Arts & Birding 2017

If you love sketching or photographing birds and nature, want to improve your skills, and have a fun week exploring the beautiful rocky coast of Maine, join me for Arts and Birding at the Hog Island Audubon Camp, June 11-16, 2017. Being in on the island as program director for this session is one of the highlights of my year! We still have a few spaces in both the sketching/painting track and the photography track— so please read on and consider being part of this incredible experience. Beginners to advanced participants are welcome!

Photography Track This session is scheduled at the height of bird nesting season, so you’ll have opportunities to photograph birds and chicks–including osprey, eagles, puffins, terns, and songbirds–at their most active and colorful time of year. In addition to birds on Hog Island, you’ll visit several mainland hot spots and photograph puffins and terns on Eastern Egg Rock while aboard the Snowgoose III. You’ll also be able to take advantage of magical dawn light and evening sunsets to photograph island landscapes. National Geographic Photographer Drew Fulton and former Boston Globe columnist and photographer Derrick Jackson will offer daily skill sessions and share their expertise in the field.

Arts Track– Come prepared to expand your skills in the supportive atmosphere of fellow artists and expert instructors—yours truly and fine artist and print maker Sherrie York. Hog Island’s quiet coves, rocky inlets, and old growth spruce forest provide opportunities for both exploration and art. Daily skill building sessions will cover techniques for drawing and painting, with a focus on nature journaling, birds, and landscapes.

About Hog Island– The island is just a short boat ride from the mainland, but it’s a world apart altogether—no cars, no shopping plazas, no houses, just 300 acres of Maine coastal spruce forest, rocky coves, and fantastic views in all directions. Handsome camp buildings that date to the 1890s, but updated with modern amenities, are concentrated at the tip of the island. This unique sanctuary has been offering education programs to adults and youth under the auspices of the National Audubon Society since 1936.

Visit the Hog Island website for additional details and registration, and don’t hesitate to ask a question in the comments or via email: jeanmackay(dot)art(at)gmail(dot)com.

10 Comments on “Arts & Birding 2017

  1. Alas, I can’t make it this year but as soon as registration opens for 2018 I’m signing up. I follow both you and Sherrie on line and am really looking forward to it!

  2. Hi Jean, I just started to follow your blog (love you art), and I did not know you are the art director for Hog Island! I will be there as a working volunteer and hope to meet you! I am a bird artist and former biology school teacher. If you can use my help anyway, and they don’t need me in the kitchen, please feel free to call on me! Sandy (

    • EXCELLENT! I will look forward to meeting you! We’ll find a way for you to participate, though the kitchen will keep you pretty busy. So glad to know you’ll be on board!

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  4. I wish I had known about this when we planned our vacations. Do you plan to do this next year? Or other times? Wonderful plan and offering! Thanks, Cindy

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    • Hi Cindy- sorry this won’t work for you this year– it has been offered annually for the past four years, so will likely continue. I typically list workshops on that page of this website and dates for this program are posted by October. Hope you can come in the future.

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