Hands on Art

Graham Goff: Sketching along the Escalante

LOCATION: Meet in Escalante Interagency Visitor Center Parking Lot
September 20 - September 28
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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. A small fee will be collected to cover the cost of supplies.

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 is a practicing architect and artist who lives and works in Bozeman MT. Working en plein air, Graham is drawn to the interaction and tension between the natural and built environments. Using mixed media including ink, colored pencil, pastel and watercolor he captures the textures, patterns, light and colors of the Western landscape.  Graham was the 2018 Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Plein Air Artist in Residence.  While not creating art/architecture you will find Graham seeking inspiration in wild places, travelling on foot or by bicycle. See more of Graham’s work here.

DeLee Grant: Paint Party at the Pub

LOCATION: 4th West Pub
September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

NOTE:  $25 fee to be collected day of program to cover cost of supplies.  Limited to 15 participants.   RSVP to info@escalantecanyonsartfestival.org to reserve a space.

Let’s have a party – a “PAINT PARTY”. If you like to release your inner creative spirit (aka Monet), enjoy a sip or two of your favorite beverage and have an evening out with like-minded friends – this is the place for you!  This is not about creating a “masterpiece” but more about sharing a relaxing evening with friends and swinging a brush or two. No previous artistic skill required. We will bring the outside in and create an impressionist landscape painting in the spirit of “Plein air”. All art materials supplied. Wear your favorite painting attire.

DeLee Grant has been creating art for her entire life. She took early retirement from a full time job in 2007 to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a full time artist. Although primarily self taught, she participated in her first “plein air” workshop in 2007 at the world renown Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus in Canada where she discovered her passion for painting “en Plein Air” (in open air). It was a natural merger between her love for painting and the great outdoors. She continued to hone her skills by training with internationally acclaimed artists in France, Italy, Canada and the U.S. She has travelled extensively and painted plein air landscapes in North America and Europe.

DeLee is also an avid photographer so shares her time between painting (oil and acrylics) and fine art photography. She relies on nature to provide her with inspiration and ideas for her artwork allowing her to capture landscapes and scenes in their natural light. Her love for nature and the great outdoors is evident in her artwork. She has several published images and has received recognition for both her paintings and photographs. Her work can be found in many private collections throughout Canada and the United States. She loves to teach and share what she has learned with others.

See more of DeLee’s work here.




Dianne Oberhansly: Fusion – Combining Text and Image

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

NOTE:  $20 fee to be collected day of program to cover cost of supplies.  Limited to 20 participants.   RSVP to info@escalantecanyonsartfestival.org to reserve a space.

When words and images are coupled, their respective powers complement and grow, becoming a new art form, oftentimes greater than its parts.  In this Fusion hands-on, we will discuss and experiment with several approaches to combining word and text:  graffiti and illuminated words, the erasure poem, envelope messages, collage, and haiga (Japanese art combining image and haiku).  Neither artistic nor writing experience is required—only a spirit of discovery and playfulness.

Dianne Oberhansly is a writer whose latest book is “The Madonna of Starbucks:  Stories, Poems and Essays Around Food.”  Her collection of stories, “A Brief History of Male Nudes in America,”  won the Flannery O’Connor Award.  She has an MFA in Creative Writing and has taught widely.  Her latest ventures find her exploring words in their most elemental forms, including images and sounds.  She lives in Boulder, Utah where she is a hiker, slow food enthusiast, and an Arts supporter/educator.

Lisa Bryant: Mulling Over Tails of Pigments

LOCATION: Hands on Art Tent – Festival Plaza
September 27 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

NOTE:  $10 fee to be collected day of program to cover cost of supplies.  Limited to 20 participants.   RSVP  to info@escalantecanyonsartfestival.org to reserve a space.

This winter, after some unpleasant discoveries about two of her favorite colors, Lisa took a deep dive into the secret lives of pigments and detoured into the process of making paint.  She’ll demonstrate the art of making hand-mulled watercolors, and participants will make their own artist grade paints.  While we are mulling, Lisa will share some of the fascinating stories behind certain pigments.  This workshop will be a place to share what she’s learned and discuss key things to “mull over” when choosing colors for your palette. Plan on at least 1.5 hours and wear clothes that can get dirty.  Gloves, masks, mulling tools, and all supplies will be provided.  Each participant will take home a tin with several half pans of selected colors made during the workshop, plus handouts.  

Although she’s been painting off and on for many years, Lisa still considers herself a beginner, or at least strives to have a beginner’s mind – curious, open to learning, seeking new ideas, and experiencing beauty in everyday experiences.  She is a soil scientist by training, and has worked in natural resources and public land management for more than 30 years.  She is an artist by passion, and loves creating and exploring.  Originally a pen and ink artist, Lisa was drawn to watercolor for its unpredictability, forcing her out of tight controlled lines.  There is a vibrancy and light unique to watercolor, and while it’s a highly technical medium the magic happens when you learn to let go.  Lisa particularly loves plein air as a way of connecting with nature, immersing yourself in the moment, and experiencing landscapes in a completely different way.