From the time famed artist Thomas Moran first sketched the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in 1871 to present day, artists and writers have continually been inspired by the wonders of Yellowstone National Park. Guided by our first-rate professional instructors, you can become part of this tradition by taking an Institute Field Seminar this summer and create your own works of Yellowstone-inspired art!
Drawing the Landscapes of Yellowstone
When: June 24-28
How did Thomas Moran begin his memorable paintings in Yellowstone? The same way you will learn in this class—by using time-tested drawing and observation skills to capture the forms and details of the land. You’ll learn these techniques during indoor sessions, and then spend the rest of the time outdoors applying what you’ve learned to create your own landscapes. Whether you are new to drawing or experienced, you’ll learn to see Yellowstone National Park in a new way.
The Art of the Illuminated Journal
When: Jul 28 – Aug 1
An illustrated field journal is a nimble instrument where you can combine drawings, maps, commentary, and questions, enfolding the smallest of events into the largest of landscapes. As a beginner or a veteran journal keeper, you will learn a world of ways to bring your Yellowstone experiences to the page. You’ll use your journal both in active adventure and quiet absorption, exploring many tools and techniques. If you want to expand field journaling to the digital world, consider the optional iPad sketching session.
New! Yellowstone Geology and Field Journaling
When: Aug. 1-4
The geology of Yellowstone includes both young and old volcanic features, billion-year-old metamorphic rocks, sediments from ancient seabeds, and a landscape scoured by recent glacial activities. You will be guided to look for fossils, examine rock compositions, correlate rock types with erosional features, identify ancient floodplains, examine geothermal features, and more. You will visit a variety of locations that illustrate the geologic history of Yellowstone and some of its unique geologic features, and be guided through the type observations to record in a field journal.
Painting Moran’s Yellowstone
When: Aug. 24-28
Follow in the footsteps of Thomas Moran by learning to paint outdoors at some of the same locations that inspired the famous Yellowstone artist. Not only will you learn how to capture the essence of a scene, but you’ll also learn the significance of artists like Moran to Yellowstone’s history. Through classroom and field sessions you’ll practice incorporating the sensory experience of being outdoors—temperatures, sights, sounds, lighting, and atmosphere—into at least three of your own paintings. You’ll also improve your skill with composition, color theory, and painting in changing outdoor conditions.