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Coastal Maine: Plein-Air Watercolor

The joy of painting outside in a marine environment.

July 23 – July 29
Brooklin, Maine
Amy Hosa
Experience Level
All Levels
Activity Level

This is a five-day course ending Friday

Create simple yet dramatic watercolors that capture the essence of Maine’s rocky coast and details of life along the shore. Each day we travel to a new location to paint plein-air: a boatyard, a quaint town and lobster wharf, pine-covered islands, and beaches with granite ledges, shells, and seaweed. Amy’s mantra is, “Look for an interesting composition and keep the detail simple.”

Her goal for students is to paint lively watercolors by experimenting with a mixture of techniques, like wet-into-wet, glazing, and dry-brush. Multiple step-by-step demos each day (in our classroom studio at WoodenBoat and outdoors on location) include basic drawing and brush techniques, color mixing, shading for volume, and perspective…even tips on how to fix mistakes! Students also receive individual attention and demos as they develop their work. Novice students will focus on the basics, while experienced students are given challenges and advanced demos to experiment with style and techniques. All levels of experience are welcome.

  • Who is this course best suited for?

    This course is appropriate for someone with little or no experience.  The course is designed around the idea that you have not done this before or know very little about the subject.  Students should pay more attention to suggested readings or videos to help familiarize themselves ahead of time.

    This course involves a low level of activity throughout the week including: occasional standing and working, seating is usually available, working on your own project at your own pace is common.

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