21547
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
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY
D
Great Camp Sagamore

Activity note: Lodge check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Get your room assignment by visiting the office in the Collins building and stop by the Road Scholar table outside the office to meet program staff and get your welcome packet. The packet will contain an up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information related to the program, and confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. You will have the rest of the afternoon free to settle in, relax, or walk around the grounds before dinner.

Dinner: Sagamore dining hall buffet.

Evening: Orientation. In the Reading Room of the Conference Building (historically known as the New Laundry), The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Breakfast choices typically include one hot course, like blueberry pancakes, egg dishes, French toast, and more, cereal and milk, doughnuts, bagels, pastries, and juice. Lunches typically include sandwich meats, cheeses, breads, condiments, a hot course like macaroni and cheese or soup, salads, like cole slaw or potato salad, cookies or granola bars, fresh fruits, milk, and a juices or lemonade. Dinners typically include a hot course, like creamed chicken over biscuits, veggie lasagna, pot roast, spaghetti and meatballs, roasted turkey, stuffed pork loin, or ham, salads, dressing choices, potatoes, rice, pasta, a vegetable choice, and bread or rolls. Coffee, tea, and very pure Sagamore water are always available to guests. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. After getting to know our instructor, the remainder of the evening is free to enjoy the surroundings and begin getting to know each other.

DAY
2
Walking Sagamore, Intro Painting Techniques
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY
B,L,D
Great Camp Sagamore

Activity note: Pre-breakfast fitness walk.

Breakfast: Sagamore dining hall buffet.

Morning: For the early risers among us, we may choose to begin our morning with a fitness walk before breakfast. If we’re lucky, we may see birds, deer, and snowshoe hares still active at this early hour. A member of program staff will lead the walk. After breakfast, we will meet with our instructor to discuss the day’s plan. Our instructor will also go over the materials, techniques, and projects we will be using during the program, as well as suggested methods for scouting out locations during the course, both at Sagamore and on the nature trails surrounding camp. Afterward, we’ll take a history walk around Great Camp Sagamore, our home for the week. Built in 1897 by William West Durant, the camp is a prototype of the vernacular architecture now commonly referred to as Adirondack Rustic.

Lunch: Sagamore dining hall buffet.

Afternoon: Under the guidance of our instructor, we’ll spend the afternoon painting around Sagamore Lake. Great Camp Sagamore’s complex of 27 buildings is not only an architectural marvel, but is also situated in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America. Having learned a little bit about the property this morning, we’ll now have the opportunity to paint scenes of the camp and the surrounding vistas. The camp is located on the edge of 180-acre Sagamore Lake in the 40,000-acre Blue Ridge Wilderness.

Dinner: Sagamore dining hall buffet.

Evening: At the playhouse, we’ll review the day’s paintings and discuss the various painting techniques that students have used in their work, either consciously or unconsciously. We will enjoy myriad opportunities to paint a wide variety of different subjects through the week: historic buildings and support structures both rustically elegant and broadly utilitarian; mountain streams, sublime vistas, historic bridges; and abundant wildlife.

DAY
3
Painting Demonstration & Workshop
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY
B,L,D
Great Camp Sagamore

Activity note: Pre-breakfast fitness walk. Minimal walking around the lower complex; over 100 feet between some of the buildings. All buildings at camp have stairs.

Breakfast: Sagamore dining hall buffet.

Morning: Once again, we may choose to begin our morning with a fitness walk before breakfast, led by program staff. After breakfast, we'll start the day with a demonstration from our instructor, who will share inspirations, discussing historical influences, the nature of color and light, and abstraction’s place in landscape painting. After this demonstration, we’ll spread out around camp to paint. Our instructor will take time to provide one-on-one instruction for everyone.

Lunch: Sagamore dining hall buffet.

Afternoon: We will continue to paint under the watchful eye of our course instructor, who will move from student to student to offer support, advice and guidance.

Dinner: Sagamore dining hall buffet.

Evening: Our art instructor will present on their own work in the Collins Building classroom and discuss how landscapes, especially upstate New York’s mountains, have come to inspire and influence plein air painters.

DAY
4
Museum Field Trip, Evening Entertainment
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY
B,L,D
Great Camp Sagamore

Activity note: Pre-breakfast fitness walk. Driving 1 hour total. Walking at the museum at your discretion.

Breakfast: Sagamore dining hall buffet.

Morning: We may choose to begin our morning with a fitness walk before breakfast, led by program staff. After breakfast, we’ll head out by shuttle to the world-class Adirondack Experience, a history museum in the nearby town of Blue Mountain Lake. We can choose to stick with Sagamore’s staff or explore the museum on our own. Exhibits focus on Adirondack regional history and cover subjects such as logging, fire towers, historical figures, wooden guide boats, railroads, and art.

Lunch: At the museum, we’ll enjoy a packed lunch consisting of cold cuts, chips, fresh fruit, yogurt, cookies, and drinks.

Afternoon: After returning to camp, we’ll have free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: Sagamore dining hall buffet.

Evening: We’ll be joined by a local storyteller who will entertain the group with regional stories and tall-tales. Throughout the performance, our entertainer will share some anecdotes deeply embedded in her Adirondack roots. We may view this performance by the fireside in our Adirondack lean-to or in the historic playhouse, where stories have been told for decades.

DAY
5
Discussion, Workshop, Student Exhibit
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY
B,L,D
Great Camp Sagamore

Activity note: Pre-breakfast fitness walk. Minimal walking around the lower complex; over 100 feet between some of the buildings. All buildings at camp have stairs.

Breakfast: Sagamore dining hall buffet.

Morning: We may choose to begin our morning with a fitness walk before breakfast, led by program staff. We will spend much of the day focused on our painting, perhaps moving a bit further afield in our attempts to capture on canvas some of the unique landscapes in and around Sagamore.

Lunch: Sagamore dining hall buffet.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our painting workshop and put final touches on any pieces we would like to display at tonight’s show. Once the paintings are complete, we’ll set up for the show.

Dinner: Sagamore dining hall buffet.

Evening: In a true learning and enlightening experience, we will share and review samples of our work from the week, sharing our insights with our fellow painters and focusing our discussion on skills that we have learned and put into practice over the course of the week. The other guests in camp will be invited to see the work we have completed. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a performance by an Adirondack singer and songwriter at the playhouse.

DAY
6
Review, Program Concludes
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY
B

Activity note: Pre-breakfast fitness walk. Lodge check-out by 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Sagamore dining hall buffet.

Morning: We may choose to begin our morning with a final fitness walk before breakfast, led by program staff. We’ll finish up with a brief, final review of the course and map out pathways to further development of skills and techniques. This shortened morning session allows everyone sufficient time to pack up equipment and be prepared for departure. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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