New York

Art in the Adirondacks: Great Camp Sagamore Painting Workshops

Enjoy expert instruction from a professional artist while surrounded by a wealth of painting opportunities as you set up your easel in the inspiring, peaceful Adirondacks.
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Program No. 21547RJ
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5B 4L 5D
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY
Walking Sagamore, Intro Painting Techniques
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY
Painting Demonstration & Workshop
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY
Museum Field Trip, Evening Entertainment
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY
Discussion, Workshop, Student Exhibit
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY
Review, Program Concludes
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY
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At a Glance

Located on a remote lake in the middle of the Adirondack wilderness, Great Camp Sagamore is a painter's fantasy. Along with sublime views of lakes, streams, mountains, and forests, the Camp itself presents the creative eye with unique examples of "Adirondack rustic" architecture. With professional artists as your instructors, consider compositions ranging from grand vistas (the Adirondack mountains, rolling, forested hillsides and bucolics lakes) to intimate natural details (a mushroom, a cobweb, a bird’s nest). And all of this is just steps away from your bedroom, dining room and classroom!
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Camp Sagamore is unpaved and walking distance from one end of camp to the other end is approximately one quarter mile with a gradual incline. Students will have the option of trekking out of camp to additional venues, some of which may which require short hikes. There are stairs to enter all buildings.
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 ...

  • Develop paintings skills and receive instant feedback, all amid the natural beauty of the "forever wild" Adirondack wilderness.
  • Enjoy lectures on the history of Adirondack painting, and on the Hudson River School of 19th-century landscape painters.
  • Choose your artistic specialty by date - spring programs are primarily held indoors and focus on still-life painting using watercolor; summer programs focus on painting "en plein air."

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). Spring programs: Classes are mainly held indoors and geared toward less-experienced painters; focus on watercolor-based "still lifes." Summer: Classes are open to students of all skill levels and are mainly held "en plein air"; demonstrations of oil paint and gouache, a type of watercolor. All programs address techniques for acrylics, watercolors and drawing. Participants may work in any medium with which they are comfortable. Participants may work in any medium with which they are comfortable.
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Wes Sherman
Wes Sherman has been painting since 1992. In 2001, he returned to school to get his graduate degree and to study under Thomas Nozkowski at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Since completing his degree, he has shown his artwork in Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Tennessee. He has gallery representation at the Baumgartner Gallery in Salzburg, Austria, as well as at Hermanworks in Nashville, Tenn. He often is a visiting artist at universities across the country and most recently was a visiting artist at Temple University's Tyler School of Art. Wes was the recipient of a fellowship for painting from The New Jersey State Council for the Arts, and over the next year, will have shows at numerous universities in the U.S.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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