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Abstracting the Landscape: Plein-Air Painting

Islesford, Maine
August 31 - September 6, 2019
One Spot Open.

Islesford, also known as Little Cranberry, is a beautiful and charming island, accessible by boat off the coast of Mount Desert Island, Maine, that offers oceanside landscapes and a relaxed village life. With its active fishing pier, boat houses and beaches as our inspiration, artist Philip Frey will present pivotal lessons designed specifically to develop your creativity.

Over time and through joyful effort, we can become a skilled painter, but our creativity can become stale and our images rote if we get stuck. So, to maintain our creativity, we need to look freshly and break down what we see into its fundamental, abstract elements. We will achieve this through lessons on color theory, the elements and principles of design, as well as one-on-one instruction and group critiques. Students will learn to open the doors to authenticity and grow as an artist. Be prepared to be challenged artistically, develop insights, and have fun while enjoying the unique Maine coast.

About the Instructor

Philip Frey is a celebrated career artist and instructor with a newly published book, Philip Frey: Here and Now, by Daniel Kany and Carl Little. He will be having solo exhibitions at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art and George Marshall Store Gallery in 2019. Philip is known for his engaging, illuminating and positive teaching style. He is skilled at addressing his student’s abilities and helping them mature as an artist. 

“I have taken several of your workshops and initially thought that they would be redundant but I was wrong. Your different approaches to plein-air, figure drawing and still life kept each fresh and challenging. I enjoyed each one and learned new concepts as well as reviewing old ones.” - M. Beaulieu of Bernard, Maine. Read more testimonials here.

Important Details

We advise you to REGISTER AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.

This is an intensive outdoor workshop, designed for those with experience in plein-air painting and good drawing skills. Students should be able to participate in moderate walking on uneven ground with your painting gear (think rocks, roots, etc.) for up to ¼ mile. Come prepared for unpredictable Maine island weather (wind, sun, bugs, rain, and cool nights). In the case of rain, we will paint indoors or under cover outside. Our days will start early painting on site, with a mid-day break, afternoon lessons,  some catered meals, and a book talk and signing by the instructor. 

Philip will be painting in oil but has experience with acrylic, watercolor and dry media. Bring your medium of choice. Materials and reading lists will be provided at registration. 

Workshop Includes

  • Welcome reception

  • Instruction, lectures, demos and critiques by artist

  • Book Talk and Signing by the artist and authors

  • Lodging in Islesford homes with kitchen, shared baths, all the amenities & WiFi 

  • Four dinners and one lunch

  • Dinner Reservations at Islesford Dock Restaurant* 

  • Transportation to and from the dock upon arrival/departure & to painting locations

  • Free day to explore the islands

  • *Students pay their own way at Islesford Dock Restaurant 

Workshop DOES NOT include

  • Transportation to and from the island (See “Transportation” below)

  • Some meals: breakfast and most lunches (See Registration form)

  • Alcohol with meals

  • Laundry service 

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Travel insurance

Transportation & Meals

Transportation to and from Islesford is your responsibility. You can access the Islesford via ferries that depart from Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor, or Manset on Mount Desert Island. You will need to arrange long term parking in one of those three towns. Allow at least a half hour to unload your things onto the ferry and parking your car. They do not wait for anyone. Click FERRIES and PARKING for more details.

Groceries and alcohol can be purchased on Mount Desert Island (Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor or Bar Harbor) or Ellsworth. There are limited dining and grocery options on Islesford itself.

Art Supplies

You will need to bring your own portable easel and paint supplies. A supply list will be sent upon registration. For those who need it, we can provide the odorless mineral spirits as flammable liquids are not allowed on the plane. We recommend that you pack as light as possible as it makes for a more pleasant trip.

how to Register

Please READ the entire description and registration form BEFORE registering.

1.) FILL out the Registration form below, including signing your name under the Terms and Conditions and Liability Waiver. Click “SUBMIT”

2.) PAY deposit of $500 (via Credit Card below or by Check) to reserve your space.

3.) We will send a request before May 15, 2019 for the BALANCE DUE.

4.) PRINT out this form for your records.

We will contact you to confirm your registration and total fees. Supply lists, reading list and schedule will be sent after completed registration. Thank you!

Make checks payable to “Philip Frey, LLC” and mail to:
Philip Frey, LLC, PO Box 173, Sullivan, ME 04664

Registration Form

Name *
Mailing Address *
Mailing Address
Phone *
Cell Number *
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Deposit of $500 is required to register. Please make deposit payment below at the end of this form.
Lodging *
Choices: - Single (Private) - Double (shared). Note roommate preference in Comments below.
Meals *
Includes four dinners and one lunch $125. NOTE: All other meals and alcohol are the student's responsibility. Please note any food allergies in Comments below.
Your registration and signature below indicates that you have read, understood and accept the policies stated below. We must have a deposit to hold your space in the workshop. The deposit is $500, due at registration, which includes a non-refundable $100 service fee. The balance is due May 15, 2019. We will send a PayPal invoice for the balance ahead of the due date. For Cancellations before July 6, 2019, we will refund whatever you have paid minus the $100 service fee. For Cancellations after July 6, 2019 and regardless of the reason, we cannot offer refunds or credits. Cancellations must be in writing. You may want to consider travel and event insurance.
In connection with my involvement in “Abstracting the Landscape: Islesford, ME Plein Air Painting with Philip Frey” I hereby release Philip Frey, LLC, its agents, representatives, successors, or assignees, Philip Frey, LLC, management and employees, from all liabilities, actions, claims, damages, demands, costs, and expenses which I am now or in the future have against them, arising out of or in any way connected with my participation in art workshops, including enroute to or from the program or its related events. I understand that the waiver includes, but is not limited to, all injuries to me and or loss of injuries to any personal property. I also understand that this waiver includes, but is not limited to, any claims that are based on my alleged negligence or any other action or inaction of any of the above parties. I also give Philip Frey, LLC permission to publish in print, electronic, or video format the likeness or image of myself for the general promotion of Philip Frey, LLC and its programs.
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