Painting and Poetry

Painting and Poetry

Learn to shape a visual story through words and watercolor in this painting and poetry workshop.
June 24, 2019 to June 29, 2019

Enjoy a day of creativity and exploration in the park, as you use a sketchbook and watercolors to shape your own story. Join artists and poets Joa Suorez and Kelly Lee in translating your experience of summer in Yosemite into an original watercolor painting and poem. Along with learning the basics of plein air watercolor painting — including tips on sketching, color mixing and composition — you’ll read a selection of poetry inspired by the Sierra Nevada and compose your own poem. With an emphasis on helping you honor and hone your own approach, this workshop welcomes experimentation and playfulness, and is open to artists and poets of all levels.

Beginner level: Little to no experience required, ages 12+.
Registration: $20 per day per visitor; advance registration recommended; drop-ins welcome as space is available.
Location: Happy Isles Art and Nature Center; shuttle stop #16; park at Curry Village and take the shuttle; workshops are held outside, weather and medium permitting.
Time: 10 am to 2 pm, Monday through Saturday. Please arrive at 9:45 am to purchase supplies. Please plan for extra time when taking the shuttles.
Materials: Supplies are not included in the registration fee. Supply lists are sent to registered participants once payment is received. Additional supplies are available for purchase at Happy Isles Art and Nature Center. All purchases benefit the park! Materials available for use free of charge: field easel, field stool, hardboard, water containers and paper towels.
Lodging arrangements are the responsibility of the participants.
Joa Suorez, Yosemite Conservancy Artist Instructor

Joa Suorez

Joa Suorez lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children. She received her Bachelor of Arts in literature from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her master’s in fine arts in creative writing and poetry from St. Mary’s College.

Kelly Lee, Yosemite Conservancy Artist Instructor

Kelly Lee

Kelly Lee lives in Sunnyvale, California, with her husband, three small children and three happy chickens. She has studied art wherever she has gotten the chance, including with a 90-year-old neighbor, at Brigham Young University, with Danielle Keys and through figure-drawing workshops at the Palo Alto Art Center. She loves to hike and be in nature, and she always has her sketchbook in hand.