Watercolors, Birds and Shorelines with the Gilley Museum and Erika Rosso
May 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join the Wendell Gilley Museum and artist Erika Rosso for a watercolor class to explore the process of Plein Air painting in the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park. Students will have the opportunity to choose their own painting site and begin painting what they see in nature with a focus on capturing the movement of birds. Participants should be prepared to walk over rocks, sit for long stretches near the shore and hike to their painting site.
This class is suitable for beginner to intermediate painters but does require curiosity and a willingness to experiment! Erika has a positive and experimental teaching style that builds confidence in budding artists, making it joyous to learn and create. This is a class for adults but also accepts mature students aged 12 and up.
Students should bring a watercolor pad, watercolor brushes and paints, a palette, a water vessel and rag for cleaning brushes, and if desired, a towel or cushion to sit on. The instructor will have some extra supplies on hand if they are needed.
Erika Rosso is a watercolor artist, restorative yoga teacher and homeschool mom to two children. She studied art with Joanne Carpenter at College of the Atlantic, earning her BA in Human Ecology and later studied with artists at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel, Mexico and the Sedona Arts Center in Arizona. Erika then went on to become a yoga teacher, specializing in mindfulness and restorative yoga. Blending mindfulness with painting and painting with nature has given her a unique style of teaching that is informative and at the same time playful, which nourishes budding artists and helps to build their confidence. She has taught art to both children and adults, offering private classes at the Cornerstone Gallery and group classes at the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor.
Rosso has exhibited her work at Blum Gallery in Bar Harbor, Radiant Light Gallery in Portland and currently at the Cornerstone Gallery in Southwest Harbor. She resides on Mount Desert Island with her family of four, a dog named Taz and two pet mice.
Registration is required for this workshop. Please see the following link for important COVID-19 related information and guidelines as pertains to the event on campus: COVID-19 Campus Operations Update