Hands on Art

Nancy Lewis: Introductory Hands-on Painting Outside

September 23, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Locations: Sept 23 – Boulder Town Park;  Sept 30 – Hands on Art Tent-Festival Plaza, Escalante

Free and open to all ages 7 and up, but limited to 12 people.  Please email: info@escalantecanyonsartfestival.org to reserve a space.  Bring water, snacks, a hat, sunscreen, and maybe bug spray.  

Nancy Lewis will lead a free outside painting adventure which is open for anyone with a creative spirit – no experience necessary – bring the whole family.  She will start with an explanation  of what plein air means and give a short demo on how to use brushes, mix colors, and how to make darks and lights.  This will be followed by everyone painting for an hour to explore your imagination  and inner artist.   Non-toxic materials will be provided, along with instructions and guidance. Bring your creative mind and old clothes because you will get messy, after all it is plein air painting.

Nancy combines her love for the great outdoors, traveling and painting. Painting outside in the fresh air is her passion and inspirations for most of her images. With bold brushstrokes, dynamic value range and a unique approach to color, Lewis  art captures the amazing changing light of the west.  She often says, her paintings “are about the light”.

Nancy actively participates in regional plein air events and exhibits her art in local, regional and national shows. In 2012 she was the first Artist-in-Residence program at the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument. Nancy has participated in the Zion, Cedar Breaks, and Rockville Plein Air Invitational events. Besides painting outdoors, she can be found painting in her studio from time to time in Palisade, Colorado as well as teaching art classes, and workshops. She is the Western Colorado Coordinator for Plein Air Artists Colorado (PAAC).

Scott Geary: ORIENTATION to Hike-in Watercolor Painting

LOCATION: Escalante Interagency Visitor Center Conference Room
September 25, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Orientation for the Hike-in Watercolor Painting Workshop with the 2017 GSENM Artist in Residence Scott Geary is required prior to participating in the day-long field workshop on September 28.  See below for details about the workshop. 


Bonnie Griffith: Alcohol Inks on Tiles

LOCATION: Escalante Interagency Visitor Center Conference Room
September 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A nominal fee of $10 will be collected at the workshop to cover provided materials.  Space is limited to 20.  Please email: info@escalantecanyonsartfestival.org to reserve a space.  It is suggested that those participating 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 participates in numerous plein air events throughout the West.  See more of Bonnie’s work here.




Scott Geary: Hike-in Watercolor Painting

LOCATION: Meet in Escalante Interagency Visitor Center Parking Lot
September 28, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

NOTE:  Orientation for this workshop is on Tuesday afternoon.  Please see above for more details.

Workshop is limited to 10 people and costs $10 to cover supplies.   To secure attendance please RSVP : info@escalantecanyonsartfestival.org.

Join 2017 GSENM Artist in Residence, Scott Geary for a day of hiking and painting.  He will highlight how to travel light and paint with watercolors to capture natural settings away from the roads in more remote settings.  This is Scott’s favorite way to paint and he’s excited to share his techniques with others.

Scott Geary: Pushpin Collage

LOCATION: Hands on Art Tent – Festival Plaza
September 29, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Collage to be created intermittently throughout the day – stop by as you have time.

Join 2017 Artist in Residence Scott Geary to create a Push Pin Collage.  Large sheets of drawing paper and drawing/painting supplies will be provided for participants. After the paper has been drawn or painted on, it is cut into irregular shapes and attached to a large panel with push pins. The idea here is to make a large, colorful , ever-changing, abstract painting. This project is especially good for who don’t consider themselves to be “artists”. It is free-form, spontaneous and does not require participants to know how to draw realistically.  The goal is creative fun come to life.

Lisa Hartman: Natural Element Owls

LOCATION: Hands on Art Tent – Festival Plaza
September 29, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Owls are a part of our natural habitat here in the Grand Staircase-Escalante region. They live in the Pinyon-Juniper woodland – some live underground, while others live in town nesting in tree cavities or barn rafters. Join us to create an owl figure made from natural elements found in Escalante. This activity is appropriate for children 8 – 18. Younger children need supervision.