Sketch Big Bear in Watercolor

Big Bear Lake, California, United States

Experience hosted by Ryan

  1. 3 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

You will be immersed in the travel journaling lifestyle to record your time here at the lake.

1. You will choose a handmade watercolor sketchbook that you will paint in.

All the watercolor supplies will be provided: travel brushes, journals, pencils, pens, and lots of vibrant colors designed to capture the pop and excitement of the day.

2. No matter your artist skill level, you'll shake off the painting jitters with a fun & creative intro-sketch card.

3. We will then move on to capture a planned experience that will showcase nature, panoramic views, a buzz of people, unique and/or historic structures, which may include any or all of these components depending on your perspective.

From here I can begin to answer questions you may have and offer recommendations from composition, to colors, and more to allow for your own free form painting.

4. Finally we will take a quick drive around the lake for a few historical points.

=) Wrap up the day with a memory that has many more layers than a photo & a skill you can continue to develop.
Other things to note
Guests will be walking a medium grade road and trail down to the lake. You may prefer to have a walking stick for the trail portion depending on your sure-footedness. But it's just a few minutes to our setup area to a unique spot with sun and shade. Comfortable shoes are a must, they may get dirty.
You will be immersed in the travel journaling lifestyle to record your time here at the lake.

1. You will choose a handmade watercolor sketchbook that you will paint in.

All the watercolor supplies will be provided: travel brushes, journals, pencils, pens, and lots of vibrant colors designed to capture the pop and excitement of the day.

2. No matter your artist skill level, you'll shake off the painting jitter…

What's included

  • Food
    Fruits & nuts
  • Drinks
    Coffee, sparkling or still water.
  • Equipment
    Watercolor journals, brushes, paints, pencils, pens. Stools/chairs/blanket...

Meet your Host, Ryan

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 19 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I'm the founder of Wild Plein, travel-focused watercolor art supplies. (wildplein.com)

I'm an experienced painter and traveler who seeks out nature, hiking trails, interesting architecture & subject matter and sketching groups to perfect my painting skill and share my unique style.

We're constantly working to manufacture creative & colorful art supplies for artists around the world.

I've worked hand-in-hand with brush-making communities to bring the most adventurous travel brushes to the public. I work with the world's foremost paper mills to create exotic and interesting watercolor journals that you will be actively using.

My goal for my guests is to experience nature in a truly memorable way.

Sketching plein air in watercolor!

Check out more of the experience on our Instagram: @sketchbigbear
I'm the founder of Wild Plein, travel-focused watercolor art supplies. (wildplein.com)

I'm an experienced painter and traveler who seeks out nature, hiking trails, interesting architecture & subject matter and sketching groups to perfect my painting skill and share my unique style.

We're constantly working to manufacture creative & colorful art supplies for artists around the world.

I've worked hand-in-hand with brush-making communities to bring the most advent…
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Where you'll be

We will meet @ Copper Q for an intro-sketch is designed to get your creative juices flowing.

Then... I'll take you to a hidden overlook steeped in history before we head down to our peaceful painting location at the lake. On our preferred trail hike we know all the best perspectives to paint to pick the most suitable for you.

It will give you a new appreciation for what makes Big Bear so special and will surely create a lasting memory.

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 19 reviews.

Andrea
October 2019
Ryan is a wonderful host! Loved the peaceful setting and local knowledge. He gave many great pointers for someone new to water color painting. Thank you for the one of a kind experience!
Oscar
October 2019
This was a great experience definitely would try again, this was a quick easy hike to our painting location Ryan was a great host, with his knowledge of painting and history of big bear.
Evelyn
October 2019
Perfect experience to do, if you want to learn how to watercolor or you already know how to watercolor. There is beautiful views that you can capture and Ryan also gives you information about the history of the area. I would highly recommend this experience, super fun and relaxing as well.
Tiffany
October 2019
This is one of my favorite activities I've ever planned on a vacation and I can't recommend it enough! Ryan himself is very knowledgeable, easy to talk to, extremely interesting, and super genuine and my partner and I loved it e time with him. With his helpful tips, we created some awesome pieces we'll treasure forever and we hope to continue practicing.
Shan & Christine
September 2019
Ryan is passionate about his craft and it shows! He provides knowledgeable background about the area, great spots for painting, and a desire to make everyone comfortable at any painting level. Recommended!
Mitch
August 2019
Ryan’s a great host. Knowledgeable about the area and painting gear, he’s an easy and engaging host who is genuine and thoughtful. We had a terrific morning, and he even started early so we could be ahead of any crowds on the trails. Ryan really worked with us to customize our experience. An excellent custom event morning that we recommend most highly.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 10 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Sunblock

Water Bottle