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Missouri

The Palette of the Ozarks: Watercolors for Beginners

Program No. 21648RJ
Find your inspiration in the pristine landscapes of the Ozarks as you enjoy daily watercolor lessons, learn the art of sketching and explore nearby nature sites for inspiration.
Length
5 days
Rating (4.88)
Activity Level
Starts at
999
Special Offer
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 1 - May 5, 2023
Starting at
999
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Oct 30 - Nov 3, 2023
Starting at
999
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 1 - May 5, 2023
Starting at
999
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Oct 30 - Nov 3, 2023
Starting at
999
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

At a Glance

Get in touch with your inner artist as you spend a relaxing and rejuvenating week in the heart of Missouri’s Ozarks. Under the tutelage of professional art instructors, learn the basic techniques of watercolors, including brush strokes, texturing and blending. Take in the surrounding natural beauty of the nearby lake and woods as you create a sketchbook journal and landscape painting. Enjoy creative free time in to work on anything from ceramics to alcohol inks and pour paints. Participate in a variety of camp activities such as pontoon rides, archery, and zip lining, and relax with an evening spent at our local winery and an ice cream social. At the end of the week, showcase your work for your fellow artists to enjoy.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Walking up to one mile over uneven terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Let the stunning Sunnen Lake and shoreline be your muse as you create your own landscape painting.
  • Find creative inspiration on a field trip to Elephant Rocks State Park and Old Historic Caledonia, enjoy a tasting and exploration at a local winery and delight in a pontoon boat ride around the lake.
  • Choose from a variety of engaging activities throughout the week, including hiking, mini golf, archery and more.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. Our schedule allows us to custom make this experience for every group. If you want to spend the majority of your time painting, our instructor is almost always available. If you would like to spend time exploring the other amenities that Trout Lodge has to offer, we can arrange this during your stay.
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Grace Obenhaus
Grace Obenhaus is a freelance artist and illustrator from southeast Missouri. She loves exploring, grand adventures, and meeting new friends along the way. Grace is in awe of the beauty that surrounds her every day and tries her best to imitate it in her life and through my art. She graduated with Visual Manna Academy in Kansas City and has taught at schools, corporate events, and churches ever since.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Steve Schmich is a retired teacher who is passionate about sharing his great love for the outdoors with others. During his teaching career, he taught health, physical education, and outdoor education. Steve has specific interests in aquatic ecology and geology.
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Grace Obenhaus is a freelance artist and illustrator from southeast Missouri. She loves exploring, grand adventures, and meeting new friends along the way. Grace is in awe of the beauty that surrounds her every day and tries her best to imitate it in her life and through my art. She graduated with Visual Manna Academy in Kansas City and has taught at schools, corporate events, and churches ever since.
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The Complete Watercolorists Essential Notebook
by Gordon MacKenzie
Washington County, Missouri: including its History, the Horine Cemetery, the Hughes Mountain State Natural Area, and More
by Sharon Clyde
Painting Watercolors (First Steps)
by Cathy Johnson
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5 days
4 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Potosi, MO
D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Check-in from 3:30 p.m. Orientation at 4:30 p.m. with welcome dinner to follow.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: 4:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. We will review COVID-19 protocols and will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and requirements throughout the program. This is a Road Scholar Retreats program. Our programming at Retreat locations includes opportunities for light morning exercise, interaction with members of the local community, locally sourced meals, and evening entertainment. Classes will take place in a meeting space in the lodge that overlooks the lake. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The YMCA of the Ozarks-Trout Lodge includes a wide selection of activities and amenities, ranging from rec centers to workout facilities and hikes that vary based on the seasons. The Group Leader will be happy to review these opportunities and offer free time suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In the dining room.

Evening: We’ll take a look around Trout Lodge and the Arts and Crafts facility. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Watercoloring Basics, Elephant Rocks State Park
Potosi, MO
B,L,D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Light hiking available prior to breakfast. Getting on/off a bus; driving about 36 miles, approximately 1 hour riding time. Hiking about 1 mile; paved paths, slight up/down hills; seating available for those who choose not to hike.

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: We’ll gather for a hands-on class to learn the basic techniques of watercoloring. We will also take a quick nature hike around Trout Lodge for inspiration as time allows. All supplies are provided.

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: We will hop aboard a bus for field trips to explore Elephant Rocks State Park and Old Historic Caledonia with a local expert. These are great places to take pictures and get inspiration for paintings. Bring a jacket. From Missouri State Parks: “The elephant rocks, which were formed from 1.5-billion-year-old granite, are giant boulders that stand end-to-end like a train of circus elephants. The rocks have created formations that intrigue geologists, are popular with history buffs interested in the past quarrying, and fascinate children who love to climb on and between the boulders.” The village of Caledonia is situated in the Bellevue Valley of Washington County. The houses, streetscapes, and landscapes are largely unchanged, from the 19th century and most of the village has been declared a National Historic District.

Dinner: In the dining room.

Evening: We will spend the evening painting ceramics at our Arts and Crafts facility. There are a multitude of pre-made ceramic pieces to choose from and paint with acrylics, later to be fired in a kiln. If ceramics isn’t your cup of tea, there are many other projects such as alcohol inks, tie dye, pour paints, and more available.

DAY
3
Portrait Watercoloring, Ceramics
Potosi, MO
B,L,D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Light hiking available prior to breakfast. Sitting/standing during classes.

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: We will spend the morning continuing to learn watercoloring techniques and working on projects. Depending on the pace of the class, we will be working on portraits, stills, and landscapes.

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: We will continue to learn more watercolor techniques, using images from the nature hike and elephant rocks to create projects. The remainder of the afternoon will be free to engage in other activities Trout Lodge has to offer. Activities that may be available (depending on season, weather, etc.) typically include archery, kayaking, pontoon rides, riflery, rock climbing, zip lining, as well as rec centers, workout, and arts and crafts facilities.

Dinner: In the dining room.

Evening: We will spend the evening painting ceramics at our Arts and Crafts facility. There are a multitude of pre-made ceramic pieces to choose from and paint with acrylics, later to be fired in a kiln. If ceramics isn’t your cup of tea, there are many other projects such as alcohol inks, tie dye, pour paints, and more available. We'll also enjoy a campfire with s'mores to end the evening.

DAY
4
Sunnen Lake, Nature Hike, Winery, Art Studio, Social
Potosi, MO
B,L,D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Light hiking available prior to breakfast. Painting outdoors, walking up to 1 mile; uneven terrain.

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: We’ll spend the morning painting the beautiful, serene Trout Lodge shoreline as we try our hand at landscape paintings. We’ll then set out on a nature hike with Trout Lodge staff trained in the local environment to learn more about the surrounding Ozark landscape.

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: We will have some “down time” then hop aboard a shuttle for an afternoon together at a family-owned winery. There, we’ll explore the winery, see how wines are made, the equipment used and learn about the winery’s connection with the local community and other farms in the area. There will also be an opportunity to taste some of the wines.

Dinner: In the dining room.

Evening: We’ll continue to enjoy the evening with an ice cream social. Prepare for check-out and departure after our art show in the morning.

DAY
5
Art Show, Program Concludes
Potosi, MO
B,L

Activity note: Light hiking available prior to breakfast. Check-out 11:30 a.m.

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: We’ll wrap up the program with an art show featuring our creations. We will transform our meeting space into a presentation of everyone’s work. We will also have a slide show set up displaying the many pictures taken throughout the week.

Lunch: In the dining room. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






Important registration tip:
If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.