August 2016- Landscape Painting with Peggy Root

“Old Lyme, Revisited”

“August 8 through August 12, 2016”


Nearly thirty years ago, while studying figurative painting at Lyme Academy, Peggy Root was also studying the great landscapes in the museums of New York and New England and the American Impressionist work in the nearby Florence Griswold Museum. In her free time, she began exploring and painting the marshes, woodlands, rivers and coastline of Connecticut. A great specific interest was kindled – and the beginning of a career devoted to merging her love of nature and the landscape to the craft of oil painting.

This intensive workshop will provide students with a five day, in-depth workshop under the direction of Peggy Root. The day-to-day activities will include painting in several beautiful and versatile locations in the Connecticut River Valley affectionately referred to as the Birthplace of American Impressionism.


In August, this celebrated landscape painter will return to the areas of her initial work… and will revisit the bucolic landscape in the Connecticut River Valley. In Peggy’s relaxed workshop style, she will lead her students in her own painting routine: building a painting by emphasizing drawing and form, design and rhythm, massing, storytelling, mood and fidelity to beautiful natural forms. This is a method of solid construction that can benefit beginners as well as professional landscape painters.


Peggy Root paints in a larger format than most plein air painters and encourages her students to experiment with her method of working on canvases 16 x 20” or larger, using care in first designing the composition to communicate the mood and the “story”, then massing out forms loosely but carefully, setting up drawing, value and color composition in the initial stages, before going on to more finish.



$1000 and includes daily continental breakfast


Our spacious townhouses are located directly across the street from the College. They are two story, 2 bedroom, 2 bath units with full kitchen, garage and washer/dryer, and AC in each unit.

Shared Occupancy (private bedroom & bathroom, shared common space, washer/dryer, and kitchen) is available at a cost of $500/five nights.

Private Occupancy (rental of a full townhouse) is available at a cost of $1,250/five nights. (Partners/family members are welcome. Maximum of 4 people in a unit.)

Other housing is available at local Inns in the range of $230/night.


Continental breakfast served every morning. Lunches and dinners are responsibility of attendee. There will be access to local markets and restaurants. As noted above, townhouses have kitchens.

Additional Details

Attendees can arrive at noon on August 7 with instruction to begin on Monday, August 8.
Welcome Dinner on Sunday, August 7 is included with cost of tuition. Peggy will give a lecture on Thursday, August 11 with a cocktail reception for the workshop attendees.
Exclusive visit and tours of local exhibitions and museums are also included.