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Monhegan Island Maine

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SIGN UP FOR OUR MONHEGAN ISLAND WORKSHOP BY MARCH 1st and receive a discount on the price of the workshop. Are you new to our Monhegan workshop? Sign up by March 1st and take $25.00 off the total workshop price. If you are a returning student, take $75.00 off the cost of the workshop by signing up before March 1st. Sign up now! 

This workshop takes you to a tiny island 12 miles off the coast of Maine. As soon as you step off the ferry, you'll begin to feel Monhegan's special magic. The painting subjects on this quaint artist's paradise have barely changed in over one hundred years and everywhere you look is another painting waiting to be captured on your canvas. Robert Henri ventured out to Monhegan and was so enamored by its subject matter that he painted 25 small oil sketches in a four day period. (Read 'Robert Henri & His Circle: The Allure of the Maine Coast' by clicking here.) Everything about Monhegan Island is special. This is a more than just a workshop, its an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

We will be painting in and around the rustic village where artists have been finding inspiration for decades. This tiny island also boasts some of the highest cliffs in Maine and with 12 miles of trails, Monhegan is also a great place for hiking. There are no vehicles allowed on Monhegan and everywhere you need to go is just a short walk away. Treat yourself to a whole week of painting on this island that time forgot.

We will meet at a designated painting spot each morning between 8:45 and 9:00 and I will lecture and demo from 9:00 to 11:00-11:30. Then we will break for lunch and afterwards I will work with each student on their individual paintings. We end at 4:00 each day. On the third day students will work on their own paintings and we will have a critique at the end of the day for students who wish to participate. You can either show your work or choose to just listen to my thoughts about each piece that gets submitted for the critique. It's a positive experience but I do make suggestions on how to strengthen and complete each painting. We will wrap up the critique and workshop between 4:45 and 5:15. 

When I demo, I will be showing you how I simplify my subject matter. I will discuss my palette, the how's and why's' of my chosen composition and give you my thoughts and methods for blocking in and painting the biggest shapes first, working towards smaller shapes and then suggesting detail in order to satisfy the viewer. I will be demonstrating the direct method of alla prima (all in one go). Then I will help you to paint in this manner in order to gain speed and confidence and to get expressive brushwork and a feeling of spontaneity in your work. 

I will let students know where in the village we will be painting, prior to each day. You are welcome and encouraged to arrive and paint prior to the start of each workshop day and also to paint beyond the end of class each day. 

The link to our supply list below is only a suggested list. If you have a palette of colors, a medium and a supply of brushes that is working for you, then by all means, you are welcome to bring what you like. I do highly recommend a warm and cool tube each of Red, Yellow and Blue. 


Location: Monhegan Island Maine

Cost: $400  Class  size is limited to 12 students. To register send a deposit check for $200 to:

David Lussier, 80 Olde Mill Rd. Apt 10, Somersworth, NH 03878

Time: 9:00 - 4:00 each day

The link below will take you the Monhegan Welcome website. The website offers information about planning your trip to Monhegan, along with all accommodation choicesboat information to get you the the island and a myriad of other things about Monhegan.

More About Monhegan Island - CLICK HERE

Supply List - CLICK HERE