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Transparent Watercolor By the Sea

Program Number: 11014RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/6/2013 - 10/11/2013; 5/4/2014 - 5/9/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Cape May, New Jersey
Price starting at: $799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Painting
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The historic seaside city of Cape May becomes a studio without walls as you develop your skills in transparent watercolor. A highly accomplished artist provides illuminating demonstrations during group and individual sessions, and the picturesque seaside setting is a perfect canvas to work on your technique and capture the drama of sunlight and shadow during field trips to the beach, lighthouse and Emlen Physick Estate.




Highlights

• An artist with many years exhibiting her work and teaching gives a group lesson on watercolor technique, then goes one-on-one with participants for an insightful critique.
• Be invigorated by an instructor’s evening lectures and videos illustrating techniques of other artists, then choose to apply them as you paint in the classroom or on location.
• Enjoy an elegant tea luncheon and explore the Emlen Physick Estate — Cape May’s only Victorian House Museum — before painting on the estate’s newly restored grounds.



Activity Particulars

All levels welcome. Supplies not included.




Date Specific Information

10-6-2013, 5-4-2014

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Explore New York, Corp.




Cape May

More than 600 authentically restored Victorian structures make up this National Historic Landmark City on New Jersey's southern shore. Dubbed the nation's "First Seashore Resort," Cape May has been welcoming visitors to its white-sand beaches since the 1800s. Also a birding "hotspot," Cape May attracts more than 400 species of birds a year.



Accommodations
A basic Victorian-era hotel with modestly sized bedrooms. Loaded with character and clean, and for people who value the experience of an authentic turn-of-the century hotel.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Mary Stewart

Mary Stewart is the chief outreach officer for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities. She has a degree in art, a background in graphic arts and a love of history. Mary is a fiber artist, and fell in love with fabric and yarn early in life. She enjoys researching Victorian holiday celebrations, and conducts workshops to create vintage decorations and cards. Mary is a member of the Cape May Artists Cooperative Gallery, where she exhibits her one-of-a-kind bags, scarves and hats.
 
Robert Heinly

A former college professor, Dr. Robert Heinly is the Museum Education Director for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities. During his career as an educator, Robert served as a curriculum supervisor, administrator and mentor to student teachers. He is also an experienced living history re-enactor, having played roles at Independence Hall National Park. In Cape May, he has become Dr. Emlen Physick, the eccentric doctor who built the Physick Estate and was a civic gadfly in his era.
 
Rich Chiemingo

Rich Chiemingo is a museum educator for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities, as well as a lighthouse keeper at the Cape May Lighthouse and an observer at the World War II Lookout Tower. As a living history interpreter, he shares his perspective on American composer and band leader John Philip Sousa. Prior to retiring to the Cape May area, Rich has also held a career in the music industry, including a stint as a military bandsman.
 
Barbara Cox

Barbara Cox has had more than a dozen one-woman shows, and her paintings hang in private collections throughout the U.S., Japan, England and Australia. She was invited to the Pentagon to present a limited-edition print to then-outgoing Secretary of Defense William Perry, and created a watercolor of the Wetlands Institute as part of their 25th anniversary celebration. Barbara was also honored by the White House Military Office with a commission to paint the South Lawn of the White House.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Inn of Cape May
  Cape May, NJ 5 nights
 Inn of Cape May
Type: Hotel
  Description: Set aside your 21st Century mindset and return to an earlier era. Webster’s defines “quaint” as marked by skillful design, unusual or different in character or appearance, or pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned. The Inn of Cape May is all of these. When it was built, it represented the latest in Victorian style. It is a classic representation of the Cape May of old, a good option for the budget conscious, and the place to feel what resort life was like in a simpler time. Each modestly-sized guest room has a different configuration with unpretentious furniture similar to what you would have seen in 1894. There may be either a queen- or a king-sized bed; few rooms have two beds. Because there were no closets then, there are shelves with clothes hooks. The concessions to modernity are retro-fitted bathrooms with showers, heat and A/C, and cable TV. The Inn of Cape May has a restaurant, bar, and in-ground pool. Public areas feature Victorian knick-knacks and architectural details. The quirky small elevator is original (and can only be operated by a member of the staff). What may be the most pleasing aspect for many is its location in one of the most delightful spots along the beachfront, within walking distance of the main pedestrian area, where you can relax during free time, rock on the verandah, and watch the ocean or the passing parade.
  Contact info: 7 Ocean Street
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5555
web: www.innofcapemay.com
  Room amenities: Guest rooms are located on 2nd through 5th floor, though Road Scholar participants are generaly placed on 3rd and above to be removed from street noise. Rooms are furnished with double, queen and/or king-sized beds, cable TV with remote control, heat and air conditioning. Every bathroom is equipped with a shower, though some are stall showers and some are in tubs. Some bathrooms are equipped with grab bars. As the bathrooms are a 20th century retrofit, the guest rooms are modestly-sized and differ in lay-out and configuration. Rooms are not equipped with telephones or alarm clocks. The room assignments are made based on needs of the group and can't be changed from one view to another.
  Facility amenities: The family owned and operated Inn of Cape May features fifty one unique hotel rooms, each furnished with wicker and antiques, many featuring views of the Atlantic Ocean. Although the building is historic, it offers modern day comforts such as a lobby seating area with gas fireplace, WiFi in the public areas of the first floor and the front desk that is staffed 24 hours a day. The hotel does have a vintage elevator, which is not self-service. It must be operated by hotel personnel who are available 24 hours a day. There is a first floor restaurant and bar. Free guest parking is available directly across the street. A 15 minute loading space is directly in front of the main entrance and a bellman is available for convenient check-in. There is an in-ground pool, open seasonally. The hotel is on the oceanfront, just a short walk from the main pedestrian shopping area and within easy walking distance of many fine restaurants.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Some rooms have tubs with showers; some only stall showers.
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for rate. Rates vary by season.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for rate. Rates vary by season.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration in hotel lobby 3PM to 5PM. Registration for guest rooms begins 4PM. Wine and cheese reception in dining room 5PM to 6PM. You will be staying at Inn of Cape May that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at hotel after lunch (approximately 1:30pm). Box lunch available for early departures. You will be staying at Inn of Cape May the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for hotel guests. Participants will get a permit for their car at check-in.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Cape May, NJ
  Nearest city or town:  Atlantic City, NJ
  Nearest highway: Garden State Parkway
  Nearest airport:  Philadelphia International Airport; Atlantic City Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Cape May, NJ
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Atlantic City

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Royal Airport Limo
phone: 609-748-9777
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$85
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

50 miles

   

If two people are traveling together, it is usually more economical to rent a car, even though you don't need one in Cape May.

 

New York City

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
NJ Transit
phone: 973-491-9400

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$33.25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

250 miles

   

The hotel is about 3 blocks from the Cape May bus terminal. Local cab service is available: AArt's Taxi (609-898-7433) and AA Plus Cab, 609-889-9595.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Rapid Rover
phone: 856-428-1500
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$185
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

 

Distance:

 

90 miles

   

If two people are traveling together, it is usually more economical to rent a car, even though you don't need one in Cape May.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
NJ Transit
phone: 973-491-9400

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$18.25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

4 hours 

 

Distance:

 

100 miles

   

The hotel is about 3 blocks from the Cape May bus terminal. Local cab service is available: AArt's Taxi (609-898-7433) and AA Plus Cab, 609-889-9595.

 
Driving Directions
  Altantic City Airport Take Atlantic City Expressway South to Exit 7 (Garden State Parkway). Take Garden State Parkway to its end. Take Rte. 109 into Cape May (through marina district). Stay in right lane and follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave. (first traffic light). Turn left. Take Madison to Beach Ave., turn right. Take Beach to Ocean St. Turn right. Hotel is on your right. Approximate driving time 1 hour
  Baltimore, Washington DC I 95 to Delaware Memorial Bridge, to Rte 40 East, to Rte 55 South, to Rte 47 South, to Garden State Parkway South into Cape May. Follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave.(first traffic light), turn left. Follow Madison Ave. to Beach Dr., turn right. The hotel is directly ahead on your right. or via the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, exit the terminal onto Rte 9, to Rte 109 South into Cape May. Follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave.(first traffic light), turn left. Follow Madison Ave. to Beach Dr., turn right. The hotel is directly ahead on your right. (Approximately 3 hours from Baltimore and 4 hours from Washington.)
  New York Garden State Parkway South to Cape May. Follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave.(first traffic light), turn left. Follow Madison Ave. to Beach Dr., turn right. The hotel is directly ahead on your right. (Approximately 3 hour drive.)
  Pennsylvania Walt Whitman or Ben Franklin Bridge to Rte. 42 South, to Atlantic City Expressway, to Garden State Parkway South into Cape May. Follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave.(first traffic light), turn left. Follow Madison Ave. to Beach Dr., turn right. The hotel is directly ahead on your right. (Approximately 2 hour drive.)
  Philadelphia International Airport Exit airport to I95 N. Take Walt Whitman Bridge to NJ. Take Rte 42 to Atlantic City Expressway to Exit 7 (Garden State Parkway). Take Garden State Parkway to its end. Take Rte. 109 into Cape May (through marina district). Stay in right lane and follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave. (first traffic light). Turn left. Take Madison to Beach Ave., turn right. Take Beach to Ocean St. Turn right. Hotel is on your right. Approximate time 2hours.
Equipment Requirements: Supply list is included in prep materials. Participants should bring portable chair/stool for painting in open air. Sun screen, hat and bug stray are useful.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration, wine and cheese reception/Orientation
(Sunday, October 6)
   
 Afternoon: Program registration in hotel lobby 3PM to 5PM. Registration for guest rooms begins at 4PM. Wine and cheese reception in dining room 5PM to 6PM.
 Dinner: Dinner served in hotel diningroom. Choice of three menu options including fish, meat and vegetarian.
 Evening: Introductions of coordinator and participants, review of week's programs, logistics and menu, orientation to hotel and city of Cape May.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Instruction, Demonstration, Critique
(Monday, October 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel: choice of hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal, fruit, toast basket and yogurt by request.
 Morning: The group gathers with the instructor, an artist with many years experience teaching and exhibiting her work, for a lesson/demonstration in watercolor technique. Following the lesson, the participants will work independently with one-on-one instruction from the instructor. Depending on the weather, the group will paint on location on the streets around the hotel and/or the beachfront. Still life vignettes will be set up in the classroom and available outside of the class period.
 Lunch: Lunch at hotel, choice of two menu options.
 Afternoon: The group gathers with the instructor for a lesson/demonstration in watercolor technique. Following the lesson, the participants will work independently with one-on-one instruction from the instructor. Depending on the weather, the group will paint on location around Cape May. In the late afternoon, the group will gather for critique.
 Dinner: Dinner served in hotel diningroom. Choice of three menu items from early dining menu.
 Evening: The instructor will show videos illustrating techniques of other artists. Participants may choose to stay afterward and paint in classroom.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Instruction, Demonstration, Critique
(Tuesday, October 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel: choice of hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal, fruit, toast basket and yogurt by request.
 Morning: The group gathers with the instructor for a lesson/demonstration in watercolor technique. Following the lesson, the participants will work independently with one-on-one instruction from the instructor. Depending on the weather, the group will paint on location around Cape May.
 Lunch: Lunch at hotel, choice of two menu options.
 Afternoon: The group gathers with the instructor for a lesson in watercolor technique. Following the lesson, the participants will work independently with one-on-one instruction from the instructor. Depending on the weather, the group will paint on location around Cape May. In the late afternoon the group will gather for critique.
 Dinner: Dinner served in hotel diningroom. Choice of three menu items from early dining menu.
 Evening: The instructor will show videos illustrating techniques of other artists. Participants may choose to stay and paint in classroom.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Field Trip, Tour, Painting on Location/Instruction, Demonstration, Critique
(Wednesday, October 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel: choice of hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal, fruit, toast basket and yogurt by request.
 Morning: The group will enjoy a Welcome to Cape May Trolley Tour, which shows all facets of Cape May, from the beautiful Vicotrian homes to the US Coast Guard Recruit Training Center. The trolley will drop the group at South Jersey Marina, where they will paint in the open air overlooking the harbor and historic boathouses.
 Lunch: Luncheon on the harbor at the Salt Water Cafe. Choice of two luncheon options.
 Afternoon: The group gathers with the instructor for a lesson in watercolor technique. Following the lesson, the participants will work independently with one-on-one instruction from the instructor. Depending on the weather, the group will paint on location around Cape May. In the late afternoon the group will gather for critique.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel. Three menu options available
 Evening: Free night to explore Cape May on your own.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Instruction, Demonstration, Critique
(Thursday, October 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel: choice of hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal, fruit, toast basket and yogurt by request.
 Morning: The group gathers with the instructor for a lesson/demonstration in watercolor technique. Following the lesson, the participants will work independently with one-on-one instruction from the instructor. Depending on the weather, the group will paint on location around Cape May.
 Lunch: Lunch at hotel, choice of two menu options.
 Afternoon: The group gathers with the instructor for a lesson in watercolor technique. Following the lesson, the participants will work independently with one-on-one instruction from the instructor. Depending on the weather, the group will paint on location around Cape May. In the late afternoon the group will gather for critique.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant. Choice of three menu items.
 Evening: The group will display the work they have accomplished during the week.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, October 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel: choice of hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal, fruit, toast basket and yogurt by request. Servers will take orders for box lunches for early departures.
 Morning: Final meeting with instructor; final instruction and critique, evaluations collected and diplomas distributed.
 Lunch: Lunch at hotel. Box lunch available for early departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Cape May, NJ Cape May County Historical Museum
(609) 465-3535 For additional information, visit www.cmcmuseum.org
  Leaming's Run Gardens
(609) 465-5871
  Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts
(609) 884-5404 or (800) 275-4278 For additional information, visit www.capemaymac.org
  Naval Air Station Wildwood
Aviation Museum PHONE (609) 886-8787 For additional information, visit www.usnasw.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Cape May: Queen of the Seaside Resorts


Author: George Thomas and Carl Doebley


Description: This is a wonderful reference and souvenir of your stay in Cape May with an introductory historical essay and an extensive section of photographs of the most historic buildings of Cape May. This fine book is available at the Museum Shop of the Emlen Physick Estate and can be ordered online from the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts or call 609-884-5404 ext. 117 for mail order.



The First Resort


Author: Ben Miller


Description: Coffee table book with great, rare archival photos and articles about Cape May's past.





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