Seascapes and Landscapes

Woodblock by Hannah Phelps
Printmaking line-up.

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.

Seascapes and Landscapes 2015
En plein air.

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


Wendy Turner, professional artist.
Based in Kittery Point, Maine with a renovated boathouse as a studio, Turner has painted with watercolor and pastel for over 30 years. Tuner draws inspiration for many of her paintings from the Isles of Shoals; her artistry reflects the chaos and beauty of the landscape, while seeking to magnify the healing and fragile nature of our planet. Turner's work in the permanent collection of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art.

Barbara Houston, Professor Emerita of Education, UNH.
Based in Northwood, NH, Barbara Houston has been painting and printmaking on Appledore for many, many years. She brings her background as an emeritus faculty member at the University of New Hampshire to the island, and skillfully leads the printmaking portion of Seascapes and Landscapes.

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.


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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