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Watercolor Painting on a Historic Ocean Island

Program Number: 11879RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/2/2013 - 9/8/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Isles of Shoals, New Hampshire
Price starting at: $875.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Painting Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 18; 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Located amid the iconic Isles of Shoals in New Hampshire, Star Island is a favorite spot for artists who strive to capture the rugged landscapes and beauty of the New England coastline. Journey by ferry to Star Island and meet with professional artists for class instruction, painting on location and daily critiques. Beginning watercolorists learn color mixing, values and perspective, while seasoned painters focus on the sky, sea and land as light and weather change. Experience plein air painting in a spectacular setting surrounded by the sea.




Highlights

• Paint on the islands that once inspired artist Childe Hassam, and learn about his time on the Shoals and artworks.
• Choose subjects from among the sea and sky, historic buildings and stark granite ledges of the Isles.
• Explore the 400 year history of the hauntingly beautiful Isles of Shoals through a series of fascinating historical photographs in the evenings.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to half mile over paths and rocky terrain.



Coordinated by Star Island Conference Center.




Isles of Shoals

Ten miles off the coast of New Hampshire, the Isles of Shoals are a group of nine small islands. The isles were once a popular retreat for artists and writers such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Celia Thaxter made them famous through her poetry. The Shoals Marine Laboratory and Star Island’s conference center occupy the isles today.



Accommodations
Built in the grand hotel era of the 1800s, the rustic Oceanic House and adjacent cottages provide modest, character-laden lodging for those who appreciate experiencing the authentic past. Most rooms have shared baths; separate shower facility; showers available every other day; not all rooms are equipped with electrical outlets.
Meals and Lodgings
   The Star Island Conference Center
  Star Island 6 nights
 The Star Island Conference Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Access to the island is by boat only. Arrive between 1:00pm and 3:00pm at the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company dock at 315 Market Street in Portsmouth, NH to meet with the Road Scholar Coordinator.
  Contact info: 30 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801 USA
phone: 603-430-6272
web: www.starisland.org
  Room amenities: There are a limited number of rooms equipped with electrical outlets. If you require use of an electrical outlet within your room (for health reasons), be sure to indicate that when registering. Heating elements are not permitted in rooms.
  Facility amenities: Oceanic House, built in the Grand Hotel Era of the 1800s, houses the main lobby, dining room, bookshop, gift shop, and sleeping quarters. A hotel annex, a number of small cottages and stone buildings, and several motel-style units provide additional guestrooms and conference meeting rooms.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Bathroom: Showers are normally available three times a week.
  Additional nights prior:  Although we are unable to accomodate visitors before or after the program, there are many accommodation options available in Portsmouth, NH. Please see free time listings.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after:  Although we are unable to accomodate visitors before or after the program, there are many accommodation options available in Portsmouth, NH. Please see free time listings.
  Check out time: 8:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrive at the Isles of Shoals dock (315 Market St.) in Portsmouth, NH between 1:00pm-3:00pm. Boarding begins at 4:00pm, with boat departure at 4:25pm. You will be staying at The Star Island Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
The boat departs from Star Island at 3:05pm, to return to Portsmouth, NH at 4:30pm. You will be staying at The Star Island Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking in lot at boat dock. Cost $10 per vehicle per day or any part of a day.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Star Island
  Nearest city or town:  Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  Nearest highway: I 95 and Route 1
  Nearest airport:  Manchester, NH
  From End of Program
  Location: Star Island
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Boston, MA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
C&J Trailways
phone: 800-258-7111

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$24.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.25 

 

Distance:

 

60 miles

   

C&J Trailways drops off at the Pease Transportation Center in Portsmouth (185 Grafton Road). There is a free trolley bus providing transportation to downtown Portsmouth (then a 5 minute walk to the dock). Taxis can also be called to meet you once you deboard from the bus.

 

Boston, MA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Greyhound Bus
phone: 800-231-2222

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15-23
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.25 

 

Distance:

 

60 miles

   

Greyhound Bus drops passengers in downtown Portsmouth (a 5 minute walk to the ISSCo dock).

 

ISSCo dock

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Anchor Taxi
phone: 603-436-1888

 

ISSCo dock

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Blue Star Taxi
phone: 603-436-2774

 

Manchester, NH / Boston, MA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Flight Line Airport Express
phone: 800-245-2525
Advanced Reservations Required

   

www.flightlineinc.com

 

Manchester, NH / Boston, MA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Seacoast Airport Service
phone: 866-431-1580
Advanced Reservations Required

   

www.transportnh.com

 
Driving Directions
  From 95 North (Coming from the South) Take NH Exit 7. At end of ramp, turn RIGHT at lights. You should be headed towards downtown Portsmouth. Go approximately ¾ mile, staying in the LEFT LANE as you approach the Portsmouth Sheraton (a large brick building) on your right. The entrance to the Steamship Company dock is on the LEFT, directly across from the Sheraton. The dock is located at 315 Market Street in Porstmouh, NH 03801.
  From 95 South (Coming from the North) Take NH Exit 7. At end of ramp, turn LEFT at lights. You should be headed towards downtown Portsmouth. Go approximately ¾ mile, staying in the LEFT LANE as you approach the Portsmouth Sheraton (a large brick building) on your right. The entrance to the Steamship Company dock is on the LEFT, directly across from the Sheraton. The dock is located at 315 Market Street in Portsmouth, NH 03801.
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: Arrive on Star Island
(Monday, September 2)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive at dock in Portsmouth between 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Boarding begins at 4:00pm.
 Afternoon: Indoor 1-hour class on Color-Mixing for Intermediates and Beginners
 Dinner: Dinner in the dining room.
 Evening: Discover why cod changed the face of world exploration and how this fantastic resource in the Gulf of Maine fueled the settlement of New England.
   
Accommodations: The Star Island Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Tuesday, September 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Indoor 1-hour class on Values for beginners and intermediates; outside painting and critique for all
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Painting in the Art Barn optional Star Island tour (may be in morning)
 Dinner: Dinner in the dining room
 Evening: The Fishing Era at the Isle of Shoals Go back in time to the era when the Isles of Shoals was the busiest spot in the New World with hundreds living at the cillage of Gosport on Star Island and fishing the Shoals' waters.
   
Accommodations: The Star Island Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
(Wednesday, September 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining room
 Morning: Day of Painting on Appledore Optional: Cultural history tour of Appledore Island
 Lunch: Lunch in the dining room.
 Afternoon: Outdoor painting and critique for all
 Dinner: Dinner in the dining room.
 Evening: The Resort Era of the Isle of Shoals Find out why thousands of people packed their trunks and spent the summer at one of the Isle of Shoals resort hotels.
   
Accommodations: The Star Island Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(Thursday, September 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Indoor 1-hour class on Perspective for Beginners and Intermediates. Outside painting and critique for all. Optional visit to Vaughn Cottage (may be afternoon or morning)
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Outdoor painting and critique for all.
 Dinner: Dinner in the dining hall.
 Evening: The Arts of the Isles of Shoals View some of the extraordinary maritime art produced by the Isles and learn about the artistic salon operated by writer and artist Cecilia Thaxter.
   
Accommodations: The Star Island Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
(Friday, September 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining room.
 Morning: Indoor 1 hour class on Perspective for Beginners and Intermediates. Outdoor painting for all; slides on Childe Hassam.
 Lunch: Lunch in the dining room.
 Afternoon: Continuation of morning's activities with critique later in the afternoon for all.
 Dinner: Dinner in the dining room
 Evening: Lore & Legends: Pirates, lost treasure, shipwreck, murder and ghosts in the stories of the past at the Isles of Shoals.
   
Accommodations: The Star Island Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Saturday, September 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining room.
 Morning: Outdoor painting for all; Art Exhibit of work done during the week.
 Lunch: Lunch in the dining room.
 Afternoon: Continuation of morning's activities with a critique later on.
 Dinner: Dinner in the dining room.
 Evening: The Conference and Education Era at the Isles of Shoals Delve into the history of the summer conferences on Star Island, the development of the Shoals Marine Lab on Appledore, and the natural wonders on Duck and Seavey's Islands.
   
Accommodations: The Star Island Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7:
(Sunday, September 8)
   
 Depart From: Depart from Star Island at 3:05pm.
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining room.
 Lunch: Lunch in the dining room
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Star Island Discover New England
A website for everything about New England. For additional information, visit www.discovernewengland.org/
  NH Division of Travel and Tourism
All information about NH - lodging, events, things to do, maps, etc. For additional information, visit www.visitnh.gov/index.html
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