Wait List Only! a van Hasselt Watercolor Workshop! Tony van Hasselt AWS


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WI Farm-Vignette 72102612_tony-hasseltTony is back in Belfast again this year! he loves teaching there: a tiny, quirky city with endless scenic painting sites, boats everywhere and wonderful architecture, good food and fun shops! Tony ferrets out delightful places to work and we have good studio space for back up if the weather doesn’t smile upon us! 

. Tony packs his class with solid, useful information about all aspects of Plein Air watercolor painting, drawing on his decades of experience  and delivers it all with verve! A master instructor…the clarity of his instruction is reflected in the clarity of his work: vignette, sketchbook or full rendering!


Tony‘s ability to graphically explain problems as they arise during demos, combined with his enthusiastic teaching style, make him a highly popular instructor, appreciated for his empathy with student struggles. He has “been there” and knows the frustrations well!

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We think you’ll love painting in Belfast, a fun and quirky city (about 6000 with one traffic light,) at the mouth of the (say it!!) Passagassawakeag River high up on the coast of Penobscot Bay. It has river, harbor and ocean vistas, a busy working waterfront with red tugboats and a big bridge, cruise ships, boat builders, old boats on land, new boats in the harbor, fishing boats, pleasure craft, and kayakers! Belfast has always had a focus on festivals, street fairs, outdoor music, and arts and crafts events; there are some great shops and galleries. There is an Art Deco movie theater with an elephant on its roof, and a stunning variety of architecture, Victorian, Greek, Colonial and simple New England. There are some fine derelict buildings and a bit of industrial construction still around (Belfast used to be a big chicken processing and sardine canning center, but those are long gone.) There is a great natural foods Co-op, and a lot of artists, dancers and musicians…Belfast has a lively, cohesive, small town feel to it…hard not to love it! There are great places to eat…and a variety of lodging options in town and nearby (Click here for Lodging or Travel information! We’ll be based in a big new space with huge windows overlooking the water, less than 2 blocks from downtown! You’ll love it!


ADV MISA Tony mugVan Hasselt, who grew up in The Netherlands, worked in display and graphic design prior to his arrival in the US. He pursued in evening classes and later on a full-time basis under Frank Reilly, a popular teacher at New York’s famous Art Students League. In 1963, as one of the first pioneers in the field, van Hasselt organized workshops worldwide, taught by artists he admired. In this way, his idols, John Pike, Edgar A. Whitney, Robert E. Wood, Tom Hill, Milford Zornes and Rex Brandt became his mentors and friends in art.  Elected to signature membership in the American Watercolor Society, van Hasselt’s has had paintings featured in Southwest Art, American Artist and Australian Artist and on the covers of the Artist’s Magazine and Watercolor Magic. His work is included in nine art instruction books. Tony first wrote A Studio Visit, followed by Outdoor Watercolor Workshop. He is the co-author of Painting with the White of Your Paper and The Watercolor Fix-It Book, which features The Building Blocks of Painting, a visual reminder system he teaches in all his workshops. It keeps artists on track during the painting process and after, analyzes problem areas to be resolved.

Some General Class Information:

  • We will process your payment after we get your online Registration and will email you a receipt. A $300 deposit will hold your space. Refund and Cancellation Policies are at the bottom of the Registration Form.

  • You will get a Supply List and more detailed info when you Register, and again about a month before the class.

  • If you will need mediums, let me know and I will have them here for you to buy in class. You are also welcome to ship materials ahead…ask for the address!

  • The first day, the Studio will open early…we will make sure you know the time!Classes usually run M-F, between 8:30-4:30, but the exact hours are at the Instructor’s discretion…never fewer than 6 hours total/day, but sometimes we start earlier or end later…or both!

  • We eat dinner (Dutch) somewhere as a group at least once, usually Monday nite for starters; friends, companions, hosts are welcome to come along.

  • We always have a lunch break, to use or not, it’s up to you…and a lunch plan depending on where we are painting.

  • The Plein Air plan for the day is weather-dependent and usually decided at the end of the previous day if possible, or more likely, each morning!

  • If your class is Plein Air, make sure your Class Monitors know where you have set up, and try to stay close to the demo area. Less running around for them, more time for feedback to you!

  • Our Studios are large with good light; you’ll have your own table space and you are welcome to leave equipment etc. there for the duration of the class. It may be possible to paint after hours, we’ll explain the logistics!

  • There are some steps to the main floor where the Studios are located but there is an elevator in the building if you need it.

  • There is ample free parking at the Studio building, which is within walking distance of downtown.

  • We carpool (or sometimes walk) to Plein Air painting sites, most of which have shade and at the least, a porta-potty or nearby facilities. You will get good directions and we usually caravan. Please, do NOT depend on your GPS unless we say so!

  • Each class has an experienced Monitor (or two!) as your Go-To person for any problems or needs…please ask…we all will do our absolute best to see that you have a great class experience!

  • Downtown has great galleries, shops and food and the area is full of wonderful places to paint!

  • For Lodging and Travel info, click on the buttons on the Home Page.

  • Cancellation and Refund info is at the bottom of the online Registration Form…(please do read the Policies before you check that you have!)

  • Be sure to contact us with any questions. Thanks!