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Painting with Watercolors and Acrylics in Ancient Southwest Archaeological Canyons

Program Number: 21179RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/27/2014 - 6/1/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Mesa Verde Country, Colorado
Price starting at: $815.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Painting; Art History/Criticism Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Enter canyon country — home of prehistoric Puebloan “cliff-dwellers,” range-riding cowboys and modern-day Navajo and Ute tribal peoples. Bring your colors and your imagination to capture the magic of this region’s sculpted red rocks, mountains and orchards through painting. From high-desert, red, slick-rock sandstone to serene McElmo Creek winding through the canyon, these remarkable surroundings supply lush colors and contrasts while ancient Native American legends and cowboy lore inject inspiration into sessions of sketching, painting and journaling. Expert teaching artists provide one-on-one instruction, introducing you to novel techniques and enriching your painting expression.




Highlights

• Explore the 40-acre archaeological preserve that surrounds your B&B lodgings to observe 1,000-year-old ancestral Puebloan ruins in various stages of excavation or restoration.
• Spend a day at Hovenweep National Monument, using this beautiful and quiet setting as inspiration for your art.
• Learn substrate preparation and other new techniques to expand your prowess in watercolor and acrylic painting.



Activity Particulars

Optional short walks on uneven terrain. Choose to stand or sit at painting easel. Elevation 5,480 feet.



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
Lodge rooms and cabins at bed and breakfast on 40-acre archaeological preserve. Site is in a red-rock canyon at the base of Sleeping Ute Mountain.
Meals and Lodgings
   Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast
  Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast, SW Colorado 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:  Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast, SW Colorado
  Nearest city or town:  Cortez, CO, near Bluff, UT, Durango, CO & Shiprock, NM
  Nearest highway: 160/491 (Note Hwy 491 is called 666 on old maps)
  Nearest airport:  Cortez Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast, SW Colorado
    (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 hr 

 

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: 5,480 ft

Equipment Requirements: A complete list of materials will be provided after registration.
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, Orientation and Introductions
(Tuesday, May 27)
   
 Afternoon: CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm. When you get your room assignment, 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 and staff will greet you. We will discuss information about 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 at the lodge.
 Evening: GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Your program coordinator will go over the schedule for the week and you will learn more about your coordinator and your instructor. We have introductions and discuss what everyone hopes to take home from their experiences in classes and hiking. The instructor would like to learn about your experience level and interests.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 & Plein Air, Create Textured Substrates, Draw, Sketch, Paint and Explore Surroundings With an Artist's Eye
(Wednesday, May 28)
   
 Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.
 Morning: VISUAL PRESENTATIONS: "The Spirit of Southwestern Art" and "Plein Air – What It Is and What It Isn’t."

“ Textured Substrates = Creating Interest” ART ACTIVITY: Textures for Acrylics. Learn how to create "textured substrates" with unique techniques developed by your instructor. Demonstration with hands-on participation to texture your own substrates.

Presentation/Overview: Drawing, Sketching, Thumbnails, Composition, Perspective, and Values.

 Lunch: Enjoy a home-made, buffet style lunch in the lodge dining room featuring seasonal foods plus beverages and dessert.
 Afternoon: SCOUTING WITH YOUR INSTRUCTOR: Walk the grounds with cameras and sketch/paint journals, considering locations for tomorrow's Plein Air Paint Out. You may consider painting the canyon walls, Sleeping Ute Mountain, a partially restored Anasazi pueblo, other ancient ruin sites, the orchards or the high desert landscape. These are all seen just outside your studio door.

The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to continue scouting, begin practicing techniques, or relax with new friends.

 Dinner: Dinner is a hearty home-cooked meal prepared especially for you, buffet style in the lodge dining room including beverages and dessert. Beer/wine available for purchase.
 Evening: FIRESIDE TALK: Legends and Lore of the Canyon. The studio will also be available for those who want to add to or develop their journal sketches and paintings.
   
Accommodations: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Let’s Paint! “Quick Paint” Plein Air Watercolors
(Thursday, May 29)
   
 Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: “What are “Plein Air?” and “Quick Paint?” ART ACTIVITY: Let’s PAINT! - Watercolors/Paint Out with Instructor demo and assigned critique topic.
 Lunch: Enjoy a home-made, buffet style lunch in the lodge dining room featuring seasonal foods plus beverages and dessert.
 Afternoon: Quick Group Critique for helpful insights.

Plein Air Paint Out with Watercolors (critique topic assigned).

 Dinner: Dinner is a hearty home-cooked meal prepared especially for you, buffet style in the lodge dining room including beverages and dessert. Beer/wine available for purchase.
 Evening: ART ACTIVITY/STUDIO TIME: Demonstration and hands-on participation. You will learn sealing procedures for your previously textured substrates. Develop another painting from your Plein Air done earlier today or choose to draw or paint a Still Life which will be set up by the instructor. The instructor will be available for questions and special help as needed. The Still Life will include ancient pottery, baskets, Kachinas, shards, and other southwestern items.
   
Accommodations: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Let’s Paint! Plein Air with Acrylics (You may choose to use your previously textured substrate.) Try some different acrylic medium and watercolor techniques Learn about the prehistoric ceremonial kiva on site.
(Friday, May 30)
   
 Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: What Makes a Good Painting a Stand Out!

Plein Air with Acrylics on our Textured Substrates. Critique topic will be assigned. ART ACTIVITY: Experiment and be creative with different techniques

 Lunch: Enjoy a home-made, buffet style lunch in the lodge dining room featuring seasonal foods plus beverages and dessert.
 Afternoon: ART ACTIVITY: A Group critique, then choose your creative afternoon activity: Acrylic Plein Air Paint with your previously textured substrate or Plein Air Paint with your Watercolors.
 Dinner: Dinner is a hearty home-cooked meal prepared especially for you, buffet style in the lodge dining room including beverages and dessert. Beer/wine available for purchase.
 Evening: EXCURSION: Kiva Ruin Ceremonial Site. For those who would like to participate in a unique Southwest experience of spirituality -- legends, lore of the Ancient Puebloans and Native Americans -- the site is right here at Kelly Place.

There will also be studio time to work on your personal choice: Draw, paint with watercolors or acrylics from the still life with ancient pottery, baskets, kachinas, sherds, and artifacts. You may also choose to work on your acrylic textured substrate or develop your sketches for future paintings. Studio time is an opportunity for creative time, but you’re welcome to relax for the evening, should you choose.

   
Accommodations: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: *FIELD TRIP TO HOVENWEEP NATIONAL MONUMENT (Spectacular Ancient Tower Ruins): A guided field trip with an Archaeologist!
(Saturday, May 31)
   
 Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Hovenweep National Monument. 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. 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: After your guided tour, your painting instructor will be with you, to help with any questions as you draw/paint/sketch or Plein Air paint with your watercolors. A very full day of fun! Be sure to bring your camera for future painting references.
 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: GALLERY SHOWING – Let’s share our favorite works from the past days, with an evening gathering of our group - like-artistic-creative souls!
   
Accommodations: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departure
(Sunday, June 1)
   
 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.

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