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The Beauty of Yosemite and the Joy of Watercolor

Program Number: 2317RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/5/2013 - 5/10/2013; 5/11/2014 - 5/16/2014; 11/2/2014 - 11/7/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Oakhurst, California
Price starting at: $845.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Painting; National Parks
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Discover how to paint and draw anything without pain. Our delightful instructor teaches you how to render outdoor elements with ease, sharing secrets of color systems, brush-stroke techniques and water use. View nature from an artist's perspective during two field trips to Yosemite National Park. Experience painting "in the wild," learning to paint mountains, tree and waterfalls in the field. Join us in exploring new ways to be creative.




Highlights

• Embark on a bus excursion to some of the Yosemite Valley’s most beautiful sites, including Tunnelview, Bridalveil Fall and Sentinel Bridge.
• Delight in an opportunity to paint “en plein air” in the heart of Yosemite.
• Paint daily and improve your watercolor technique with the help of an art instructor who offers tips on composition, color and more.



Activity Particulars

Some walking during field trips; some uneven terrain.



Basic art supplies are furnished. Participants may bring their own supplies to supplement if they like, but it certainly is not necessary. We are happy to provide student grade supplies and some supplies can even be taken home. Participants may like to bring a collapsible stool or chair to sit on while painting in the park. However, with notice, we have some for loan.




Date Specific Information

5-11-2014

Join us for peak waterfall season!



11-2-2014

It is most enjoyable to paint in Yosemite in the autumn. The temperature is ideal for outdoor activities and the vibrant colors on the trees are begging for an artist to render.



Coordinated by Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst.




Oakhurst

With Yosemite National Park and the expansive Sierra Nevada just out the backdoor, Oakhurst is an active community and gateway to the region’s many natural splendors, including fine hiking trails and native wildlife.



Accommodations
Clean, comfortable, rustic conference center on 162 forested acres, walking trails on-site. Rooms are without televisions or telephones (both available in main lodge).

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

Rita Adams has taught art at the Wawona Elementary School in Yosemite for more than a decade, and enjoys teaching her students about great artists and their artistic styles. She is the former president of the Yosemite Western Artists Association, an organization dedicated to promoting visual arts in the region.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
  Oakhurst 5 nights
 Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Program begins with registration 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Please do not plan to arrive before 2:00 PM or later than 6:00 PM. (Sleeping rooms may not be available until 4:00 PM.) You are asked to check out of your sleeping rooms by 9:00 a.m. on Friday; however program ends after lunch.
  Contact info: 43803 Highway 41
Oakhurst, CA 93644 USA
phone: 559-683-8162
web: www.conferencecenter.org
  Room amenities: All rooms have private baths.
  Facility amenities: In keeping with our tranquil retreat setting, you are not disturbed by the distraction of televisions or telephones in sleeping rooms. Satellite TV is available in the main lodge, as well as a recreation room with ping pong/game tables. Our "Fourth Green" Recreation Complex features fields for basketball, volleyball, football/soccer and horseshoes. Walking/hiking trails on-site and nearby, including a self-interpretive nature trail on ECCO grounds. The towns of Oakhurst, Bass Lake, North Fork and Mariposa feature a number of fine arts galleries and museums. Bass Lake offers swimming/boating opportunities 5 miles from ECCO.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior:  Unfortunately we are unable to offer early arrivals or extended stayovers beyond the scope of our published program times.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after:  Unfortunately we are unable to offer early arrivals or extended stayovers beyond the scope of our published program times.
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in 3PM (but not earlier than 2 PM nor later than 6:00 PM, please!) Staff is not available to assist you before or after those times. Program Orientation Begins at 5PM You will be staying at Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO) that night.
  End of Program:
Hotel check-out is at 9:00AM - Lunch is at 11:30AM - Program ending at noon- after lunch. You will be staying at Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO) the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. .
  Parking availability:
Parking is available directly in front of lodge rooms. All rooms have ground-floor entry.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Oakhurst
  Nearest city or town:  ECCO is 4 miles north of the center of Oakhurst
  Nearest highway: ECCO is set 1 mile back from Highway 41.
  Nearest airport:  Fresno/Yosemite International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location:  None
Travel Details
 

Fresno, CA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
ECCO
phone: 559-683-8162
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75.00 - subject to change until reservation is confirmed with ECCO
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

50 miles

   

ECCO highly recommends renting a vehicle if at all possible, for free time options. ECCO shuttle is available only on program opening/closing days; maximum capacity is 4 persons. Other private transportation companies are available in our area; call Kristen at 559/683-8162 for names and contact information.

 
Driving Directions
  From Northern California Take Hwy 99 south. Exit on Hwy 140 east (toward Yosemite). At the intersection with Hwy 49, turn right. Hwy 49 dead ends at Hwy 41 in Oakhurst. Turn left on Hwy 41. ECCO is 4 miles north of the intersection of Hwy 41 & Hwy 49, on the right--the first driveway past the neon sign for Sierra Sky Ranch. Watch for the red and white "Welcome Road Scholar" banner. Turn into the driveway (shared with Christ Church) and follow the signs one mile back to the conference center.
  From San Francisco Airport Take Hwy 101 south to Gilroy. Exit eastbound on Hwy 152 and stay on 152 until it merges southbound with Hwy 99. Exit on Hwy 145. At the end of the offramp turn left. Go over the freeway and turn right. Turn right again on Cleveland Avenue. Continue on Cleveland about a mile to 145. Turn left on 145. Go about 20 miles then turn left on Hwy 41. Once you drop down into Oakhurst ECCO is 4 miles north of the intersection of Hwy 41 & Hwy 49, on the right--the first driveway past the neon sign for Sierra Sky Ranch. Watch for the red and white "Welcome Road Scholar" banner. Turn into the driveway (shared with Christ Church) and follow the signs one mile back to the conference center.
  From Southern California ECCO can be reached by car from Southern California by taking highway 5 north to 99, then take Hwy 41 north toward Yosemite in Fresno. Once you drop down into Oakhurst ECCO is 4 miles north of the intersection of Hwy 41 & Hwy 49, on the right--the first driveway past the neon sign for Sierra Sky Ranch. Watch for the red and white "Welcome Road Scholar" banner. Turn into the driveway (shared with Christ Church) and follow the signs one mile back to the conference center.
  From Yosemite Valley ECCO is approximately 1-1/2 hours from Yosemite Valley. As you exit YV, follow the signs toward Hwy 41. As you travel out of the park, you will pass the turnoff for Glacier Point and Badger Pass as well as the Wawona Hotel. Exit through the south gate of the park and continue on Hwy 41. ECCO is on the left approximately 12 miles south. Our sign may be difficult to see from that direction, so watch for the Christ Church sign. Turn left there and follow the signs to ECCO about a mile back.
Elevation Note: ECCO's elevation is approx. 3,100 ft. On field trips bus may stop at an elevation of 6,000 ft.

Equipment Requirements: Rita Adams, our watercolor instructor, has the following suggestions to maximize your experience during the program. You may want to consider the following options in preparation for the program: Brush up on drawing skills Learn or review the basic color wheel Try your hand at a few paintings You may also want to consider bringing a few helpful items with you: A book or tote bag to carry painting equipment on field trips into Yosemite A folding chair for painting in the field on field trips into Yosemite Following are links for a folding chair or stool if interested in this optional item: http://www.amazon.com/Texsport-15160-Folding-Tripod-Stool/dp/B000JLBARW/ref=pd_sim_sbs_sg_3 http://www.amazon.com/MORPHTECH-LLC-Cremco-Tripod-Stool/dp/B000IL7YUA/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1343695880&sr=8-9&keywords=tripod+chair http://www.amazon.com/ProActive-DQS001-BLK-Quik-E-Seat-Black/dp/B002JPQU8K/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1343695880&sr=8-11&keywords=tripod+chair
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: Welcoming social hour and dinner
(Sunday, May 5)
   
 Afternoon: Arrival/registration from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. (Arrival no earlier than 2:00 PM, nor later than 6:00 PM)
 Dinner: A social hour begins at 5:00 PM, with dinner at 6:00 PM. Dinner is not available after 6:20 p.m.
 Evening: After dinner a short orientation session, participant introductions and an introduction to watercolor will take place. The rest of the evening is free for you to relax--or you can begin your watercolor odyssey, if you wish.
   
Accommodations: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Our first class. Let's begin.
(Monday, May 6)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall
 Morning: 9:00 a.m. - Class
 Lunch: 12 noon - Lunch in Lyles Hall
 Afternoon: Class continues--paint to your heart's content under the guidance of our expert instructor.
 Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Dinner in Lyles Hall
 Evening: Continue to paint, enjoy our optional evening program, work puzzles or play cards.
   
Accommodations: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Field Trip - Yosemite
(Tuesday, May 7)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. - Breakfast in Lyles Hall
 Morning: 7:45 a.m. We will board the bus for Yosemite Valley. Bus Departs by 8:00 a.m.The drive from ECCO is approximately 1-1/2 hours over a winding road. Motions sickness medications may be helpful so you can fully enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the Queen of National Parks. The bus will stop at major scenic features such as Tunnel View, Bridalveil Falls, Sentinel Bridge. Please note this is not an active outdoor program: however this and the field tip on Day 5 may include walks/hikes of varying lengths to enhance and illustrate the subjects being taught. If mobility is an issue, please contact the coordinator for further information
 Lunch: 12 noon - A sack lunch in Yosemite Valley.
 Afternoon: 1:00 p.m. - After lunch you may choose to take a guided walk or explore Yosemite's features on your own. For those who wish, bring your painitn supplies and enjoy the opportunity to capture Yosemite's beauty in watercolors. The bus departs for ECCO by 3 P.M.
 Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Dinner in Lyles Hall
 Evening: Relax or enjoy our optional evening program.
   
Accommodations: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Class at ECCO
(Wednesday, May 8)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. - Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall.
 Morning: Resume painting either outside or in the classroom under the guidance of our expert instructor.
 Lunch: 12:00 noon at Lyles Hall
 Afternoon: Class continues. Paint to your hearts content under the expert guidance of our instructor.
 Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Dinner at ECCO
 Evening: Optional evening program after dinner.
   
Accommodations: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: 2nd Field trip to Yosemite National Park
(Thursday, May 9)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall
 Morning: We return to Yosemite for 2nd day of exploration. Enjoy the varying landscapes and historic structures. Stops today may include the Pioneer History Center, Wawona Hotel, Glacier Point, and revisiting Yosemite Valley. The schedule will be adjusted to fit the accessibility of areas within the park
 Lunch: 12 noon Lunch
 Afternoon: 1:00 p.m. - We will resume our exploration of Yosemite.
 Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Dinner in Lyles Dining Hall
 Evening: 7:00 p.m. Optional evening program
   
Accommodations: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Our final class and farewell!
(Friday, May 10)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall
 Morning: 9:00 a.m. Class
 Lunch: 11:30 a.m. Farewell lunch in Lyles Dining Hall
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Oakhurst, CA Antiques & Galleries
Browse antique stores and art galleries (10 to 15 minutes from ECCO)
  Bass Lake
Fish or swim in Bass Lake (a 15-minute drive)
  California Mining & Mineral Museum
In Mariposa, about 30 minutes from Oakhurst. One of the finest gem and mineral museums in the country.
  Glacier Point
Glacier Point is a view of Yosemite not to be missed, and, except on rare occasions, we can't take you there. (Large buses are not permitted.) The drive is one and a half hours each way but well worth the effort.
  Golf
Golf in Oakhurst (15 minutes)
  Mariposa History Center
In Mariposa, 30 minutes from Oakhurst. This is a marvelous exploration of central California's early years.
  Nelder Grove
About 7 miles from ECCO, this is your opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with some ancient giant sequoias. Shadow of the Giants is an easy one-mile walking trail.
  Sierra Mono Museum
In North Fork, 30 minutes from Oakhurst. This Indian-owned and operated museum features one of the finest collections of Indian basketry around.
  Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO) Bass Lake
Fish or swim in Bass Lake's beautiful blue waters. For additional information, visit www.basslakechamber.com/
  California State Mining & Mineral Museum
One of the finest gem and mineral museums in the country. For additional information, visit www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=588
  Glacier Point
Glacier Point is a view of Yosemite not to be missed, and, except on rare occasions, we can't take you there. (Large buses are not permitted.) The drive is one and a half hours each way but well worth the effort. For additional information, visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glacier_Point
  Golfing
1) River Creek Golf Course - www.rivercreekgolfcourse.com/ - 9-hole course in Ahwahnee, 5 miles from ECCO 2) Sierra Meadows Country Club - www.sierrameadows.com/ - 18-hole course in Ahwahnee, 5 miles from ECCO 3) Wawona Golf Course - www.yosemitepark.com/activities_warmweatheractivities_golfing.aspx - 20 miles from ECCO, within the boundaries of Yosemite National Park If you are interested in golf, please consider our program, "Fore! Golf Yosemite & Two Great Courses in the Beautiful Sierra Nevada" - program number 17247. There are 3 dates in 2010 - May 22 to 27, June 19 to 24, and September 25 to 30, 2011
  Mariposa Grove
Mariposa Grove is a sequoia grove located near Wawona, California in the southernmost part of Yosemite National Park. It is the largest grove of Giant Sequoias in the park, with several hundred mature examples of the tree. Two of its trees are among the Twenty Five largest Giant Sequoias in the world. For additional information, visit www.yosemite.ca.us/mariposa_grove_of_giant_sequoias/
  Mariposa History Center
This is a marvelous exploration of central California's early years. For additional information, visit mariposamuseum.com/
  Nelder Grove
We find Nelder Grove the most peaceful and soothing of the Yosemite-area giant sequoia groves. It's in a narrow draw with a brook flowing through the center of it, and besides the giant sequoias, you'll find lots of other big evergreens, especially cedars, plus several dogwoods. For additional information, visit www.yosemitehikes.com/not-yosemite/nelder-grove/nelder-grove.htm
  Sierra Mono Indian Museum
The North Fork Mono Families first incorporated in 1966 to form the Sierra Mono Museum for the purpose of preserving Tribal history. The museum offers both static and living history experience. The doors have been open to the public since 1971. Permanent collections include a wide variety of Native American baskets and cultural artifacts. Also on display is the Tettleton Wildlife Diorama Collection consisting of over 100 freestanding taxidermy animals of North America and Asia. Other collections include historical photographs, cultural items, beadwork and weapons. Our gift shop is stocked with locally made authentic Indian Crafts, books and gifts. Every Thursday, Elders gather to weave, bead and dine on potluck lunch. During the fall they can be found cracking acorn for holiday events or cleaning Sourberry and Redbud sticks for weaving supplies. Guided tours offer a walk through the collections, stories, songs, and nature walk with signage explaining usage of indigenous plants. Classes in language and Basketry are held throughout the year. Visiting the museum offers a glimpse at Mono Indian lifestyles of yesterday and today. For additional information, visit www.sierramonomuseum.org/
  Oakhurst Bass Lake
Bass Lake is one of the most popular vacation spots in Central California. The lake was created back in 1899. It was enlarged 6 years later, and work on the present dam began in 1909. At 3,500 feet in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains, the 4-mile long lake is on the north fork of Willow Creek which is a tributary of the San Joaquin River. Its waters turn powerful, electricity-producing turbine engines for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the world's largest non-government utility. Because of its altitude, it's not unsual for Bass Lake to have snow on the ground for several weeks during the winter--not tons of snow...but enough snow to carry chains in your trunk...and, as locals put it, enough snow to be beautiful but not bothersome. Bass Lake is popular for all of the right reasons. It's close to California's Central Valley (1 hour from Fresno) via Highway 41 and only 20 minutes from Yosemite. Nature lovers appreciate the lake, and so do fishermen--it's stocked with trout, bass, salmon, catfish, crappie and bluegill. Water skiers appreciate the warm water--75 to 78 degrees in the summer. The lake has excellent marina facilities.
  Fresno Flats Historical Site
Fresno Flats Historic Park recaptures the flavor of 19th Century life in the Sierra Nevada foothills and mountains of Central California. Eastern Madera County is the southern end of the historic Mother Lode gold fields, but the people who settled here came not so much for gold but more to build their lives and raise their families, making their living as farmers, merchants and using the rich natural resources of the mountains. The museum complex is built around two restored and furnished homes dating to the 1870s. Both have been designated by the State of California as Points of Historical Interest for their unique construction styles once common throughout Northern California, but virtually unknown today. They were saved from demolition, moved to Fresno Flats Historical Park and restored by the volunteers of Sierra Historic Sites Association, as were a pair of early-day one-room schools, two 19th Century jails and several other farm buildings. For additional information, visit www.fresnoflatsmuseum.org/about.html
  Sierra Mono Museum
Sierra Mono Indian Museum Roads 225 & 228, North Fork 9:00 - 4:00 Tuesday-Saturday 559-877-2115 Admission: $3/Adults $2/Seniors $1/Students The North Fork Mono Tribe is the original inhabitant of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The tribe consists of two clans: the golden eagle and the coyote, both of which are represented at the entrance to the museum. The Mono way of life is featured in the museum through examples of fishing, hunting, acorn gathering, cooking, healing, basketmaking, games and ceremonies. Also featured is the Tettleton Wildlife Collection, one of the finest in California.
  Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
The Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is a restoration of the old narrow gauge Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Company Railroad. A section of the original railbed has been reconstructed using the same techniques used at the turn of the century. Two vintage Shay steam locomotives have been brought in from the Westside Lumber company and restored to provide authentic motive power for the trains. Shay number 15 was built in 1913 and weighs 60 tons. Number 10, built in 1928 weighs 83 tons and is the heavest operating narrow guage Shay locomotive today. Railcars once used to provide transportation for logging and track repair crews have been refurbished and are now operated for passenger excursion. Antique Model "A" Ford gas engines power the trolley-like "Jenny" cars over the route. For additional information, visit www.ymsprr.com/
  Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau
Check out the Yosemite-Sierra Visitors' Bureau for the wealth of activities available to visitors to our area, from photo, art and antique galleries to outdoor recreation activities to many sites of historical interest. For additional information, visit www.yosemitethisyear.com
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.


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