Plein Air Workshop with Philip Frey

July 23–29, 2017


Join artist Philip Frey for a unique plein air workshop. Our days will begin early, painting on location in Acadia and Bar Harbor, Maine. To prepare us for the next day, demos and critiques will be held during the afternoon session with a break mid-day. Emphasis will be placed on perceptual painting: color, light and movement, as they change before us. In addition, we will explore color theory, the elements of good design and dynamic paintings through specific assignments and daily one-on-one instruction.


As this will be an intensive workshop, plein air painting and good drawing skills at the intermediate or advanced level are required. Come prepared for unpredictable Maine weather (wind, sun, bugs and rain). In the case of rain, we will paint indoors or under cover outside. Philip will be painting in oil but has experience with acrylic, watercolor and dry media. Bring your medium of choice. 

Students are responsible for bringing their own supplies. Recommended supply list.

About the instructor

Philip is known for his vibrant, loose and accomplished plein air and studio paintings. Having taught in many venues, Philip is celebrated for his engaging, illuminating and positive teaching. He is skilled at addressing his student’s abilities and confidence to help them move to the next level. Student testimonial: “Philip is a delight to work with, giving freedom yet challenges to students of all levels, based on a deep knowledge of expressionistic landscape painting.” – Vcevy Strekalovsky, Hingham, MA (Read more testimonials here.)

Instructor Biography (PDF)

2017 Rates

Early Bird Rates (end 2/28/17)

Tuition single room $1,265
Tuition shared room $1,169
Commuter $830
Application fee $50


Regular Rates

Tuition single room $1,340
Tuition shared room $1,244
Commuter* $880
Application fee $50

Fees include

  • Room and board: including breakfast, lunch and dinner in COA’s award winning dining hall (box lunches as needed)
  • *Commuter lunch included
  • All instruction, transportation, studio time, and Acadia National Park Week Pass

Refund Policy

  • Partial refunds will be considered in the event of a documented health or family emergency.
  • The $150 deposit and $50 application fees due at registration are non-refundable.
  • All refunds will be paid by check.

Top image: Southwest Sun, oil on linen, 8 x 10 inches, 2016, Philip Frey

Workshop students painting in a private garden in Winter Harbor.