SUSAN ABBOTT Rockland Color in Maine Landscape!! THANK YOU SUSAN!

  • Rockland
  • July 18 to 22, 2022
  • Oils or Watermedia Studio/Plein air
  • Int-Adv
  • Tuition: $720

This class is for Int-Adv students with some painting experience in the medium of your choice. New Plein Air painters are welcome!                     Exploring Color in the Maine Landscape!  Susan Abbott teaches her students to speak the language of visual art. Whether you are working in oils or watermedia, the elements of a strong painting are the same.

Rather than teaching “how-to” paint specific subjects or in a particular style—especially her style—Susan teaches students to see like a painter, emphasizing the topics of color and composition common to all good                                                       paintings, regardless of medium. These topics include selecting a “paintable” plein air subject, drawing quickly, finding a dark and light design, and using color value, temperature and other aspects of color theory to build your painting.

Susan will also emphasize learning from art history and provides a broad exposure to both master painters and contemporary artists, including two one-hour Zoom slide lectures on design and color composition provided the week before the class.

Susan has years of experience an instructor and practitioner of both oil and watercolor and she teaches and demonstrates in both mediums. (New plein air painters are welcome in her class but should have prior painting experience in their medium.)

Holding a teaching goal of helping her students develop their own individual painting approach while also becoming confident with basic and advanced art skills, Susan wants participants to leave her workshop enthused about their own painting approach, and with an appreciation of art as an always challenging, ever-engaging lifelong journey.


Susan Abbott graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA and MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, where she studied under renowned painters Grace Hartigan and Israel Hershberg. She has worked as a professional artist since that time, exhibiting in galleries and museums around the country. 

Her still life, landscape, and figure watercolors and oils are in corporate and private collections in the U.S. and around the world. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including “American Artist,” “International Artist,” and “Watercolor Magazine,” and has been featured on the Diane Rehm Show and the Oprah Winfrey Show. 


      1. Some General Class Information:

We will make sure you know our 2022 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 2022 Covid protocols.

  • Do bring layers for 3 seasons and rain gear…Maine weather changes in a blink and we really never know with any certainty from day to day! We’re fairly informal most everywhere tho, depending on where you eat out…many times, students just clean up in the studio, then head straight to a restaurant…

  • 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!

  • We no longer provide bottled water: make sure you have at least one refillable water bottle! Tap water is fine to drink…

  • Our Studios are large, with good light, one with waterviews; you’ll have table space and you are welcome to leave equipment etc. there for the duration of the class. 

  • 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 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 that page 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!