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Workshops offered for painting, bookbinding, photography, and more

For many years, artists and scientists alike have found tremendous inspiration on our quiet campus, just steps from the rugged coastline of Schoodic Point and surrounded by lush evergreen trees. This season, we’re thrilled to offer multi-day workshops with local and visiting artists like Eliot Dudik, Carol Douglas, Philip Frey, and Liz Prescott, all with overnight accommodations and meals at Schoodic Institute.

For a tranquil exploration of photography, bookbinding, and nature within Acadia National Park, join Eliot Dudik (professor and photography program director at the College of William & Mary) for The Unforeseen Wilderness: Nature, Bookbinding, and Photography. From June 23 – June 30, divide your time between bookbinding sessions and nature walks, exploring the local wonderland of spruce, granite, and sea. To complete this unique experience, the lodging and meal plan at Schoodic Institute will allow an immersive disconnect from everyday life and the opportunity to truly experience something special. This workshop is intentionally limited to a small group of participants to enhance the individualized experience.

From August 4 – August 9, paint along the coast with Maine artist Carol Douglas and refine your personal technique in watercolor, pastel, oils, and acrylics. Imagine setting up your easel along the dramatic rock formations, windblown pines, pounding surf, and stunning mountain views that draw visitors from around the world. You might look up from your painting to see seals cavorting in the waves, or nearby herring gulls visiting while eiders and cormorants splash about. This intensive workshop will help you find your own voice and style, and it will include morning and afternoon on-site painting sessions and lunchtime demonstrations.

With the serene landscapes of Acadia National Park and Schoodic Peninsula as inspiration, Maine artist Philip Frey presents a plein-air workshop for dedicated painters with intermediate and advanced skills from September 11 – September 15. He will offer pivotal lessons designed to develop your skills and confidence, clarify your artistic vision, and enhance your creativity as a painter. You will learn to improve your paintings by simplifying what you see and using limited palettes. There will be daily one-on-one instruction, demonstrations, and group critiques. Be prepared to be challenged artistically, develop insights, and have fun while enjoying the exhilarating Maine coast.

From September 15 – September 18, delve into color and composition with Maine artist Liz Prescott. Learn how to create a dynamic painting while relishing the beautiful landscape and focusing on the process of painting, from the subjects that bring you inspiration to dealing with artistic roadblocks. Enjoy sweeping views across Frenchman Bay to Mount Desert Island, from Schoodic Point to the islands and open ocean beyond. This workshop is for painters with some plein-air experience and basic painting knowledge.

Open all year, Schoodic Institute is situated on the rocky coast of Acadia National Park within the Schoodic section. We invite you to visit our campus, explore the trails, and find your inspiration here.