General Class Info

On this page you’ll find a ton of information about classes at our two Maine locations, Rockland and Belfast.  I’ve included some Plein Air gear info; How to Pack Paints When Flying; Carrying Wet Canvases, and the Policies at the end…just keep scrolling!

Some General Class Information:

We will make sure you know our 2021 Covid protocols well ahead; please be assured that we will do everything we can to provide a safe environment for you! Compliance with our protocols is required. We’ll decide on carpooling depending on necessary 2021 Covid protocols.

If I cancel or if Covid prevents someone from getting here for a class that is running, I will refund anything they may have paid, minus a small fee to cover credit card processing…If the world magically restores itself and Covid is a non issue…(In my dreams probably) the policies would work as written…but I’m not penalizing people for restrictions that are out of their hands.

March 1 2021: Currently, I am holding spaces based on submission of a Registration Form with payment info, but not charging since I cannot yet guarantee classes will run! So, go ahead and sign up…I will let you know before I run your credit card or cash your check…

  • We‘ll 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 Registration Form…(please do read the Policies before you check that you have!)
  • We’ll send a Supply List and more detailed info after 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! It has the answers to most of your questions!
  • If you will need mediums, let me know and I will have them here for you to buy when you get to class. You are also welcome to ship materials to arrive the week before…ask about details!
  • The first day, the Studio will open at 8:15 AM… Classes run M-F usually between 8:30-4:30, but the exact hours are at the Instructor’s discretion…always an average of 6 hours/day, but starting and ending times may vary according to your instructor.
  • 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 and deliver to your location…you pay in cash on the last day before you leave!
  • Our Studios are large, with good light and waterviews; 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!
  • 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! 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!
  • There is free parking at the Studio building, which is within a few blocks of downtown.
  • We usually carpool (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. 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 in both locations 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!

Random Useful General Info:

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 ask that Plein Air students come to the Studio every morning unless they are specifically told otherwise…plans get made and then plans get changed!

We  will give you clear verbal directions to our daily location every day, 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 which may not work here at all, 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…usually one Monitor leads and the other is at the end…Carpooling, 3 to a car please 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…many groups have been denied access to places as the area gets busier over the years…

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, calm to windy…the sun is very hot even if the temperature says cool, so bring a big hat and sunscreen. 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??

Favorite bug stuff might come in handy tho we don’t usually need it. We are also very conscious of the deer tick issue here and do our best to avoid places where you might be at risk. We also have repellent spray and a removal kit. Ticks take 24 hours or more to attach, so a good hot shower will remove them…running your clothes thru a hot dryer if possible also kills them…

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 our beautiful studio space at Steel House South, 639 Main St, just a few blocks heading North from everything on Main St. We will email you exact directions to the Studio well ahead of the Class…If you want to check, it’s on Rte One, across from Home Kitchen Cafe and the drive- in entrance to Dunkin’ Donuts, a quick walk from several of the places to stay.

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 they start earlier…plan to be in the Studio by 8:30 on the first day! You can get in by 8:15…

 You will have a chair and table space. If we have to paint inside, you may want to use your easel…I have several tall stools you can use as well, padded and un-padded and of various heights!

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

That said, be sure to bring your camera, an easel, stool or folding chair, sun hat, water container, personal water bottle, carry-all etc. Scroll way down for more tips…. 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 if necessary. 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 or order any forgotten or needed supplies from the Monitors 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 when we collect for lunches!

CLEAN UP: Please use only the utility sink in the back room for cleaning brushes etc. No paint clean up in the kitchen!! Please clean up the sink when you are thru…every time!! We will have cans for disposal of used solvents; paper and rags go into the trash, but NOT scrunched up or tied up in plastic bags please…just spread them out!

SHIPPING: You are welcome to ship equipment or supplies ahead if absolutely necessary…please do NOT pack everything in one big box tho…I’m the Sherpa!! Last season I had over 100 boxes please, only ship if you cannot bring  your supplies with you!! And no great big heavy boxes! This is really just a courtesy, we are not a real shipping service!! Thanks…I will send an attachment about packing supplies for travel…

For Rockland classes, Send to :

Yourself  for:  (Instructor’s last name) Class
c/o Lyn Donovan Coastal Maine Art Workshops
125 Mt Battie St|
Camden ME 04843   

Please plan to have your things arrive a week to 10 days max before your class; shipping often takes longer than you think but storage is limited! There’s a nearby Post Office and a UPS store for return shipping….save your boxes we’ll make room for them)…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! There are also many places to go in town…3 blocks or a bit more from the Studio, but they can be crowded, parking is limited and it’s hard to get in and out in time. (Home Kitchen Cafe, across the street, while tempting, and excellent, gets very very busy at lunch and in any case, would not be able to handle the whole class at once!)

If you need coffee in the morning, bring it with you (Rockland has great coffee!) or use our Keurig set up in the Studio kitchen. There’s a fridge and a microwave!

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…yes, everyone is tired, but it has worked out to be a great way to get to know more of the class for the week ahead!

 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 and we wait to share it till all students are present!

 Every day: your instructor will set the plan… we will give clear directions  to wherever we will be going…there is not always a street address so plan on taking notes!

 The last day…class till 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 Monitors before you leave! We do need to clear the space by 5 PM…

 If you are lucky enough to be here on a First Friday of the month when the 20+ 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 me…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…don’t wait until after you get home!! 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 at the loading dock on the Miller St side and then park in the lot just across the street. Come in the double glass doors and go to the right when you come in. If there is not room in the lot, go around tot the Spring St side..there is another lot there and you can come in that door.

 The studio will be open by 8:15 the first day for you to pick your table; whether you are going out with a plein air class, or staying in for a studio class, 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!!

For Plein air classes, 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.  Plein air students should plan to come to the Studio every morning…plans change and that’s when we’ll announce what’s current! You are welcome to bring in food and drink. There is a fridge and a Keurig.

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

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 (some about 2-3 blocks from the Studio but parking is tight, all can be crowded and it’s hard to get in and out in time. )

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 get a count on Monday morning…

For the rest of the week, 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.

CLEAN UP/BATHROOMS: IMPORTANT! Please wash brushes in the free-standing utility sinks only!!  We’ll show you where…those sinks do NOT have potable water for drinking!! Use the kitchen for drinking water and food clean up!

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 if necessary. 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 a Monitor know what you want and we’ll get 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 if absolutely necessary…please do NOT pack everything in one big box tho…I’m the Sherpa and have to bring things into and then from my little house!! Last season I had over 100 boxes please, only ship if you cannot bring  your supplies with you!! This is really just a courtesy, we are not a real shipping service!! Thanks…I will send an attachment about packing supplies for travel…

Send them to:

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

Please let me know that you’ve sent something and have it shipped to arrive a week to 10 days before your class starts; shipping often takes longer than you think…but storage space is at my house is limited, so not earlier than that please!

I can help you get them shipped back…save your boxes in the studio…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!

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 …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.

PLEIN AIR GEAR TIPS for both locations!...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….

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!) for WC, a board on which you can tape your paper or a WC block; some easels have them attached with a camera type mount, others have arms with adjustable clamps….a palette, palette knife for mixing, your paints and any additional substances, a brush carrier, (oil painters need a way to carry wet paintings…see below) 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. Even if you stand to paint, it’s often comfortable to have something to sit on while you’re thinking..or watching a demo or eating lunch…Consider an easel umbrella! Very handy when we are in an area with limited shade…

You’ll also want a sketch book, black and gray markers or assorted pencils for value studies..a camera, IPad or smart phone…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!

Traveling with Paints and Paintings!

Best advice? Ask your friends who deal with all this! There are many good ideas out there! Unless your instructor specifies stretched canvases, use panels…cheaper, easier…this is a class…you’re supposed to be experimenting!!

First rule: Paints are ARTISTS COLORS; don’t call them paints! And you cannot carry any liquids…you are at the mercy of people trying to be big fish in tiny ponds…some are lenient..some are not.

Pack your paints in leak-proof plastic bags, put them in a leak-proof plastic box and label them Artists Colors. It’s a good idea to go to the manufacturers website and print the specs for each and put those in a plastic bag taped on top of the box. Put the whole thing on the top of stuff in your checked baggage. It is riskier to try and bring them in your carry-on…materials are big investment…no one wants them lost or confiscated. You should also check with your airlines, specifying Artists Colors…rules keep changing!

You are welcome to order mediums/solvents etc ahead (WELL ahead!!) and I will have them for you in the Studio when you get here…you can pay (in cash please) when you settle your Lunch tab on the last day…it is also possible to ship if necessary (see above.)

You can roll WC paper or carry it flat wrapped onto your board if you have one…god knows what we will do when no sort of plastic wrap or bags is still legal.

Wet canvases and canvas boards (panels.) Raymar carriers or one of the many other cardboard carriers available at art supply stores online and maybe local, are perfect for panels…stick with one or 2 size panels so you don’t have to have a big variety of boxes. Some people use clean pizza boxes and stack panels or stretched canvases separated by Saran Wrap (the brand to use), or waxed paper, push pins or thumb tacks depending on how thick you paint, bracing them with folded cardboard to hold them in place against an edge, taping the box closed and wrapping it in plastic. Others stack them (separated), and wrap the whole stack in plastic, tightly so they don’t slip around…Others use a board , taping down unstretched canvas cut to size…then to get them home, stack them separated by SW or WP and taping securely to the board, then packaging the pile in plastic.

Even if you are driving, don’t bring your whole studio, tempting as it is not to have to whittle it down! You likely won’t need everything..and it might be fun to have room to carry a car-pooler or two!

Terms and Conditions 

When you checked the required box on your registration, it indicated that you  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 six weeks prior to the start of the class; the Due Date will show on your Registration Form when you fill it out. We will charge your card automatically on or soon after that date; please have any checks arrive here by then.

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 $15, 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 to: 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. We reserve the right to offer a comparable instructor should yours cancel, but assume no responsibility for anything connected with the program and workshops that happens and is beyond our control.

If you have an issue, you can reach us by phone. or email: we’ll do our best to resolve things…we want this to be a great Workshop experience for you!

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