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ALASKA

ALL-INCLUSIVE 10-DAY PAINTING ADVENTURE

THE ONE JOURNEY YOU WILL NEVER FORGET!

Date: June 19 - 28, 2024

Location: Alaska 

Price: $8 800 per person

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Journey with Michelle Dunaway on this 10-day adventure to paint her home state, Alaska! Since Michelle grew up

in Alaska, she has carefully crafted this itinerary, highlighting many unique places that make Alaska a

haven for Artists and outdoor enthusiasts. We will paint the breathtaking landscape, sketch and paint local

wildlife and paint models and portraits in the landscape.

This workshop will give you a comprehensive feel for what makes Alaska so unique and the Last Great Frontier

as it is called.

We have carefully crafted this itinerary - depending on the weather, things may shift a bit, but every excursion will

be included.

Included

  • Luxury accommodations,

  • 10-day workshop instruction &  model fees, 

  • All Meals

  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary

  •  Private ground transportation (including to and from the airport)

Not included:

  • Flight to Anchorage

  • Beverages and alcohol

 

Non-painting partners and photographer friends are most welcome to join there will be plenty for you at a discounted rate

 Destinations

Day 1

Anchorage

Day 2
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Anchorage

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Alyeska

Day 4
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Alyeska

Day 5

Girdwood

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 Day 6
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Girdwood

Day 7
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Seward

Day 8
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Seward

Day 9

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Anchorage

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Anchorage

Anchorage 

Alyeska

Seward

Itinerary

Please note that this itinerary is subject to minor changes to accommodate all activities and painting excursions.

 

Alaska Itinerary

June 19

Anchorage

Arrive in Anchorage and check into the beautiful Lakefront Hotel directly on Lake Hood, where local float planes take off and land throughout the day. We will meet at 7 pm on the terrace for a 3-course welcome dinner and orientation for the

workshop. Rest easy knowing that our hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from the

airport, ensuring your journey is seamless from arrival. If you arrive early, you may also paint or walk

around the lake, enjoying the views of the mountains and float planes (or you may do so after dinner since this is the

land of the midnight sun! ). Don't miss the chance to explore the hotel lobby, adorned with a magnificent collection of

taxidermy – a perfect setting for those looking to sketch and be inspired by the unique local flair.

Get ready for an unforgettable experience at the intersection of nature, creativity, and warm hospitality.

June 20

Anchorage

Following a lovely breakfast at the hotel, our first stop is the Alaska Native Heritage Center. We

can watch and participate in local native dances, tour the grounds, see homes, and learn about the Native Cultures and Customs of Alaska. Being that Alaska is so vast, there are many unique native tribes throughout the region. After the tour, we will paint a local model outdoors. After a satisfying lunch, our journey takes us North to the breathtaking Eklutna Lake.

Here, under the vast Alaskan sky, we'll paint an afternoon landscape or a model in the landscape.

As the day draws to a close, we'll return to Anchorage for a dinner experience at the renowned Moose's Tooth Pizza.

A local gem ranking among the top 3 pizzerias in the entire USA. Indulge in its unique flavours,

sourced from local farms,

June 21

Alyeska

After breakfast, we will take a leisurely scenic drive along one of the most beautiful routes

in Alaska called Turnagain Arm; we will stop at several scenic outlooks to take photos

and enjoy the wildlife. Dall Sheep are frequently spotted along the side of the road, as

well as moose, eagles, and even Beluga whales in the water, as this is an ocean inlet. It

is the season for babies as well!  Upon reaching the Alyeska Hotel and Resort in the heart of Girdwood, you will have the afternoon to relax, hike around the lodge, and paint on your own or spa.  Later, we will head up the tram to paint on the mountaintop.  

As the sun sets, our artistic endeavours continue at the Seven Glaciers Restaurant on top of the mountain, where we'll savour a

decadent dinner. Get ready for a day of natural wonders, creative exploration, and culinary delights, creating

memories as vibrant as the andscapes we'll paint.

June 22

Alyeska

After a hearty breakfast, we'll set up our easels amidst the backdrop of the hotel grounds—surrounded by mountains, wildflowers, and picturesque scenery. As the clock ticks to 4 pm, an extraordinary Alaskan adventure awaits. We will take a short helicopter ride to the mountain's peak, where snow blankets the landscape year-round. Here, we'll dive into the heart of Alaskan tradition with a thrilling Dog Sledding experience, a tradition immortalized by the legendary Iditarod race. We secured extra time to photograph the mushers and sketch the husky dogs. These moments will serve as the perfect painting references, ensuring our adventure lives on in the strokes of our brushes. Get ready to paint memories as vibrant as the Alaskan wilderness!

June 23

Girdwood

Start your day with the promise of adventure as we head to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in the Mat Su Valley after a delicious breakfast. With over two decades dedicated to preservation, conservation, and education, this nonprofit sanctuary provides an up-close and personal encounter with Alaskan Wildlife thriving in their natural habitat. We've arranged exclusive permission for our group to paint and sketch on these grounds, allowing us to spend most of the day surrounded by the beauty and tranquillity of this extraordinary sanctuary. Get ready for an artistic journey immersed in the wild wonders of Alaska!

June 24

Girdwood

This morning, you can paint alone, sleep in, hike around the lodge, venture up the tram to paint and sightsee or have a spa treatment.

The choice is yours to create the morning that suits your artistic and relaxation desires.

 

Post-lunch, we'll reconvene for a scenic journey to Portage Glacier, gliding over pristine waters on a boat ride for an up-close encounter with the majestic glacier. Following this awe-inspiring experience, we'll delve into a landscape or figure-in-the-landscape painting session on location.

 

As the day winds down, savour an early dinner before immersing ourselves in an evening painting session. Please take advantage of the summer light as we capture the beauty that unfolds under the Alaskan skies. Get ready for a day filled with artistic expression and the breathtaking landscapes of Girdwood.

June 25

Seward

We will drive leisurely from Alyeska to Seward, soaking in the scenic beauty along the route. Our first stop is at Tern Lake, named after the adorable Tern birds that call it home.

Quick heads up, though – the mosquitoes (Alaska's unofficial state bird) are out in force, so we'll keep our photo stop brief.

 

Once we roll into Seward, it's time to settle into the relaxing Seward Wind Song Lodge. The evening starts with a laid-back group dinner at the lodge, a chance to enjoy local tastes and good company.

 

After dinner, we'll gather for a casual group landscape painting session, capturing the beauty of our surroundings. Get ready for a relaxed evening of art, delicious food, and the friendly atmosphere of the Seward Wind Song Lodge.

June 26

Seward

Today's remarkable adventure is as we are taking the 8-hr Cruise, a journey that unveils the wonders of Northwestern Fjords. This will be a captivating day encompassing glacier sightings and whale watching. The wildlife steals the show, featuring a lively cast of Puffins, Whales, Bald Eagles, Seals, Sea otters, and more.

June adds a special touch to the spectacle as it marks calving season. We included a photo below from a previous cruise that Michelle has taken, capturing the tender moment of a mother teaching her baby to breach.

The tour also includes remote islands where the famed tufted Puffin and bald eagles nest and can be seen flying in the air. Get ready to be enchanted by the dance of whales, the majestic glaciers, and the symphony of wildlife in this Northwestern Fjords Day Tour.

June 27

Seward

Begin your day immersed in the wonders of Seward with an early morning kayak journey around Resurrection Bay. Guided by our experienced instructors, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience. The easy-level kayaking promises encounters with sea otters, majestic bald eagles, and other wildlife.

 

Following the kayak excursion, we will have a picnic lunch amidst the coastal beauty before easing into a serene hike through the lush rainforest. Allow the tranquillity of nature to be your guide in this picturesque landscape.

 

We will make our way back to Anchorage, where our journey originated. Check into the Lakefront Hotel for our final evening together.

 

The night culminates in a heartwarming final dinner and a special group critique of the artwork crafted during our journey. Share your creations, enjoy the camaraderie, and let the echoes of this remarkable trip linger in our memories.

June 28

Anchorage

After a hearty breakfast and check-out, venture to the Art Museum to admire the renowned paintings by Sydney Lawrence and immerse yourself in the captivating Smithsonian Native art collection.

 

We will have lunch nearby after the museum visit, creating the perfect setting for shared reflections and conversations. Allow some leisure time for souvenir shopping, capturing a piece of Alaska's charm to carry home.

 

As the day winds down, return to the hotel to bid farewell and share your last moments. Depart with cherished memories and a piece of the Alaskan spirit, carrying the beauty of this adventure with you on your journey home.

DENALI

3 DAY TRIP ADD ON

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT PART OF THE PAINTING WORKSHOP

WE WILL COORDINATE TRAVELING AND DINING TOGETHER, PLEASE EMAIL US IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN

June 28 - July 1

2 nights plus Tundra Wilderness Tour

While the renowned Denali reserve may be a bit far from Anchorage for a painting session, it promises an unparalleled photo experience, a visual feast for gathering inspiration not to be missed on our Alaskan journey. This exclusive land excursion by Princess Cruise Line is a captivating package, and the price for summer 2024 will be unveiled within the next two weeks.

 

Embark on a memorable scenic journey aboard a glass-domed ceiling train, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding Alaskan wilderness. From the comfort of your seat, keep your eyes open for the chance to spot moose and caribou, adding an extra layer of excitement to this already spectacular adventure. Get ready to capture the essence of Denali and the untamed beauty of Alaska through your lens.