The Old York Historical Society and its George Marshall Store Gallery are proud to host a plein air painting workshop with artist Philip Frey. With the York waterfront landscape as our focus, Frey will present pivotal lessons designed specifically to develop your creativity and use of color. Over time and through joyful effort, we can become a skilled painter, but our creativity can become stale and our images rote if we get stuck. So, to maintain our inventiveness we need to look freshly and break down what we see into its abstract elements and push our palette. We will achieve this through lessons on color theory, the elements and principles of design, as well as daily one-on-one instruction and group critique. Students will learn to open the doors to authenticity and grow as an artist. Be prepared to be challenged artistically, develop insights, and have fun while enjoying the southern Maine coast. 


As this will be an intensive workshop, experience in plein air painting and good drawing skills at the intermediate level are required. Students should be able to participate in moderate walking on uneven ground with your painting gear. Come prepared for unpredictable Maine weather (wind, sun, bugs and rain). In the case of rain, we will paint indoors or under cover outside. Our days will start early painting on site, with a lunch break and afternoon critiques. Philip will be painting in oil but has experience with acrylic, watercolor and dry media. Bring your medium of choice. A supply list will be provided at registration.

About the Instructor

Frey is a celebrated career artist and instructor with a newly published book, Philip Frey: Here and Now, by Daniel Kany and Carl Little. He will be having solo exhibitions at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art and George Marshall Store Gallery in 2019. Philip is known for his engaging, illuminating and positive teaching style. He is skilled at addressing his student’s abilities and helping them mature as an artist. 

” Philip Frey is not only an inspiringly dynamic artist and but a patient and insightful teacher. His workshop transformed the way I look at the world and how I now approach the ever-daunting blank canvas – which is now with confident intention! Having access to and learning from an artist of his caliber is truly a gift.” – Queennette Santiago of Petaluma, CA

“I have taken several of your workshops and initially thought that they would be redundant but I was wrong. Your different approaches to plein air, figure drawing and still life kept each fresh and challenging. I enjoyed each one and learned new concepts as well as reviewing old ones.” – M. Beaulieu of Bernard, Maine.

Daily Schedule

Day 1 (Friday, September 20th)
1:00 – 2:00 pm Check-in at Gallery
2:00 – 4:00 pm Introduction, lecture & Demo
6 pm Book Talk and Signing (Open to the public, refreshments)

Day 2 (Saturday, September 21)
8:00 – 12:00 Paint on location
12:00 Lunch Break
1:30 – 3:30 pm Demo, lecture & Critique

Day 3 (Sunday, September 22)
8:00 am – 12:00 Paint on location
12:00 Lunch Break
1:00 – 2:00 pm Critique & Farewell

Registration and Fee

Workshop fee is $225. Lunch is not included in fee. To register please contact Mary Harding at or call 207-752-0205. Workshop is limited to 12 participants.