Coastal Maine: Plein-Air Watercolor
The joy of painting outside in a marine environment.
- Amy Hosa—September 4–10
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.