MECA Sketchbooks on Peaks Island

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Art Classes, Maine College of Art | 2 comments

One sunny Saturday seven artists filled swell sketchbooks by the sea.

Yes, they did! I joined up with Maine College of Art CS faculty, Judy Labrasca, to lead a sketchbook class along the ocean side of Peaks Island. She ferried over with students from the mainland, doing quick contour sketches on the boat.

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 We gathered in the ferry shelter to introduce ourselves, choose papers and sketchbooks, and get these nifty watercolor sets Judy made, complete with brush pens.

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We walked to Sandy Beach, where the tide was too high to see any beach, but everyone found a spot on the rocks.

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Anne did a lovely pastel with just a handful of pastel sticks.

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Natalie drew and painted, and caught the shape of a familiar tree that hangs over the water.

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Our next stop was Brackett Point cemetery, for some shade and views of the bay.

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I drew Owen as he drew.

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His father, Kevin, made this lively drawing of a stand of birches.

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Judy drew a panorama in primary pastels.

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Next stop was Picnic Point, just in time for more sun and a snack.

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Aubree found delightful details in a nearby tree.

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We took shelter once again, this time on the porch of the Fifth Maine Museum. After lunch, we shared our sketchbook drawings.

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With just a little time left, we spread out to draw one last view. Aubree and Natalie drew from the porch.

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David had to choose between drawing the chair or sitting in it.

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Kevin climbed down on the rocks, nearly disappearing into the seascape. Everyone lost themselves in drawing, and it was a mad dash for the boat. Typical island behavior!

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Thanks for Maine College of Art, Judy, and a fantastic group of sketchers! Our little books of paper carry markers of a memorable day in Maine.

2 Comments

  1. I can’t think of two better people to be guided through a day sketching on the island than you and Judy. Looks like you had a great group and fun day. Totally inspiring!

  2. Really sorry I didn’t sign up for this class. It looked like lots of fun!

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