Seascapes and Landscapes

ATTENTION: Registration for this program will open in the late spring. If you would like to be contacted when registration opens, please email us at All public program attendees are required to review our 2021 Operating Plan and complete the appropriate paperwork (distributed after registration) to visit Appledore Island.

Artist painting in the rocky intertidal

Since the late nineteenth century, Appledore Island has been a haven for both amateur and professional artists - painters, poets, musicians, and more! In this tradition, we invite you to join us for a week of drawing, painting, and printmaking. This workshop is an opportunity for artists to immerse themselves in the rugged seascapes and landscapes of the Isles of Shoals and translate Appledore Island's vibrant palette onto paper or canvas.

Instruction for all levels in watercolor, oil, or acrylic, with a focus on composition and color.  A group printmaking room will be available to all participants during the week as well. Daily demos, sketching sessions, and instructor reviews will culminate in a final art exhibition for the Appledore Island community. Plus, each day will present new opportunities to learn about marine life and explore Appledore Island's unique coastal and marine habitats. Bring your own art supplies and work at your own pace. A list of suggested materials will be provided by the program leaders.

Read this short article by the Peabody Essex Museum about Seascapes and Landscapes on Appledore Island, with testimonials from past participants: Click here to read!

“I return each summer because my body registers the joy I feel when I am there. It is exciting to be in this natural painting environment with scientists at the Marine Lab who can open your eyes to aspects and elements of the environment you’ve not noticed.” - Barbara Houston


Start Date End Date Registration Deadline Register
August 23, 2021 August 27, 2021


Dustan Knight, professional artist

Dustan Knight is a working painter here along the New Hampshire Seacoast. She has an MFA from Pratt Institute in NYC and an MA in Art History from Boston University. Dustan is a Macdowell Colony resident, winner of multiple public grants and awards - including the NH State Council for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship Award, had her work published in a full-color book by Rockport Publishers in 2017, and has her artwork in corporate and private collections throughout the US. After twenty years as a Professor of Fine Art at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, she has returned full time to her studio. Dustan's artwork is powerful --emotionally and physically. She is inspired by the elemental forces of the natural world and imbues her textural painterly surfaces with a romantic imagination. Dustan's landscapes and seascapes have air and atmosphere; they capture the vitality of living things.

Bill Paarlberg, professional artist

Bill Paarlberg loves to draw and paint watercolors and is especially interested in the many uses of the sketchbook. He works from the studio in his backyard in Kittery Point, and outdoors whenever possible. He has painted at the Isles of Shoals every year for the past dozen years and was Artist-in-Residence at Shoals Marine Lab in 2018 and 2019. Check him out on Instagram at billpaarlberg!

Carol Schwartz, professional artist 

Carol Schwartz is inspired by nature, as an observer, and as an artist, as is evident in her 60 picture books, largely nonfiction, about nature and specifically with an ocean theme. She has an MFA from the University of Hartford in Connecticut and a BFA earned at the Kansas City Art Institute and Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been in many national exhibitions such as Focus on Nature XIV and XV and she teaches at Rhode Island School of Design, Eastern Connecticut State University, University of Hartford, and New England College. 

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation received

  • At least 30 days before departure = 100% refund
  • 29-15 days before departure =  50% refund
  • Less than 15 days before departure = 0%

Hannah Phelps jigsaw
Hannah Phelps. Appledore Spray, 2015. Jigsaw reduction woodcut.



Wendy Turner 2001
Wendy Turner. 42nd and Broadway, Appledore, 2001. Watercolor on paper.
Hannah Phelps woodcut
Hannah Phelps. Morning Obsession on Appledore, 2015. White-line woodcut print on Rives lightweight paper, inked with gouache.


Wendy Turner Color of Water
Wendy Turner. The Color of Water. Somerset Velvet Watercolor Paper Gicleé Print.


Event Type


Price is per person. All-inclusive with: overnight accommodations, all meals, snacks and beverages, all program activities, and round-trip boat transportation between Portsmouth, NH and Appledore Island. This program is open to adults 18 years and older.


(603) 862-5346