Plein Air

 Workshops 2017

 Workshops are all taught by different teachers, register for each one separately. Please meet at the site (GPSable address included) and bring your own easel, tables, chairs, and painting materials. If you do not have your own equipment, you can stop at Wallkill River School during business hours and borrow any equipment you may need. Come 15 minutes early so you can be set up and ready for the workshop. LOST? Call (845) 728-4001 for instant help.

Plein Air with George Hayes

Instructed plein air (painting out doors) classes with George Hayes will take place on site in various locations around gorgeous Orange County.  Plein air is a wonderful way to explore the natural world with your fellow artists.  Experience the challenge of capturing a scene ala prima, in one session.   Topics will include preparatory composition and value sketches, canvas preparation, ariel perspective, and architectural perspective as applicable.

All mediums welcome, including oil paint, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, etc.

Open to absolute beginners and experienced artists alike!

Sessions will meet on site at 9:00 AM sharp and are approximately 3 hours long, ending around 12:00 or 12:30.

Classes will meet rain or shine unless a cancellation is announced.

Students must bring their own easel (field box, French easel, etc.) and materials.  See attached materials list:  Materials Hayes Plein Air

Please bring any snacks and beverages if you would like.

August Sessions:

8/5/18 Benedict Park, Montgomery

8/19/18 Orange County Arboretum

8/26/18 Kiernan Farm, 1308 Bruynswick Rd, Gardiner, NY 12525 Kiernan Farm

September Fall Sessions:

9/9/18 Goosepond Mountain State Park, Sand Trail (near 1198 17M), Chester, NY 10918  Goosepond Mountain State Park

9/16/18 Hill Hold Museum, 128 NY-416, Campbell Hall, NY 10916 Hill-Hold Museum

9/23/18 Orange County Farmer’s Museum, 850 NY-17K, Montgomery, NY 12549 Orange County Farmers Museum

9/30/18 Winding Hills Park, 1847 State Route 17K, Montgomery, NY 12549 Winding Hills County Park Montgomery

October Fall Sessions:

10/7/18 Perkins Memorial Tower, Harriman State Park, Perkins Memorial Dr, Stony Point, NY 10980 Perkins Memorial Tower Bear Mountain

10/14/18 Trestle at the Moodna Viaduct, trail head parking lot at 340-400 Otterkill Road, Salisbury Mills, NY Trestle Moodna Viaduct

10/21/18 Montgomery Mills & Wallkill River, 23 Factory Road, Montgomery NY 12549 Montgomery Mills

10/28/18 Tiorati Lake, Harriman State Park, Tiorati Circle, 3200 Seven Lakes Dr, Southfields, NY 10975 Harriman Tiorati Lake


Instructor: George Hayes
Session Dates: August 5, 19, 26 MEMBERS ($75.00)
August 5, 19, 26 Non-Members ($90.00)
August 19th Orange County Arboretum ($40.00)
August 26th Kiernan Farm, Gardener ($40.00)
September 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th MEMBERS ($100.00)
September 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th Non-Members ($120.00)
September 9th Goose Pond State Park ($40.00)
September 16th Hill Hold Museum ($40.00)
September 23rd Orange County Farmer's Museum ($40.00)
September 30th Winding Hills Park ($40.00)
October 7, 14, 21, 28 MEMBERS ($100.00)
October 7, 14, 21, 28 Non-Members ($120.00)
October 7th Perkins Memorial Tower Bear Mountain ($40.00)
October 14th Trestle, Moodna Viaduct ($40.00)
October 21st Montgomery Mills & Wallkill River ($40.00)
October 28th Tiorati Lake, Harriman State Park ($40.00)

Sam's Point Plein Air Paint Out

Plein Air Paint Out at Sam’s Point-Cragsmoor

Artist Prospectus 2018

Minnewaska State Park Preserve and Wallkill River School are delighted to announce that the plein air paint out will be held on Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Sam’s Point area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve from 9am-2pm.

About the Festival

This event is open to all artists who wish to apply. Works will be juried and only 30 artists will be accepted to participate. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, which will be solo shows in the Interpretive Center. There is a $20 application fee which will go toward event costs. Event is a one-day paint out, with a month-long exhibit and reception of 20 works created during the event. Purpose of the event is to give exposure to attract art sales from the surrounding counties. Event is organized by Wallkill River School and Sam’s Point Staff.

Artist Awards

A People’s Choice ballot will be handed out at the reception and the top twenty voted pieces will exhibited for a month during the busiest time of the year at Sam’s Point Interpretive Center for sale. The top three artists with the most votes will be awarded 1, 2, and 3rd place ribbons given out during the reception, and prizes of solo shows at the Sam’s Point visitor center. 1st prize is a month-long solo show, 2nd & 3rd prize are two week long solo shows.

Event Calendar

Aug. 1: Entry Deadline for applications

Aug. 2: Jury notifications will be emailed

Sept. 1: Welcome table will be set up at Sam’s Point visitor’s center with canvas stamping, forms to sign, and water. Artists check in from 9am-10am.

10-1pm painting around the preserve (only)

2pm turn in framed paintings set up on your easel in front of table at visitor’s center for judging.

Reception 2-3pm refreshments served in a public reception for artists and collectors at the visitor’s center. People’s Choice award offered then. 20 Artworks will be displayed for the month of Sept. in the visitor’s center, 10 not selected may take unsold artworks home with them.

Sept. 30 Pick up unsold work from Sam’s Point visitor’s center or make arrangements to pick up at Wallkill River School by calling Shawn at (845) 728-4001

Please Note

  • Artwork must be completed en plein air during the hours 9am-1pm at Sam’s Point Preserve on the stamped surface with stamp remaining visible after framing.
  • Sam’s point requires some hiking with your gear to get to the most beautiful spots, rangers will provide transportation to handicapped artists-pack lightly! You will be required to sign a “hold harmless” agreement.
  • Open to watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, colored pencil, but not photography.
  • Size is restricted to 16×20 support with a maximum frame size of 20×24.
  • All work must be turned in framed with a wire for hanging firmly attached to the back, this form signed, the lower portion filled in, and the Sam’s Point Artist Gallery Agreement.

Entry Process

The plein air paint out is open to all artists and all mediums.

Applicants must submit one digital images of their work and an artist bio. Image must be plein air painting, created by the applicant artist within the past two years.

All entries must be submitted by Aug. 1 and paid through this link: (will be added later)

Notification of selected artists will be emailed by Aug. 2

30% commission on all artwork sold during the event including from the easels during the paint out and from the walls during the exhibit will be retained by the Sam’s Point Preserve,

sales will be received by Sam’s Point and the artist’s 70% for work sold will be mailed to the artist as per the Sam’s Point Artist Gallery Agreement.

 prospectus: Sam’s Point Plein Air Paint Out


Instructor: Shawn Dell Joyce     [View Instructor Video]
Price: $20 application/jury fee
Session Dates: Application/jury fee ($20.)

Plein Air Paint Outs

Grab your gear and meet up with a great group of artists at beautiful sites across the region. This is not a class, and no staff or teacher is on site, but it is a fun opportunity to hang out with your peers and capture the moment in your own way. Bring your own gear, painting materials, bug & sun protection. There will be an optional auction attached to each paint out which is a great way to sell your work (if you choose!)



May 12th The Bull Stone House | 183 County Route 51 | Campbell Hall, NY – come and paint rustic, historic buildings, sweeping fields, tall trees and a farm pond with Canadian geese. Nestled in the rolling, green hills of Orange County, New York, stands The Bull Stone House and, the only example of a New World Dutch Barn still standing in Orange County. The house is a living museum that, along with the barn, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1722 by William Bull and Sarah Wells who wereamong the first settlers in Orange County. Show up with your gear around 9am and paint until 2pm. This location is hard to find if you haven’t been there before so be sure to GPS it and look for the large sign marking the entrance to the driveway. Property is set back from the road behind the historic cemetary. Paintings made during this event will be eligible for silent auction during the Bull Family Reunion in August.


June 10th  10am-5pm Sweet Bee’s Honey Festival at Museum Village 1010 New York 17M, Monroe, NY 10950Monroe  Museum Village is a replica village exploring daily life in the 19th century through historical dress & reenactments, and this event will be packed solid with people attending a honey festival! Paint rustic buildings, farm animals, people and crowd scenes and exhibit your work at the same time! This event is open to 12 artist, with three framed pieces of Museum Village or an historic building that fits the theme. Work will be for sale in a booth while you paint. We could use volunteers to man the booth and help set up as well. Please register by emailing and let us know if you want to paint with us!

July 22nd Gomez Mill House-11 Mill House Rd, Marlboro (Ulster County) a beautiful historic paper mill and house. In 1714, Early American Jewish leader, Luis Moses Gomez, purchased1,000 acres in Newburgh New York and subsequently, with his two sons Jacob and Daniel, accumulated a total of 4,000 acres. There he built a fieldstone blockhouse to conduct trade and maintain provisions in the Mid-Hudson region as an extension of his successful entrprises in Colonial New York.  Show up at 9am and paint until 1pm. Finished pieces will be eligible for upcoming silent auction.


July 28th: Wanaksink Lake,  15 Wurtsboro Mountain Road, Rock Hill, NY Sullivan County, a beautiful private lake that is hosting a sailing regatta for our benefit. Paint sail boats gliding across a placid lake from private docks, clubhouse, and spaces where you would not normally be able to access. Meet at the clubhouse at 9am and pick up a map of painting locations around the lake. Paint until 1pm. Finished paintings will be silent auctioned in the clubhouse all summer long!




August 30th:  Seligman Center Summer Jubilee  32 White Oak Drive, Sugar Loaf, NY 5:00PM  Outdoor games, guided tours of Seligmann grounds, make your own sundae with Bellvale Creamery ice cream and more!  Free for Citizens Foundation Members and free to Wallkill River School painters who paint onsite during the festival. 


NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Just load up your gear and show up on site. Paint at your own risk and enjoy yourself with a group of your peers.







Dates: ($0.00), ($),
Session Dates: August 30th 5:00 PM Summer Jubilee at Seligmann Center ($0.00)