Sierra Nevada Alliance Presents the Sierra Watercolor Series

About The Series:

Spring is here! Let’s get our journals out and have fun exploring how to draw and watercolor paint beautiful landscapes, migrating song birds and wildflowers of the Sierra Nevada. Sign up here.


This will be a series of three 90 minute classes once a week.  Participants can either sign up for one class or the series of three classes. We will be using a live stream format (Zoom). We will be sketching and painting on 140 lb watercolor paper for a beautiful finish. Each class costs $20.  The series of 3 classes costs $50.  All proceeds will support the Alliance’s work. This series is recommended for anyone 7 years of age or older.


Paintings will include:


May 31 4:00-5:30- Wild Flowers


June 7th 4:00-5:30- Western Tanager


June 14th 4:00-5:30- Mount Tallac Landscape


Please make sure you have the following supplies prior to the start date: watercolor pad, watercolor set, water color pencils, brushes, kneaded eraser (you will need to purchase these materials on our own).

Below are links to places where you can purchase the recommended materials:

Watercolor paper

Travel watercolor paint set (more expensive) but great for a field journaling $22.

I can also recommend a more inexpensive Prang watercolor paint, about $7.each.

Watercolor pencils

Kneaded Eraser | BLICK Art Materials



We hope you will join us in celebrating the Sierra through watercolor.  All proceeds from this series will support the Sierra Nevada Alliance’s work to protect and restore the Sierra.


About the Instructor:

Since 1998, Gina Calderon Stowell has been teaching visual art classes to the delight of children in the Lake Tahoe area.

In 2004, she incorporated a nonprofit arts organization, The Elementary Arts Program now called BATS and implemented the fine arts program in all five LTUSD elementary schools in our community with the help of 150 parent volunteers reaching over 2,000 students. She has also organized and taught fine art classes for the Valhalla Arts and Music Festival at the Tallac Historic Site, Lake Tahoe Community College “Kids College”, L.T.C.C. Community CONNECT, L.T. Middle School After School Enrichment, and Visions in Education Charter School.

Whether in a Kids College Workshop or in her own back yard, Gina recognizes her young pupils as artists, teaching the basics of fine art while giving them the tools to make their own creative decisions. She works hard to encourage the child’s creative impulses, and to promote free expression.


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