Join us in 2021:
June 13 to 17, or September 19-23.

Paint aboard schooner American Eagle

Our June sail coincides with the Gam, a rendezvous of all the boats in the Maine windjammer fleet. It’s a raft-up, so you can walk between them and visit each boat. There’s live music and a grog toast to a successful sailing season. The lobster fleet is hard at work, and we’re certain to see lupines in bloom as we poke around Penobscot’s quaint harbors.

Autumn, with its flaming colors and earlier sunsets, is a delightful time to sail on the Maine coast. The ocean is slow to cool down in the fall, but the foliage is spectacular. It’s especially beautiful from the water, with the reds of the blueberries and trees contrasting with the dark spruces and infinite blues of the sea.

We sail with Captain John Foss on the historic schooner American Eagle. We’ll step back in time and enjoy a leisurely cruise along the coast of Maine, sailing where the wind blows and recording our impressions in watercolor journals.

Everything you need is provided, including:

• Professional quality QoR watercolor paints in a portable travel palette
• Two Strathmore cold-press watercolor tablets
• Strathmore Visual Journal Bristol notebook
• Waterbrushes
• Pencil
• Micropen
• Water cup
• Spray bottle

(Occasionally, suppliers change, but I will never skimp on quality.)

The trip lasts four days. Lighthouses, wildlife, and unspoiled scenery are part of every trip. The boat is a true relic of the Age of Sail, but it’s been updated so you have a comfortable berth, fresh linens, modern heads and a fresh-water shower.

Every meal is lovingly prepared by the cook and his mess mate. That includes a lobster bake, which might be at sea or on shore, depending on where we end up. “I want to go again, just for the food,” said student Mary W.

Is painting on a moving boat even possible?

Yes, and it’s fascinating. The water, sky and shoreline are constantly changing.

Who’s invited?

This workshop is aimed at watercolor or gouache painters, particularly those with an interest in the sea or sailing. No experience? You’re very welcome; we’ve got everything you need to get started. Carol Douglas has almost 20 years’ experience teaching students of all levels in watercolor, oils, acrylics and pastels.

“This was the best painting instruction I have ever had. Carol’s advice in color mixing was particularly eye-opening. Her explanations are clear and easy to understand. She is very approachable and supportive. I would take this course again in a heartbeat.” (Carol T.)

Love the Wyeths? Stay another day

American Eagle sails out of Rockland, ME, which is home to the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, along with many great commercial galleries and restaurants. When you call to make your reservation, ask about a hotel package.

To register

The schooner trip is $825 (June) or $895 (September). Your tuition for the workshop is $295, for a total of $1190, all inclusive. Fees are collected separately.

Email me here for more information about the painting part of the trip. Or, email American Eagle’s offices here, or call them at 1-800-648-4544 for more information about meals, sailing, accommodations, etc.  Or, check out their website!

Discounts (workshop tuition only)

There’s a $25 discount to members of New York Plein Air Painters, Plein Air Painters of Maine or returning students.