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Summer Class

experience true downeast maine

August 17 - 23, 2025

 2025 Class

Eastport is tucked as far north and east as you can go in the USA with Canada across the bay.   The large tidal ranges, the genuine life style of original Maine, the working water front of fisherman, lobsterman, and scallop draggers are all parts of this beautiful coastline. A location and community that creates a fertile environment for artist development with artists and gallery sprinkled around the area. There are amazing scenic coastal hikes and small towns just about any direction you look.  There is also boat to plate fresh seafood and a walking community that everyone will know you by your first name by the end of the week. Eastport is indeed a destination in itself, a great place to come explore all the beauty, culture, genuine nature of the people, and also grow artistically and have an opportunity to show your work in a gallery and share what you experienced exploring this area with the community. This is a destination class that allows you to immerse yourself in a beautiful and culturally rich area.  It also provides the opportunity to focus on a craft you love for over a week without distraction. Our goal for you is to provide an opportunity to experience a new area, experiment, explore, and expand your artistic vision, adjust your skill set, and hopefully provide a few new skill arrows to put into your quiver to use in the future. 

This Summer class is full of activity.


Sunday - Arrival                                                                                      

We will have a casual get together in the evening for brief meet and greet to discuss class schedule and meeting times & locations.  

Monday - Photo Shoot & Class Meeting                                                      We will meet early to capture the first light to touch the USA.  After we will meet at our class space for intros, review, discussion and objectives. Evening provides opportunity to explore area and work on assignments,

Tuesday - Sunrise to Sunset Activity                                                          We will plan to meet at 4 AM for a 45 minute drive to photo shoot for sunrise. We will take 2 boat trips as we explore the Bay of Fundy and travel to Deer Island, New Brunswick, Canada with the option for people to choose if they want to stay and explore a local town and/or restaurants before a late day return to Eastport. 

Wednesday - Photo Shoot & Review Session                                                      We will explore locally with about 3 hours of light to moderate hiking at Shackford Head State Park, Matthews Island, and local sights, and/or 2.5 hour harbor tour including seeing a natural whirlpool, viewing coastline, lighthouses from the water, and experience pulling of lobster traps.  Class review of previous days work, discussion and objectives. 

Thursday- Sunrise to Sunset exploring

Photo sunrise shoot in Lubec and explore Campobello Island and West Quoddy Head and Lighthouse. Depending on weather/tides/time other option might be hiking trips to Beals Island, Great Wass or Cutler. Afternoon: review images and discussion. Each participant will select 2 images from the week of photo shoots to be printed for the gallery reception

Friday - Printing, gallery discussion & evening gallery reception

Discussion about selling of artwork and how to approach galleries.  Preparation for, and how to showcase at the gallery reception. Students will learn about matting their personal work. Reception in evening to showcase your 2 chosen images.

Saturday - Departure

Review of the week to discuss photo work, your experiences at reception, final points and say our good byes  (if your travel arrangements allow the time).  

                                 *Please note class schedule is subject to change daily depending on border crossing requirements,                         boat availability, weather, time expectations, etc. 


It can be cool during the mornings and evenings as we are on an island surrounded by very cold water.  We will also have several hours of walking during our daily photo shoots with a couple days of hiking on rocky shores or wooded paths.  The weather in summer is usually sunny and warm with cool mornings that might require an light jacket and quickly warming up to 70's  and again cooling at night. However a trip on the water or an afternoon ocean breeze can drop temps by 10-20 degrees due to the cold temperature of the water.  Bring layers so you can adjust clothing as needed. Also, there are several restaurants & shopping opportunities in town that are all walkable but many of our photo shoots require you to bring your own personal vehicle to get around. We will try to car pool.


Own personal clothing for 1 week                Outfit for gallery reception                              Thick sweatshirt                                            Light windbreaker/jacket                                    Hat                                                                Warm jacket                                                    Rain gear                                        Hiking/walking shoes with non-skid soles 


Camera Backback                                          DSLR or Mirrorless camera                        Lenses: 18-35mm, 28-70mm, and 70-200mm      Memory cards                                                Extra batteries (3 minimum)                    Headlight                                                      Tripod and head                                                  Card reader                                                  Laptop with editing software installed                External hard drive and zip drive                          Remote shutter release                                        Waterproof covering for camera


Water bottle                                                    Bug spray                                                  Sunscreen                                                Passport / vaccination info for border crossing into Canada/US                                            Vehicle for own personal transportation              License                                                        Money for personal purchases and meals  Sunglasses                                            Headlamp 



The class will be held in a large and open NY Style loft above the Full Fathom Five Gallery.


Check out our local area chamber of commerce website for businesses listed under rentals for options to book a great place to stay while in Eastport.


Check out local seasonal rental vacation places on Airbnb or VRBO for more information about places to stay.  Be sure to book early as places tend to fill up fast. Overnight stay is responsibility of participant.


Eastport is a 2.5 hour drive from Bangor BGR Airport and approximately  4.5 hour drive from Portland PWN airport. Both provide rental car service. There should be a commuter flight service starting 2024 from Boston BOS & BGR to Eastport if all goes as hoped.  Plan ahead to make sure a rental vehicle is available to use. Travel & vehicle is responsibility of participant.

Five Day Summer class $1800

Class limited to 6 persons

What's included

Four Full days Exploring Bold Coast & Canadian Maritimes  

2 hr harbor & lobster cruise  

Ferry boat fees  

Classroom meeting space  

A day in a fine art gallery:  Understanding what they want, how to present your work. 

You will learn how to mount & mat two fine art prints of your work 

Learn about fine art papers available in the industry 

Gallery reception in fine art gallery with live music, refreshments, and showing your work from class. 

The two fine art matted prints from the show are yours to keep


Personal Accommodations 

All meals

Personal Transportation. ( we will carpool when possible during class) 

Passport (make sure everything is up to date) & Vaccination card  (if still required to cross into Canada)


Final Payment is due 45 days prior to start of class, Payment by Visa, MC, Check, money order, or cash are accepted. No foreign funds are accepted. There is a full refund is cancelation is on or before 45 days of the class start date. There is 50% refund if cancelled 30 days before start day. Less than 30 days there is no refund. If cancellation is made within.... you have the option of transferring to any open class, but the class must be started within 1 year. There is no exception to the cancelation policy, We encourage you obtain trip insurance.  If we need to cancel the class due to unforeseen circumstances that are out of our control our liability is limited to the full refund of money paid for class. We are not responsible for any loss due to non-refundable airline tickets, vehicle rental or other travel arrangements, this includes rental/hotel stays booked.  We would encourage you to obtain travel insurance. *Please note class schedule is subject to change daily depending on border crossing requirements, weather, time expectations, etc.  


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