The Beauty of Yosemite and the Joy of Watercolor

Find your inspiration in the idyllic setting of Yosemite, where you’ll learn about watercolor techniques, practice plein air painting and enjoy daily lessons from expert instructors.
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Program No. 2317RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Join us in exploring new ways to be creative. 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 field trips to Yosemite National Park. Experience painting "in the wild," learning to paint mountains, tree and waterfalls in the field.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Walking up to one mile over varied terrain on field trips. Distances between lodging, dining hall and classrooms can exceed 1,000 feet to and from. Elevations of 3,100-6,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Embark on a bus excursion to some of the Yosemite Valley’s most beautiful sites, including Tunnel View, 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.

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. Basic art supplies are furnished. Participants may bring their own supplies to supplement if they wish.
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Rita Adams
Rita Adams has been involved with promoting and teaching art in the mountain community of Oakhurst, Calif., since 1986. She is a past president of Yosemite Western Artists, and an instructor for Vision Academy of the Arts. With passion, she has introduced students to art as an instructor for the Bass Lake Educational Foundation's Art Club. Rita has spent much time outdoors in the Sierra Nevada painting mountain landscapes, and has received awards for her work in watercolor, acrylics and pastel.

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

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