New Hampshire

Still Life & Landscape

Work and learn from two renowned New Hampshire artists during small-group instruction, and find painting inspiration in the beautiful surrounding Monadnock region.
Program No. 23729RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

The lovely landscapes of the Monadnock region have inspired countless artists for decades. Meet two of New Hampshire’s most renowned artists as you study portraiture and landscape painting. Take advantage of one-on-one instruction with small class sizes as you get feedback from your instructors. Learn about glazing, scumbling and luminosity, and work on individual projects in the studio or en plein air. Plus, enjoy a musical performance by a local musician and free time in the natural surroundings of campus.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Sitting or standing during painting sessions and climbing stairs; some uneven terrain during field trips.
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 ...

  • Learn from renowned Impressionist painter John Traynor and tempera painter Koo Schadler, and visit the private studio space of both artists.
  • Find out about egg tempura paint, and learn how to make it from scratch using natural pigment, egg and water.
  • Meet a member of the Monadnock Conservancy staff to learn about the treasured open spaces that inspire artists in the region.

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 value-priced single room.
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John Traynor
John C. Traynor’s art studies began at Delbarton School in Morristown New Jersey; from there he went to Paier College of Art, the Art Students League of New York, was a merit scholar, with Frank Mason, and studied landscape painting with Mason in Vermont. John then spent a year studying sculpture in Italy. Traynor has won numerous awards including the Frank DuMond award from the Hudson Valley Art Association and the Medal of Honor from the Salmagundi Club of which he is an honorary member.

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

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