Tony is back in Belfast again this year! He loves teaching here: 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 great 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!
Van 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.
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 space with huge windows overlooking the water, less than 2 blocks from downtown!
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.
- 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!