22673
Virginia

Painting the Natural Paradise of Chincoteague Island

The wildlife of Chincoteague Island is your muse as local experts help you capture the natural beauty of the island in your preferred medium of acrylics, oils or watercolors.
Rating (4.75)
Program No. 22673RJ
Length
6 days
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At a Glance

Wild ponies and a flurry of avian life help to make Chincoteague Island a nature lover’s dream and an artist’s muse. Pick up your palette and join local artists and naturalists for studies of the island’s coastal landscapes, wildlife refuge and native animals. Whether you love to paint in oils, watercolors or acrylics, you’ll enjoy opportunities to paint en plein air under the guidance of a professional oil painter, as well as in informative classroom sessions. Instruction will focus on three areas: painting directly from nature, still-life painting using waterfowl mounts and museum artifacts and painting from photos showing the magic and power of the beach and ocean.Whether your medium is oil, acrylic or watercolor, you'll receive instruction, advice and feedback from our experts. Enjoy traditional island cuisine, take a field trip to the home of a local artist. Delight in an opportunity to share your work during a final art show with your peers.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Short walks over level ground, with your painting supplies, to get to scenic locations for "plein air" painting.
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 ...

  • Join our group leader, renowned artist and naturalist Nancy Richards West, for insight into the ecology of Chincoteague Island, and learn techniques for capturing wildlife in art, techniques that can apply to all media.
  • Paint in the technique of John J. Audubon as you utilize waterfowl mounts and decoys from the Museum of Chincoteague Island to study and capture their forms.
  • Enjoy a study cruise from Curtis Merrit Harbor with a local boat captain and naturalist who offers interpretation of the natural surroundings and wildlife.
Featured Expert
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Daniel Thomas
Daniel P. Turner Thomas, born in North Wales, began his interest in art at eight years old, drawing and painting birds for his school’s Ornithological Society magazine. He is a self-taught artist who creates landscapes in watercolor and pastel. His work is primarily centered on his love of the landscape from Wales to his new home on Chincoteague Island. Dan moved from London to the United States in 1993 and ran his own Marketing and Advertising Agency which involved him in commercial and graphic art.

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

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Daniel Thomas
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Beth Scheeley
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Nancy Richards West
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