Rainbow pools reflect the night sky : Yellowstone hosts miles of natural hydrothermal structures including a variety of geysers, mudpots, and steaming basins -- where the colors of the Earth hint at what is beneath the fragile crust of our planet.
*** 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
"Mammoth Hot Springs" - waters cascade over a huge travertine formation
FRIDAY MAY 13th:
Arrangements will be made to pick up all participants from Idaho Falls Airport. Schedule times will be coordinated upon sign-up, but feel free to check in with us if you need help with finding great flights!
We'll welcome everyone with snacks and a explorer's kit for the weekend and will head over to our cabin, have lunch and a quick workshop together as we discuss the next several days!
Our cabin is located just a few miles from beautiful Mesa Falls waterfalls, right at the entrance of West Yellowstone. We're in a great place to spot bison, elk and moose, and a huge variety of birds. After lunch, we'll head over to beautiful Mesa Falls trail, where we'll take in views of a series of falls boasting higher vertical drops than Niagara Falls, and break out the sketchbooks and try to capture views of the area's unique birdlife on a short hike near the falls.
"Explore the river, waterfalls, and forest for Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, Red-naped Sapsucker, Cassin’s Vireo, and Western Tanager. In the canyon, look for Peregrine Falcon, Bald Eagle and Northern Pygmy-Owl." -- Idaho Birding
At night we'll make a big, family-style dinner, then jump in the hot-tub, get a fire going outside amongst the scenery with one last creative conversation / workshop before retiring for the night.
View the incredible colors at the Grand Prismatic Spring
SUNDAY MAY 15th:
After a nice breakfast, we'll pack our lunches and head north toward Mammoth Hot Springs area where we'll take in the wonders of a the huge walls of travertine structures created by the earth's powerful hydrothermal activity. This area is home to a variety of incredible trails with breathtaking views of the local scenery and we'll have a chance to wander and sketch at our leisure.
We'll gather for lunch and view the Boiling River nearby, where water temperatures rise to well over 113 degrees. In the spring, the river will be too high to swim in, but we'll take this opportunity to warm up alongside the steamy banks!
In the afternoon, we'll go on a hike in the area and get a chance to view elk with their babies! Elk cows often give birth near the campgrounds in this area as it's very safe and out of the reach of predators in the area. This will be a great chance for artists to view many Yellowstone animal babies!
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 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.
This spring, we'll visit the colorful plateaus of Yellowstone's bubbling basins and be reminded of the extreme conditions beneath the crust of our planet! We'll trek through a variety of colorful hydrothermal areas filled with mud pots, geysers and fumaroles, hike through lush forests filled with a wide variety of wildlife, and spend time searching for some of Yellowstone's tumbling waterfalls.
Our four-day / three-night all-inclusive journey will challenge creatives to explore, expand and express themselves amongst the dramatic backdrop of Yellowstone's many wonders as we explore, draw, and converse together.
• 4 days / 3 night adventure in West Yellowstone
• Transportation, Meals and Lodging included
• Creative programming featuring workshops, discussions and more.
• Admission to Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center
- Guided tour with one of the rangers
- Sketch-time with the Grizzlies and Wolves
• Marvel at cascading Mesa Falls, a waterfall nestled on the edge of West Yellowstone
• Sketchbook Hikes to Firehole Canyon Drive, Mammoth Hot Springs, and several of the spouting Geyser basins.
• A chance to view Bison, Elk, Moose and Raptors in their element.
• and plenty of creative discussions, mini workshops & more!
OPTIONAL ADD-ON: GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK (May 17 - 20th)
If you are interested in extending your trip and joining us for "part 2" of our journey to Grand Teton National Park, we will be offering a program extension for $575. CLICK HERE For more information on the Grand Teton Art 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 until we reconvene with the Grand Teton group the morning of May 17th for the second part of our adventure!
COST : $575 CLICK HERE TO APPLY
Includes transportation to and from West Yellowstone and for the duration of our workshop, meals, and lodging in a double or triple occupancy room in our cabin in West Yellowstone for 3 nights / 4 days.
Questions? Please send us a note! Hello@lightgreyartlab.com
A bear walks through the steam at one of Yellowstone's many geyser basins
SATURDAY MAY 14th:
We'll wake up early, pack a lunch and head to the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, where we'll meet a ranger that will introduce us to some of the park's most incredible animals. We'll learn about the social, feeding, and territorial activities of the animals while we have a chance to sketch them in an intimate setting.
Then, we'll take a scenic drive over to Firehole Canyon Drive, where huge lava flows form the canyon walls. We'll see the winding Firehole River, Firehole Falls, and take a lunch break down by the Firehole Swimming Area.
In the afternoon, we'll head over to view the colorful Grand Prismatic Spring and skip down to Biscuit Basin, Black Sand Basin, and visit Old Faithful, with plenty of opportunity to explore and sketch. This area is notorious for it's primordial landscape and we'll take the opportunity to learn a bit about the geology forming the structures we see around us.
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.
We'll sketch bears and wolves up close at the Grizzly + Wolf Discovery Center.
MONDAY MAY 16th:
After a family style breakfast and one final morning get-together we'll gather our things and head toward Idaho Falls. Participants can choose to spend the afternoon in town and grab a bite to eat and explore the shops in this cute little town, or head on toward the airport to catch their flight home.
Those participants staying on for the "Part 2" Grand Teton 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 be picking up participating artists again on the morning of the 17th to continue the adventure in the wild Grand Teton National Park!
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!