Learn to paint aboard the historic windjammer American Eagle

Step back in time and enjoy a leisurely cruise along the coast of Maine, sailing where the wind blows and recording impressions in watercolor journals. Captain John Foss and painting instructor Carol Douglas welcome you aboard the American Eagle, June 10-14, 2018.

Learn to paint aboard the historic windjammer American EaglePhoto credit: Lee Auchincloss

All materials are provided, including paints, papers, and the use of brushes.

The trip lasts four days and includes an evening “gam,” a raft-up of the great schooner fleet of the mid-coast region. That’s an opportunity to sketch the boats as they come in, or enjoy the music of paddling minstrels as they visit other boats in the fleet. Lighthouses, wildlife, and unspoiled scenery are part of every trip. The boat is a true relic of the Age of Sail, but it’s been updated so you have a comfortable berth, fresh linens, modern heads and a fresh-water shower.

Every meal is lovingly prepared by the cook and his first mate. That includes a lobster bake, which might be at sea or on shore, depending on where we end up.

Is painting on a moving boat even possible? 

Yes, and it’s fascinating. The water, sky and shoreline are constantly changing. In addition, we’ve scheduled this workshop for the longest days of the year so that we’ll have plenty of time to paint sunrises and sunsets while at anchor.

Who’s invited? 

This workshop is aimed at watercolor or gouache painters, particularly those with an interest in the sea or sailing. No experience? You’re very welcome; we’ve got everything you need to get started.

About the instructor

Carol Douglas has more than fifteen years’ experience teaching students of all levels in watercolor, oils, acrylics and pastels. Her painting blog is top rated, and she also teaches an annual Acadia workshop that has been very popular for many years. 

About the captain

Captain John Foss has skippered his own windjammer since 1976. He and his crew work year round keeping the Eagle in top shape. He holds a 1,600 ton auxiliary sail oceans license.

About the boat

American Eagle was launched in 1930, the last fishing schooner built in Gloucester. She spent two years in the North End Shipyard being lovingly restored and was relaunched in 1986. She's a National Historic Landmark and one of the few windjammers licensed for international voyages.

Love the Wyeths? Stay another day 

American Eagle sails out of Rockland, ME, which is home to the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, along with many great commercial galleries and restaurants. When you call to make your reservation, ask about a hotel package.