Watercolor Painting

Watercolor painting with two incredible artists

Beginning Water Color Painting for Outdoor Adventurers

Learn six basic watercolor techniques that we will combine to paint any mountain landscape. This workshop is perfect for beginners and everyone will leave with a little painting, plus skills to continue painting on future mountain adventures. Come ready to play, take risks and have fun. 

About Instructor Nikki Frumkin:

Nikki Frumkin is an artist and alpinist in Seattle, Washington. Her work is inspired by time spent hiking, climbing and mountaineering in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She is drawn to rugged, remote and wild places. Her paper and watercolors go with her on human powered adventures, small paper tucked into her pocket on big adventures or enormous sheets strapped to the outside of her pack like a sail. 

Nikki’s paintings have been exhibited in shows across the country. She also creates art within the climbing and outdoor industry for brands like Merrell, Outdoor Research and Royal Robbins. Her work has been featured by REI, Climbing Magazine, The American Alpine Club and more.


Wilderness Watercolor

We will explore the amazing possibilities of watercolor to represent our favorite places through the tools of value, composition, and a limited color palette. This workshop will teach you some of my favorite wilderness painting techniques and will help demystify the complexity of landscapes. It is ideal for painters of all skill levels, and everyone will go home with a painting they create.

About Instructor Claire Giordano:

Claire is a painter and writer exploring how art can forge connections between people, place, and science. Her work is grounded in firsthand outdoor experiences and painting outside on-site during hiking, backpacking, and climbing trips. In her workshops Claire strives to share how the fun, versatile, and unpredictable nature of watercolor can be a tool for capturing both how a place looks as well as how it feels to experience it.

Her work has been featured in Alpinist magazine, by the REI Journal and Force of Nature publication, Stay Wild Magazine, She Explores, and the Waymaking anthology of women’s stories. In addition to commercial work for local outdoor companies like REI, Claire collaborates with scientists to blend art and data and was recently an artist in residence at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest.