Purple mountains rise above the evergreen forests : Grand Teton's wild landscape offers views of the stark, but beautiful mountain range. Twilight reveals an incredible range of purples.
*** Please note that due to the exploratory nature of this workshop, individuals should expect a moderate amount of physical activity and should be prepared to be out on the field for up to 5 hours per day. Proper gear will be necessary for hiking and protection from the sun / weather, and portable sketching / art-making materials will be suggested, and an informational email will be sent upon registration to all participants to help you prepare for your adventure! Questions? Please send us a note! Hello@lightgreyartlab.com
A huge variety of wildlife stroll through Grand Teton's boundaries
TUESDAY MAY 17th:
Arrangements will be made to pick up all participants from the Idaho Falls Airport. The Light Grey crew will help coordinate flight schedules with all participating campers upon sign-up to help make it an easy transition!
We'll greet everyone with a bag lunch and an explorer's pack and head toward Jackson where we'll find a nice spot to get to know one another and take a look at the agenda for our adventure! Our first stop will be the National Wildlife Museum where we'll get to explore the archives of some of the most influential wildlife artists such as John James Audubon, Ansel Adams and many more.
As the sun sets, we'll drive toward our cabin at dusk to get a glimpse of some of the area's resident wildlife from a safe distance. The Grand Teton National Park is home to a huge variety of wildlife and we'll be able to view them as they are most active in the early morning and early evening. We hope to catch a glimpse of a lot of animal babies at this time of year as well!
"Grand Teton National Park is home to hundreds of species of wildlife. Whether you spot something as large as a Bison or something as small as a Pika, the possibilities are endless." -- National Park Service
We'll arrive at our new home and make a big, family-style dinner, participate in a fun creative workshop led by the Light Grey team, and then have a chance to jump in the hot-tub and get a fire going outside amongst the stars.
View the incredible colors at the Grand Prismatic Spring
THURSDAY MAY 19th:
After a nice breakfast, we'll pack our lunches and head north toward Jackson where we'll walk the trails near Cascade Canyon or Antelope Flats. Both areas have views of the Teton's iconic landscape, wild sage, herds of bison, elk and plenty of unique plant life. Here, we'll get a chance to learn more about the foliage and the Light Grey team will provide some resources for understanding the local plant-life and it's unique history, as well as lead a fun creative workshop out in the field!
We'll gather for lunch and view (with the option of swimming!) the hot springs nearby! Grand Teton is home to two very special hot-water features. Granite Hot Springs and Kelly Warm Springs are both wonderful places to dip your feet (or take a swim!) and experience bath-like water temperatures. Kelly Warm Springs even is home to some hardy and non-native tropical fish!
We'll watch the sun set over the nearby mountains and finish our last minute plein air paintings or photos and head back to the cabin for a family-style meal and a ton of optional night-time activities, a dip in the hot-tub, or a chance to relax on our last night together.
Inspired by the 100 year anniversary of our National Parks system, we are headed on a journey with a sketchbook in one hand, and a walking stick in the other -- to explore one of our nation's most extreme landscapes.
Join us as we visit the striking peaks of Grand Teton National Park! We'll explore the pristine mountain lakes, watch the dusk colors paint the landscape in shades of purple, and learn about the creatures that thrive in this wild environment. We'll hike forest trials, sketch wildlife in their natural habitat, and look forward to exploring the wild outdoors together.
Our four-day / three-night all-inclusive journey will challenge creatives to explore, expand and express themselves amongst the dramatic backdrop of Grand Teton National Park's many wonders as we explore, draw, and converse together.
• 4 days / 3 night adventure in Grand Teton National Park
• Transportation, Meals and Lodging included
• Creative programming featuring workshops, discussions and more.
• Admission to the National Museum of Wildlife Art (where a huge collection of John James Audubon, Andsel Adams, and many other incredible artists from across time.
• Admission to the Teton Raptor Center
- Draw, Paint or Photograph Owls, Eagles. Hawks and more from an arm's length
- Lesson in raptor behavior and lifestyle with Teton Raptor Center's senior scientist
• Take a driving tour at Dawn/Dusk and view a huge variety of wildlife including elk, moose, pika and more.
• A visit to the picturesque Jenny Lake
• A sketch-hike on Cascade Canyon trail or Antelope Flats
• A visit to the Granite Hot Springs or nearby Kelly Warm Springs
• A chance to view Bison, Elk, Moose and Raptors in their element.
• and plenty of creative discussions, mini workshops & more!
OPTIONAL ADD-ON: YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (May 13 - 16th)
If you are interested in extending your trip and joining us for "part 1" of our journey to Yellowstone National Park, we will be offering a program extension for $575. CLICK HERE For more information on the Yellowstone Camp!
Artists interested in extending their stay will be offered a double or triple occupancy cabin accommodation on the night of May 16th with another artist, and an evening exploring the area at your leisure. We would be happy to help assist with coordinating your flights in and out of the parks for those interested in joining us for both legs of the journey. More information will also be sent to campers after confirming your spot on the adventure!
COST : $575 CLICK HERE TO APPLY
Includes transportation to and from Jackson Hole Airport and for the duration of our workshop, meals, and lodging in a double or triple occupancy room in our cabin in Driggs, Idaho (on the border of Grand Teton) for 3 nights / 4 days.
Questions? Please send us a note! Hello@lightgreyartlab.com
Jenny Lake has plenty of trails with incredible views of the Tetons
WEDNESDAY MAY 18th:
We'll wake up early, pack a lunch and head to the Teton Raptor Center, where we'll meet their senior scientist and be introduced to their resident birds! Teton Raptor Center rehabilitates injured raptors and provides education about some of the region's incredible birds of prey. We'll learn about the social, feeding, and territorial activities of eagles, owls, falcons and more while we have a chance to sketch them in an intimate setting.
In the afternoon, we'll head toward Jenny Lake, where we'll eat lunch alongside the view of the Tetons reflecting off of the still water and have a chance to hike, sketch and photograph the flora and fauna of the area on one of several Jenny Lake hiking trails. Jenny Lake is notorious for eagle sightings, so we'll have our binoculars ready!
As always, our travels give us a chance to spend time exploring, learning and reflecting and our time at Jenny Lake will be at a leisurely pace so we can have time to paint, meditate, or explore to your heart's content!
If weather permits, campers may also be able to stop by and rent canoes or kayaks to see a very different side of the lake!
As the sun sets, we'll make our way back toward our cabin and get ready for an evening BBQ and game night! Chris Hajny, our resident board game aficionado will bust out our entertainment for the night.
An optional evening star-walk will be available for those that would like to view the night sky in our area and take in some fresh air or snap a few photos of the constellations above us.
Grand Teton is home to a huge variety of wildlife including Elk, Owls, Pika and Bobcats, among many others.
FRIDAY MAY 20th:
After a family style breakfast and one final morning get-together we'll gather our things and head back to Idaho Falls where participants will have the option to stay and explore at their leisure before heading back to the airport to catch their flight, or traveling on to Idaho Falls Airport. It is home to great restaurants, cute shops and a lot of unique local culture, so if you're not ready to head to the airport quite yet, feel free to relax and soak up the unique experience Idaho Falls has to offer.
Those participants staying on for the "Part 1" Yellowstone Art Camp (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO), will travel on toward Driggs Idaho, where we'll help them check in to their cabin for the evening! Driggs is another cute little town with places to explore and great options for local cuisine! Participants will have the afternoon and evening to explore on their own. (Lunch and Dinner will not be included on the evening of the 16th for participants that wish to stay for both sessions, but there will be plenty of variety to choose from for people that wish to sample the local culture.) We will reach out individually to coordinate with artists that wish to join us for both!
Questions about participating for both sessions? Send us a note! firstname.lastname@example.org
ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? SEND US A NOTE!: HELLO@LIGHTGREYARTLAB.COM
*** Please note that this is a non-refundable program. Please feel free to ask us any questions you might have so we may help you prepare for the trip! Thanks and looking forward to having this adventure with you!