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Ultralight Art: Watercolour Painting for Outdoor Adventures

Stephanie Ryan • Painting, Painting - Watercolour

Students will learn how to create a sketch from an idea or feature from their surrounding landscape/envrioment.  

What do students want to highlight, remember, map out, document, embellish or illustrate? What persepctive or emotion do they want to convey?  The students will learn how to use the medium of watercolour to convey their ideas. 

This workshop is focused on creating illustrated trip journals on outdoor adventures using a lightweight art kit for backpacking.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn how to plan and sketch ideas/ landscape features; the importance of perspective, balance and layout.
  • Learn how to use watercolour paints; adding colour to painting
  • Seeing, observing and connecting to one's envroment; attention to detail
  • Communicating ideas and stories through art
  • Creating a lightweight art kit for backpacking 





Grade Suitability7-12
Maximum Class Size10-25
Time Required2-4 hours + 1 hour of prep
Material RequiredSchool or artist can supply the materials to build art kits. Contact the artist for details
Material CostTo be determined
Language of InstructionEnglish
CommunitiesCarcross, Haines Junction, Old Crow, Whitehorse

Stephanie Ryan

Stephanie Ryan is a watercolour artist living in Whitehorse, Yukon. Originally from Sydenham, Ontario, Stephanie first travelled west in 1994 as a tree planter in Northern BC. She completed her B.A. in Environmental & Natural Resource Studies at Trent University, and ventured further north to the Yukon in 1997. She has worked as a landscaper and garden designer, and more recently as a backcountry patroller on the Chilkoot Trail. The wild rivers and mountainsides are inspiring for her art and spirit. Her winters are spent painting in her studio and skiing in the local mountains. Her paintings each feature a bit of the sense of awe she feels when she is in the mountains, on some great river, or in a beautiful backyard garden.

Stephanie’s work has been commissioned by various groups, including Yukon Brewing, Coast Mountain Sports, Yukon Tourism and the City of Whitehorse. Her work has also been featured with international publications in Germany, United Kingdom, Japan and the United States.  Stephanie has also had a painting chosen for the Yukon Government Permanent Art Collection and was recently featured in an exhibition at the US Botanic Garden in Washington, DC. She exhibits at the North End Gallery (Whitehorse), Forty Mile Gold Gallery (Dawson City), and Alaska Artworks (Skagway). She has a website that shares ‘works in progress’ as well as paintings and prints available for purchase.

Contact the artist

  • (720) 492-3524
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