Aug 19-25, 2018: En Plein Air, sailing on Actress (Maine)

Sept 2-8, 2018: Coastal Maine Watercolor Sketchbook at

                          WoodenBoat School, Brooklin Maine

August 19-25, 2018

En Plein Air...onboard ACTRESS

Home Port: Belfast, Maine

Captain Hans Vierthaler

FOR MORE INFORMATION about sailing on Actress, accommodations, and cost please contact Captain Hans Vierthaler at 207-266-1667 or www.sailactress.com

CLASS DESCRIPTION: I’m excited to be the guest artist on this week’s cruise, focusing on plein air watercolor painting and keeping a travel sketch journal. Join us for a relaxing mix of sailing and art. Spontaneous group and individual demonstrations will be offered throughout each day as time and location allow. All demos will be customized to offer basic skills for a novice, as well as provide challenges for an experienced painter. Each day as we set sail and anchor out, we’ll have the opportunity to capture not only the details of a sailor’s life onboard but also focus on seascapes and landscapes beyond. I’ll lead you step-by-step through tips and tricks, how to accurately draw and paint boats of every shape and size that we see on the water amidst the wooded islands and quaint ports of call. 

SUPPLIES: We’ll have basic watercolor painting and sketch kits on board that you are welcome to borrow. If you already have a “travel art kit” with sketch and watercolor supplies, bring it along. For reference, here’s a pdf file with suggested supplies that make up a modest “travel kit.”  AHosa_SuppliesList.pdf

SEE SAMPLES:     Sketchbooks



September 2-8, 2018

Coastal Maine

Watercolor Travel Sketchbook

WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine




Fill a sketchbook with colorful memories while learning how to draw quick studies that capture the essence of coastal Maine. Each day we travel to new locations–boat yards, harbors, lobster wharves, quaint towns, islands, fields of wild flowers, and the rocky shore. Drawing from life not only gives you time to discover details, but also creates a sensory record of that place and time.

The goal of this class is for you to master the art of “quick-study color sketches.” Instruction includes pen and pencil techniques, how to draw architecture and trees, the shoreline, piers, boats and people, and also includes composition, perspective, and watercolor. I offer multiple step-by-step demos each day that address a range of skills–from basic drawing, composition and color for the novice to more challenging techniques for the advanced. Each student will also receive individual attention and demos. All levels of experience are welcome. 

“My personal travel sketchbooks are loose and fun. There are no rules and each entry can be different – one page is a flurry of boats and people at the town dock, and the next is a few strokes of color to remember the blueberries at breakfast. Leafing through an old sketchbook is like opening a portal in time as each page instantly recalls my mind-set, as well as the activity, temperature, sounds, and smells of that moment.”


REGISTRATION: begins January 2, 2018

FOR MORE INFO: WoodenBoat School: phone 207-359-4651, or click on website link for all info and the registration form:   thewoodenboatschool.com

SUPPLIES: a basic watercolor kit, brushes and paper. Here’s a link to the comprehensive Supplies List

DAILY SCHEDULE: Orientation is Sunday evening. Classes run Monday through Friday, from 8am to 5pm, with an hour for lunch.

ACCOMMODATIONS: housing, meals and campsites are available at the school, or students can find their own accommodations.

LOCATION: The WoodenBoat Shool is on the waterfront, in a rural setting, just a mile down the road from the town center of Brooklin, Maine.


past SHOWS

Persimmons, California” was accepted in the National juried Midyear Show at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio.

Pecans, New Mexico” was exhibited in the California Watercolor Association’s National juried show in San Francisco, CA.

Desert & Coast: Where Mothers and Daughters Draw the Line

Canessa Gallery, Dec 2013

San Francisco, CA

Unsettled Gallery, May 2014

Las Cruces NM

Amy Hosa, Watercolors and

Flo Hosa Dougherty, Mixed Media

Plein Air Landscapes, Waterscapes and Whimsical Illustrations

Gallery of Images from Mother Daughter Show

Although they chose different paths, both mother and daughter have been professional artists their entire careers. Desert & Coast: Where Mother & Daughter Draw the Line celebrates Flo and Amy’s life-long tradition of coming together to make art, either by sitting side-by-side to capture the same scene or by painting a similar subject while worlds apart. This exhibit of paired paintings and words is as much about how their art reflects the universal mother/daughter dynamic in life, as it is about the art itself.

Maine Clam & California Kelp
Mc Donald Cut - California Delta
Center Harbor - Brooklin, Maine

watercolor classES with amy Hosa