New Hampshire 2024

THREE-DAY SMALL FORMAT LANDSCAPE PAINTING WORKSHOP 

June 28, 29, 30, 2024

FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

9:30am – 4:30pm daily

$525

Grounding Stone Farm: organic blueberry farm and artist retreat.

289 Maple Street, Contoocook, NH

Painting and sketching outside you will investigate the natural landscape to develop your observational skills. Drawing and painting exercises will be given to help students understand the distinctive shapes and colors that exist in the natural world. Thumbnail sketches will help you to understand a simplified sense of space and composition, without an over analysis of detail. Individual attention will be given to each participant, along with a group lecture about historical and contemporary artists that are inspired by nature. Includes painting demonstrations, group discussions and blueberry scones served each morning with coffee!


EXPERIENCE LEVEL: All levels welcome, some experience painting, creative practice and/or making art helpful. Perfect for all artists who need a jump start, need to be around other artists and have a love of nature. This workshop will help feed your creative life.
Materials are not provided but a list will be provided. Small table, chairs, portable easles available. Tents for working out of the sun and/or rain will be available.

Go to www.groundingstonefarm.com or call 413.563.5912 

Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel your attendance for any reason after sending payment via credit card through this website, you will be refunded the workshop fee minus the processing fees that are charge to me at the time you sign up, that I do not get refunded for. The total refund will be $500.00 per person (and not $525.00) and cancellation must be made 30 days prior to the workshop date. If cancellation is made within the 30 day period, 50% of the workshop fee $212.50 will be refunded. However, if your spot is filled by another student in time for the class, a full refund less the $25 processing fee for the workshop will be returned. Please be sure you want to commit to the workshop prior to signing up. Thank you!

Maine 2024

VINALHAVEN, MAINE

VINALHAVEN ISLAND, MAINE NATURE PAINTING WORKSHOP

SEPTEMBER 19-24, 2024

5 DAYS

$2895 IN SINGLE ROOM

PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY*


TOUR OVERVIEW

Overview

In this drawing and painting nature workshop students will be immersed in the beautiful views of Vinalhaven on the coast of Maine. Vinalhaven is not your characteristic Maine destination, it will feel like stepping back in time, without the typical New England tourism or development. Arriving by ferry, you will stay in the only hotel on the island. Days will be devoted looking and exploring using the painting and drawing medium of your choice. There will be several evening salon-style reviews and conversations about the work, allowing for group discussions about process and ideas in a supportive environment. Join me this fall to paint in nature on this pristine coastal island for the perfect artist retreat for like-minded landscape painters. This departure is limited to a maximum of ten participants. We always welcome tour companions who are not artists. The trip’s leisurely pace will provide ample opportunity to wander around town and enjoy time with the locals that call this island home.

There is wireless internet at your accommodations. Individuals can pay for parking fee at the Rockland Ferry parking lot along with fee for walking on the ferry. We will notify you if there are other participants living in your area, so you can carpool to Rockland. Keep in mind that the Maine coast weather forces us to be flexible, but not to worry, there are plenty of scenes to capture right from your accommodations. There is also a lovely art gallery to explore.

Kathleen Jacobs and More About this Class

Kathleen Jacobs will provide individualized instruction during plein air excursions, demonstrations, discussions, and presentations that will provide the format for an intensive exciting learning experience. Working small, participants will work to create work with a spirit of place. Her teaching emphasizes looking at the landscape and to understand the formal elements of painting, shape, color, space, form while responding to the grace, order and beauty that is in front of you. There will be ample opportunity to discuss each other’s work and to discuss other international painters throughout history to enrich your experience.

Fitness and Health
Walks and hikes can be on rough terrain and up to a couple miles in length. Trails can be uneven, slippery. You need to be able to climb uphill or over rocks. All participants need to be agile and able to manage their own gear and luggage in and out of the vehicle. Anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to take part in most of the activities. If you have any special needs or any physical condition that you feel might prevent you from fully participating, please contact Strabo Tours with your concerns (607-423-2525).

2025

IRELAND, COUNTY MAYO

Ireland Painting Workshop And Tour Led By Kathleen Jacobs

May 28-Jun 7 2025

  • The focus will be the art and culture of Western Ireland.
  • • Sign up early for reduced rate on the first five single rooms!!!

  • Nine days with Kathleen Jacobs your artistic instructor and Cormac Cullen your personal local Irish guide.
  • Tour limited to 12 passengers.
  • Experience Ireland with majority of evenings in one hotel, all en-suite accommodations, and water view rooms.
  • Relaxed & flexible itinerary.
  • Impromptu visits with local artists.

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Your home away from home is a lovely hotel on the Quay (harbor) of Westport, County Mayo. Not far from the quaint town center, with its many shops and pubs. 

There is a pool and optional spa facilities are available.

Join artist and painting instructor Kathleen Jacobs for a painting workshop excursion to County Mayo, Ireland! Your group will have your own personal local Irish guide, Cormac Cullen, based in Westport, Ireland. You will be taken to the beautiful countryside to explore this ancient and mythical country. There are spectacular monastic and megalithic ruins to seek out in your daily adventures. Return to your lovely hotel after painting all day to dine, converse and mingle with fellow artists. You can also partake in evenings listening to Irish musicians play traditional music in the local pubs. Depending on their schedule, a tour may be provided at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, located in Ballycastle. The attendees loved the visit with them last year.


We invite you to immerse yourself in an enriching and creative experience that will expand your painting practice and experience. Students of beginner, intermediate to advanced levels are welcome, open to all painters using oil, watercolor, acrylic or gouache.

Kathleen Jacobs will provide individualized instruction during plein air excursions, demonstrations, discussions and presentations that will provide the format for an intensive exciting learning experience. The focus is on the landscape of County Mayo, where you will experience first-hand the beauty and richness of Ireland. Jacobs will emphasize the importance of drawing and composition as a foundation of a painting. Working small, participants will work to create work with a spirit of place. Her teaching emphasizes looking at the landscape and to understand the formal elements of painting, shape, color, space, form while responding to the grace, order and beauty that is in front of you. There will be ample opportunity to discuss each other’s work and to discuss other international painters throughout history to enrich our experience in Ireland.

Italy Painting Tour Of Tuscan Hill Towns

October 8-17, 2025

9 days

  • Plein Air Small Format Landscape Drawing and Painting workshop with Professional Tour Leader Kathleen Jacobs
  • Seven evenings in the Tuscan countryside, with grapevines and cypress trees
  • Tuscany’s medieval towns and villages: San Gimignano, San Donato, Greve in Chianti, and others, equally well-preserved
  • Departure limited to 12 participants to optimize your artistic experience


In this class students will start with intuitive sketches of the natural hills, trees and foliage of the Italian landscape. Students look carefully to make pencil compositional studies to settle into the view of such a special place. Working in any painting medium, students will make small intimate paintings in one sitting. Like Corot, students will look to investigate composition, using form, shape, line, and color while working in nature. Emphasis will be placed on capturing the feeling of the landscape, without over analysis. We will use the historic color paint palette of Corot to express emotion.

Kathleen Jacobs will provide individualized instruction during plein air excursions, demonstrations, discussions, and presentations that will provide the format for an intensive exciting learning experience. Working small, participants will work to create work with a spirit of place. Her teaching emphasizes looking at the landscape and to understand the formal elements of painting, shape, color, space, form while responding to the grace, order and beauty that is in front of you. There will be ample opportunity to discuss each other’s work and to discuss other international painters throughout history to enrich our experience in Italy.


MORE INFO HERE