GRAND CANYON: Nature & Art Journaling at the Grand Canyon

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Nature & Art Journaling at the Grand Canyon
with Julie Richard and Ed Buonvecchio

May 31 – June 1, 2024 | Friday & Saturday

  • Experience: All levels are welcome. No drawing, painting, writing or journaling experience is necessary.
  • Medium: Watercolor, Drawing.
  • Registration: Each student must enroll individually. Click the Cancellation Policy tab above for more info.
  • Materials List: Click the Materials List tab above for a list of required and suggested supplies.
  • **Location: Grand Canyon, AZ – South Rim.

There is no better way to document your visit to the Grand Canyon than through art, photography and journaling.

This two-day workshop will provide an overview and practice of basic illustration as well as the elements and practice of nature and art journaling. Participants will spend time in the classroom learning and practicing key concepts and ideas. We will then spend a significant amount of time outside exploring the rim of the Grand Canyon hiking and documenting our visit.

Participants must be able to walk at least two miles. We will not be exploring below the rim.

Materials Required For Students To Bring:  Please click the Materials List tab above.

**NOTE:  This will be an in-person class. Students are responsible for their own travel to the Grand Canyon and any lodging arrangements.

Questions about the workshop or supplies? Email Julie –

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Julie Richard

Julie Richard

Julie Richard is the Chief Executive Officer of the Sedona Arts Center.

She is an avid hiker and art and nature journaling enthusiast. She is a published writer and self-taught artist, picking up pointers from her professional artist husband, Ed Buonvecchio, along the way. Julie has learned to adapt her limited drawing skills to document her journeys along the way.

Ed Buonvecchio

Ed Buonvecchio

Ed Buonvecchio is an award-winning professional artist and avid hiker. He has taught drawing and painting at various levels for years. As a plein air painter, his passion is painting the landscapes he experiences in his outdoor journeys.

“Plein air painting has been an extension of my love for nature and the outdoors. It is always an adventure and challenge to me! The more I paint outdoors the more intimate I become with our Earth and the more I can share this intimacy and value for our environment with others. It is the journey and adventure to complete a study or finish a painting that keeps me going out for more.

My medium of choice is oil. I prefer oil paints because they are time proven. They remain open so that one can have time to blend and adjust. Oils also remain workable for plein air painting in a wide range of temperatures allowing for cold winter and hot summer conditions.

My wife and I recently returned to Arizona in the Sedona area. After living and painting in Maine, I will continue my quest to paint the landscape in our new home capturing the raw beauty of the desert southwest. 

I was born in 1950 and raised in Camillus, New York. I graduated from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo with a BFA in Communication Design. I began my career as a graphic designer and illustrator in design firms and advertising agencies in the Central New York region. I then established a freelance business in design, Illustration and public art mural painting before moving on to a fine art career.

Through the years I have been involved with community service. Before moving to Maine I served on the City of Goodyear Arts and Culture Commission, Three Rivers Historical Society Board of Directors, founder and designer of the Estrella Mountain Regional Park Centennial Trail and Chairman of the Centennial Trail Planning Committee. For two years I was the Master Artist for “Gallery 37″, the West Valley Arts Council’s public art program, directing high school art students to design, present and produce public art for municipal clients.”

Pencil – Mechanical or Regular (bring a sharpener if regular)


Basic Watercolor Set (Daniel Smith, Winsor & Newton, Kai and Watercolor Confections all have nice sets)

Round 6, Round 2, and 1 inch flat or wash brush OR water brushes of various sizes

Small water container

Journal – we use wirebound Stillman & Birn Zeta series– but whatever you prefer

Backpack to hold it all

Water – for drinking



Hiking boots or shoes



Black Pitt Pens of various sizes (or other non-water soluble black pens)

Colored pens

Postcard size watercolor paper or cards

½” Holbein tape

Watercolor or Regular Colored Pencils

Your Phone or Camera

Portable & Packable Lightweight Chair (we use Sunyear – not sure if they are available any longer but you can search Amazon for something similar)

Small portable pochade box such as U Go, Guerilla Painter or make your own

Tripod for pochade box

Polaroid Hi Print and refills

Reference materials

Hiking poles

NOTE: We will be teaching basic drawing and watercolor techniques.  While we will be hiking along the rim, we will also be spending time in one place sketching and painting so the packable, portable chair is very useful unless you don’t mind sitting on the ground.

Questions about the workshop or supplies? Email Julie – 

Cancellation Policy

Registration and Cancellation Policies


  • Each student must enroll individually.
  • Tuition must be paid in full upon registration.
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices at 928-282-3809, ext 1.
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours which are Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

In-Person and Online Classes Cancellation

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before April 30, 2024. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after April 30, 2024.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full.

Note: We strongly urge students to purchase refundable airline tickets or travel insurance in case of workshop cancellation due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen changes. Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for non-refundable ticket purchases or lodging fees.

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the April 30, 2024 cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.