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GARDINER, MONTANA

Capturing Greater Yellowstone: Plein Air Workshop in the Wild

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Program #20563RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Site elevation 5,260'. Activities take place at elevations ranging from 5,260' to 9,000'.

Equipment Requirements
Bring art supplies--recommended supplies are listed in the University of Montana Western additional information attached to the prep materials sent to you two months before the program begins. Bring fold up chair or stool that can be easily carried if you would like. Bring binoculars, durable water bottle (At high altitudes you are more susceptible to dehydration and altitude sickness. Carrying a water bottle with you and drinking plenty of water is of utmost importance to avoid these sometimes dangerous problems.) and fanny or day pack. Bring your walking stick if you use one.

Itinerary for Aug 4 — Aug 10, 2013

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Type: Motel

Description: Lodgings are located on Gardiner's main street, Park Street, on Yellowstone's northern boundary. Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Roosevelt Arch is three blocks from motel. The Gardiner Arch was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. Meals served at local restaurants; sack lunches in the field. Please be aware that the single dietary requirement or preference that can be accommodated at this site is vegetarian - no meat. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? Call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: Refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee, wireless internet, satellite TV, phone, air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Quiet, though one block from downtown. Grassy patio overlooks the mighty Yellowstone River. Within walking distance of shopping, ice cream, deli, lattes. Hair dryers, iron, ironing board available upon request

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel (888) 797-4837 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 04 - Orientation and Introductions
Afternoon: Check-in between 4 and 5 PM.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at nearby restaurant.

Evening: Orientation, Introductions and a look at the week ahead.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Lodgings are located on Gardiner's main street, Park Street, on Yellowstone's northern boundary. Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Roosevelt Arch is three blocks from motel. The Gardiner Arch was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. Meals served at local restaurants; sack lunches in the field. Please be aware that the single dietary requirement or preference that can be accommodated at this site is vegetarian - no meat. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? Call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: Refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee, wireless internet, satellite TV, phone, air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Quiet, though one block from downtown. Grassy patio overlooks the mighty Yellowstone River. Within walking distance of shopping, ice cream, deli, lattes. Hair dryers, iron, ironing board available upon request

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel (888) 797-4837 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, August 05 - Overview of Yellowstone includes historic explora...
Overview of Yellowstone includes historic exploration parties and the establishment of the park. Workshop on value and describing forms in landscape; visit the Yellowstone Heritage and Research Center, home to the 5.3 million-item Yellowstone Archive.

Breakfast: Breakfast at nearby restaurant.

Morning: Overview of Yellowstone’s natural history includes wildlife, habitats and geology. Consider history and contributions made by the Hayden Survey party which was dispatched in 1871 and specifically by artist and member of the survey,Thomas Moran, whose watercolor sketches had such a profound influence on the preservation of Yellowstone at a time when the national park idea was completely foreign. Plein Air workshop will begin with discussion of value and describing forms in the landscape. Throughout the week focus will be on artistic techniques of landscape drawing and painting and how to pay particular visual attention to landscape detail while in the field.

Lunch: Lunch at nearby restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit the nearby Yellowstone National Park Heritage and Research Center for Curator's lecture on how Thomas Moran became involved with the historic Hayden Survey. View the artist's original watercolor field sketches, a restricted collection due to its rare and fragile nature. Artists will then head Mammoth Hot Springs as they begin to follow the artistic trail of Thomas Moran. Field sketching and/or painting will begin as artists take varying veiws of the large complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine in Yellowstone National Park that was created over thousands of years as hot water from the spring cooled and deposited calcium carbonate. Teaching artist available for methods, guidance, discussion all week in the field.

Dinner: Picnic dinner at Mammoth Hot Springs.

Evening: On site sketching and painting will continue at Mammoth Hot Springs

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Lodgings are located on Gardiner's main street, Park Street, on Yellowstone's northern boundary. Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Roosevelt Arch is three blocks from motel. The Gardiner Arch was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. Meals served at local restaurants; sack lunches in the field. Please be aware that the single dietary requirement or preference that can be accommodated at this site is vegetarian - no meat. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? Call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: Refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee, wireless internet, satellite TV, phone, air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Quiet, though one block from downtown. Grassy patio overlooks the mighty Yellowstone River. Within walking distance of shopping, ice cream, deli, lattes. Hair dryers, iron, ironing board available upon request

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel (888) 797-4837 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, August 06 - Artists take to the field for a day in Yellowston...
Artists take to the field for a day in Yellowstone and the ultimate plein air experience.

Breakfast: Breakfast at nearby restaurant.

Morning: Field days in Yellowstone will continue as artists enjoy the plein air experience visiting the Golden Gate, Tower Fall, Canyon, Old Faithful and geyser basin areas. These interludes in Yellowstone offer interpretation of the Yellowstone area with opportunities to create on-site, recording the colors and shapes of the landscape. Enjoy these golden days and be immersed in all Yellowstone has to offer. Itineraries may change at the last minute due to weather or road conditions, area closures due to thermal activity, and trail closures due to wildlife activity.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the park.

Afternoon: Field sketching and painting continues with a mid afternoon departure back to the Mammoth area for a visit to the Albright Museum and Visitor Center at Fort Yellowstone. The Moran and Jackson Galleries here display reproductions of Moran's watercolors and original William Henry Jackson photographs. Their roles with the Hayden Survey were to record the discoveries as they journeyed through the park. The theater at the Albright presents 'Thomas "Yellowstone" Moran' which showcases the artist's contribution toward the establishment of Yellowstone National Park.

Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant.

Evening: Optional plein air painting for optimal time to capture the evening "Painter's Light". Set up materials near the lodgings on the lodging's grassy, back patio perched high above the mighty Yellowstone River that intersects the town.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Lodgings are located on Gardiner's main street, Park Street, on Yellowstone's northern boundary. Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Roosevelt Arch is three blocks from motel. The Gardiner Arch was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. Meals served at local restaurants; sack lunches in the field. Please be aware that the single dietary requirement or preference that can be accommodated at this site is vegetarian - no meat. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? Call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: Refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee, wireless internet, satellite TV, phone, air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Quiet, though one block from downtown. Grassy patio overlooks the mighty Yellowstone River. Within walking distance of shopping, ice cream, deli, lattes. Hair dryers, iron, ironing board available upon request

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel (888) 797-4837 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, August 07 - Another plein air field day in Yellowstone Nation...
Breakfast: Breakfast at nearby restaurant.

Morning: Exploration continues among canyons, waterfalls and geyser basins as painters visually describe the vibrant colors and interesting forms. Artists appreciate the beauty of 109’ Upper and the classically spectacular 308’ Lower Falls at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The steep canyon walls of striking, muted tints and scenic overlooks will captivate the artists. The canyon is 20 miles long, 800' to 1,200' deep and 1,500' to 4,000' wide. Teaching artist provides ongoing guidance. Appreciate the time on the bus as naturalists interprets wildlife, history and habitats and teaching artist discusses such things as how to develop technique and a strong composition.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the Park.

Afternoon: Visual exploration in Yellowstone continues with a peaceful interlude off the beaten path as plein air artists relish the chance to paint the landscape and/or historical architecture of Yellowstone Lake.

Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant.

Evening: Students can work on paintings or have free time to enjoy the surrounding landscape or socializing with other participants.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Lodgings are located on Gardiner's main street, Park Street, on Yellowstone's northern boundary. Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Roosevelt Arch is three blocks from motel. The Gardiner Arch was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. Meals served at local restaurants; sack lunches in the field. Please be aware that the single dietary requirement or preference that can be accommodated at this site is vegetarian - no meat. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? Call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: Refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee, wireless internet, satellite TV, phone, air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Quiet, though one block from downtown. Grassy patio overlooks the mighty Yellowstone River. Within walking distance of shopping, ice cream, deli, lattes. Hair dryers, iron, ironing board available upon request

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel (888) 797-4837 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, August 08 - Painting and exploration of Yellowstone's landsca...
Painting and exploration of Yellowstone's landscape continues with natural history interpretation along the way.

Breakfast: Breakfast at nearby restaurant.

Morning: A day at Old Faithful provides plein air artists an opportunity to add some of Yellowstone’s 10,000 thermal features to their visual diary. Artistically render the magnificence of these features as Thomas Moran did so many years ago. Enjoy colorful hot springs, plopping mudpots, sweeping geysers and steaming fumaroles.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the Park.

Afternoon: Time to savor the Old Faithful area continues into the afternoon. Artists relish this final opportunity to hone in on landscape detail and fine tune field sketching and painting techniques. During the bus ride back to lodgings, enjoy expanses of open space in a magnificent ecosystem and keep watch for bison, elk, waterfowl, coyotes and more.

Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant.

Evening: Optional time to paint or free time to enjoy your lodging's grassy, back patio perched high above the mighty Yellowstone River that intersects the town. Often times, a patient search with binoculars reveals elk, deer, geese, sometimes rabbit across the river, sometimes beaver in the river. Take time to stroll downtown and enjoy the flavor of a small, western gateway community.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Lodgings are located on Gardiner's main street, Park Street, on Yellowstone's northern boundary. Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Roosevelt Arch is three blocks from motel. The Gardiner Arch was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. Meals served at local restaurants; sack lunches in the field. Please be aware that the single dietary requirement or preference that can be accommodated at this site is vegetarian - no meat. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? Call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: Refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee, wireless internet, satellite TV, phone, air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Quiet, though one block from downtown. Grassy patio overlooks the mighty Yellowstone River. Within walking distance of shopping, ice cream, deli, lattes. Hair dryers, iron, ironing board available upon request

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel (888) 797-4837 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, August 09 - The week in review: Artist display and critique.
Morning: Plein air painters beat the sunrise as they join their instructor in painting the landscape, taking advantage or the beautiful morning "Painter's Light". After late breakfast plein air workshop continues as instructing artist continues to discuss and answer questions on compostition,color, value and light as artists work on the painting they will display in final art show.

Brunch: Late catered breakfast at classroom/studio space.

Lunch: Sack lunches while artists work on plein air projects.

Afternoon: Time to use the studio space or go outside for final touches on their paintings with guidance from instructor through mid afternoon. A final art show gives artists the opportunity to display their own work and constructively critique each other's work with guidence and discussion from the instructor.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening to say final goodbyes, pack for morning departure and enjoy the time to take in a final glimpse of Yellowstone's beauty and landscape.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Lodgings are located on Gardiner's main street, Park Street, on Yellowstone's northern boundary. Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Roosevelt Arch is three blocks from motel. The Gardiner Arch was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. Meals served at local restaurants; sack lunches in the field. Please be aware that the single dietary requirement or preference that can be accommodated at this site is vegetarian - no meat. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? Call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: Refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee, wireless internet, satellite TV, phone, air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Quiet, though one block from downtown. Grassy patio overlooks the mighty Yellowstone River. Within walking distance of shopping, ice cream, deli, lattes. Hair dryers, iron, ironing board available upon request

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel (888) 797-4837 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Seven: Saturday, August 10 - After breakfast departure.
Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant

Morning: Shuttle departs at 8 am.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Gardiner, MT
HikingOne trailhead 1/2 mile from lodgings; another 3/4 mile from lodgings.
Horseback RidingTrailrides provided by Rendezvous Outfitters in Gardiner, MT (406) 848-7967.
RaftingScenic float or whitewater rafting on Yellowstone River.
For additional information, visit: www.yellowstoneraft.com
Xanterra Parks and Resorts Xanterra Parks and Resorts is Yellowstone's principal concessioner and includes operations of park's lodging facilities, some campgrounds, restaurants, gift shops, interpretive tours, etc.
For additional information, visit: www.TravelYellowstone.com
Yellowstone AssociationFounded in 1933 to assist with educational, historical and scientific programs that would benefit Yellowstone National Park and its visitors. Operates book sale outlets in park visitor centers which supports expanded naturalist training and programs, finances publication of trail guides, books and pamphlets about the Park, helps with funding for museum exhibits and research equipment. The Yellowstone Association Institute sponsors outdoor courses for all age groups, some of which are especially designed for women, families and children. The Institute's purpose is to explore, understand and appreciate Yellowstone.
For additional information, visit: www.yellowstoneassociation.org
Yellowstone National ParkOfficial website for Yellowstone National Park. Information, planning a visit, history, etc.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/yell/home.htm

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