Plein Air Watercolor Sketching & Painting

Learn how to create quick, beautiful watercolor studies, while working outdoors.

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Distance

5 Miles

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Elevation Gain

1,000 Feet

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Difficulty

Moderate

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Cost Per Person

$495

Progam Overview

August 10-11, 2024: Join Master Naturalist and international award-winning watercolor artist, Hillary Parker, for a fun and educational two-day workshop that offers group discussions, demonstrations, and practical experience for those who want to learn how to create quick, beautiful watercolor studies, while working outdoors. Students of all skill levels will be working in both a studio setting, as well as at various locations throughout Glacier National Park, sketching and painting in a Moleskin watercolor sketchbook (provided).

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Instructor: Hillary Parker

Join Master Naturalist and international award-winning watercolor artist, Hillary Parker, for a fun and educational two-day workshop that offers group discussions, demonstrations, and practical experience for those who want to learn how to create quick, beautiful watercolor studies, while working outdoors. Students of all skill levels will be working in both a studio setting, as well as at various locations throughout Glacier National Park, sketching and painting in a Moleskin watercolor sketchbook (provided). Various drawing skills and watercolor techniques will be taught in order to comfortably and easily capture the beauty of Glacier National Park and punctuate your sketches with just the right amount of loose watercolor washes. All art supplies will be provided for use during the workshop.

Meeting Place: Glacier Institute Field Camp

Itinerary: (subject to change due to trail closures and weather)

Day 1: We will meet at Field Camp at 8 a.m. for coffee and introductions. We will begin the course with a classroom session on fundamentals, concepts, and techniques for watercolor painting. Next, we will load up in the Glacier Institute vehicles to see the finest of Glacier National Park. We will stop to sketch and paint at several beautiful vistas. We will have sack lunches out on the trail (please bring your own). We will continue to sketch and paint through the afternoon. We will return to Field Camp for dinner at 6 p.m.

Day 2: Breakfast will be served at 6 a.m. and we will begin instruction at 8 a.m. We will begin in the classroom reviewing material we covered on Day 1, and cover any new material needed. We will then head out into the field for another day of sketching and painting, doing both closeup studies and landscapes. We will have sack lunches out on the trail (provided). We will return to Field Camp and debrief the course, before ending at 4 p.m.

Food: The following meals are included: Dinner on Day 1 through lunch on Day 2.

Accommodations: One night of lodging is included with the course fee. Our student cabins are basic, hostel-style cabins with 5 single beds, bedside lights, and electrical outlets. Students should be prepared to share a cabin with up to 4 other people, cabins are separated by gender. Couples may be paired up in the event there is ample space. We provide a bottom sheet for your bed as well as a pillow and pillow case, but please bring a warm sleeping bag. Be sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp for night trips to the bathroom.

Park Entrance Fees: Participants are responsible for purchasing their park entry passes prior to the course. These can be purchased online at: https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/74280.

Physical Requirements: Moderate difficulty. Hiking distance covers less than five miles.

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What to Expect On Your Plein Air Watercolor: Sketching & Painting

Students of all skill levels will be working in both a studio setting, as well as at various locations throughout Glacier National Park, sketching and painting in a Moleskin watercolor sketchbook (provided). Various drawing skills and watercolor techniques will be taught in order to comfortably and easily capture the beauty of Glacier National Park and punctuate your sketches with just the right amount of loose watercolor washes.

* Any trails listed on this program or others are subject to change due to trail closure, weather, trail conditions, or wildlife.

Program Details

  • This program meets at Glacier Institute Field Camp.
  • Instructor: Hillary Parker
  • The program will begin 8 a.m. on day 1 and ends at 4 p.m. on day 2. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Hiking distance covers less than 5 miles with less than 1,000 feet elevation change.
  • On-site parking available.
  • There is a maximum number of 13
  • This program has a minimum guest count of 3 people. In the unlikely case we don’t reach that number, you will be notified prior to the event.

The Glacier Institute has a 7 day cancellation policy for a full refund with all of our courses.

What to Bring

Please remember that weather in NW Montana during all seasons can change quickly from warm and sunny to freezing at any time of the year. We recommend checking the weather prior to your trip. Please also check your course information sheet for specific gear requirements in addition to those listed below.

  • Lightweight hiking boots or a sturdy pair of hiking shoes
  • 2 liter sized water bottle or Camelback
  • Day Pack with plastic bag liner or cover
  • Waterproof rain jacket and pants
  • Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellant & lip balm
  • Camera (optional)
  • Trekking poles, if you like to use them for hiking (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Field Notebook notes and sketches

Download complete checklist here