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Watercolor Painting on a Historic Ocean Island

Program Number: 11879RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/23/2014 - 8/29/2014;
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: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 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. Built in the grand hotel era of the 1800s, the Oceanic House and adjacent cottages provide modest, character-laden lodging for those who appreciate experiencing the authentic past. Stairs lead to upper floors at the hotel and cottages. Classes and dining take place in stone cottages and the historic wooden hotel.
  Contact info: 30 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801 USA
phone: 603-430-6272
web: www.starisland.org
  Room amenities: Rooms are modest yet comfortable, with beds, a chest of drawers, chairs and clothes hanging space. Bed and bath linens, along with soap, are provided. 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: The historic Oceanic House, built in the Grand Hotel Era of the 1800s, houses the main lobby, dining room, bookshop, gift shop, and sleeping quarters. The grand hotel porch has many rocking chairs and offers a spectacular view of the sea. In front of the hotel, an ocean swimming area and tennis courts provide outdoor entertainment. A number of outdoor games, such as croquet and Frisbees, are available and can be played on the expansive lawn. The spacious hotel lobby is set with comfortable armchairs, sofas and small tables and chairs for reading, relaxing and playing board games or working puzzles with new friends. Daily newspapers can be found at the lobby reception desk. A hotel annex, a number of charming small cottages and stone buildings, and several motel-style units provide additional guestrooms and conference meeting rooms. A small business center with computer and internet access rental is available.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Bathroom: Shared toilets and cold-water sinks are on each floor of the hotel & cottages. Motel units have private toilets & cold-water sinks. Hot water is available to take to each room. Hot-water showers are available three times a week at a separate facility.
  Additional nights prior:  Although we are unable to accommodate 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 accommodate 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 10:30 AM-12:30 PM. Boarding begins at 2:00PM, with boat departure at 2:25 PM. Commercial parking $12/day. You will be staying at The Star Island Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
The boat departs from Star Island at 11:45 AM, to return to Portsmouth, NH at 1:15 PM. 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:
An independent, commercial lot parking is available at the boat dock for $12 per vehicle, per day or any part of a day. For your convenience, payment is made on Star Island at the end of your stay; Star Island will reimburse the parking lot vendor.
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
Greyhound Bus
phone: 800-231-2222

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15-23
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.25 

 

Distance:

 

60 miles

   

Take a taxi to the Greyhound Bus terminal. The Greyhound bus drops passengers in downtown Portsmouth (a 5 minute walk to the ISSCo dock).

 

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.

 

Manchester, NH / Boston, MA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

   

www.transportnh.com

 

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

 

ISSCo dock

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Anchor Taxi
phone: 603-436-1888

 
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: Arrival on Star Island, Welcome & Orientation, Program Introductions and Evening Isles of Shoals History Program.
(Saturday, August 23)

Note: Throughout the week, the schedule may be adapted to take advantage of special opportunities or because of local weather conditions. --- Traveling between rooms, classrooms, the dining room and shower facilities can involve walking distances of up to 1/2 mile on boardwalks, over uneven ground, on rocks and on paths.



   
 Arrive To: Arrive at the dock in Portsmouth between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM. Boarding begins at 2:00 PM with a boat departure at 2:25 PM. Mainland commercial parking $12/day.
 Afternoon: Attend an orientation to Star Island, then meet with your program staff and fellow participants over beverages & snacks to explore highlights of the watercolor program and Road Scholar on Star Island.
 Dinner: Dinner is in the hotel dining room. Meals are hearty and satisfying home-style cuisine. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available with advance request.
 Evening: Explore four centuries of life on the nine stark and hauntingly beautiful Isles of Shoals. Tonight, a Shoals historian will talk about the Fishing Era at the Isles of Shoals. Discover how cod fueled the settlement of New England and go back in time to the era when the Isles of Shoals was the busiest spot in the New World. Explore legends from the past of pirates, ghosts and shipwrecks on the islands.
   
Accommodations: The Star Island Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Explore in infinite variety of colors and their applications to watercolors. Choose a stunning sea vista for outdoor painting. Attend an evening program on the history of the Isles of Shoals.
(Sunday, August 24)
   
 Breakfast: Early morning coffee on the hotel porch and breakfast in the hotel dining room. Enjoy a variety of choices ranging from cold cereal and oatmeal to fruits, toast and bagels to a hot specialty dish of the day.
 Morning: Explore the world of color, then journey outside for painting. The Isles of Shoals offer endless opportunities for subjects: historic buildings, wildflowers, graceful boats, and, of course, stunning expanses of land, sea and sky.
 Lunch: Lunch is in the hotel dining room. Enjoy a variety of lunches ranging from soup and sandwiches to Mac-and-Cheese.
 Afternoon: Outdoor painting; class critique and continuation of this morning's discussion.
 Dinner: Dinner is in the hotel dining room. Meals are hearty and satisfying home-style cuisine. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available with advance request.
 Evening: Explore four centuries of life on the nine stark and hauntingly beautiful Isles of Shoals. Tonight, a Shoals historian will talk about the Resort Era & Today at the Isle of Shoals. Find out why hundreds of people packed their trunks and spent the summer at one of the Isle of Shoals resort hotels in the 19th century and why hundreds of people continue to explore the natural beauty of the Shoals today.
   
Accommodations: The Star Island Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Learn about values in painting; attend an evening candlelit chapel service followed by an ice-cream social.
(Monday, August 25)
   
 Breakfast: Early morning coffee on the hotel porch and breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Delve into values, learning how light and darkness give shape to your composition and engage viewers. Values provide the structure of every painting and underlie all successful artwork.
 Lunch: Lunch is in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Outdoor painting; class critique and continuation of this morning's discussion.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Free Time to relax and settle into your surroundings.

Optional candlelit service in Star Island's historic chapel. Over the years, people from many countries have taken part in this tradition and have carried away the memory of a quietly impressive experience.

Afterwards, enjoy an ice-cream social at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: The Star Island Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Explore perspective in watercolor. Attend an evening program on the history of the Isles of Shoals.
(Tuesday, August 26)
   
 Breakfast: Early morning coffee on the hotel porch and breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Discover techniques to give the illusion of atmosphere, distance and depth with a discussion of perspective in watercolors. “Bring it forward” and “push it back” with color, values, perspective and overlaps.
 Lunch: Lunch is in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Outdoor painting; class critique and continuation of this morning's discussion..
 Dinner: Dinner is in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Explore four centuries of life on the nine stark and hauntingly beautiful Isles of Shoals. Tonight, a Shoals historian will talk about the Arts of the Isles of Shoals. View some of the extraordinary impressionist and maritime art produced by painters on the islands in the 19th century and learn about the writers, musicians and artists who visited resident poet Celia Thaxter on the Isles of Shoals.
   
Accommodations: The Star Island Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Discover how to capture the natural beauty of this ocean island with plein air painting. Attend an evening program on the history of the Isles of Shoals.
(Wednesday, August 27)
   
 Breakfast: Early morning coffee on the hotel porch and breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Investigate the wonders of plein air painting. Learn about capturing the effects of sunlight at different times of the day on a subject. A day experienced on Star Island becomes a moving picture of many moments, with so many possibilities for painting; moments created by the moving position of the sun, by clouds that block or let light through, and perhaps even by a fog bank or some rain.
 Lunch: Lunch is in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Continuation with this morning's activities with a critique later in the afternoon for all.
 Dinner: Dinner is in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Explore four centuries of life on the nine stark and hauntingly beautiful Isles of Shoals. Tonight, a Shoals historian will talk about Mystery, Murder & Mayhem at the Isles of Shoals. Over 125 years ago, two women were murdered on Smuttynose Island at the Isles of Shoals. One woman survived the violence and the story she told scandalized the nation. Revisit the crime and decide for yourself whether the man convicted for the murders, based solely on circumstantial evidence and his own bizarre behavior, was really responsible for the tragic deaths on Smuttynose Island.
   
Accommodations: The Star Island Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Watch an instructor demo, attend your class Art Exhibit, enjoy a social hour before dinner and explore the Isles of Shoals art of Childe Hassam.
(Thursday, August 28)
   
 Breakfast: Early morning coffee on the hotel porch and breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Continue with the week's class lectures; witness an instructor demo and prepare for an Art Exhibit of the work your class has done during the week. It is always a thrill to see the week’s work up for exhibition and to share it with one another and others who happen to be on the island.
 Lunch: Lunch is in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Paint outdoors and attend a captivating "Art Exhibit" of the work your class has done during the week. Then relax with beverages and snacks at a Road Scholar social hour.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Entertainment Night: A movie? A variety show? A musical performance? Relax tonight with some form of engaging entertainment, depending on what is available on the island this week.
   
Accommodations: The Star Island Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Wrap up and Departure
(Friday, August 29)
   
 Breakfast: Early morning coffee on the hotel porch and breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Stroll around for your closing adventure on this enchanting ocean island.

The boat depart from Star Island will leave at 11:45 AM and arrive in Portsmouth, NH at 1:15 PM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

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
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


Ten Miles Out: Guidebook to the Isles of Shoals


Author: Lyman V. Rutledge


Description: An in-depth guide to each of the nine Isles of Shoals, including their cultural history and natural science.



Childe Hassam: An Island Garden Revisited


Author: David Park Curry


Description: Childe Hassam, America's foremost impressionist, frequently visited the Isles of Shoals. This is a comprehensive selection of beautiful works from his Shoals series, with accompanying text.





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