HOW DO I GET THERE ?
Students coming from a distance will fly into Albuquerque,
New Mexico Airport, where you can rent a car for the four to five hour
dive to Chinle, Arizona - in the heart of the Navajo Nation.
(e-mail addresses of fellow participants will be provided
for those interested in arranging ride-shares).
Other airports within driving distance are: Denver, CO; Flagstaff,
AZ and Phoenix, AZ. Plan to arrive on Saturday afternoon,
for check in to the BEST WESTERN hotel and our opening group
Dinner at 7 PM that night. We start bright and early Sunday
morning, returning late Friday afternoon.
Best Western Canyon de Chelly Inn:
Please note: AZ will be in a different time zone
than NM during the Fall, but the Navajo Nation stays with
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WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE ?
The Canyon is at an elevation of 6000 ft. in the 'High
Desert' of the Four Corners Area. This means there will be
a greater temperature spread between night and day than is
experienced at lower elevations. We have chosen what we believe
is the very best time of year for this trip: Days are Sunny,
but not hot / There is usually no rain / The magnificent Cottonwoods
are just starting to turn a breathtaking golden color while
all other trees are still a beautiful green. The Gold &
Green trees set off against Red Rocks are spell-binding against
impossibly brilliant blue skies. Stars at night are awesome
in clear skies. AVERAGE TEMPS: Daytime will be a pleasant
50's-60's-70's / Night-time: High 20's to Mid 30's.
WHAT DO I BRING ?
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Camping | Other | Art Supplies
Photo: Our Camp by Jackie Stoken, 2003 Participant
We will be group camping at one central site
throughout the canyon. Please familiarize yourself with the
set-up of your equipment before arrival. You will need to
bring a sleeping bag and a soft mat to put it on, as well
as a pillow. The nights can be surprisingly cool once the
sun goes down, so a warm sleeping bag is important. An individual light,
such as a flashlight, is essential - a reading light is optional.
The best kind are battery operated Please do NOT bring a kerosene
"It was such a luxury to have
the Food, .... Potties, Equipment transport and Trash all
taken care of - Deluxe Camping!"
- Sleeping Bag
- Tent small (with rain protection)
- Mat (Double Thermarest recommended)
- Pillow (small)
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A sturdy hat, with chin strap is good for sun protection.
Bring 2 pairs of long pants for around
the campfire at night, as the nights can be chilly. Shorts can be worn comfortably for
our stationary 'art-times' but are optional. You should have
both short as well as long-sleeved shirts, and a light jacket,
& sweater, for evenings around the campfire. Pockets are
wonderful! At this time of year, we are not likely to encounter
rain but a Poncho is a good precaution. Bring enough changes
of underwear and socks to last the week.
For evenings around the campfire, we can utilize more comfortable,
flat and sturdy, hiking type shoes. Only 2 pairs of shoes total, please.
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by Diane Young 2006 student
Since this trip is designed for experienced plein aire painters, we assume you are already familiar with the materials you will need for this outdoor, wilderness, painting experience.
As you can see from the picture of the truck on the left, your equipment needs to be compact, and well protected for the bumpy ride to our campsite. Duffle bags are good.
For those of you flying into Albuquerque, you will not be permitted to fly with thinner so we will have a few cans of this available for group use. Also, we have three french easels available for rent ($50.00) if some of you find traveling with your own easel inconvenient. Please reserve these when you register.
There are virtually no art supplies available in Chinle. Your last opportunity to purchase supplies upon your arrival will either be an art supply store in Albuquerque on your way to Chinle on Saturday.
List of Art Supply stores in Albuquerque
- Portable Plein Aire Easel
- Paint Box
- Clip on umbrella (optional)
- Stool (very small)
- Container for Thinner
- Wet paint carrier
- Extra canvases (small)
- Rags/ paper towels
- Sketch book (optional)
- Pencils / charcoal (optional)
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Photo: Canyon Hygiene, by Susan,
Drinking water will be hauled for us by the outfitters,
and must be used sparingly as it is a precious resource in
the West. Personal hygiene can be well maintained by daily
'sponge baths' in the privacy of your tent. In addition to
soap & water, we recommend 'Baby Wipes' or pre-moistened
towelettes. Our latrine will be an out-house. Sunscreen is essential as the sun
shines very brightly dry in the high desert air. Insect repellent
is a good precaution to have against occasional flies. Chapstick
can be important in the desert air. Please bring sufficient
amounts of any medication required as you'll be some distance
from a major metropolitan area. Bottled water is provided.
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Our wonderful outfitters will transport all of our gear,
both for camping and art, by truck to each new site. You will also need a small day pack (either a fanny-pack,
or a small back-pack) to carry water and a few other essentials
with you. Please be familiar with the operation
of your camera. It is suggested that you bring plenty of batteries and memory sticks for your digital camera, and plenty of film if this is what you prefer. It is suggested to leave your laptop at home. There is no electricity and the sand and wind is not good for laptops.
Sunglasses are an important protection against the bright
light. A small notebook and a couple of pens/pencils can be
very nice to keep a written journal with spontaneous sketches,
in addition to your regular sketching materials which will
be transported by truck.
Photo: Three Amigos, transportation of supplies,
by Susan Participant 2000
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