January 26 – February 2, 2025

Guided by Karen Cordasco

As you settle in at Elkhorn, Karen Cordasco of Flagstaff, Arizona will offer daily opportunities to express your experience at the ranch using watercolor. Art workshop activities will begin with a demonstration and hands-on activity that will get the creative juices flowing. A variety of watercolor techniques along with some simple sketching tips will empower you to create visual memories and take-home works of art. Portable materials will provide opportunities to create in the outdoors as much as possible. An exhibition of our creative endeavors will be on display at week’s end.

Sketching invites us to slow down and to observe

This workshop is geared towards beginners or anyone who enjoys camaraderie while doing art. Karen brings supplies for all participants, so no advance preparation nor special packing is needed.

Karen Cordasco is an Arizona native and Northern Arizona University alumni who has deep passion for both art and the natural world. She shares her love of nature through her artwork, specifically landscape and botanical watercolor paintings. Karen spent 9 years living and teaching art on the Hopi reservation, and she has also worked for a variety of organizations that further reflect her love of the natural world, including Sequoia Natural History Association, Lowell Observatory, and the National Park Service. Currently, Karen and her therapy dog, Cedar, make regular visits to the residents and employees at The Peaks Senior Living Center in Flagstaff. This year marks Karen’s second year leading an Elkhorn Ranch art workshop. She also teaches painting classes at The Peaks and other places around northern Arizona. As an official “trail steward” of the Arizona Trail, Karen’s latest project is to make one painting from each of the 48 passages of the Arizona Trail. Being creative and spending time outside with her husband and dog are among some of her favorite things to do.