September 12-13

Greta van campen

The Elegance of Simplicity:

How to abstract your surroundings by focusing on color, form and shape


Tuition: $595 (+$20 materials fee)


Deconstructing a scene helps focus your eye and create unique, simple and elegant works that give the true essence of place. This class will put an emphasis on discovering and depicting our surroundings through color, form and shape.


Join contemporary painter Greta Van Campen for a weekend of experimentation and exploration. This workshop will consist of several lessons including abstracted drawings from life, collage, color mixing with acrylic paint, and the use of tape to make hard edge paintings. Students will learn how to see and depict the world in a fresh, simplified way.


Leave your ideas of perfection at home and bring a child-like sense of wonder and exploration! Aside from hands on learning, students will engage in group critiques and discussions to share their discoveries. 


Day One: We will practice looking at our surroundings in a new way, through several different exercises and introductions to new techniques. 

Day Two: We will focus our efforts on creating finished pieces incorporating any or all of the previous lessons from Day 1. 



All artist tools and materials will be provided but feel free to bring along your sketchbook if you have one.

Lunch is provided on Saturday and Sunday. If you have dietary restrictions or serious allergies, please email us in advance so that we can accommodate. We pride ourselves on offering healthy meals that use as many fresh, locally-sourced and organic ingredients as possible. Every effort will be made to ensure options are available to students with food limitations.


Accommodations are not included. We recommend booking a local Airbnb, hotel or motel in Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, Rockport or Rockland. Here are links to a few local favorites in the Midcoast Area:

Lincolnville Motel (hip, laid-back, affordable, renovated vintage motor inn)

Drift Oceanside Inn (oceanfront cabins close to the Camden Hills State Park)

Whitehall Inn (boutique hotel within walking distance to downtown Camden)

250 Main (high-end boutique hotel in Rockland Arts District)

Camden Accommodations (vacation rentals in Midcoast area)

Airbnb (Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, Rockport and Rockland are all within a 25-minute drive)


All artist tools, mediums, and materials will be provided—but please bring a sketchbook and pencil(s) if you have them. 

Skill level

This workshop is designed for people of all skill levels who are wanting to experiment with new techniques and advance their art, drawing and painting practices. No prior art experience is required. 


If you need to cancel, please notify us at least 30 days before the start of the workshop. We will refund your tuition, minus a $125 cancellation fee or you may transfer your full tuition amount to another Workshop at Howe Hill Farm within 18 months. Cancellations made after 30 days prior will result in forfeit of the full tuition amount. If you are traveling to attend a workshop we recommend insuring your trip with Travelex insurance so your trip and tuition can be covered in the event of illness or unforeseen circumstances. We are monitoring Covid-19 closely and have updated our Terms and Conditions to address this virus directly. We will follow CDC guidelines and make the call 30 days prior to the workshop running. If it is deemed unsafe, we will provide full refunds to every student enrolled. Please read our full Terms & Conditions and Liability Waiver for more information.  


This class will run from 9am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday, with a 1-hour break for lunch.


A maximum of 12 students, and a minimum of 6* 


*The workshop will be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met within 30 days of the workshop start. If cancelled, a full refund will be issued to all registered students. We recommend waiting until you receive our confirmation email that minimum enrollment has been met to make your travel arrangements or investing in travel insurance to reimburse your expenses if the course is canceled. 



*By registering, you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions





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Greta Van Campen is a celebrated emerging painter known for her contemporary hard-edge style. She comes from a family of artists and grew up painting beside her mother and father. Greta graduated from Bowdoin College in 2005 with a major in visual art.  After college she spent some time abroad and then moved to Chicago where she worked as a Montessori teacher and studio assistant to artist Tony Fitzpatrick.  In 2011, she received funding through kickstarter for her “Greta Paints America” project which allowed her to travel the country and develop her process while painting all fifty states. 

Van Campen is a represented artist at Gallery BOM in Boston, Octavia Art Gallery in New Orleans, Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Maine and Firecat Projects in Chicago. Her paintings have been included in group shows at Greenhut Gallery, Portland, ICON Contemporary Art, Brunswick, and Center for Maine Contemporary Art, among others. Van Campen lives with her partner and young daughter in Thomaston, Maine.