Sketching the Southwest!

Watercolor painting and sketching art retreat in Sedona, AZ.


Sedona Art Retreat – September 9-13, 2020

September 9 – 13, 2020. Price: $1600 per person. Maximum of 6 guests! Price includes: Private bed/bath accommodations at Junipine Resort; art instruction/demonstrations/critique; ground transportation; plein air outings; breakfasts & lunches (or packed lunches for outings) at Junipine. Price does NOT include: airfare, artist materials, restaurant dinners or lunches out, individual travel insurance.

Sedona in September is an ideal time to visit the Southwest; temperatures and weather are GORGEOUS, ideal for hiking and sketching/painting desert vistas. While the towns of Sedona and nearby Flagstaff are filled with galleries and restaurants to appeal to everyone, there’s so much more to see and do beyond the towns’ city limits. Oak Creek Canyon, Red Rock Scenic Byway, the mining-ghost town of Jerome, the Palatcki Heritage Site, and (of course) the south rim of the Grand Canyon offer endless art opportunities.

Course description: Art retreat open to all skill levels, Cynthia will focus on the fundamentals of developing dynamic journal pages. In covering outdoor sketching and watercolor painting – from composition ideas to color selections that reflect the scenic Southwest – she’ll show you how to capture the moment quickly and effectively without sacrificing mood and magic. Each day will include art instruction with plenty of time for student work and group critiques. Mornings will be spent learning techniques and concepts with demonstrations; afternoons will be used to explore the stunning Sedona environs to apply those lessons en plein air.

Materials List: to be emailed at time of registration.

Accommodations: We will have 3 units rented for our group at the lovely Junipine Resort at Oak Creek Canyon. 2 attendees to a unit, each has a living room, fully appointed kitchen, deck or balcony, fireplaces, private bedrooms with bathrooms en suite. Some bedrooms have fireplaces (first come, first served on those!)

Itinerary: September 9th – meet at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. I will provide ground van transportation to Sedona (2 hours away). Junipine Resort check in at 3pm. Get settled into rooms, meet & greet, retreat introduction, dinner out in Sedona.

Septembers 10th, 11th, 12th – 8:00am breakfast together followed by art lesson til noon. Lunch. Afternoon – plein air sketching out and about (or personal down time, as you choose). Dinner out in either Sedona or Flagstaff.

September 13th – 8:00am breakfast together, sketching, pack up and leave for airport (checkout by 11am). Sketching on drive back to airport, time permitting.

Things to do in Sedona Area: Hiking, Oak Creek Canyon, Flagstaff, Red Rock Scenic Byway, Tlaquepaque Arts & Craft Center, Palatcki Heritage Site – Native American dwellings & petroglyphs, Jerome – old mining town, Gran Canyon (south rim).

Registration/refund policy: 50% deposit – refundable up 60 days prior. Non refundable balance is due 60 days prior (July 9) to check in. Cancellations after July 9 can be refunded only if a replacement can be found (I’ll be keeping a waiting list). If retreat organizer cancels for any reason, full refunds will be given.  Travel insurance is highly recommended.

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