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Drawing the Spirit of the Southwest

Program Number: 21102RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/15/2013 - 9/20/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Mesa Verde Country, Colorado
Price starting at: $759.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Painting; Arts, Misc.
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

The soft desert colors and ancient Native American history of the Southwest offer unlimited inspiration for an artist’s palette. Express your creative imagination — and improve your drawing skills — as you draw from Native American influences to experiment with pastels in the studio, en plein air and on your own in your sketchbook. Listen to stories about the cowboys, traders and the Spanish Colonialists who also influenced art that is unique to the Southwest. Amaze yourself with your own drawings of pottery, red rock landscapes, portraits, and a sacred Ancestral Puebloan ceremonial site. Personal critiques and instruction are interwoven with discussions and slide shows on southwestern art and history.




Highlights

• Discover different expressions of Native American art, including a rock art panel, beautiful pottery, and the art of katsinas.
• Spend a day at Hovenweep National Monument, a site comprised of six prehistoric villages, once home to 2,500 people.
• Explore the 40-acre archaeological preserve of Kelly Place, and learn about the thousand year old Ancestral Puebloan ruins on its grounds.



Activity Particulars

Short walks on uneven terrain.




Date Specific Information

9-15-2013

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by McElmo Canyon Research Institute.




Mesa Verde Country

Mesa Verde Country encompasses rich archeological and natural treasures, from the cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloans at Mesa Verde National Park to the spectacular red rock scenery in nearby canyons. The area is just a short drive from the Four Corners region along scenic byways and through quaint western towns, including Cortez.



Accommodations
Bed & breakfast located at the base of Sleeping Ute Mountain.
Meals and Lodgings
   Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast
  Cortez, CO 5 nights
 Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast
Type: Bed and Breakfast
  Description: Kelly Place is both an outdoor educational center and unique bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Four Corners. The lodge is an adobe-style building with courtyard, built in the mid-1960s. The atmosphere is relaxed, southwestern style. Situated on 38 acres, nestled between majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain and the red rock canyons--former home of the prehistoric "cliff-dweller' Ancestral Puebloans, bordering Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and featuring over 25 archaeological sites. Descend into a kiva, fully restored by Road Scholar participants, and imagine what it was like a thousand years ago.
  Contact info: 14537 Rd. G
Cortez, CO 81321 USA
phone: 970-565-3125
web: www.kellyplace.com
  Facility amenities: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast is on an archaeological preserve with an adobe-style lodge and adjacent cabins among Anasazi ruins, fruit trees, a majestic mountain view and sculpted canyons. Double occupancy only; multiples upon request. Wireless internet is available. Full country-style meals are served daily in the main lodge. Documentary DVD & VHS movies and a variety of books and magazines are located in the lounge/library. All bathrooms are in the rooms. Some cabins may be used. Smoking is permitted on porches and courtyards only. Beer and wine are available.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: 10% discount Phone Kelly Place to reserve additional nights at 970-565-3125
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: 10% discount Phone Kelly Place to reserve additional nights at 970-565-3125
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 PM You will be staying at Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 AM You will be staying at Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on site.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Cortez, CO
  Nearest city or town:  Bluff, UT; Durango, CO; Shiprock, NM
  Nearest highway: 160/491 (Older maps show 491 as 666.)
  Nearest airport:  Cortez Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Cortez, CO
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Kelly Place B&B, Cortez

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Cortez Cab
phone: 970-565-6911
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$33
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

0.25 

 

Distance:

 

11 miles

   

$2 each additional person www.cortezcab.com email: ride@cortezcab.com

 
Driving Directions
  Albuquerque, NM For couples, it may be cost effective to fly in to Albuquerque and rent a car for the entire stay. The drive between Cortez and Albuquerque is across level, scenic terrain and takes about 4-5 hours.
  All points It is possible to avoid driving on high mountain roads by avoiding the (very scenic) roads west of Denver or Colorado Springs. Try to approach Cortez through Gallup, NM or Farmington, NM, for flatter terrain.
  Cortez, CO Take 491/160 South two miles to traffic light at defunct truck stop. Take right filter onto Road G. Sign says Airport and Hovenweep. Travel 10.2 miles to entrance sign for Kelly Place. Follow narrow road about a mile to lodge.
  Denver, CO Great Lakes Aviation is the only airline serving the Cortez airport. It connects with flights in Denver only. Driving time from Denver is about 7 1/2-8 hrs.
  Shiprock, NM Take 491 North approx. 40 miles to traffic light at defunct truck stop. Turn left on to Road G.
Elevation Note: Accommodations are at 5,480 ft.

Equipment Requirements: List of supplies needed will be sent to participants. Essentially, paper, pencils, pastels, eraser, journal, camera. Daypack & water bottle.
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: Arrival & Check-in, Program Registration, Orientation, Introductions
(Sunday, September 15)
   
 Afternoon: CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm. You will be greeted by the program facilitator and escorted to your room. You will also receive your welcome packet containing your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information we will review during the orientation session.

ORIENTATION: 5:15pm. The on-site Road Scholar program coordinator, facilitator and staff will greet you. We will discuss information about the location, your accommodations, meals, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and emergency contacts, and answer any questions you may have. If you arrive late, pick up your packet in the lodge and ask staff to escort you to the meeting room.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather and other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

 Dinner: Enjoy family style home cooked meals served at the lodge.
 Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Your program facilitator will go over the schedule for the week and you will learn more about your facilitator and your instructor. Participants will introduce themselves. The remainder of the evening is free for you to settle in and prepare for the week. The lodge includes a lounge area with a diverse library, games, dvds and videos, and a computer for Internet access; Wifi available. The French doors surround an enclosed Spanish style flagstone courtyard with a spectacular view of Sleeping Ute Mountain.
   
Accommodations: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction to Southwestern Art: Landscapes, Cultures & Artists. Basic Drawing from Simple Forms: Native Plants & Pottery
(Monday, September 16)
   
 Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: What is the spirit of “Southwestern” art? Learn through slideshows and discussion of specifics including traditional uses of native plants. Take a walk in the Southwest, just outside your door, and open your senses to the spirit that surrounds you.
 Lunch: A buffet style homemade lunch is provided in the lodge dining room, featuring seasonally appropriate foods, beverages and dessert.
 Afternoon: DRAWING WORKSHOP: Focus on basic drawing instruction and demonstration, beginning with the simple forms set on your desk, e.g., native plants or prehistoric artifacts (depending on skill level). Everyone goes through the enire process together, but the emphasis is on having each participant discover their own abilities to think and do.
 Dinner: A hearty homecooked meal prepared especially for you is served buffet-style in the lodge dining room, including soft beverages, and dessert. Beer or wine may be purchased.
 Evening: OPEN STUDIO: Under expert supervision, continue working on what you began or expand to other simple items such as native plants, rocks, items found indoors or outdoors.
   
Accommodations: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Light & Form, Southwestern Art & the Environment; Drawing Southwestern Artifacts, Landscapes & Architecture, Native American Art, Artists & Artifacts
(Tuesday, September 17)
   
 Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.
 Morning: One-on-one critiques of work in progress from yesterday begin the day. PRESENTATION: Through a slide show and lecture/discussion, learn about Native American art including specific artists such as Nampayo and Maria Martinez as well as the Indian School artists.

We continue with lecture/discussion of artist and writer’s colonies of the early 1900s.

 Lunch: A buffet style homemade lunch is provided in the lodge dining room, featuring seasonally appropriate foods, beverages and dessert.
 Afternoon: DRAWING WORKSHOP: Drawing of pottery, pottery sherds, lithics, landscapes from object or slides. Once you do the basics, the emphasis is on one-to-one development. Your instructor will help you take your vision to its logical conclusion.
 Dinner: A hearty homecooked meal prepared especially for you is served buffet-style in the lodge dining room, including soft beverages, and dessert. Beer or wine may be purchased.
 Evening: OPEN STUDIO: Free time in which you may continue developing your artistic skills and sensibilities.
   
Accommodations: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Drawing Outdoors, Famous Faces of Southwestern Art, Native American Influences, Field Trip Locations, “Discovery” of Mesa Verde
(Wednesday, September 18)
   
 Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.
 Morning: One-on-one critiques of work in progress begin the day. PRESENTATION: Slideshow/lecture about Hovenweep National Monument, Mesa Verde. Hear about the development of The National Park Service and historic railroad travel campaigns, which exploited the Southwestern mythos and brought folks from all over to explore the region. Hear stories of ancient peoples, natives, trading posts, and settlers. Learn about ancient signs and symbols including petroglyphs and pictographs. Learn how the European “Arts and Crafts Movement” created a new appreciation of Native American works, and how the Southwest inspired Georgia O’Keeffe, Victor Higgins, Maynard Dixon, Mary Coulter, and famous native artists and craftspeople, including native jewelers, weavers, and katsina makers.
 Lunch: A buffet style homemade lunch is provided in the lodge dining room, featuring seasonally appropriate foods, beverages and dessert.
 Afternoon: DRAWING WORKSHOP: Portraiture lesson and session. Learn about working outdoors and how to use photos and sketches for later drawing in home studios. Discuss the importance of keeping a journal, whether written or visual or both.
 Dinner: A hearty homecooked meal prepared especially for you is served buffet-style in the lodge dining room, including soft beverages, and dessert. Beer or wine may be purchased.
 Evening: OPEN STUDIO: Free time to continue working on your art.
   
Accommodations: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Hovenweep National Monument Field Trip, Art Show & Reception
(Thursday, September 19)
   
 Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Hovenweep National Monument. We will visit a rock art panel and explore the ancestral Puebloan ruins. Human habitation at Hovenweep dates to more than 10,000 years ago when nomadic Paleoindians gathered food and hunted game. By about A.D. 900, people started to settle at Hovenweep year-round, planting and harvesting crops in what was then rich soil of the mesa top.

The towers of Hovenweep were built by ancestral Puebloans who occupied the Four Corners area from about A.D. 500 to A.D. 1300. Similarities in architecture, masonry and pottery styles indicate that the inhabitants of Hovenweep were closely associated with groups living at Mesa Verde and other nearby sites.

There are many theories about the buildings at Hovenweep and their uses. The towers may have been celestial observatories, defensive structures, storage facilities, civil buildings, homes or any combination of the above. While archeologists have found that most towers were associated with kivas (underground or partially underground chambers), their actual function remains a mystery.

 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at Hovenweep, served by your instructor and program facilitator.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP CONTINUES: Take your time among the rocks and ruins, photographing for later artwork, sketching, and learning about the past culture of the Southwest. Your tour will be guided by your instructor and your program facilitator, both of whom are knowledgeable educational archaeologists.
 Dinner: A traditional Kelly Place cook-out may be enjoyed on the courtyard tables (weather permitting), as you relax with your new friends and enjoy the beautiful Southwestern scenery. Beer and wine are offered at no cost.
 Evening: ART SHOW & RECEPTION: : Celebrate your accomplishments! Each participant will have created a body of work, and discovered their own unique talents and abilities. We’ll comment on the pieces you chose for display and you may explain what new subjects, talents, and techniques you’ve discovered. Each participant will receive helpful comments from the instructor on what direction to continue with your subjects, media, and methods as well as advice on how to best frame or preserve your finished pieces. Our informal reception is a wonderful opportunity to say farewell to your new friends as you embark upon your own journey.
   
Accommodations: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departure
(Friday, September 20)
   
 Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.
 Morning: The program concludes after breakfast. Check-out is by 11:00am.

We hope you have enjoyed this new artistic adventure and will join us for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast, SW Colorado Cortez Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 970-565-3414 For additional information, visit www.cortezchamber.org
  Mesa Verde Country Visitor Information Bureau
Phone: 800-253-1616 For additional information, visit www.mesaverdecountry.com
  Cortez, CO Cortez Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 970-565-3414 For additional information, visit www.cortezchamber.org
  Mesa Verde Country Visitor Information Bureau
Phone: 800-253-1616 For additional information, visit www.mesaverdecountry.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.

Suggested Reading List


Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico


Author: Barbara Buhler Lynes and Carolyn Kastner


Description: For general inspiration



Paintings of the Southwest


Author: Arnold Skolnick


Description: For general inspiration



Sacred Land, Sacred View


Author: Robert MacPherson


Description: Landscape and Culture



Ancestral Puebloans and their Culture


Author: National Park Service


Description: Landscape and Culture http://www.nps.gov/meve/forteachers/upload/ancestral_puebloans.pdf



"Semi-desert Wildflowers of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument"


Author: Photos by Al Schneider


Description: Flora: PowerPoint slide show http://www.conps.org/Slide_Shows/Semi-desert%20Wildflowers%20of%20Canyons%20of%20the%20Ancients%20National%20Monument/index.htm



"Flora of the Upper San Juan Basin"


Author: Photos by Steve O'Kane


Description: Flora: PowerPoint slide show http://www.conps.org/Slide_Shows/Flora%20of%20the%20Upper%20San%20Juan%20River%20Basin/index.htm



Pottery


Author: BLM, Anasazi Heritage Center


Description: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/ahc/artifact_gallery.html



Nampeyo: Grande Dam of Hopi Pottery


Author: PBS.org


Description: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/fts/louisville_200704A15.html



"Touched by Fire: The Art, Life, and Legacy of Maria Martinez


Author: Museum of Indian Arts & Culture


Description: http://www.indianartsandculture.org/exhibits/maria/



Historic Photograph and Oral History Collections


Author: Museums of New Mexico


Description: http://econtent.unm.edu/cdm/search/collection/



Mesa Verde and the Wetherill Family


Author: Wetherill Family


Description: http://wetherillfamily.com/richard_wetherill.htm



Browse the Smithsonian, Keyword: Native American Art


Author: Smithsonian website


Description: http://americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artwork/results/index.cfm?gsearch=1990&rows=10&q=Native%20American%20Artists&page=1&start=0&x=0&y=0



Archaeoastronomy


Author: Bostwick, Todd W.


Description: http://www.azarchsoc.org/Resources/Documents/CERT%20Archaeoastronomy%20of%20the%20Southwest.pdf (This is way too much to do, but interesting!)



Hovenweep: History and Culture


Author: National Park Service


Description: http://www.nps.gov/hove/historyculture/index.htm



Hovenweep: Photos and Multimedia


Author: National Park Service


Description: http://www.nps.gov/hove/photosmultimedia/index.htm



Finders Keepers


Author: Craig Childs


In Search of the Old Ones


Author: David Roberts




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