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Down East Vistas: Sketching the Coastal Beauty of Bar Harbor in Watercolor

Genre: Urban Sketching
Location: MISA East (Bar Harbor)

Down East Vistas: Sketching the Coastal Beauty of Bar Harbor in Watercolor

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Instructor: Shari Blaukopf

About This Workshop

Join Canadian watercolor artist and travel sketcher Shari Blaukopf (CSPW, AWS) for a five-day location painting workshop. With watercolors and brushes in hand, you’ll learn to “see” and capture the always-changing coastal beauty of iconic Bar Harbor and Acadia Park.

Acadia National Park is beautiful in all seasons, but at its most spectacular in autumn. In this workshop we’ll hop around the island to find the most sketchable spots — scenic villages and secluded harbors, with their fishing boats at anchor and maritime gardens, as well as rugged coastal scenes animated with jagged rocks and crashing waves. There’s no shortage of scenes to capture in our sketchbooks. If you love plein air sketching in watercolor, this workshop is for you. Join me as we explore the ever-shifting autumn vistas of the town of Bar Harbor and scenic Acadia National Park. We’ll begin each day with a morning demo, during which I’ll cover the essentials of successful sketching: 

  • Values: Learn to “see” the tonal values in a scene and transfer them to a thumbnail value sketch 
  • Composition: Learn to use basic design principles to compose your sketch
  • Color: Understand your palette and select the most appropriate colors for your scene 
  • Technique: Learn to keep your washes fresh and colors bright 


As part of a small group, you’ll get to watch plenty of demos and receive individual attention, as we work on color, composition, simplifying a scene, and keeping our watercolors fresh and lively. We’ll focus on capturing a variety of coastal scenes, so you can return home with a new set of skills to help you feel confident while sketching on location.

Workshop Details

Dates:10/14/2024 to 10/18/2024
Level:All Levels
Materials List: Download




Tuition: $0

Lodging and Meal Options: $0

Total: $0 (plus tax) - Just $25% Minimum Deposit Required

Arrival Date: 10/14/2024

Departure Date: 10/18/2024

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