Paint Your Own Maine Memory

Paint Your Own Maine Memory offers step-by-step art lessons in plein air watercolor, nature drawing, landscapes, and seascapes. Each lesson is geared to the individual – beginners are welcome and anyone can learn! Lessons are available for individual children and adults. Lessons also available for parent/child or two adults.
Your instructor is Emily Bracale. Emily brings a lifetime of artistry and over thirty years of teaching experience to her painting workshops. She has worked with thousands of students, K-adult, in public and private schools, camps, and as a private art teacher. Her watercolors of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park are in many private collections in the USA and abroad.
Summer Art Lessons
90-minute Sessions
Individual child or adult: $75
Group Rate (2-6 people max.): $60.00 per person
  • Payment may be cash, check, Venmo, Zelle, or PayPal.
  • All art materials are included.
  • Painting locations are on Mount Desert Island in the Bar Harbor area, chosen by the teacher considering the weather and time of day.
  • In case of rain, a plein air (outdoor) workshop may be canceled, rescheduled, or an indoor painting lesson may be substituted; the same techniques will be covered.
  • Please wear appropriate attire for outdoor work. Suggestions: sun hat, hair tie or scarf, casual clothing for sitting on rocks, light jacket. (Maine weather changes quickly! A hot sunny day can change to windy, cool, and foggy.)
  • Please bring sunblock, repellant, drinking water, tissues, and snacks if you need them.
  • When a child takes an individual class his/her parent/guardian will accompany us and is welcome to observe or relax nearby.
“No matter if you ‘stink at art’ people are designed to learn things. And you can learn from the best art teacher there is! Please give this painting class a chance. You can turn a piece of paper into a beautiful Park scene with only simple watercolors. You’re going to love it as much as I did. Enjoy Acadia National Park by looking and remember it by painting.” – Irene, age 12
“What I loved about working with Emily in private lessons for three years was how she had the knack to pull the art OUT of me!! What I was ready for was what the next lesson was about. As a teacher she exemplifies the spirit of educare:‘To draw out that which lies within.’” – Dr. Pam Roland, recent president of the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild
“Five stars! My daughter wanted to learn plein air watercolor on the island, and this was perfect! She came home with a great sense of success, lots of practical advice, and beautiful artwork. She loved it! We are all hoping we can do more classes with you the next time we’re up on the island.” – P.C.
“It was a great memory for myself to hang out with my daughter, depicting the beauty the Acadia National Park in our paintings. I highly recommend this “journey” to all fathers and daughters if you are looking for a special moment to share.” – K.B.
“Emily’s Art class at Compass Harbor was definitely a highlight of our stay in Bar Harbor. With the help of her expertise, my son and I had a chance to taste the feeling of being an artist who lives by the ocean. We never thought we could be able to paint since we didn’t have any experience, but Emily made it happen! Her teaching was step by step, easy to follow up and put into practice. Her words were very warm, encouraging and inspiring.” – F.X.

Category: Local Artists

Region: Bar Harbor

91 Ledgelawn Ave, Bar Harbor, ME 04609