John Hoar: Belfast ME. Simplifying Watercolor 2019! Plein Air/Studio John Hoar

  • Belfast ME
  • July 8 to 12, 2019
  • Watercolor
  • All Levels
  • Tuition: $725
  • www.jhoar.com

One of the UK’s most popular instructors, John Hoar is a exciting new addition to our roster! He has recently begun teaching in the US and we’re very pleased to bring him to Mid Coast Maine!John’s inspirations have been the impressionist watercolor artists who perfected the art of painting in the most direct and economical way. His light touch with pigment and deft draftsmanship is perfect for our coastal scenery, be it street or shoreline, especially in Belfast ME, with its abundance of intriguing architecture and great variety of boats. We can walk to paint everywhere around town and along the waterfront!He’s exactly the instructor you need to help you capture the charm of this tiny city tucked up to Penobscot Bay, 55 minutes north of Rockland. Belfast boasts good food, galleries, a great coop, boats galore, and lobster! Quirky, historic and fun, it packs an eclectic punch into a few blocks!John will teach both in the studio and on site, with lecture, demos and personal attention, You’ll have plenty of time to paint on your own practicing the lessons, and an abundance of personal attention to help you integrate his techniques to move forward on your own with your work!

Belfast is a delightful place in which to stay and to paint! We have a large comfortable studio space looking out at the water just a couple of blocks from downtown and the harbor with its famous tug boats. There  are two B and Bs in town and many nice motels a mile or two out…Scroll down under Lodging on the website for info and suggestions! 

A well known artist who specializes in architectural subjects, landscapes, marine scenes and floral studies, John Hoar’s paintings with their striking combination of loose wash and ink line, are widely sought after on both sides of the Atlantic.  Born in 1947, the son of Frank Hoar, the cartoonist “Acanthus” of Punch magazine and a highly accomplished watercolourist himself, John studied Architecture at Cambridge and Brixton School of Building. Although he studied drawing and painting with Ruskin Spear R.A., he is largely self taught and has painted professionally since 1980. The recipient of many prestigious awards, John is represented in collections in England, Ireland and the USA and has had more than 50 one man shows in England and Ireland.  In 2016, he was invited to represent Britain at the 2nd Qindao International Watercolour Salon in China and has published a number of instructional DVDs thru Town House TV.

Some General Class Info!

  • We will process your payment after we get your online Registration and will email you a receipt. A $300 deposit will hold your space. Cancellation and Refund info is at the bottom of the online Registration Form…(please do read the Policies before you check that you have!)

  • We’ll send a Supply List and more detailed info when you Register, and again about 2 weeks before the class. Print and tuck into your painting kit…then you’ll know where to find it all!

  • 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 to arrive the week before…ask for the address and details!

  • The first day, the Studio will open at 8:15 AM… 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 starting and ending times may vary according to your instructor.

  • 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 1 hr lunch break, to use or not, it’s up to you…and a lunch plan depending on where we are painting. We order in the AM…you pay in cash on the last day before you leave!

  • The Plein Air plan for the day is weather-dependent and decided at the end of the previous day if possible, or more likely, when we meet in the Studio 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 Studio is 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 is possible to stay and paint after hours, we’ll explain the logistics!

  • There is free parking at the Studio building, which is within a few blocks of downtown.

  • We carpool 3 to a car (or sometimes walk if it’s close) to Plein Air painting sites, many 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, many accessible to the single painter that a class can’t utilize…if you can, take a look around!

  • For Lodging (scroll down for Belfast) and Travel info, click on the buttons on the Home Page.

  • If you have any problems, tell us!! We can’t fix anything if we don’t hear till you get home!

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