Treat Yourself to a Week of Painting in the White Mountain National Forest with Old and New Friends
Paint in the Exact Spots Painted by the Hudson River School Artists 
October 12-19, 2020
White Mountains National Park
Jackson, New Hampshire

A private week-long painting adventure with PleinAir magazine publisher Eric Rhoads
I’ve Grown as a Painter

“I’ve had the best time. I’ve grown so much as a painter, I’ve gotten into my groove during the week, and the best part is that I’ve painted every single day in the most beautiful spots. I have wonderful friends that I’ve made that will still be friends after this.” 

— Kaylee Mayfield, Arkansas

Treat Yourself to a Week You Can Look Forward to...
Something magical happens when you paint for seven days in a row … you become a better painter.

Even more magical, you’ll make friendships that will last a lifetime, and you’ll experience the plein air lifestyle in one of America’s most beautiful spots.

Put Life on Hold…
At home, you’re dealing with life, with family, chores, caring for others, work, cooking and cleaning … but at Fall Color Week paint camp, we do the cooking and cleaning so you can focus on painting and giving yourself a break.

And let’s be realistic … if you tried to paint all day, every day for a week at home, you would get pulled into things other than painting, no matter how hard you tried to stay focused. You’d probably never be able to dedicate that kind of time to your painting, which means your progress would be much slower than you’d like — and that’s discouraging.

No Special Skills Required…
Regardless of what level of artist you are, seven days of painting can make a monumental difference in your painting skills and your state of mind. At Fall Color Week, you can come as a beginner or a pro. Either way, you’ll have just as much fun, and you will see progress.
Doesn’t the idea of an escape just for you sound wonderful?
No workshops, no demos, but lots of lessons…
Fall Color Week is about painting and making friends. This isn’t a workshop, and you’re not there to watch demonstrations. But by painting for a week with others, you’ll learn lots of great lessons. We all help one another. And unlike a workshop, where there is the stress to perform, this is all about taking time and practicing what you already know.

If you’re a beginner, think about everything you’ll learn by spending consistent time painting and feeling the excitement of being around others who share your passion. 

Experience the Plein Air Lifestyle
Lots of people show up even though they’ve never painted outdoors before. They’ve heard about plein air painting and want to try it around others who can help. Of course, we also have a lot of experienced painters (and some who are world famous), but at Fall Color Week, we’re all equals. We paint and play together. 
Time to focus … and made lots of friends

“I could forget all my problems at home, have meals and everything taken care of, and I just follow along and I end up in so many beautiful places where I get to grow as a painter, and I see the progression in my art throughout the week, because I never get this much time in a row to produce painting after painting and just focus on my art. I made a lot of friends too!”

— Mitch Neto, California

Stunning Beauty Right Outside Your Room
You’ll be right in the middle of the beauty, staying in the world famous Eagle Mountain House resort. You don’t have to go more than a few feet to see stunning scenery. And if you happen to show or sell paintings for a living, you undoubtedly know that seven days dedicated just to painting beautiful spots will give you lots of new studies to sell or use for inspiration and bigger paintings. 

Fall Color Week is exactly what you need to become a better painter in a shorter amount of time.
I’d Recommend It to Anybody

“This has been a wonderful week, more than I expected. I was looking forward to someone else feeding me while I got to do nothing but paint, but it’s been a completely unique experience because being here with other artists is really a wonderful opportunity to learn about technique and what inspires other people. I’d recommend it to anybody.”

— Chris Vinifroff, Sedona, Arizona 

No Pressure, No Sale, No Drama
Fall Color Week started as an escape for painters who were constantly traveling from art show to art show and were unable to paint with friends because of the pressure to sell paintings. Though we put our paintings out at night for all to see (only if you want to), there is no public show, no sale, no competition, no awards. 

Got drama at home? You won’t find any drama at Fall Color Week. None. Zero. Zip. Nada. This is all about having fun, relaxing, and letting your hair down.
Something New Every Time

“Every time I come to one of these events I make new friends, I grow as a painter, and it opens my heart to something new every time. It’s really quite amazing.”

— Calina Franzosa, California 

The Perfect Typical Day
Picture this … one full week of getting to do what you’re so passionate about — paint. We go outdoors to paint all day, every day. One spot in the morning and a different spot in the afternoon. You can stick with the group or break out and paint on your own — whatever works best for you!

We start by serving you breakfast and sharing announcements for the day. You pack a sack lunch, and later we serve you dinner. Then, if there is time, we paint sunsets, nocturnes (night paintings), portraits, or a still life.

Typically at night we sit around the campfire to sing, listen to some live music (bring your instrument if you wish), and get to know one another. 

Like Summer Camp for Painters
Fall Color Week is like summer camp, only better! It’s held in the fall (when it’s cooler!) at beautiful locations that offer the most incredible fall colors for you to paint. Like summer camp, you’ll make great friends and great memories. Prepare to laugh a lot.

This Has Been a Joy

“It was a big decision to come here because my husband has Alzheimer’s. I’m going through ‘Do I take time for myself or not?’ and with family encouragement, I did. It was a huge leap for me and huge confirmation that yes, I need time for myself. This has been a joy. I made many contacts with people who have been through life experiences similar to mine, had many opportunities for deep conversations, and was learning from people and their life choices as much as I have grown in my painting and finding a life of my own. This was an amazing event ... beginning with supportive, loving people.”

— Elizabeth Dahlgren, Washa Lake

The Most Colorful Fall Leaves on Earth
Each year, we meet up during the peak fall color week at a location where the surroundings offer the absolute best colors to paint. But we also pick spectacular locations that you would love anyway, just in case the leaves are late. This year, it’s Jackson, New Hampshire, in the White Mountains, where you will see some of the most vibrant colors on earth. You’ll breathe in the crisp fall air and suddenly feel the desire to start painting on the spot … and that’s just the beginning. 

A Mecca for the Greatest Painters in America
You’ll soon see some of the most breathtaking fall colors you’ve ever seen … and then you’ll know why this location was painted by all of the Hudson River School masters many times. It has been one of the “go to” spots for the best painters in America. Like them, you’ll want to return again and again.

A Special Guest for Fall Color Week 2020
On top of this location being one of the most beautiful we’ve ever painted, we’re going to have a very special guest at FCW 2020 — artist Erik Koeppel! Erik lives in the area and has promised to show us his favorite painting locations! Though he’s not doing a workshop or a demo (unless it rains), you can set up beside him to paint if you want. 

A “One Price” Inclusive Adventure
When you sign up for Fall Color Week, you’re getting an all-inclusive experience. The entire event, lodging, meals, and the opening and closing parties are included in the price.

Best part? You don’t have to cook, clean, or do chores of any kind. You don’t need to make your bed or clean your room. There’s no pots and pans you’ll have to deal with and you won’t be cleaning the kitchen. Just roll out of bed, grab your coffee, sit with friends as you wake up … and paint all day. After dinner, head to your cozy room and dream about your amazing day.

Each day, we offer pre-selected locations to paint as well as a map of all the greatest paint locations in the area. You can feel free to come along, or find a place to paint on your own. There’s no pressure from anyone to do anything!

Limited Size for Maximum Intimacy
We keep these events pretty small. Even if you don’t know anyone when you arrive, you’re going to connect instantly because you all have at least one big thing in common — you love to paint!

That’s why it’s important to book early. We sell out every year, and we had to turn people away at our last event. Plus, wouldn’t it be nice to book and know you have this painting adventure to look forward to?
Who Attends Fall Color Week?
People who want to become artists and those wishing to learn about the plein air lifestyle come to this event. People who love the outdoors and wish to try plein air painting without the difficulty of doing it on their own. Most of all, people come to Fall Color Week because they love to paint and be with other painters in the amazing scenery. 

There’s a lot of value in just showing up, having everything taken care of for you, getting a map of the best painting spots, and heading out to paint! That is what keeps people coming back year after year. 

All ages over 18 are welcome. Our oldest attendee has been over 90. We offer easy “out-of-the-back-of-your-car” painting spots, plus some you can hike into if you’re up to it.
Found Family

“I found my lost family, so for sure I’m going to be around future events.”

— Richie Voss, Watercolor Artist, Texas

A Look Into Fall Color Week 2019:

Join Us For 2020

Date: October 12-19, 2020
Location: Jackson, New Hampshire
Hotel/Resort/Lodge/etc.

Price:
Includes: Event, lodging, meals, opening session, and closing party
Meals: Meals are provided (no cooking or cleaning!). Please see Important Notes for special meal accommodations.

Vehicle: You’ll need a vehicle to travel to painting locations. Please plan to rent a car if you’re flying in or find ridesharing opportunities by joining the private Facebook group. You’ll be provided the link once you register for Fall Color Week. This private page is a great way to get to know people, find a roommate if you need one, and make new friends before you arrive for the event.

Flights/Travel: 
• There are many airports in the region:
• The closest is Portland, Maine, about 1.5 hours away.
• There are some flights to the Mount Washington Regional Airport and the Berlin airport.
• Jackson is about 3 hours from Boston, or Burlington, Vermont; 4 hours from Hartford, Connecticut; 5 hours from
Albany, New York; and 6.5 hours from New York City.
• A car or rideshare is recommended as we do not provide transportation.

Important Notes
No pets or children. Check with hotel about service animal policy. Special meal requests are required in writing at least 30 days in advance. Gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan meals can be arranged. Check with hotel about services for disabilities; however, if you are disabled and choose to paint on your own, you’ll need to arrange for assistance on your own, and some painting locations will not be accessible. We do make a point to offer painting near parking in most locations.

This is not a workshop or teaching event. Requests for specific roommates should be made in advance and cannot be guaranteed, though we will try. Spouses or non-painters may attend, but full registration is required; each guest counts as one of our 100 total attendees, therefore each guest will be charged. See terms below. Payment plans are available.

Non-registered attendees are not permitted to attend events or paint with the group during the Fall Color Week event.
No refunds on or after August 13, 2020.

Cancellation today- 7/12/20 = 100% Refund, less a $50 processing fee 
Cancellation 7/13/20 – 8/12/20 = 50% Refund, less a $50 processing fee 
Cancellation on or after 8/13/20 = 0% Refund 
Eric Rhoads Publisher’s Invitational Artist Retreats
Plein Air magazine publisher Eric Rhoads created the publishers invitational concept when some artist friends commented that they often did not get a chance to paint with their friends when attending painting shows or events. So Rhoads announced and event and invited a few friends. Word spread and others wanted to come as well, so Eric made it open to anyone who wants to attend. No invitation required. 

Eric typically offers an early summer event in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, a fall color week event in a different place each year with spectacular scenery and color, and a couple of international trips. In the past he has taken two groups to Cuba, and groups to Africa and New Zealand. 

His goal is to offer people time to paint with friends, make new friends, work on their painting skills by daily painting, and to paint in some of the most beautiful places in the world. There is no teaching and no workshops. Eric’s “no drama” policy makes for a congenial group of like- minded, enthusiastic painters, at all levels whose primary interest is plein air painting. Attendees are always offered the lowest price for the following year and the first reservations to prevent missing out on future events. A story in PleinAir Magazine and Plein Air Today is written about each event.