Hands on Art

Graham Goff: Sketching along the Escalante

LOCATION: Meet in Escalante Interagency Visitor Center Parking Lot
September 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

NOTE: Basic level of fitness to hike for up to six miles on uneven terrain and carry food, water, and supplies for a day in the canyons required.  All skill levels encouraged.  Please bring your favorite sketchbook and whatever you like to draw with.  

Limited to 11 participants. RSVP to info@escalantecanyonsartfestival.org to reserve a space.    

Prepare for a lovely day of wandering through the Escalante River Canyon with the 2018 GSENM Artist in Residence, Graham Goff, and your sketchbook.  For over two decades Graham has used simple and quick sketches to capture both landscapes and cityscapes while travelling. The beauty of these sketches is that they foster a deeper connection to and understanding of the location, they are enjoyable to create, and they provide lasting memories of the experience. His sketches range from pieces completed in two minutes while standing to pieces completed in 30 minutes while sitting in a nice shady location. Graham anticipates that participants will complete 5-8 sketches during the day.  He looks forward to spreading his enthusiasm for wild places and public lands and encouraging people to have a sense of adventure, both in experiencing the outdoors and in creating art.

The purpose of this workshop is to:

  • Share simple sketching techniques.
  • Share simple, economical materials that work well for sketching outdoors and on the go.
  • Encourage participants to journal about their creative process and the places they experience.

Graham Goff, an artist/architect, from Bozeman, Montana is the 2018 Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Plein Air Artist in Residence.  See more of Graham’s work here.



Peggy Trigg and Gail Denton: Shake, Rattle and Roll – Get New Eyes, New Ears and More Air in Your Head!

LOCATION: Escalante Interagency Visitor Center
September 24 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

NOTE:  $10 fee to be collected day of program.  Limited to 15 participants.   RSVP to info@escalantecanyonsartfestival.org to reserve a space.

Yes, you too can release and exchange  your tight, controlled, anxious, rule-bound accuracy for seeing shapes (instead of leaves), values (instead of recipes) and passion (instead of cramped fingers). Explore color, shape, composition and energy from a whole new perspective. Shake it up, rattle it around, and roll in the ecstasy of fresh insight.

This program includes four mini mixed media lessons based on trusting your intuition with shapes, line, and value to create great compositions! Go from complete release of control with loose abstractions to rearranging design elements in you favorite landscape to increase compositional success.  You will leave with better eyesight for your landscape, fresh ears to hear what the painting wants, and more powerful compositions.  Paint like nobody’s watching!

Please bring the following:
  • Inspirational reference landscape photos
  • An apron, you might get messy!

And your favorites of these if you have them:

  • Sketch paper
  • Mark-making tools (markers, pencils, sticks)

 

 

 



Bonnie Griffith: Paint n’ Pint

LOCATION: 4th West Pub
September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

NOTE: $20 fee to be collected day of program to cover materials.  Limited to 20 participants (must be 21 years or older). All skill levels welcome.  Appetizers will be served; beer, wine and cocktails available for purchase. RSVP to info@escalantecanyonsartfestival.org to reserve a space.   

 
Paint along with award-winning artist Bonnie Griffith during this fun-filled evening at Escalante’s newest night spot – the 4th West Pub.  
 
Bonnie Griffith is an artist who paints the western landscape in pastel and oil.  She captures the essence of the land in bold, strong color in a representational fashion.  She has worked as a full time artist for 15+ years and part time since college.  Bonnie has studied with Lorenzo Chavez, Robert Moore, Clark Mitchell and others.  Her work is represented by galleries in Idaho, Washington, Montana, and Oregon.  She was recently awarded the Grand Champion, Peoples’ Choice and Artist’s Choice awards at the Eagle Plein Air Festival in Eagle, ID.  See more of Bonnie’s work here.
 


Kevin Peterson: Drum and Rattle Making

LOCATION: Escalante Community Center Lawn
First recurring event starts: September 28 @ 11:00 am (full details)

NOTE: Drum-making begins both days at 11 AM – rattles made on a drop-by basis.  

COSTS:  18″ drum: $175 / 18″ drum and rattle: $200 / rattle only: $35

Kevin Peterson, long-time Escalante resident and the official drum maker for both the Hopi and Navajo Indian Nations, will be instructing how to make authentic Native American drums to take home on the lawn outside the Community Center both days of the festival.  For those not adventurous enough to tackle making a drum, he will work with you on making a rattle.

 

 

See more of Kevin’s work here.



Interagency Park Rangers: Dinosaur Mask-Making

LOCATION: Hands on Art Tent – Festival Plaza
First recurring event starts: September 28 @ 3:00 pm (full details)

Calling kids of all ages.  Especially those who love dinosaurs.  Make and decorate a dinosaur mask and learn a little about the wonderful dinosaurs discovered near your home! 

 



Jill Simkins: Mosaics

LOCATION: Hands on Art Tent – Festival Plaza
September 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

NOTE:  $10 fee to be collected day of program.  Limited to 15 participants. RSVP to info@escalantecanyonsartfestival.org to reserve a space.  If you have them, bring old dishes or other ceramic and plastic items, a hammer, an old kitchen knife, safety glasses and rubber gloves.

In this hands-on demonstration you will learn the easy process of using bits and pieces of glass, broken plates, or small objects to create an interesting, textured piece of art. 

Jill is an Organic Vegetable Farmer who creates art in many mediums; weather it be with plants and flowers, magical garden paths, oil or water-color paint, clay, or by using recycled, found or worn out items.

Living her life working outside in the soil and discovering this beautiful world by hiking, backpacking, catering horse-pack trips in the High Uintah’s, river rafting, or camping in her vintage trailer, has given her a great respect and love for the outdoors which she attempts to capture on canvas. She especially enjoys painting cows, farm animals, and people.  Her work has been sold in several gallery’s  throughout the west. 

She writes about her painting and adventures  here.

 



Bonnie Griffith: Alcohol Inks on Tiles

LOCATION: Hands on Art Tent – Festival Plaza
September 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

NOTE: $10 fee to be collected day of program to cover materials.  Limited to 20 participants. RSVP to info@escalantecanyonsartfestival.org to reserve a space.     It is recommended to bring latex or vinyl gloves and wear old clothes or an apron.

Get ready to create!  Use alcohol based inks to create impressionistic or abstract art on ceramic tiles and Yupo paper.  The inks are brilliant in color and can blend in freeform patterns or be applied with a brush for more controlled designs.  The tiles can be used as coasters or displayed as decorative masterpieces. This is a medium that is enjoyed by artists of all levels!

 

Bonnie Griffith is an artist who paints the western landscape in pastel and oil.  She captures the essence of the land in bold, strong color in a representational fashion.  She has worked as a full time artist for 15+ years and part time since college.  Bonnie has studied with Lorenzo Chavez, Robert Moore, Clark Mitchell and others.  Her work is represented by galleries in Idaho, Washington, Montana, and Oregon.  She was recently awarded the Grand Champion, Peoples’ Choice and Artist’s Choice awards at the Eagle Plein Air Festival in Eagle, ID.  Bonnie See more of Bonnie’s work here.