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Sketchbook Journaling: Rocky Mountain National Park in Watercolor

  • 3450 Fall River Road, Estes Park, CO 80517
  • Phone: (970) 586-3262
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Toss your sketchbook and some simple watercolor tools into your day pack, and explore Rocky Mountain National Park with Karen Ramsay!

Through instruction, demonstrations and free exploration time, you will learn to capture the beauty around you. During the morning in the classroom, participants will learn (or sharpen) some basic sketching and observation skills and then head out to practice these skills in a specific location in the Park. We will learn different approaches that will include simple sketches with pencil, ink, colored pencils and watercolor. Beginners are welcome and encouraged.

Who: This age 16 and up workshop is ideal for…

  • Journal-keepers who want to add illustrations to their writing
  • Artists who want to fill their sketchbooks
  • Gardeners and naturalists who want to learn more about the world around them
  • Travelers who want to record their journeys
  • Dreamers, scientists, observers, recorders, or anyone else who wants to improve (or acquire!) skills in all these categories.

Expect short-distance walks throughout the day, primarily on level terrain.

When: Tuesday, August 27th, 2024, from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Where: We will meet at the Fall River Visitor Center, 3450 Fall River Road, Estes Park, and travel together to various sites in Rocky Mountain National Park in Conservancy vehicles. Registration includes all required fees and permits for Rocky Mountain National Park.

What to bring: 10 Essentials for Field Courses, a sack lunch, and watercolor supplies.

Click here for the full watercolor supply list: Watercolor Supply List

About your instructor: Karen Ramsay, celebrated Colorado watercolor artist and instructor, devotes her time to capturing beautiful landscapes, urban scenes and figures that surround her. She has a passion for sharing and teaching students the techniques and joys of her favorite medium. Karen has been featured in the Big Sky Journal as an “Artist of the West." A graduate of the Colorado Institute of Art – Denver, she continues learning and has studied under some of her favorite artists. Karen also enjoys the outdoors by cycling, whether at home in Colorado or most recently in Scotland.

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Conservancy members get 15% off individual registration when you use the discount code in your membership email! Limit 2 per membership.

Not a member of the Conservancy? Learn more and join here: Conservancy Membership

If you have questions about this course, please contact the Field Institute by email at or by phone at 970-586-3262.