staff at The Deadwood Mountain Grand.  

A special thank you to our shuttle drivers, (Chad, Jerry, & Steve) who went above & beyond to make sure our stay was memorable."


"I wanted to say thanks one more time for the Retreat. I have not really done anything with art since high school…couple of sketches here and there…but your Retreat was such an inspiration and I have had the time of my life getting into painting.

I did a little watercolor and oil in high school, but never acrylic, so it's been a challenge. But you guys all inspired me and I’m so humbled that we had the opportunity to come there and learn directly from Scott and everyone else.

I hope I get to attend the next one….I’m already compiling my list of questions to bring with me."


"I enjoyed the class so much. You saw I’m not much of a painter but I gave it all I had.

The other students were nice. I was glad to meet them all.

The “teachers” were all very helpful.

The activities outside the classroom were great.

I had a wonderful time with all of you. I can’t say enough about how much I think of the Jacobs.

You are all the best!"


"Dear Scott, Sharon, Olivia & Alexa, (Danial, Todd & Darren)

I'd like to use this forum as a "Thank You" note ~ I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

You thought of everything, from the apron to the glaze.  As a previous project manager for 20 years, I was impressed with how organized and prepared you all were to teach, include and entertain 12 new people. By the time I left, I felt as if we were all a family, having shared a personal and united experience.

I have been able to acquire the paint, supplies and the glaze and am in the process of competing my picture.  I'm committed to continuing on in my learning process (between music teaching, band rehearsals and gigs).  Making the uninterrupted time to do acrylic painting is critical, but can be a challenge.

Olivia, Scott, Danial, Todd & Darren, helped to make the whole learning experience delightful.  You are all professional and kind people.  What fun it would be to reunite next year either in the same setting or another of your choosing for a reunion, and perhaps another class.  I can even see us spending perhaps 4 or 5 days in a tropical inspirational setting  (Cabo...?).  By creating this event and bringing these individuals together I think great synergy was developed and some friendships made.

Lastly, "hats off" to your lovely wife, Sharon (the sweetest woman ever) and your beautiful daughters, especially Olivia who orchestrated the entire event beautifully.  She and I have become friends, and I am so happy that she is having the honeymoon of her dreams.

Thank you again, and I hope you will all stay in touch."


"I finished my painting and loved the class! I am excited to start my next painting.

I felt I improved daily during the Retreat.  Still a long way from where I want to be. One regret is that I didn't get to know my fellow students better.  

It was fabulous!"

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