Camp Pobello

Paint Campobello 2013

Paint Campobello – Plein Air Painting Workshops with Michael Chesley Johnson

Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Date: July to September, 2013
Time: N/A
Location: New Brunswick
Cost: $300 (not including lodging)

Michael Chesley Johnson is once again offering his popular plein air painting workshops from July into September at his summer studio on Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada. These workshops are a real treat for the student because they are small in size – typically no more than four students – and offer some of the best Maritime scenery anywhere.

Campobello Island is home to the 3,000-acre Roosevelt-Campobello International Park, which was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning, and to the Herring Cove Provincial Park. The parks offer quiet beaches, bold cliffs and meadows edged with apple trees, and elsewhere on Campobello and in neighboring Lubec, Maine, the painter will find fishing villages and lighthouses.

Michael schedules two types of workshops. He gives workshops for any level of student in which the fundamentals of plein air painting are taught, and also workshops for advanced painters where the finer points of the painting process are discussed. Additionally, he is happy to serve as a guide or mentor for the advanced painter seeking a retreat. Workshops cost $300 for four half-days. They run half-days allowing the painter to paint on his own, if desired, or to explore the area’s many recreational opportunities with family or friends. Although Michael will paint in oil or pastel, students are welcome to bring any medium.

For details or to register, please visit or contact Michael at For details on Michael, visit

Michael also offers a similar program in the Red Rock country of Sedona, Arizona, from October into April. For details, visit

Michael Chesley Johnson is a plein air painter working in the American Southwest, coastal Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. He has been an Invited Artist at the Sedona Plein Air Festival for the past 6 years (2006-2011) and in 2011 also participated in the Plein Air Southwest, Grand Canyon National Park and Zion National Park invitationals. In 2012, he is an Invited Artist for both Plein Air Magazine’s Plein Air Expo & Convention and again for the Grand Canyon event. Additionally, he is a Contributing Editor for The Artist’s Magazine and a frequent contributor to Pastel Journal. He also specializes in teaching small-size plein air painting workshops and has many books and instructional videos available.