General Class Info

On this page you’ll find our Terms and Conditions ( at the end) and a ton of information about two of our Maine locations, Belfast (scroll down!) and Rockland.  General information for the Paint Away classes varies so much from location to location that we only issue it once you register for the class…but you are always welcome to ask! 

We are often asked to announce ahead the plan for the week’s locations…but…day by day is how it works! We are weather dependent, at the whim of the sun, the light and the wind…not to mention the whim of the instructor! Maine’s weather can change all day long and we need to be able to take that into account. This is why we usually ask that you come to the Studio every morning…plans get made and then plans get changed!

We  will give you clear verbal directions to our daily location, so be prepared to listen to those and make notes as needed…if your GPS will work for a spot, we’ll make sure you know that, but…some areas are notorious for misinformation! Many areas here have poor to no cell phone coverage, especially AT&T, and it’s no fun to get lost, tho if you don’t show up, we will do our very best to find you! Texting often works when a phone call won’t go thru…We always carpool and caravan from the parking lot as well…carpooling, 3 to a car if possible, is as much about our impact at a site since we are there all day, as it is about finding space for you to park…thanks for helping with this! How we treat our sites maintains our continued welcome…

 If there are two classes running concurrently, we will make sure you know which end of the parking lot is yours! Park tight…a lot of people use the building!

Do bring layers for 3 seasons and rain gear! Maine weather is completely maddeningly and entertainingly unpredictable! The best thing is to have something with you for all possibilities from hot to cold, dry to wet…the sun is very hot even if the temperature says cool, so bring a big hat and sunscreen. Favorite bug stuff might come in handy tho we don’t usually need it. The good thing is, we’re very informal here…so plan “comfortable” both for class and social time. I talk to the Weather Angels all the time…figure it can’t hurt…you too??

Scroll WAY down to also find tips for plein air equipment and whatever other random information seems useful or gets asked for enough for me to take notice…do get in touch if you can’t find what you need to know!


Your class will be in one of 0ur Studio spaces at Lincoln Street Center, 24 Lincoln St, just a few blocks back from Main St. We will email you exact directions to the Studio well ahead of the Class…unless we tell you otherwise, come in the back door on the left, go up half a flight of stairs, turn left and go thru the double doors to the end of the hall. There is an elevator in the building: if you need it,  come in the side door on the lower driveway…you can park there while you unload! On the 2nd floor, go down the hall to the left, all the way. I have a small dolly and rolling milk crate in the studio if you need them…

Name tags will be on a table at the Studio when you arrive. Please wear them every day till they fall off!! 

Classes are generally 9 AM to 4 PM … changes are at the instructor’s discretion and often start earlier…plan to be in the Studio by 8:30 on the first day!

 You will have a chair and table space. If we have to paint inside, you may want to use your easel and stool…

SUPPLIES: the BIG Challenge?? Pack so you can carry everything you need with ease!!

That said, be sure to bring your camera, an easel, stool or folding chair, sun hat, water container, carry-all etc. Scroll way down for more tips…We will have bottled water for you… If you need help getting equipment inside etc, please contact us or just ask when you get there; we’re happy to help and to schlep your gear to any painting site. It’s usually a good idea to bring in all of it the first morning…you get to do any final sorting and repacking, buy any forgotten or needed supplies from the Manager and, you can leave whatever you don’t want to carry, on your table (and overnite.)

We will have a limited amount of supplies available for purchase; if you know what you want, let me know and I will pick it up for you. You can pay in cash before you leave on your last day.!

CLEAN UP: There is a utility sink in the Main Studio, and a bathroom with an additional utility sink on the same floor. We will have cans for disposal of used solvents; paper and rags go into the trash, but NOT tied up in plastic bags please…just spread them out!

SHIPPING: You are welcome to ship equipment or supplies ahead…please do NOT pack everything in one big box tho…I’m the Sherpa!!

Send them to :

Yourself  for (instructor’s last name) Class
c/o Lyn Donovan

125 Mt Battie St

Camden ME 04843         

Please let me know so I can keep a watch out for it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Plan to have things arrive a week to 10 days before your class; shipping often takes longer than you think! There’s a nearby Post Office and a UPS store for return shipping….save your boxes…bring tape!

LUNCH:  We always have a lunch plan! If there isn’t food available at or right near a site, we order in the morning from a selection of salads and sandwiches and bring it to you on the site. We keep a tab and you pay at the end of the week… in cash please!

If you need coffee in the morning, bring it with you (Rockland has great coffee!) or use our Keurig…..

DINNER: We  go out for dinner as a group (Dutch) with the instructor and staff, usually Monday unless there are concurrent classes that week; your travel companions or hosts are most welcome to join you…we’ll make a plan and get a count on Monday morning…

 Monday …The Studio will be open by 8:15  the first day…plan to be there by 8:30…pick your table spot and get your Name Tag…there is a LOT of business to take care of before we can head out to paint! Usually the Group dinner is Monday evening…yes, everyone is tired, but it has worked out to be a great way to get to know more of each other for the week ahead!

 Every day: your instructor will set the plan…if needed, I will have directions for you to wherever we will be going…

 The last day…class till about 4 PM…we know sometimes people need to leave early…just let us know and be sure to settle your lunch and materials tab in Cash with the manager before you leave!

 If you are lucky enough to be here on a First Friday of the month when the galleries are open late, Rockland rocks!! And the Farnsworth Museum, which has a terrific collection of Maine painters including all the Wyeths, is open free on Wed…5-8 PM…

 If you have questions, please contact us…I’ll be glad to talk with you! If you have any difficulties with anything to do with the class or lodging  or questions about the class or the area, please let me or your Class Monitor know right away…we can’t help if we don’t hear about it…We will do whatever we can to have you thoroughly enjoy your experience here!


 Your class will be in the Indoor Farmers market Building between Spring and Miller Streets at Front St, overlooking the water and a block and a half from the Public Landing. I will send you directions well ahead of the class.

You can unload on the Miller St side and then park in the lot just across the street. go to the right when you come in.

 The studio will be open by 8:15 the first day for you to pick your spot at a table; it’s fine to leave your things overnite there during the week. Name tags will be on a table in the Studio when you arrive. Please wear them every day till they fall off!!

 We’ll use this space to gather before class, for back up if the weather is bad, as a place to leave extra gear, for lectures and maybe a few demos and for critiques at the end of the class day. You are welcome to bring in food and drink. I’ll have bottled water available.

 You will have a chair and table space. If we have to paint inside, you may want to use your easel and stool…

 CLEAN UP/BATHROOMS: Please wash brushes in utility sinks only!!  We’ll show you where…

 SUPPLIES: Bring your camera, and all plein air equipment; an easel, stool, hat, water bottle, water container, paints and palette, paper, board and clips, carry-all etc. If you need help getting equipment inside etc, please contact me ahead or just ask when you get there; we’re happy to help and to schlep your gear to any painting site. We walk or carpool to sites as much as possible…3 to a car. this is as much about our impact as it is about finding you a space to park and how we treat our sites maintains our welcome…

There are a couple of places in Belfast to buy art supplies or, you can let me know what you want and I will have it for you…please plan to pay the Monitor in cash before you leave on your last day….

SHIPPING: You are welcome to ship equipment or supplies ahead. Please pack in small boxes…I’m the Sherpa!

Send them to:

Yourself, for (Instructor’s name ) Class
c/o Lyn Donovan
125 Mt. Battie St
Camden ME 04843                                                                                                     

Please let me know that you’ve sent something. Please have them shipped to arrive 10 days before your class starts; shipping often takes longer than you think.

I can help you get them shipped back…save your boxes…bring tape! 

 Classes are generally 9 AM to 4 PM … changes are at the instructor’s discretion. 

 Monday ;  Be in the Studio by 8:30 to have time to get settled before the class…We’ll have bottled water in the studio.  We’ll have a Keurig at the Studio but Belfast has great coffee if you want to pick up a cup! The group dinner is likely on Monday nite…we’ll make a plan the first morning.

  Every Day….Your Instructor will set the plan and the times…I’ll give you directions to wherever we head! We will carpool, and caravan if necessary.

 The last day…class till about 4 PM or so…you will need to clear everything out of the Studio immediately after class this last day, as the room will be used for another group beginning at 5 PM.

LUNCH:  We always have a lunch plan! If there isn’t food available at or right near a site, we order in the morning from a selection of salads and sandwiches and bring it to you on the site. We keep a tab and you pay at the end of the week…please plan to pay in cash! There are also many places to go in town (about 11/2 blocks from the Studio)

 DINNER:  We  go out for dinner as a group (Dutch) with the instructor and staff, usually Monday; your travel companions or hosts are most welcome to join you…we’ll make a plan and get a count on Monday morning…

There are many good restaurants in the area, some heading North about 10-15 minutes and more 30 -50 minutes South in Camden, Rockport and Rockland if you feel like taking a drive …plus a big supermarket and a great Natural Foods Coop.

PLEIN AIR GEAR TIPS…If you are new to Plein Air painting, some of this may be useful…Be sure to practice with your kit before you come to a first class…pack, unpack and repack until you get it down to what you can carry with ease!! Check out what everyone uses..ask questions…painters have closets full of discarded easels and gadgets and gear…find out why! We have several instructors who can pack all their gear into a large shoulder bag! Well, one does carry a board and one carries a tripod easel separately…but..something to strive for!

On the other hand, you want to have with you everything you will need to paint comfortably;  some people need a small folding table, others a chair with a back, not just a stool…some an umbrella…what’s really important is that it all pack up into something that you can manage on your own. Not that we can’t give you a hand…but you will want to develop a kit that you can use solo, however you transport it….

Obviously, you’ll need at minimum: an easel and some way to stabilize it in wind, (most people hang a pack or a gallon jug of water, or wrap weights on the legs…think about using bungees to hold canvases in place!) a palette, palette knife for mixing, your paints, a brush carrier, (oil painters need a way to carry wet paintings,) something to hold water, medium or solvent, rags or paper towels, a bag for trash, a sun hat, sunscreen and water bottle (and snacks as well!)  You may choose an easel that will hold all of that when you set up…if not you may want to add a shelf or bring a small table. It’s often comfortable to have something to sit on while you’re thinking..or watching a demo or eating lunch…And wax paper works well on wet oil paintings…some students tape unstretched canvas to a board, then layer them with wax paper and stack…or even roll really carefully and tape! Consider an easel umbrella! Very handy when we are in an area with limited shade…

You’ll also want a sketch book and tools for value studies..that camera…and any gadgets you depend on for checking values and perspective or framing a scene…also little handy tools like a knife, tape, bungee cords, and probably lots more I can’t think of right now… keeping in mind keeping it all manageable! You might even find a rolling cart that holds everything and converts into a seat…or a rolling backpack if that’s easier!

  • Terms and Conditions (2017)

    When you check the required box on your registration, it indicates that you have read, understood and accepted the Policies stated below. Thank you!

    Coastal Maine Art Workshops/Maine Classes: We must have a deposit to hold your space in the class! The deposit for each workshop you attend is $300 unless noted otherwise, due at Registration and includes a non-refundable $75 Service Fee. You can pay by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card. The balance is due eight weeks prior to the start of the class; the Due Date will show on your Registration Form when you fill it out.

    For cancellations up to 8 weeks prior to the class start date, we will refund whatever you have paid minus the $75 Service Fee. For cancellations between 8 and 6 weeks prior to the class date, we will refund what you have paid minus $100. For cancellations after 6 weeks prior to the class date and regardless of the reason, we cannot offer any refund or credits. You may switch your paid registration to another person at any time. You may transfer to another 5 day class up to 8 weeks prior to your original class for a Fee of $25, applied to any necessary tuition adjustment. Transfers after 8 weeks prior to a class date are considered to be cancellations and incur additional Service Fees. You may cancel by phone; however, we  need a written or emailed notice in order to issue a refund. (You might want to consider travel/event insurance in case you can’t make it at the last minute…life happens!) 

    Should a class not reach its minimum number by 6 weeks prior to the date, we may have to cancel; We’ll have been in touch before that if it looks iffy and will notify you ASAP of our decision.We’ll promptly refund or credit all payments in full. You’ll receive our regrets, our apologies, and the chance to transfer with no added transfer fee, to another class!

    Permission to include your contact info on our Class Lists and any image or images of you or your work during class, in candid photos or videos to be used on our website and in our mailings, is implicit in your registration when you indicate your acceptance of our policies. If you prefer not to be included in any class photos or videos or not have your contact info put on the Class List, which is distributed to staff, the instructor and to your classmates, please let us know in writing (CMAW; POB 845 Camden ME 04843) or by email. We never share our contact information with anyone else. 

    You will receive a supply list for your class and more information about the whole Workshop after your registration confirmation and you can find more info about the instructors and expanded class information on our website… As the class gets closer, we will email (or snail mail if necessary) a class list and any updates.

    Disclaimer: Coastal Maine Art Workshops accepts no responsibility or liability for any loss of, or damage or injury to you or to any of your materials, work or any possessions, whether occurring on our premises or not, or during travel from our premises to or while at or coming back from, any alternate location, for the entire duration of your attendance at a Workshop.

    You can reach me by phone. or email: we’ll do our best to resolve things…we want this to be a great Workshop experience for you!