, (208) 932-0893,  2355 South Yellowstone Highway, Saint Anthony, Idaho

2015 retreat participants

This is our 3rd annual plein air retreat! Past retreats have been offered through the Yellowstone Association Institute (now Yellowstone Forever) in northern Yellowstone National Park. This year's retreat is being hosted by Idaho Art Lab and based in West Yellowstone

2016: Laurie uses a viewfinder to check her composition

Viewfinders and Guerilla Painter brushes for each student were donated by Judsons Art Outfitters.

2016: M. Graham donated a set of oil, watercolor & acrylic paints so students could try out a new art medium.

2016: Retired art teacher, Sue, paints along Soda Butte Creek

Each day we'll venture into the Park to paint and sketch then we'll head back to our base in West Yellowstone for lunch, lessons and more painting.

This retreat is for anyone who paints or wants to paint the great outdoors

Beginners will start the retreat with a quick step-by-step lesson on oil painting on location (plein air). Experienced painters can use this time to paint downtown West Yellowstone or cross the street to the Gallatin National Forest trailhead.

2015: Joy starts her plein air session by sketching thumbnails

You will learn lots of plein air painting tips and tricks not only from our instructors but also from painting with a group of artists, each one using a slightly different process.

2016: Joshua, a Yellowstone Naturalist, captures Yellowstone in watercolor

Science and art go hand in hand. The ability to study our world in detail benefits Yellowstone scientists who are rewarded with the unique geology and biology being studied in Yellowstone Park.

Daniel gives a lesson in painting with watercolor

Daily classroom time will prepare the students for painting on location. Although the emphasis will be on painting with oil paint, all mediums are welcome and quick lessons and guidance will be given for all mediums being used on the retreat.

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$509.00 - $859.00 ($369.00 tuition, $35.00 - $122.50/night lodging, depending on room selection)


$598.00 - $1,010.00 ($419.00 tuition, $44.75 - $147.75/night lodging, depending on room selection)


Supplies List

Be prepared. Check out our Supplies List before you go to ensure you have the art supplies you'll need to be successful on this retreat.

Note from the instructors

Make sure to read the note from the instructors on non-toxic painting, packing for Yellowstone and more.

Getting Here

You have several options for flights into West Yellowstone and routes for travel by car.  Our Before You Go section will help prepare you.

Cancellation Policy

Before registering, be sure to read our Cancellation Policy in the Registration section. 

Instructors & Sponsors

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Snake River field trip

Jan. 28, 2017: Monte Later invited us to bring the winter field trip inside by painting the Henry's Fork of the Snake River as it meandered by his kitchen window.  We enjoyed a leisurely visit over coffee, talking art with Monte. Daniel painted a 5" x 7" watercolor, Jake sketched while Kara...

Sand Creek field trip

May 22, 2016: We love the Sand Creek Wildlife Management area, an Idaho Birding Trail.  This area, roughly 31,000 acres near St. Anthony is in the Chester Wetlands area.  The ponds at Sand creek attract a wide variety of waterfowl and shorebirds and the occasional Bald Eagle are drawn to the ponds...

Why Choose Us?

  • Our Mission


    We are a not-for-profit with a mission to promote the visual arts and provide opportunities to people of any age, ability or economic status to engage in the arts by offering art education programs, gallery exhibits & a gathering place for residents to be involved in the arts as part of their daily life.

  • Do you have other retreats?


    We will be visiting Craters of the Moon to scout it out for a 2018 retreat.  We will continue our weekly plein air field trips which go to Mesa Falls Recreation Area, Harriman State Park and other nearby State Parks & National Monuments.

  • How are you funded?


    Wondering how we can offer this retreat at such a reasonable rate?  We are partially donor and grant funded.  We are seeking a bus maintenance sponsor to help us keep the bus free for retreat, field trips and outreach around the east Idaho and west Yellowstone Park region.

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