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Capturing Greater Yellowstone: Plein Air Workshop in the Wild

Program Number: 20563RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/4/2013 - 8/10/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Gardiner, Montana
Price starting at: $925.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Painting; National Parks
Meals: 17; 5 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Encounter a new dimension in the medium of your choice and capture Yellowstone’s matchless landscape of diverse flora, thermal features, landforms, canyons, cascades and waterways. A professional artist and art professor will mentor you throughout the week as you polish your technical skills, learn how to develop a strong composition and simply enjoy creating art in the wilds of the park.




Highlights

• Through workshops and plein air experiences, a teaching artist will lead explorations among canyons, waterfalls and geyser basins as you visually describe the vibrant colors and interesting forms.
• Capture an intimate portrait of Yellowstone's unique landscape and the infinite wonders that define its beauty.
• View a restricted collection of rare and fragile original watercolor field sketches by Thomas Moran, whose famous sketches influenced Congress’ decision to set aside Yellowstone National Park.



Activity Particulars

Some moderate walking on established trails, boardwalks, some off-trail terrain to get to area for sketching/painting.




Date Specific Information

8-4-2013

Program runs concurrently and shares lodging with “Hiking in Yellowstone: Wildflowers, Wildlife, Waterfalls, Hot Springs” (#4874). This provides an option for a companion who does not wish to paint.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by University of Montana Western.




Gardiner

Founded in 1880, this town in Paradise Valley is the original northern entrance to Yellowstone Park and today is the park’s only year-round point of entry. Gardiner has the atmosphere of a quaint Western town, complete with elk meandering the streets.



Accommodations
Motel housing, some rooms up one flight of stairs.
Meals and Lodgings
   Yellowstone River Motel
  Gardiner, MT 7 nights
 Yellowstone River Motel
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 allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: varies Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel (888) 797-4837 for information.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: varies Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel (888) 797-4837 for information.
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4-5 pm You will be staying at Yellowstone River Motel that night.
  End of Program:
Program concludes after 11 am brunch. You will be staying at Yellowstone River Motel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Please bring a Golden Age, Senior or National Parks pass if you have one.
  Parking availability:
Free.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Gardiner, MT
  Nearest city or town:  Livingston, MT is 53 miles north.
  Nearest highway: State HWY 89.
  Nearest airport:  Gallatin Field in Bozeman, MT, 89 miles
  From End of Program
  Location: Gardiner, MT
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Bozeman, MT

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Greater Valley Taxi
phone: 406-388-7938
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Group rate is approximately $68; call for current group rate.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Allow 2 hours. 

 

Distance:

 

89 miles

   

Reservations must be made at least three days in advance; call (406) 388-7938 for rates and reservations. You may be asked to leave a message. Group shuttle departs airport at 1:30 pm. In order to take advantage of the group shuttle rate, your flight must arrive before 1 pm on Sunday and depart after 11:30 am on Saturday. Arriving in Bozeman a day early or staying an extra day may be more economical than booking individual transportation.

 

Bozeman, MT

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Greater Valley Taxi
phone: 406-388-7938
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Group rate is approximately $68; call for current group rate.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Allow 2 hours. 

 

Distance:

 

89 miles

   

Return shuttle must be arranged at least three days in advance; call (406) 388-7938. Group shuttle departs site at 8:00 am. Outside of the above scheduled times, individual transportation (not at group rate) can be reserved through Greater Valley Taxi (406) 388-7938 or Karst Stage (406) 556-3540 (72 hours notice required). Car rental and drop-off are available at the Bozeman airport; drop-off is not available in Gardiner or Yellowstone National Park.

 
Driving Directions
  Bozeman, MT Travel east on I-90 for 26 miles to Livingston; turn south here onto US HWY 89 and travel south 53 miles to Gardiner. Proceed into town, cross the Yellowstone River bridge and straight ahead to Park Street. Turn left; Yellowstone River Motel is one block down at end of street on left.
  from the East (Cody, WY) Call (307) 344-2117 for road conditions, closures, etc. in Yellowstone. Travel east 80 miles on HWYs 20 and 14/16 past Fishing Bridge area to junction. Turn north here to Canyon (16 miles). Travel 12 miles west from Canyon to Norris Junction. Travel north 21 miles to Mammoth; continue north five miles to Gardiner. Drive under Roosevelt Arch onto Park Street. Proceed to end of Park Street; Yellowstone River Motel is on left side of street.
  from the North (Livingston, MT) Exit I-19 onto State HWY 89. Drive south 53 miles to Gardiner. Proceed into town, cross the Yellowstone River bridge and straight ahead to Park Street. Turn left; Yellowstone River Motel is one block down at end of street on left.
  from the South (Jackson, WY) Travel north 86 miles on HWY 89/287 (slow miles as most of travel is through two national parks with speed limit averaging from 15-40 miles per hour) to West Thumb, then west and north 33 miles to Madison Junction. Drive east then north 14 miles to Norris Junction; carry on northward 21 miles to Mammoth; bear north five more miles to Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Gardiner. Drive under Roosevelt Arch onto Park Street; Proceed to end of Park Street; Yellowstone River Motel is on left side of street.
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.
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: Orientation and Introductions
(Sunday, August 4)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in between 4 and 5 PM.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at nearby restaurant.
 Evening: Orientation, Introductions and a look at the week ahead.
   
Accommodations: Yellowstone River Motel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: 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.
(Monday, August 5)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Yellowstone River Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Artists take to the field for a day in Yellowstone and the ultimate plein air experience.
(Tuesday, August 6)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Yellowstone River Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Another plein air field day in Yellowstone National Park.
(Wednesday, August 7)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Yellowstone River Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Painting and exploration of Yellowstone's landscape continues with natural history interpretation along the way.
(Thursday, August 8)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Yellowstone River Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The week in review: Artist display and critique.
(Friday, August 9)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Yellowstone River Motel
Meals Included: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: After breakfast departure.
(Saturday, August 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant
 Morning: Shuttle departs at 8 am.
   
Accommodations: Yellowstone River Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Gardiner, MT Hiking
One trailhead 1/2 mile from lodgings; another 3/4 mile from lodgings.
  Horseback Riding
Trailrides provided by Rendezvous Outfitters in Gardiner, MT (406) 848-7967.
  Rafting
Scenic 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 Association
Founded 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 Park
Official website for Yellowstone National Park. Information, planning a visit, history, etc. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/yell/home.htm
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


The Art of Watercolor


Author: Charles Leclair


Description: Exploring the main areas of still life, landscape, and figure painting, this entertaining yet scholarly course of study covers every aspect of painting in watercolor, gives advice on materials, and provides easy-to-follow instructions in both traditional and experimental techniques. Le Clair provides the kind of instruction expected from a college watercolor class, but also serves as a great introduction to watercolor. The book covers a broad range of techniques, art styles and artists and shows a diverse array of watercolor paintings. Everything from traditional representational paintings to contemporary and experimental works are shown and used to illustrate the main point of each chapter.



Yellowstone and the Great West: Journals, Letters and Images from the 1871 Hayden Expedition


Author: Marlene Deahl Merril, editor


Description: Daily record of Ferdinand Hayden's historic 1871 scientific expedition to the Yellowstone basin. This expedition's findings influenced Congress to establish Yellowstone as the world's first national park. The expedition made many scientific discoveries as well as producing the earliest on-site images of Yellowstone by photographer, William Henry Jackson, and guest artist, Thomas Moran.



Drawn to Yellowstone: Artists in America's First National Park


Author: Peter B. Hassrick


Description: The volume is a review of the artistic history of the park and an illustrated account of the artists who traveled to and were inspired by Yellowstone.



Searching for Yellowstone: Ecology and Wonder in the Last Wilderness


Author: Paul Schullery


Description: Eloquent, elegant, truthful and practical - an environmental history of America's best idea, Yellowstone.



Yellowstone Place Names, 2nd edition


Author: Lee Whittlesey


Description: Yellowstone National Park Historian's well-researched and entertaining reference source for information on many of Yellowstone's place names and their origins.



Letters from Yellowstone


Author: Diane Smith


Description: Through correspondence - detailed letters and telegrams - follow an 1898 scientific expedition whose purpose is to collect flora unique to Yellowstone National Park. Learn of the park's early history, trials of pioneer scientists and the engrossing and often funny story of Cornell medical student and amateur botanist, Alexandria Bartram, who emerges as a brave leader and serious scientist. Delightful fiction.



Old Faithful Inn: Crown Jewel of National Park Lodges


Author: Karen Reinhart and Jeff Henry


Description: Thoroughly researched and complete history of Old Faithful Inn, complete with stunning photography.



Roadside Geology of Yellowstone Country


Author: William Fritz & Robert Thomas


Description: Updated, classic roadside geology book for the Yellowstone Region explains current geological theories.





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