Watercolor Observations

Watercolor Observations

Let Yosemite’s awe-inspiring flora and fauna fuel your creativity as you discover a new appreciation for nature
September 23, 2019 to September 28, 2019

In this four-hour watercolor workshop, you’ll learn how to use brushes and paint to bring to your Yosemite experience to life. Your instructor, artist Sean Edgerton, will teach you basic watercolor techniques, and use those techniques to closely study botanical specimens around Happy Isles. You will take a close look at Yosemite’s plants and flowers and begin to see the beauty in creatures and features you might otherwise overlook.

Let Yosemite’s awe-inspiring flora and fauna fuel your creativity as you discover a new appreciation for nature, practice painting en plein air, and make a memorable souvenir from your time in the park.

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.
Sean Edgerton, Artist Instructor, Yosemite Conservancy

Sean Edgerton

After studying plant sciences and ecology and evolutionary biology at University of California, Santa Cruz, Sean Vidal Edgerton completed a graduate program in science illustration at California State University, Monterey Bay. Since then, he has worked as a wildlife illustrator in Madagascar, as an entomological illustrator at the Smithsonian, and as a freelance scientific illustrator. He also received a master’s degree in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology at San Francisco State University, where he focused on the evolution of viruses and their epidemic activity during historical and modern outbreaks. Currently, he works as both a botanical illustrator and microbiologist at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Drawing on his pen for visual communication, a pipette for scientific research, and the pangolin for education, awareness and conservation work, Sean is driven by a goal of understanding the diverse world of natural history and progressing effective environmental stewardship from the ground up.