Here are descriptions of where Mel will be conducting workshops in the summer of 2018. For specific information including class availability, class description, registration, tuition, etc., please contact the individual workshop organizers listed on our
Summer begins in magnificent Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland with a plein air workshop in June. So beautiful is the Lauterbrunnen Valley that Mel is returning for a third time! "Few places on earth have the power to evoke sublimity in such a profound and inspiring way" and "breathtaking in its majesty" is how the Lauterbrunnen Valley was recently described in The New York Times (12/3/17). Situated in the Alps, there are endless green pastures, alpine flowers, waterfalls, and stunning views of the famous Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau peaks. Since Lauterbrunnen is only about 2,600 feet high, there is no need to be concerned about altitudes. Day trips to the charming alpine villages of Murren, Wengen and Ballenberg with more than one hundred original century-old buildings will make for a wonderful itinerary. Close by is the lovely village of Gimmelwald, which is world known for being the home of Heidi. Right in Lauterbrunnen is Trummelbach Falls and its ten incredible glacier-waterfalls. We'll be staying at the Hotel Silberhorn located in a quiet area yet just a few minutes from the center of town. Providing comfortable accommodations, the Hotel Silberhorn has a beautiful garden and its own restaurant offering excellent cuisine. Flying Colors Art Workshops will be organizing this painting and sightseeing workshop. With countless picturesque sites to paint, Switzerland is truly like no other place in the world. A delightful summer painting holiday awaits!
Mel is looking forward to returning to beautiful Belfast, Maine where he will be conducting a five-day, outdoor on location workshop in July. Belfast sits on a hill overlooking the beautiful waters of Penobscot Bay and is well known for its picturesque working waterfront and harbors with tugboats, sea captains' mansions, and ocean vistas all of which make for great painting locales. Take a leisurely walk in Belfast's historic downtown with its more than fifteen galleries. Coastal Maine Art Workshops will be our host and will be happy to recommend accommodations in the area. If you missed signing up for Mel's workshop in Belfast in the summer of 2017, don't wait on this one! Belfast, which is conveniently located less than an hour from Bangor International Airport, is the perfect summer destination for a watercolor workshop!
Mel's summer travels continue when he conducts a five-day, plein air workshop in Greenville, New York in the beginning of August. Situated in the foothills of the beautiful Catskill Mountains in the Hudson River Valley of Greene County, the town of Greenville offers sightseeing with its museums and historic sites as well as numerous hiking and walking trails. Hudson River Valley Art Workshops will be hosting this workshop and also owns Greenville Arms 1889 Inn, a quaint bed & breakfast where students are welcome to stay. Offering a relaxing atmosphere and delicious meals, this charming Victorian inn has comfortable rooms, lovely grounds and gardens, and an outdoor pool. This popular workshop in which you'll learn a lot and have a lot of fun tends to fill up quickly so our suggestion is to register early!
Mel concludes the summer season in Boone, North Carolina in August where he will be conducting a five-day, indoor workshop for Cheap Joe's Art Stuff. The town of Boone is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina. Situated in a breathtaking valley amidst some of the oldest mountains in the world, its scenic area offers country roads, beautiful waterfalls, and wildlife. The workshop will take place in Cheap Joe's state-of-the-art studio. It has a covered porch with rocking chairs for some relaxation. Complimentary coffee, tea, and fresh fruit are offered each day. True Southern hospitality awaits! The workshop includes Mel's daily demonstrations, one-on-one instruction, and class critiques. Contact Cheap Joe's to find out how to register!
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