, (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)

Photo Album of past plein air retreats in Yellowstone Park

Save the Date!

We are planning a 2018 Artist Retreat at Craters of the Moon National Monument during the spring bloom.  Estimated dates are June 3 - 7, 2018. Save the date!

Weekly free field trips!

Go to Idaho Art Lab's Field Artists page (click here) for dates & times for our weekly field trips to paint, sketch or photograph.

Images from past Retreats

View our Flickr album (click here) to see pictures from our past Retreats

Coming Soon!

Additional Retreats are being planned now. Email to be notified about Retreats in Grand Teton National Park, Craters of the Moon National Monument & Harriman State Park.

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Pegram Truss RR Bridge

August 18, 2017: Mary joined me painting across the highway at the Pegram Truss Railroad Bridge early in the morning.  We both love Idaho's bright greens and clear waters, especially in the mornings.  Yeah, the light changes rapidly but the color remains until about noon.  It's important to get...

Frostop Restaurant in Ashton

June 2, 2017: Fremont county has many iconic places. One of my favorites is the Frostop Restaurant in Ashton.  It is easily recognized by its large rotating mug of root beer and the statue of a grizzly bear in the parking lot.  It is not an easy place to paint because it is at the intersection of...

Sand Creek Wildlife Management Area

May 27, 2017: Sand Creek Wildlife Management Area.   We tried this spot last fall but due to weather conditions it didn't work out.  However when looking for a scenic area to paint, it is easy to find one at the Sand Creek Wildlife Management Area north of St. Anthony.   We were joined by...

Teton Hwy. & E. 400 N.

May 18, 2017:   The 3rd turn on the way to the Idaho Art Lab. Teton Hwy. & 400 N.   This location was selected because of an observation that our drive to work is filled with wonderful locations. The 3rd turn on the way to the Idaho Art Lab overlooks an irrigation ditch crisscrossed with...

Henry's Fork Greenway, South Trail

May 7, 2017: Henry's Fork Greenway, South Trail.   Kara and I enjoy the local greenway trail and sometimes get carried away watching the wildlife and forget to get out the camera and the paints. We've been waiting for a beautiful day like this but the weather has been so unpredictable we find...

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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