Water Color Intensive 2023

August 27 - September 1

Parasols under a Sepia Sky 

Start out working with vintage photos of coastal New England to learn aplenty about light and shadow, and how to craft a compelling composition. From there, will embark on a series of color exercises to guide us into re-imaging those scenes in contemporary color and pattern! We’ll also focus on the Island’s ever-changing skies for our exploring the wet on wet process and the kinds of surprising effects that can happen if we allow them to. Our final project will be creating mixed-media and watercolor handmade books that showcase and bring together all that we’ve been learning.

There will be five morning classes with instruction, demos and guided assignments. During the afternoons, participants will be free to continue the morning’s project, join the instructor for side by side plein-aire landscape painting, participate in other island activities, or relax with a book in a porch rocker! Sharing work with each other and receiving enthusiastic, constructive feedback happens during a lively social hour! Some basic experience with drawing or watercolor is helpful, but beginners are absolutely welcome!! Lodging, board, and boat cost depends on your room selection.

The program fee is $425 and covers activities and food other than meals, insurance, book-making and supplemental art supplies, and instruction tuition. Registration limited to a small group. Participants are responsible for acquiring their art supplies; a list of suggested materials will be provided in the spring. The instructor will provide supplementary and back-up supplies. 


Julia is primarily a watercolor and oil painter, although she works in other media as well. She teaches community classes and travel workshops in addition to teaching as adjunct faculty at area colleges She’s a 4-decade long “Shoaler” who was introduced to the island when she first came out the summer of 1988 to illustrate the children’s book, The Bear who Missed the Boat by Portia Weiskel. Visit jmorganart.com for more information about the instructor. 

Program Fee

$425 per person 

Room & Board

The rates below are per person for the full length of the conference.

Standard Shared: $860 | Standard Single: $1,158

Motel Shared: $1,056 | Motel Single: $1,566 

Boat Schedule

August 27: Depart Portsmouth at 2:20 PM, arrive to Star Island at 3:30 PM

September 1: Depart Star Island at 2:45 PM, arrive in Portsmouth at 4:15 PM


Contact Julia Morgan at julia@jmorganart.com.