Art in Nature

Summer en plein air painting classes


Hidden Gem

Let nature be your muse

Relax with refreshments while looking out on beautiful views from our pavilions. Whether you’re a talented artist or you haven’t touched a paint brush since childhood, Ranch Artist-in-Residence John Piacquadio will lead a two-hour painting class that channels your inner artist. Piacquadio begins with a brief introduction and observation of the surroundings, which may include Rock Creek, horses and native flora and fauna. Each guest will pick a view or object on which to focus their artwork.

John studied art in college, but it was his love for nature and fly fishing that turned it into a profession. His artwork pays homage to the craft of fly fishing. His one-of-a-kind drawings now sit in our Rod & Gun Club and in homes across the world. His sumi ink art was recently featured in Fly Rod & Reel and Mountain Living magazines.

Art in Nature classes are a welcome opportunity to look inward as you gaze outward and channel your Ranch experience into a self-made souvenir.

  • Twice-daily on-ranch adventures are included in your stay

  • Offered June 1st through August 1st, 2023

  • 12 spots available, all ability levels welcome

  • Private two-hour classes are available at additional cost, contact your Ranch Ambassador for pricing and other information

Wisdom from the Wild

From Our Activities Concierge

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“We've had the privilege of some amazing vacations around the world but we keep coming back to the Ranch at Rock Creek because of the incredible activities (hiking, horse riding, fly fishing, photography, art, spa, etc.).”

Tripadvisor, November 2020

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“From the moment we drove up until the sad moment we had to check out we enjoyed every aspect of this experience. Horseback riding, skeet shooting, spa, photography, art instruction, dining, activities-all truly a 5* experience!”

Tripadvisor, September 2019

Two people standing in front of an easel
A man drawing in a sketchbook
Two men drawing on an easel

The best souvenir is a great story.

Twice-daily activities are included in your stay. Our all-inclusive rate structure ensures that visits to The Ranch are memorable for their adventures and amenities, not their logistical challenges.

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