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Plein Air Painting on the Rim
Workshops & Classes

Plein Air Painting with Sedona Arts Center

Practice your brush strokes while experiencing the vast beauty of Grand Canyon during this summertime workshop.

  • Dates: June 4–6, 2024
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trip Length: 3 Days
  • Cost: $950
  • Group size: 10

Paint En Plein Air with Sedona Arts Center

Painting the Grand Canyon "en plein air" is particularly challenging given the quickly changing light and weather. This workshop is designed to give the student complete focus on the canyon while learning what to select from the canyon’s expansive view. Through a partnership with the Sedona Arts Center, we are able to bring Bill Cramer, an award-winning artist, to the canyon to teach this program.

Trip Highlights 

  • Expect to see dramatic and sweeping views from several South Rim rim-side paining locations
  • Develop strategies and experience to effectively paint the landscape on-location
  • Learn the methods for "capturing the moment" quickly and efficiently but without sacrificing mood and magic
  • Receive daily critiques


Meet your Grand Canyon expert

Bill Cramer 2017

Bill Cramer


Bill grew up in Riverside, CA, exploring the deserts and hills near his home. Family summer camping trips and learning the sport of rock climbing further cemented his love of the outdoors. Despite his attempt to become a professional full-time college student, Bill finally graduated from Cal State University Long Beach with a BFA degree in drawing and painting plus a minor in outdoor studies. He went almost nowhere with that until a move to central Arizona opened his eyes to the possibilities of landscape painting. Today he divides his time between his family, his art, and his outdoor pursuits from his base in Prescott, AZ.

What's included

Price for the class includes:

Our expert instructor from the Sedona Arts Center

Gear Lists

Individual instruction

Park Entrance Fee Waiver

What's not included

You are responsible for:

All of your painting supplies

Transportation to and from the canyon

Hotel lodging in the park before, during, or after your trip

Gratuity for your instructor

Additional notes

This workshop is for intermediate to advanced painters, therefore, outdoor painting experience is a prerequisite.

Sedona Arts Center handles the registration for this collaborative class.


Family of 4 standing and smiling for photo on rock edge at Grand Canyon

The Zelkovic Family

“Our day with the Field Institute exceeded all our expectations and we came away with a great respect for the canyon and for the work of the Conservancy. It was such a wonderful experience from beginning to end and hope we can return in the not so distant future to participate in one of your multi-day programs.”

Family of 5 standing and smiling for photo on rock edge at Grand Canyon

The Jankowskis

“Our family’s experience was nothing short of amazing! Slim (our guide) provided a perspective we would have never been able to get on our own and we learned so much. Her passion for the canyon and what she does came through too, which made our time something we’ll never forget!”

Five hikers standing on forest cliff edge overlooking Grand Canyon 2017

Amy Waits

“The guides were awesome – so educational and patient!!! Encouraging & helpful in every way. Such an amazing first visit to the canyon – Life changing to have experienced the GC up close & personal… Thank you so much!”

Group of hikers standing and smiling in front of canyon from ground level at Grand Canyon

Joe Sweeney

“I've brought many school groups to the Field Institute and the quality of instruction provides them with an understanding of Indigenous cultures, diverse ecology, and geologic history. Students leave with a stronger sense of self-confidence, an intimate connection to nature, and memories that will last a lifetime.”

Field Institute guide educating group of hiker tourists seated on beach with water and canyon in background

Andy M.

“Top to bottom, the Field Institute exceeded all of my expectations .... they ensured we packed wisely for our trip and saved me from lugging around 5 lbs. of junk I didn't need. Overall, it's packed with value that I don't think commercial outfitters would provide and delivered a deeply rich experience.”