Interpreting Yosemite - September 15 - 19, 2019
Enjoy the splendor of Yosemite National Park while you learn the art of “en plein air” from some of the Yosemite Western Artists’ (YWA) best art instructors OR take the traditional and very inspiring ICON Painting classes from a well known iconographer, Joyce Tanner.
Guests will enjoy a four night, five day stay at ECCO (Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst). Meals and transportation are included, as well as art instruction and a Sunday wine and cheese social. A reduced package for day students includes lunch, classes and the bus tours into the park.
For plein air painters, the first full day includes classroom style art instruction and outdoor painting on the idyllic ECCO grounds. Days two and three, you will be transported by bus to Yosemite Valley and some of the most beautiful sites in the Sierra Nevada. These can include Sentinel Bridge, Tunnel View and the Yosemite Church, for example. In a safe setting, with other artists, you can enjoy and create original works from these magnificent surroundings. Be sure to bring your camera. Experienced photographers will be there to assist and answer your questions.
Icon painters will be meeting for instruction at St. Raphael’s Church at ECCO. In their bright and sunny meeting room you will learn the traditional art of iconography. No previous painting experience is necessary. Day two and three, you will be included in the bus tour to Yosemite with a guided naturalist on board to give you insight into historic Yosemite National Park.
Wednesday will present a dinner for all full time guests (day guests can participate for an additional fee) that includes an art exhibit provided by YWA members with works created during the retreat.
The last day at ECCO concludes with morning checkout and lunch. Icon painters will be able to continue their classroom time as well and join the others for lunch.
We provide two methods in which to reserve your place. Register online by pointing your browser to www.yosemitewesternartists.com and clicking on the “Interpreting Yosemite Sign-Up” link or by completing the form included in their brochure and mailing it, along with your credit card payment or check to: ECCO, 43803 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644