The commercial lobster wharf in Stonington on Deer Isle

Demo of barnacles on a rock

SEPTEMBER 4-9, 2022

Coastal Maine

Pleine Air Watercolor

WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine




Create simple yet dramatic watercolors that capture the essence of Maine’s rocky coast and details of life along the shore. Each day we travel to a new location to paint plein air: a boat yard, a quaint town and lobster wharf, pine covered islands, and beaches with granite ledges, shells and seaweed. Amy’s mantra is, “Look for an interesting composition and keep the detail simple.” Her goal for students is to paint lively watercolors by experimenting with a mixture of techniques, like wet-into wet, glazing and dry-brush. Multiple step-by-step demos each day (in our classroom studio at WoodenBoat and outdoors on location) include basic drawing and brush techniques, color mixing, shading for volume, and perspective…even tips on how to fix mistakes! Each student also receives individual attention and demos as they develop their work. Novice students focus on the basics, while experienced students are given challenges and advanced demos to experiment with style and techniques. All levels of experience are welcome.  

FEE: $850


For all info and the registration form:   thewoodenboatschool.com

SUPPLIES: a supplies list will be sent upon registration

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.

PHOTOS from 2021

A class critique on site at Naskeag Point Wharf

Working in our loft studio at the boat barn

A quick sketch / watercolor study of the shore



A MURAL of Puristac, an Ohlone Village, ca early 1700s, by Amy Hosa and Linda Yamane was installed at the new Visitor Center at Sanchez Adobe, Pacifica, CA

Two MURALS of Ohlone life, designed by Amy Hosa and Linda Yama were installed in the permanent history gallery at the De Saisset Muesum in Palo Alto, CA,

Art Exhibit: Water & Color

Fromm Institute, University of San Francisco

Exhibit Design: Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Lobby of ZSpace Theater, SF

Art Exhibit: What is a Gannet?

Fromm Institute, University of San Francisco

Art Exhibit: From the Garden, Dragonfly, Las Cruces, NM

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: Amy Hosa and Flo Hosa Dougherty

Canessa Gallery, Dec 2013

San Francisco, CA

Unsettled Gallery, May 2014

Las Cruces NM

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.


classES with amy Hosa