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Plein Air Painting

Join artist Maeve Croghan for an afternoon of plein air painting.

Maeve Croghan’s family has been spending the summers on Mackinac Island since the 1880s. She fondly recalls her summers growing up on Mackinac. “The island instilled in me a deep connection and love of nature and the Great Lakes. My mother was a great naturalist, so knowing the wildflowers, plants, and birds around us were part of everyday life,” says Maeve. She usually begins her paintings outside, composing her art to draw the viewer in experiencing nature on a deeper level.

Maeve’s work is displayed in private and public collections internationally. Her art is featured on the award-winning wine bottle labels of Castoro Cellars. Her paintings are in several juried books and she is the recipient of numerous prestigious juried awards. For more information please visit her website: http://www.maevecroghan.com

Painting plein air on picturesque Mackinac Island with the guidance of renowned local artist Maeve Croghan is a special experience. Students will work outdoors in acrylic, oil or watercolor capturing Mackinac’s striking light and hues. Discover your voice while exploring how the use of color, shapes, and value contribute to making an expressive painting. Workshops will be held in some of Maeve’s favorite plein air painting spots. Maeve will demonstrate plein air techniques, explain her methods of working outdoors, and give guidance to each painter throughout the session as they paint their subject.  Maeve’s easy and encouraging teaching style gives each student confidence to successfully begin and work through their paintings, producing a lovely ‘Mackinac’ painting. This is a rare opportunity to paint with a nationally renowned ‘Mackinac’ artist, who knows the Island as few others do.

Plein Air Painting Package | Dates TBD

~ Accommodations in a room style of your choosing

~ Full breakfast each morning of your stay in the 1852 Grill Room with your choice of buffet or ala carte

~ Arrival Evening, Cocktail Meet & Greet with Maeve Croghan, 5:30-6:30PM

~ Plein Air Painting with Maeve Croghan, 10AM-3PM

~ Round-trip Mackinac Island ferry tickets

~ Luggage transfer to and from the hotel

~ Access to all Island House Hotel amenities including the indoor pool, hot tub, sundeck, high-speed WIFI, nightly bonfire, porch seating.

~ 5% 906 Rewards. Sign up now to begin earning exclusive Mackinac Island Savings.

All levels of painters are welcome! A supply list is available prior to arrival upon request from Maeve.

Reservation Policy: Full deposit is required to secure your reservation. There is a $25 fee for cancellations made between the time of reservation and 10 days prior to scheduled arrival. Reservation cancellations less than ten days prior to the arrival date or no shows forfeit the full deposit. Quoted rates do not include 6% Michigan sales tax, 3% Mackinac Island assessment and 8% hotel levy. Dates are subject to availability. All rates are based on double occupancy. Extra Adult $20, Extra Youth Age 6-12 $10, 6 & Under Free unless otherwise noted.