Plein Air/Outdoor Painting Watercolor Workshop
Monhegan Island, Maine

July 8-12, 2024 – Monday through Friday

Paint with us on the Artists’ Island of Monhegan!  We will be working en Plein air every day to create impressions of this beautiful spot, meanwhile learning the fundamentals of art. Each painter works to his or her own rhythm and style. All levels of experience are welcome.

Whether walking the trails or looking out over the cliffs to sea or land beyond, Monhegan offers a painter an incredible ‘get-away’. Temperatures are customarily mild….no ‘mainland’ July heat. Scenes are familiar, yet exotic, as seen through the eyes of the many diverse artists.

COST:  $425.00/workshop fee for 5 days, $90/day rate

To register, send a non-refundable deposit of $100.00 by April 1 to Doris Rice, (address below).  Balance due no later than June 1. Students should secure their lodgings (bookings start 1/1/24… early!), transportation, and food.


  • Sunday 7/7/24 arrival is advised with Fri afternoon or Sat departure? (depending on your desire to hike and explore after the class ends….…well worth staying the extra day or two!)
  • Monday 9:00 AM, we will gather at Doris’ Rental house: Perry Cottage, unless notified otherwise.
  • Each morning after that, we will meet at the day’s specified painting location for a demo/lecture, then on to create individual works of art; possibly visiting a working artist’s studio/gallery, and closing our day with a critique.
  • We will focus on principles of painting, with the village/cliffs/ocean, etc. for inspiration.
  • There are 17 miles of hiking trails, for the energetic, so bring good footwear and water bottle!

This will be an experience enriching for the mind, body, and soul!                                              We are always good company. You’re welcome to join in the work and fun!


A General Workshop list is available under Classes on

If you are already a watercolor painter, bring your own choice of materials. Suggested to bring: A block of rag paper to your chosen size, or at least 2 full sheets to tear to painting size, with a backer board cut to fit.

Folding chair or tripod camp stool? Easels are not mandatory but suggested. It makes outdoor painting a better experience. AND don’t forget the hat and sunblock!


Booking for rooms/apartments should be made as early as possible into early January. Rentals officially start 1/1 every year…tell them you are in my workshop.
Check out: look under ‘sleep’

  • The Island Inn (rooms with full breakfast/dining room)  private bathrooms  207-596-0371
  • The Trailing Yew (rooms, meals included/family style) 207-596-0440
  • Shining Sails B&B  (rentals: apartments/private baths, homes, rooms) 207-596-0041
  • Monhegan House (breakfast…rooms, dining room available)   207-594-7983 Holden and Sue
  • Tribler Cottage (apartments) 207-594-2445
  • Brackett’s Oar House  207-594-9151
  • 207-594-8137  (a good walk uphill, but if you are a hiker/ walker, the owner, Barbara Hitchcock is delightful) Great views!

Feel free to “” for direct connections and email addresses for locations.  Many places have shared bathroom facilities.  Some restaurants and grocery services are available, so you won’t go hungry. A cooler with choice nibbles is advised.…. call me with questions.


Reserve ahead.  Parking arrangements and schedule info is available directly from each boat line. Call or look on line:

  • Laura B. out of Port Clyde (Monhegan Boat Line) 207-372-8848
  • Balmy Days out of Boothbay Harbor 207-633-2284
  • The Hardy III, out of New Harbor 207-677-2026

Need more info?

Email Doris:  [email protected]

Cell: 603-724-7779