Plein Air in and around Mohonk with Tim Smith

Trip Status: CLOSED

September 7 - 13, 2018
Tour Cost: $1995 double occupancy

Growing up, our house was just south of the Mohonk Mountain House. From our dining room window, we had a perfect view of  the stone fire tower on the mountain, and it glistened in the sunset. On Sundays during the spring and summer, my father would often take us for a Sunday drive and we would end up at Mohonk, walking through the beautiful gardens. Mohonk was my first taste of Europe; in the 1950’s it was very sophisticated, genteel and otherworldly, or so it seemed to a little girl from the New York State countryside.

And now, years later, I am very happy to bring you on a trip here, to discover the beauty of the Mohonk of the early 21st century. Join Tim Smith, a landscape painter now based in New Paltz, NY, as he guides your plein air painting in the footsteps of revered masters of the Hudson River School of Landscape Painting,  focusing on Frederic Church and Thomas Cole. Painting locations will include Mohonk Mountain Resort and the Wallkill River Valley, where demonstrations of specific aspects of painting plein air and individual instruction will take place.



  • The Hudson River Valley
  • Mohonk Mountain House and environs
  • Olana, Museum/Home of Church


  • Principals of plein air painting
  • Tonal drawing
  •  Single color painting
  •  Color Studies


  • 5 days of painting workshops

Cook & Savor

  • Dinner that we all cook at The Wired Gallery in High Falls, NY, Artful Journeys’ collaborator in the Gunks workshop.


  • The Sheeley House, a B&B. A beautifully restored, old brick house in High Falls, New York



  • Oil paint on canvas and board
  • Charcoal, graphite, pen and ink on paper
  • Watercolor (optional)


  • Intermediate. Participants will be expected to have experience with the oil medium beyond the rudiments and a practical facility in drawing.

Workshop will focus on…

  • Historic principals of landscape painting, (specific to Hudson Valley origins).
  • Practical lessons on drawing and painting the natural world from a traditional model.
  • Working outside and inside the studio.

Workshop includes

Welcome reception and informational meet and greet on day one. Each day will include at least one talk on an aspect of plein air. Tim will then demonstrate and individually instruct and guide each participant. In case of inclement weather, we will work inside. We will end the week with a farewell dinner and show of selected work. An itinerary will be furnished upon registration, as well as a material and supplies list.


About Tim Smith

Originally from New South Wales, Australia, Tim Smith studied first at the Charlie Sheard Studio School for Oil Painting Technique and Historic Principals then moved to New York in 2007 to study at the Grand Central Academy of Art, N.Y.C.

He was a founding fellow of the Hudson River Fellowship in 2007 and has taught and lectured on landscape painting since then.

In 2014 he moved to New Paltz, New York,  with his family and has focused primarily on developing his landscape painting practice following the example of the Hudson River School painters. Tim has been practicing and studying painting since 1998 and is in awe of nature and is her eternal student.

What painting means to Tim Smith

“Painting is a spiritual act. It is an activity that connects the human soul with that of the creator via the reverential observation and study of her parts and the whole.

When we set out to make paintings, we must honor both the historic precedents set by our masters as well as divine creation by making great and strenuous efforts to develop our mastery of technique. We must combine great technique with reverence for nature in order to speak to the rest of the world of what we can see.”

JOURNEY COST: $1995, double occupancy

  • Single Supplement: $575.
  • Non-painter spouses are welcome: your cost is $1595.
  • Includes B&B accommodations at The Sheeley House in High Falls, NY, for 6 nights, all meals except for 1 lunch,  ground transportation in the Gunks (unless you have your own car), excursion and entrance fees, daily instructional sessions, and teacher and administrative fees.
  • NOTE: A deposit of $500 is required upon registration to secure a place in this workshop.
Painting the Eagle Cliff
Tim Smith at Sunset Rock
The Sheeley House B&B, High Falls, New York
The Quarry at Sunset, by Tim Smith
Tree, by Tim Smith
Painting in the 'Gunks

To register for this Journey, please click below.


*A detailed itinerary and policy page will be provided upon registration.


For details/questions, please call Joan Hill at 508-255-7907 or email her at

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