Painting the Light and Color of the Bahamas

by Susan Abbott

                                     February 2018


For the last eight years, our painting workshops in the Bahamas have been wonderful: great group, beautiful place, lots of time to paint, warm weather, and amazing beaches. What's not to like? So we've planned another get-away next winter to a warm and sunny island.

In the tradition of Winslow Homer, we'll be leaving winter behind for an art sojourn in a tropical paradise. So start planning now to join me for a week of painting in charming Elbow Cay, Abaco Island, Bahamas, where we will be based at an art center with full workshop facilities. Students stay at the charming Hope Town Harbour Lodge.

Our daily schedule will include a morning and afternoon instructed plein air session, lessons in composition and color, personal and group daily critiques, and slide lectures on the history and techniques of landscape painting.

Instruction will be in oil and watercolor. All mediums welcome. Levels: Beginning to advanced, students should have some experience with their medium.

Email Margaret Cerutti <> or call her at 703-549-5450 for registration information.

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Click here to see a photo album from our Bahamas workshop.

Click here to see a selection of my paintings from the workshop.

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The Artist’s Paris Tour

by Susan Abbott

An In-Depth Sketchbook and Art History Exploration

September 29th-October 5th, 2017



Just three spaces left! Click here for registration information.


We'll create personal travel journals as we explore Paris's wonderful markets, shops, parks and neighborhoods.

And we'll enjoy fabulous food in special restaurants and cafes selected by Paris expert Karen Kane.


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Do you love Paris for its creative heritage? Its sensory stimulation? Are you hungry to experience the city’s vistas, details and art, and capture them on the page? Join us for an in-depth invitational sketchbook workshop in Paris!

We’ll be exploring exciting new areas, plus revisiting some of our favorites, with a more concentrated focus on drawing and painting than in previous Paris workshops.

Plus Susan will lead our group in the Louvre, Musee D'Orsay,  Pompidou Center, and other renowned museums, focussing on some of her favorite paintings in French art.

Vermont Landscape Painting Retreat

by Susan Abbott

                               August 17th-22nd, 2017



Join me for five days of painting the beautiful meadows, gardens, farms and historic villages near my home in northern Vermont. We'll have two daily plein air sessions, and classes in my studio on landscape composition and color. Plus we'll enjoy gourmet lunches from the garden, and wine-and-cheese afternoon critiques!

Class begins the evening of August 17th for dessert and a meeting, and continues August 18th for five consecutive painting days, 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

Class size is limited to fifteen. Instruction is in oil and watercolor. First time plein air painters welcome, but should have some prior studio painting experience in their medium. Vermont Painting Retreats usually fill, so register early.

$575. fee includes: five days studio and plein air instruction (9:00 am-5:00 pm); dessert get-together first evening; daily beverages, snacks, and wine with critiques; five delicious homemade gourmet lunches. (Not included in fee: transportation, lodging, breakfast and dinners.) Lodging list available on request.

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Landscape Painting in Provence

by Susan Abbott

                      June, 2018


Join us for a wonderful workshop experience in one of the most beautiful places in the world. We'll have two weeks of plein air painting in the hill towns, ochre quarries, and lavender fields of the Luberons. Plus daily critiques and classes on color and composition in our studio based in a charming hamlet surrounded by cherry orchards and vineyards. Delicious gourmet Provencal meals are included.

Class size is limited to eleven. Instruction is in oil and watercolor. First time plein air painters are welcome, but should have studio experience in their medium.

Email to be notified when registration opens in Fall 1017 for the 2018 workshop!

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