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Sedona Watercolor and Plein Air Workshop

Program Number: 2299RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/22/2013 - 4/27/2013; 11/2/2014 - 11/7/2014; 2/15/2015 - 2/20/2015; 3/29/2015 - 4/3/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/18/2015; 11/1/2015 - 11/6/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Price starting at: $798.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Painting
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Take your art to a place you never dreamed possible as you paint in one of America’s most beautiful places. This class — conducted both indoors and outdoors — is designed for all levels of skill. Enjoy in-class demonstrations, lessons and exercises while you learn about composition, plein air painting, how to create luminous paintings and for those new to watercolor or wanting to review, learn the “basic techniques” of watercolor.




Highlights

• Your instructor, Sierra McKenna, is a nationally recognized artist with over 25 years' experience teaching watercolor and has been instructing this course since 2003.
• On two field trips to paint Sedona's scenic sites, explore the effect of the light, shadow and color of Sedona's brilliant red cliffs, spires and unique flora.
• Visit a few of Sedona’s famed local galleries to view and critique artwork in the company of your instructor.



Activity Particulars

Outdoor painting locations are accessible via short and level walks.



Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.




Sedona

Sedona was historically a rural ranching community in Oak Creek Canyon. Today, the sunny city attracts visitors to its red-rock cliffs and lush evergreens, international film festival, and lively art scene.



Accommodations
Modern hotel in Sedona with red-rock views, seasonal swimming pool, walking trails nearby.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Richard Stephens

Rich has been director of Northern Arizona University’s highly popular Road Scholar programs since 2001. He previously spent many years in the field as a program coordinator and group leader, where he honed his skills and learned the importance of detailed, pre-trip planning. Before making his home in Arizona’s spectacular red-rock country, Rich spent 10 years in Yosemite National Park and the Santa Cruz mountains as an environmental educator.
 
Garrett Roberts

From the historical to the cinematic to the dust-on-your-brow trail, Garrett Roberts knows the American West. His lectures invoke intrigue and humor to dispel the myths created by Hollywood’s western genre. Garrett replicates museum-quality 19th century leather equipment for theater, is an avid hiker, and enjoys singing jazz. He has also worked for Emmy award-winning wardrobe designer Michael Boyd and was the key costume designer for Stephen Spielberg’s “Into the West.”
 
Sierra McKenna

Born in Long Beach, Calif., Sierra's childhood dream was to become an artist. She later graduated from CSU Fullerton with a broad background in art, advertising, marketing, and business. A watercolorist, Sierra also has extensive experience in design, drawing and illustrating. She began her career in ad firms, but later left the corporate world to pursue a career in fine arts. Sierra has studied with renowned watercolorists including Robert E. Wood, Milford Zones, and Christine Sullivan.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Sedona Super 8 Hotel
  Sedona, AZ 5 nights
 Sedona Super 8 Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Private and quiet off-highway location; red rock views
  Contact info: 2545 W Hwy 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336 USA
phone: 928-282-1533
web: www.sedonasuper8.com
  Room amenities: Individually controlled heat and air conditioning, mini refrigerator, cable TV, coffee/tea maker.
  Facility amenities: Private patio area with heated (seasonal - about mid April to early October) outdoor pool; meeting room; airport shuttle; laundry facility with irons and ironing boards; free WiFi; 24 hour microwave available in lobby.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Seasonal Call hotel for rates in effect during your stay.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Seasonal Call hotel for rates in effect during your stay.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
On site registration 4:30 - 5:15 PM, hotel lobby. You will be staying at Sedona Super 8 Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Check out of hotel by 11 AM. You will be staying at Sedona Super 8 Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Provided free at the hotel during the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Sedona, AZ
  Nearest city or town:  Phoenix, AZ, 120 miles S.
  Nearest highway: US 89A, AZ 179
  Nearest airport:  Phoenix Intl
  From End of Program
  Location:  Departure
Travel Details
 

Sedona, AZ to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Ace XPress Shuttle Co
phone: 928-639-3357
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $60, price does not include gratuity.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

120 miles

   

Scheduled as much as possible to your arrival in Phoenix. Pick up all terminals and nearby airport hotels, drop off at program hotel. RETURN: Scheduled as much as possible to your departure time from your hotel. Drop off at your terminal at Phoenix airport. Reservations required.

 

Sedona, AZ to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
A Van Go Shuttle
phone: 866-448-2646
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Estimated $45, price does not include customary gratuity.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours (from Phoenix). 

 

Distance:

 

120

   

Van Go times shuttles to arrive in conjunction with program start/end times. Best to arrive into Phoenix Sky Harbor airport by 12:30 PM and book departures from PHX after 3:00 PM. Call shuttle company PRIOR to booking flights to aid in ease of travel transfers as Van Go offers just one shuttle departure time. Van Go picks up from all terminals at Phoenix airport and nearby airport hotels, and drops off at program hotel. Return shuttle departs immediately upon conclusion of program.

 

Sedona, AZ to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sedona-Phoenix Shuttle Co
phone: 928-282-2066
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $45, price does not include gratuity.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 

 

Distance:

 

120 miles

   

Many shuttles daily from Phoenix International Airport to Sedona. Pick up shuttle just outside the terminal's baggage claim. RETURN: pick up at your hotel, drop off at your terminal at Phoenix airport. www.sedona-phoenix-shuttle.com. For ease of travel transfers, it is recommended that participants check shuttle schedules PRIOR to booking airfare.

 
Driving Directions
  Sedona Super 8 from I-40 Take the I-40 to I-17 junction, exit 195, in Flagstaff, AZ. Exit onto I-17 south in Flagstaff and travel south for 3 miles to exit 337 for Highway 89A and Flagstaff airport. Turn right and immediately left at the stop sign to 89A south to Sedona. Follow 89A for 27 miles down the twisting switchbacks and along the creek through Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona. Go half way around the traffic circle junction with Highway 179 to continue west on Highway 89A. In about 2 miles you'll see a Circle K convenience store on the right. A little before you reach it, the Super 8 is on the left.
  Sedona Super 8 from Phoenix Take I-10 to the junction with I-17. Get on I-17 north toward Flagstaff. Take exit 287 for Cottonwood. Turn west onto AZ Highway 260 and continue about 12 miles to Cottonwood, AZ. In Cottonwood, take the US 89A junction right and stay on that highway about 21 miles to the Sedona Super 8, on your right and slightly back from the highway.
Elevation Note: 4500 feet. Check with physician if you have heart / lung concerns.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Orientation & Introductions
(Monday, April 22)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in begins at 3 PM. Road Scholar on site registration anytime between 4:30 - 5:15 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner at Golden Goose Restaurant, adjacent to the hotel. Participants will have multiple entrees to choose from with typical rotating selections to include Chicken Marsala, fish, prime rib, meat loaf, pastas, vegetarian options, etc.
 Evening: Following dinner, introductions and program orientation. Meet your fellow participants, review the schedule, and get excited for the week ahead!
   
Accommodations: Sedona Super 8 Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Art Workshops/"Movies and Magic"
(Tuesday, April 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Restaurant. Multiple hot entrees to choose from including bacon and eggs, french toast and sausage, fruit bowl and yogurt, oatmeal, etc.
 Morning: We begin the workshop with a discussion to determine participants' watercolor experience, if any, and expectations for the program. It is normal for participants to have a varied level of experience and your instructor will make sure to reach out to each participant on an individual basis throughout the workshop.

After a discussion on various approaches to a well-designed painting (which applies to all levels) the more experienced painters will be given an exercise suited for their level of experience. The instructor will then focus on the basic techniques of watercolor for those interested in reviewing or learning these techniques for the first time.

There will be a brief discussion on how to determine the quality of brushes, paper, and paints. Various basic techniques will be taught, such as; wet into wet, flat wash and graded wash and more.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Golden Goose Restaurant. Multiple entrees to choose from including hot and cold sandwiches (vegetarian option daily), 1/2 sandwich and soup, chef or spinach salad, etc.
 Afternoon: Discussion focuses on the color wheel, color harmony, optical vibration (used by the Masters). Continue with the technique lessons of the morning session.

Those learning the basic techniques will have a completed painting at the end of the day, which will include the various techniques learned that day.
 Dinner: Dinner at Golden Goose Restaurant, adjacent to the hotel. Participants will have multiple entrees to choose from with typical rotating selections to include Chicken Marsala, fish, prime rib, meat loaf, pastas, vegetarian options, etc.
 Evening: Enjoy "Movies and Magic," a presentation about the film industry and its history in Sedona. Did you know that Elvis Presley made a movie in Sedona? Remember Jeff Chandler as Cochise in Broken Arrow with Jimmy Stewart?
   
Accommodations: Sedona Super 8 Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Art Workshops both In and Out-of-Doors/Individual Time for Project Work
(Wednesday, April 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Restaurant. Multiple hot entrees to choose from including bacon and eggs, french toast and sausage, fruit bowl and yogurt, oatmeal, etc.
 Morning: Participate in the morning art workshop for discussions on how to do landscape painting with emphasis on painting rocks, trees, shrubs, water, and sky. We will discussions how to approach a landscape painting.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Golden Goose Restaurant. Multiple entrees to choose from including hot and cold sandwiches (vegetarian option daily), 1/2 sandwich and soup, chef or spinach salad, etc.
 Afternoon: We will take a field trip today for our first plein air session. We will discuss light and shadows, atmospheric and aerial perspective and, of course, allow plenty of time to paint with instructor guidance, take photos or just sit and take in the beauty of Sedona.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Wild Orchid Restaurant. Known for its “Healthy Asian Fusion” cuisine, the Wild Orchid serves up delicious, perfectly flavored rice, noodle and mixed veggie and meat dishes family style in a friendly atmosphere.
 Evening: After dinner you have a free evening to work on art projects, explore more of Sedona or relax.
   
Accommodations: Sedona Super 8 Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Plein Air Workshop/Visit Sedona Galleries/Native American Art
(Thursday, April 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Restaurant. Multiple hot entrees to choose from including bacon and eggs, french toast and sausage, fruit bowl and yogurt, oatmeal, etc.
 Morning: Continue your work of the prior day as well as learn additional techniques including texturing, lifting, and charging in color for richer darks. Also, spend more on composition.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Golden Goose cafe.
 Afternoon: On our second plein air field trip, there will be an on site discussion on how to paint Sedona's unique red rock landscape. Following our painting time, we will visit a few of Sedona's famed galleries and participants will have the opportunity to share critiques of various works with your instructor.
 Dinner: Dinner at Golden Goose Restaurant, adjacent to the hotel. Participants will have multiple entrees to choose from with typical rotating selections to include Chicken Marsala, fish, prime rib, meat loaf, pastas, vegetarian options, etc.
 Evening: Hear a presentation on Native American art by a former Native American museum director.
   
Accommodations: Sedona Super 8 Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Outdoor Painting Workshop/Free Afternoon
(Friday, April 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Restaurant. Multiple hot entrees to choose from including bacon and eggs, french toast and sausage, fruit bowl and yogurt, oatmeal, etc.
 Morning: Muddy watercolors? Yuck! What causes 'mud' on your piece and how to avoid it or correct it. More information on how to create luminous paintings, more Basic Techniques, including layering, glazing, mixing colors on palette virus paper, and mingling paint on paper.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Golden Goose Restaurant. Multiple entrees to choose from including hot and cold sandwiches (vegetarian option daily), 1/2 sandwich and soup, chef or spinach salad, etc.
 Afternoon: After lunch, you'll have a free afternoon to explore Sedona on your own. Visit more of the world-class galleries, take a hike, sketch or paint in the out-of-doors. The classroom will be available for anyone wanting to spend more time on their projects.
 Dinner: Dinner at Golden Goose Restaurant, adjacent to the hotel. Participants will have multiple entrees to choose from with typical rotating selections to include Chicken Marsala, fish, prime rib, meat loaf, pastas, vegetarian options, etc.
 Evening: After dinner, our classroom will be available for students to finish up their watercolor projects.
   
Accommodations: Sedona Super 8 Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Participant's Art Show/Departure
(Saturday, April 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Cafe. Multiple hot entrees to choose from including bacon and eggs, french toast and sausage, fruit bowl and yogurt, oatmeal, etc.
 Morning: After breakfast is the culmination of the week: The Participants' Art Show. You will have an opportunity to show your work, talk about your techniques, etc. as you share your week's experiences with group members and see their work.

Following the show, there will be a brief program wrap-up and fond farewells. Hotel checkout by 11:00 AM. Happy Painting!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Sedona, AZ General
Points of interest w/in 2 Hours of Sedona: In the Flagstaff area, 30 miles north: Sinagua period ruins at Walnut Canyon and Wupatki National Monuments; Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument; the Native American artifacts and collections housed at the Museum of Northern Arizona, which also presents Native American performances and demonstrations; the Kachina Wilderness on the 12,600 ft high San Francisco Peaks; old downtown Flagstaff & old Route 66; Lowell Observatory, which discovered the planet Pluto. In the Oak Creek / Sedona area: Massive sandstone cliffs and riparian beauty of Oak Creek Canyon; Sedona red rock monoliths and the surrounding Secret Mountain Wilderness; Sedona’s fine art and jewelry galleries and its international cuisines; the New Age Sedona vortex offerings; the Sinagua ruins at Montezuma’s Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments; Jerome, AZ a mining ghost town. In other outlying areas: Hopi & Navajo Reservations; the Mary Colter designed La Posada Hotel / Restaurant at Winslow, AZ; Grand Canyon Railroad at Williams, AZ and the Grand Canyon National Park (2.5 hours north.)
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Sedona (Images of America Series)


Author: Heidinger, Lisa Schnebly


Description: Little more than a century ago, when only a handful of families lived in what is now Sedona, in Oak Creek Canyon, none would have dreamed it would become such a popular destination. The matchless combination of bright blue skies and red rocks has inspired artists of every medium to attempt to capture the mystic formations. Fortunately some began almost before the town was named after the wife of early settler T. C. Schnebly, who organized the first post office, at the beginning of the 20th century. From early apple growers to artists, what has united the diverse residents of Sedona over time is the conviction that they have found one of the earth's great treasures. 128pp.



Arizona: A Cavalcade of History


Author: Trimble, Marshall


Description: During America's first 100 years as a nation, pioneers moved ever-westward to new frontiers. When it became too crowded or the soil was mined out, they moved on to virgin land. Those days are gone forever. We have to learn to live with the problems we create. The knowledge gained from studying the mistakes of the past can help provide a better future. Will Rogers said it best: "The Indians never got lost because they were always looking back to see where they'd been." 368pp



Roadside Geology of Arizona


Author: Chronic, Halka


Description: The 18th printing of this book in the Roadside Geology Series offers a mini-course in geology, focusing on what can be seen from Arizona highways. Although written especially for those with little or no geologic training, there's plenty here for the professional geologist as well--a great introduction to Arizona and its past. Geologic terms are defined where first used and again in the glossary. Inside the front cover is a legend to geological symbols and abbreviations commonly used by geologists. 321pp



Secret Sedona: Sacred Moments in the Landscape


Author: Larry Lindahl


Description: This book provides an overview of the terrain, ancestral Indian ruins and petroglyphs found in Sedona's wilderness areas. Extraordinary photography from one of the nations most photogenic areas. 80 pages.



The Southwest


Author: Lavender, David


Description: A historical and cultural overview, including discussions of present-day racial, conservation, and economic problems. Easy reading, fascinating history. 364pp





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