Painting the New Hampshire Landscape with Watercolor
Start and End Dates:
6/1/2014 - 6/6/2014
West Swanzey, New Hampshire
Price starting at:
Price may vary based on date, departure city
15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian
Nestled in southwest New Hampshire, West Swanzey is one of several postcard perfect towns in the Monadnock region. Winding wooded roads through six covered bridges, historic sites and Mount Monadnock itself offer an incredible opportunity to capture its essence in time on canvas. Join us for the first week in September, designed for the beginner to the novice or in June or the second week of September for intermediate to advanced watercolor artists. Our studio is surrounded by the incredible beauty of nature awaiting your presence.
• Develop new skills or improve your old ones and enhance your creativity and wonder under the tutelage of experts.
• Enjoy opportunities for out-of-door sketching and painting and use open studio time for additional practice.
• Take part in demonstrations, lectures and constructive critiques, and conclude the week with an art exhibition.
Minimal walking or standing on this program.
Date Specific Information
This week is designed for intermediate to advanced watercolorists.
Coordinated by Pilgrim Pines Conference Center.
Nestled in the valley of southwest New Hampshire, West Swanzey is one of several postcard-perfect towns in the Monadock region. Winding roads pass covered bridges, historic sites and the 3,000-foot Mount Monadnock, one of the most popular ascents in New England.
Lakeside cabins and condos at conference facility on shores of Swanzey Lake; limited first-floor rooms. Alcohol-free site. Single rooms available at no extra cost.
Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
A resident of Massachusetts, Justine Coleman is an accomplished watercolor artist and instructor who has held numerous award-winning art shows. A favorite teacher at Pilgrim Pines, Justine has been especially helpful to intermediate and advanced painters in taking the next step in their development.
Meals and Lodgings
Retreat center located on a lake with a quiet country friendly atmosphere
220 W. Shore Rd
Swanzey, NH 03446 USA
All rooms have private bath. Cabins by the Lake, condo style housing available and enjoy the quaint historic Mayflower Lodge. New beds in all units... single and double bed available. Some units have two singles pushed together for make a "king size" bed.
Additional nights prior:
Check in time:
Additional nights after:
Check out time:
Start of Program:
3:00 p.m. in Mayflower Lodge - Office. You will be staying at
End of Program:
12:15 p.m. Mayflower Dining Room -Lunch. You will be staying at
the night before.
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
Parking is free.
To Start of Program
Nearest city or town:
Interstate Rte. 91, Highways #10, #32
From End of Program
Additional transportation information same as above
Advanced Reservations Required
Per Person/One Way:
Logan-$152.00/Bradley-$137.00/Manchester-$128.00/Addl passenger-$20.00 ea
Prices are subject to change.
6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Logan 95 miles, Bradley 85 miles, Manchester, 75 miles.
No Bus service available from airports. Rental car is option. Enterprise and Avis have drop sites in Keene, NH (10 miles from Pilgrim Pines). Please call Chuck Anderson, coordinator 603-499-1994 to ask about possibility of coordinating schedules with other Participants.
Highway #2 West to 140 N. 140 N to 12 N. 12 N through Troy, NH to Flat Roof Mill Rd., (3.5 miles N of Troy) L on Flat Roof Mill Rd to #32. (about 4 miles - stop sign). R on 32 and an immediate L on Swanzey Lake Rd. 2.2 miles on Swanzey Lake Rd to West Shore Rd. Turn R and follow 1 mile to Pilgrim Pines sign.. continue 1/4 mile to Mayflower Lodge - Office.
Hartford, CT/Springfield, MA
#91 N to exit 28A...(N of Greenfield, MA exit) Follow #10 N from that exit through Winchester, NH. Four miles N of Winchester look for Pilgrim Pines sign. When you pass the Shamrock Reality building, turn R on Westport Village Rd. Follow to fork in road and bear R onto Homestead Rd for about one mile to Swanzey Lake Rd. Turn R onto Swanzey Lake Rd and follow 1.8 miles to West Shore Rd. Turn L on West Shore Rd and follow one mile to Pilgrim Pines sign... continue 1/4 mile to Mayflower Lodge - Office.
A list of what to bring will be sent prior to the program. Program is designed for beginners or those who would like to begin again in watercolor painting.
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.
Registration/Check In/Welcome Dinner and Orientation
(Sunday, June 1)
Check Into your room with private bath and become acquainted with the beautiful campus.
CHECK-IN & REGISTRATION: begins at 3:00 pm in the office of Mayflower Lodge on Pilgrim Pines Campus. Your welcome packet will include your room assignment, name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other information we will review during orientation this evening. Please be aware that scheduled program activities may be changed due to local circumstances. You will be notify of any changes ASAP. Thank you for your understanding. After you register and get settled in your room, join us for coffee and snacks served from 3:30-5:00 pm.
Our welcome dinner will be served buffet style at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room offering a variety of selections, including a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrées, dessert, and drinks of your choice. Gluten free, vegetarian, and special dietary menus are available upon request.
ORIENTATION: 7:15 pm will include introductions of our instructors and staff, a review of the schedule, safety guidelines and emergency procedures. It is also a time to answer questions and to begin to get acquainted with the other Road Scholar participants. Following Orientation there will be opportunities to gather for conversation, snacks, watch TV, play table games, puzzle making to unwind the day.
Instruction/Studio painting and opportunities to sketch/paint out-of-doors
(Monday, June 2)
Located on historic Swanzey Lake there will be opportunities for recreation and landscape sketching and painting.
Breakfast will be served from 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, bread to toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon,fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea and juice.
After a time of organization, each morning will begin with our outstanding water color artist giving instruction through demonstration, and discussion of different techniques. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and a danish roll to renew your energy. The second part of the morning will give you opportunity to work on your own project and move out-of door if you desire. 10:45 am - Schedule for the day - TBA - Determined by weather, sites available, etc.
Lunch, will be served buffet style from 12:30-1:15 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room inviting you to choices of a full salad bar, soup of the day, and taco salad and or sandwich, brownies or cookies, and drinks of your choice. Gluten free and special vegetarian menus are available upon request.
The Art Studio is available all afternoon and evening so you can paint when you desire. Your instructor will be available to help and suggest options. This afternoon there will also be free time to choose to relax and enjoy the recreational opportunities on campus.
After a full day of intensive work you are invited to a delicious Dinner served buffet style at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. After announcements and a blessing for the day, the menu will include a full salad bar, meat and vegetable entrées, dessert and choice of drinks. Our professional chefs are always available to provide alternative menus upon request.
Following the session there will be opportunity for conversation, snacks, puzzle making, table games, etc. to wind down the day.
This evening we will gather to learn and enjoy instruction by viewing a couple of art videos.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Instruction/hands-on painting/covered bridges and a concert by a folk artist.
(Tuesday, June 3)
Today we will tour the charming covered bridges by maxi-van for opportunities to take photos or do some sketching.
Breakfast will be served from 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring hot and cold cereals, bread to toast, french toast, eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola plus coffee, tea and juice.
Our morning will begin with our watercolor artist giving instruction through demonstration, discussion, critique and techniques. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and muffins to renew your energy. The second part of the morning will provide hands-on time to work on your project and paint in the out-of-doors if you desire and weather permitting
Lunch is served buffet style from 12:30-1:15 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room with delicious choices from the salad bar, homemade soup, chicken sandwiches, dessert and drinks. Special menus for dietary needs are always available upon request.
Following lunch you will have an opportunity to take a tour of the 6 covered bridges of Cheshire County. All bridges are within a 10 mile radius and bring your camera to take photos of your favorite settings. After our tour there will be time to paint in the Studio, relax and enjoy a recreational activity.
Dinner will be served buffet style at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room inviting you to a full salad bar, meat and vegetable entrées, dessert and drinks. Gluten free, vegetarian meals are always available upon request.
After dinner entertainment will feature one of the outstanding folk artists of our region in concert. It will be an easy going way to conclude our day. After the concert you are welcome to a time of conversation, snacks and activities of your choice to conclude the day.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Instruction/opportunity to paint in the out-of-doors
(Wednesday, June 4)
Weather permitting we will choose one or two of the scenic places in our area for the group to go and sketch or paint.
Breakfast will be served buffet style from 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring hot and cold cereals, waffles, berries, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea, milk and juice.
This morning our watercolor artist instructor will once again discuss and demonstrate techniques helpful in development of your paintings. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and coffee cake to help renew your energy. In the later morning there will be opportunities to paint or sketch in the out-of-doors weather permitting.
After a full morning of creativity you will be ready for a delicious Lunch served from 12:30-1:15 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. A salad bar, open faced sandwiches, soup of the day, dessert and drinks await your palate.
This afternoon we will transport you to one of the scenic choices in the Monadnock region to sketch, paint and take photos. Weather permitting we will enjoy some more treasures of this area.
Our Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring a full salad bar, meat and vegetable entrées, dessert and drinks of your choice. Alternative menus are always available upon request.
This evening will be open for you to make personal choices of spending time in the Studio, relaxing, reading or getting some early rest. It is your evening to enjoy!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Instruction/get ready for the art show and sign up for the Homespun
(Thursday, June 5)
As we finish projects today we will be getting ready for the art show tonight and Homespun to follow.
Breakfast will be served buffet style from 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring scrambled eggs, breads to toast, hot and cold cereals, fruit, yogurt and granola bar along with coffee, tea and juices.
Once again our watercolor artist instructor will guide our critique, technique demonstration, answer questions as you work to complete your projects for the week. The morning break will feature coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade donuts to renew your energy. Late morning will give you choices of painting in the out-of-doors or finishing your work in the Studio.
Lunch will be served from 12:30- 1:15 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room buffet style including a salad bar, soup, chicken pot pie, dessert and drinks. Please let the chefs know if you desire an alternative menu for dietary needs.
This afternoon you will have an opportunity to finish your paintings, prepare for the art show, relax by the lake and enjoy the work of your fellow Road Scholars.
Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring a full salad bar, meat and vegetable entrées, dessert, and drinks.
Our evening will conclude with opportunities for snacks, conversation, watch TV, play games to wind down the day.
After dinner all of our guests including the participants of the other Road Scholar program in residence will be invited to your Art Studio to enjoy all the work you have done this week. After the Art Show all participants are invited to participate in a Homespun event where they share their favorite story, poem, writing, creative writing, song, joke, etc.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Concluding classes/check out of rooms and farewell luncheon
(Friday, June 6)
Check out of rooms, final critique of our time together and farewell luncheon
Breakfast will be served from 7:45-8:30 am in the Mayflower Dining Room with a full buffet menu including baked oatmeal, a specialty of the house along with omelettes.
After breakfast we will have our last formal class time to review the week, talk about what we have learned, do critiques and talk about next steps in our painting journey. Mid morning you will have time set aside to complete the process of checking out of your room and renew your energy with morning coffee. To complete the morning there will be time to talk about resources and ways to support one another.
Our Farewell luncheon will be served from 12:15-1:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room and will once again feature our full buffet style menu. Box lunches will be available upon request for those who need to leave early or have a long distance to travel. We thank you for sharing with us in the wonderful week of hands-on learning and creative expression.
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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.
You can't find a better value than Road Scholar.
As a not-for-profit organization, we are dedicated to providing all-inclusive educational programs at great value. From lectures to gratuities to field trips to accommodations - the tuition you pay up front is all that you pay.
Specifically, this program includes:
5 nights accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Expert-led lectures: 6
Led by one or more of our world-class instructors, typically in a classroom setting, lectures come in the form of presentations, discussions or workshops and offer expert insight into your area of study.
Field trips: 2
The world is your classroom, as you're on location with an instructor to pursue your educational theme firsthand.
Hands-on experiences: 5
Learn by doing in these "hands-on" activities directed by an expert.
A performance can range from a night at the opera to a visit from a local performer at your hotel.
Plus these special experiences...
Tour of Monadnock region.
Opportunities for out-of-door sketching and painting.
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And included with all Road Scholar programs:
Learning led by expert instructors who are authorities in the field of study.
An experienced Group Leader attuned to the needs of Road Scholar participants.
Customary gratuities throughout the program that you would normally pay yourself.
The Road Scholar Travel Assistance Plan, providing 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance coverage.
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