New Hampshire
Watercolor Painting on a Historic Ocean Island
Discover the artistic legacy of Star Island, just off the New Hampshire coast, while enjoying professional instruction, ocean-side plein air painting and visits to historic sites.
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Program No. 11879RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

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.
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On Your Feet
Walking distance between buildings during the program can be up to a quarter-mile over broad walks, paths, uneven ground and rocky terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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.

General Notes

This program runs concurrently with program #22938: Sustainable Star Island: Living with the Environment. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Doris Rice
Doris Rice's studio is the great outdoors. Painting on location is her inspiration, as she stays "in the moment" to capture the world around her. A graduate of Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, Doris spent early years there as an illustrator. Relocating to New Hampshire in 1979, she changed her focus to plein air painting, traveling to study with various master painters and developing her teaching style to bring others to the joy of creating.
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