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"Sketching Nature"

Southwest Harbor, United States

Experience hosted by Mary

6 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

"Sketching Nature"
** New Guidelines**
We are all required to wear a mask all day. I provide masks in case you do not bring one. I take everyone's temperature (including my own) with no-contact thermometer before class. We meet on-site, not at my gallery. Class canceled in case of bad weather, as we paint outdoors. Experiencers must wash hands prior to class, at the lunch break, and at end. Hand sanitizer is recommended during class. You may wear gloves. I set chairs out at location, at recommended distances, and I maintain safe distance. If you feel ill, you MUST CANCEL. All above are Airbnb Experience requirements. In case of non-compliance, I cancel class immediately. Thank you for understanding!

Do you want to draw the beauty of the natural world? In this one-day workshop we will explore the micro and macro structures in nature, using color and line. Learn technique and composition! Your kit is included in the cost of this course, and you will take it with you at the end of the workshop!

Age Range:
16 - 106
Skill Level:
Beginner to expert
Please bring:
Your Acadia National Park Pass, plus
lunch, reference photos of landscapes or natural objects (optional), hat, sunscreen, bug stuff, jacket, water bottle, and comfortable shoes
Other things to note
'Non-artists' welcome and encouraged!
The gallery where we meet is handicap-accessible. If you have mobility challenges, please notify Mary. We'll plan paint locations that are handicap-friendly!
"Sketching Nature"
** New Guidelines**
We are all required to wear a mask all day. I provide masks in case you do not bring one. I take everyone's temperature (including my own) with no-contact thermometer before class. We meet on-site, not at my gallery. Class canceled in case of bad weather, as we paint outdoors. Experiencers must wash hands prior to class, at the lunch break, and at end. Hand sanitizer is recommended during cla…

Mary's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practising good hygiene and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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What's included

  • Equipment
    Kit: Spiral-Bound Mixed-Media Sketchbook
    Mechanical Pencil
    Micron...
From $157
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Mary

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 4 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am a professional painter and teacher with many years of experience, and host an on-site gallery. I love guiding folks of all ages in learning -- or relearning -- skills in painting and drawing nature. It is amazing to see the transformation, as students learn mastery of tools and techniques, and take home their own artwork!
I learned from masters -- Max Ginsburg, Sebastian Capella, and the École des Beaux-Arts, ENSAD, Art Students League of New York, and La Jolla Arts. I'm a Finalist in ARC, and have an MA with Distinction in Digital Media from London Met.
I am a professional painter and teacher with many years of experience, and host an on-site gallery. I love guiding folks of all ages in learning -- or relearning -- skills in painting and drawing nature. It is amazing to see the transformation, as students learn mastery of tools and techniques, and take home their own artwork!
I learned from masters -- Max Ginsburg, Sebastian Capella, and the École des Beaux-Arts, ENSAD, Art Students League of New York, and La Jolla Arts. I'm a Finalist…
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Where you'll be

Acadia National Park, harbors, Southwest Harbor location, COA, the Butterfly Garden, Compass Rose Arts studio-gallery
Nial
September 2019
"Sketching Nature" with Mary was a wonderful experience! I participated along with my partner, Jim. I have quite a bit of experience as an artist but Jim does not yet we both had a really good time and learned a lot. There were 4 of us in the class and Mary gave each of us significant personal time in addition to group teaching. We started the class in Mary's studio where we were equipped with great sketching tool kits (which were ours to keep!) and we learned the fundamentals of sketching objects. We then migrated to an incredibly beautiful seaside location in the Acadia National Park and progressed to sketching landscapes. I think Jim was amazed at how much he learned in just the 7 hours of the class. I also learned a great deal... Mary was very effective at adjusting to each of our skill levels. We were honest when we told Mary at the end of the class that had we known how excellent the class would be we would have signed up for a second one for our short Maine vacation.
"Sketching Nature" with Mary was a wonderful experience! I participated along with my partner, Jim. I have quite a bit of experience as an artist but Jim does not yet we both had…
Robert
September 2019
The entire day was simply awesome! Mary started our day with a short group intro, then quickly moved into teaching us basics about the whole creating process... exactly what our class of 4 needed... we worked for a couple of hours in her studio (perfectly structured for the class) with everything we needed-and then some... Then we moved to a wonderful location on the coast for an afternoon of drawing under Mary’s patient and positive instruction... This simply could not have been a better day! I’m sure there are other really good artist/instructors in this special corner of God’s world... I can’t imagine a better experience than we had with Mary!
The entire day was simply awesome! Mary started our day with a short group intro, then quickly moved into teaching us basics about the whole creating process... exactly what our c…
Tareth
August 2019
We did a nature drawing class with Mary that ended up being just our three family members. It was a really lovely experience. Mary is warm and friendly and just connected with us right away. I loved her sense of ease and flexibility with our preferences for the class, her deep expertise, and her enthusiastic encouragement of our work. We had planned to do the class outside and Mary gave us several good options for kinds of drawings we could do and locations where we could work. We chose to do scenes of boats on the coast (because it's Maine!) but when it started raining in a was that seemed like more than a passing shower we took photos of our scenes and went back to her classroom/studio to work. As it turned out she had lots of alternate sources to offer at her studio, so we had even more options and made some different choices of what kinds of drawings to do. She really spent time engaging with each of us and our work, giving us specific techniques to use as well as some history of their use, insight on how to apply them to our work, and even sharing personal stories. It was really a great experience for us to have shared - I think all three of us learned more than we expected, and we definitely enjoyed ourselves and would do it again.
We did a nature drawing class with Mary that ended up being just our three family members. It was a really lovely experience. Mary is warm and friendly and just connected with us r…
Carise
August 2019
What a wonderful experience! Mary is an excellent teacher and was so patient with our small group, all of us pretty much beginner artists. She took us to a great little secret location on the harbor. But we were not lucky with the weather and had to retreat to her studio, but that was great fun too. She had great tips for each of us, gave us any tool we might need, and we left with some beautiful pieces and inspiration to come back again. Southwest Harbor is a charming little town and we had a really delicious lunch, but were eager to come back again to finish our work.
What a wonderful experience! Mary is an excellent teacher and was so patient with our small group, all of us pretty much beginner artists. She took us to a great little secret loca…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Hat, sunscreen, bug stuff, jacket, water bottle, and wear comfortable waterproof shoes

Camera or smart phone, all in waterproof bag or backpack