Arts & Birding (Sketching & Painting)

July 7–12, 2024


Find creative inspiration on Maine’s stunningly beautiful rocky coast, surrounded by the sights, sounds, and rhythms of life on an island. This week brings together people at all artistic levels who share an enthusiasm for birds and nature, and invites you to learn, explore, and grow in a fun and supportive environment.

The week will include in-depth skill sessions on sketching/painting birds and nature, taught by some of country’s best artists and nature sketchers. We’ll also explore the island’s spruce forest, tide pools, and striking vistas, and travel by boat to visit Harbor Island and get another perspective on the vast Muscongus Bay.

People of all skill levels are welcome. The program will include opportunities to choose drawing and watercolor painting sessions geared for beginners and advanced skill levels, as well as opportunities to explore alternative media like printmaking. You will also have longer blocks of time to explore and sketch on your own using the island and its many resources for inspiration.

Portable field sketching supplies recommended. See the Materials Supply List for details.

See sample Arts schedule.

Prerequisites: Please note that for these programs, there are NO prerequisites, and less experienced/enthusiastic spouses/friends are more than welcome to enroll in all sessions

Note: This session runs concurrently with Photography of Maine Birds & Landscapes.



Guest Lecturer


The prices listed below are per person and include meals, housing, instruction and all boat trips. Participants must arrange transportation to and from the Audubon dock in Bremen at the start and end of the session (see directions page). Check with your local Audubon chapter or bird club for scholarship opportunities.  

  • $1590 – Standard Room - twin bed in a shared double or triple room, shared bathroom
  • $1490 – Queen Mary Loft - women only, shared loft space with 6 beds and shared bathroom
  • $1740 – Puffin Room in the Crow's Nest, 2 twin beds, private 1/2 bath
  • $1890 – Single room, shared bathroom
  • $1890 – Osprey RoomEider roomBlackburnian, or Guillemot room, 2 twin beds, private bathroom (dbl occupancy)
  • $2090 – Helm Cabin, 1 queen bed, 1 twin bed, private bathrooms (dbl occupancy)

If the program or your preferred housing option is sold out, please add your name to the wait list. There are usually a few cancellations, and the first people on the wait list are almost always able to enroll. For questions regarding the wait list status, program, registration, lodging or meals, please contact the Audubon Camp program manager at or (207) 360-7733. Also, some questions may have answers on our lodging and frequently asked questions pages.

All participants must agree to the Camper Guidelines - please read before registering.



NOTE: Audubon reserves the right to alter itineraries, instructors and particular arrangements, or to substitute similar itineraries or arrangements, at no penalty. If Audubon cancels a session, it will issue full refunds of all deposits or payments to the paid participants.

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