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.

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.

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

Plein Air Painting Package includes:
Accommodations in a room style of your choice for two nights
Round-trip ferry transportation
Breakfast each morning in the 1852 Grill Room
Arrival Evening, Cocktail Meet & Greet with Maeve Croghan, 5:30-6:30 PM
Plein Air Painting with Maeve Croghan, 10AM-3PM

Package dates: July 17-19, July 24-26, Aug 19-21, September 18-20, October 21-23

All Island House Hotel reservations include complimentary luggage transfer to and from the hotel.

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