Summer Painting Workshop

This summer we are offering Plein Air (in the open air) Painting at Sylvester Manor!

This painting workshop is open to beginners to experienced students, ages 15 and up. Barbara Thomas will lead you in learning all you need to know about landscape painting outdoors: Materials and set-up, Choosing your subject, How to compose a painting, How to mix colors, How to lay in your painting, How to build details, How to create effects.  If you are an experienced painter, Barbara can suggest some new directions to enliven your work.

Our class will set up in different areas of the beautiful grounds of Sylvester Manor, to paint landscape, gardens, trees, sunlight, water, buildings, and all the beauty of the Manor. If inclement weather, we will paint on the porch.

We will complete a painting each session. You will have a wonderful portfolio of works at the end of our workshop!

Supply list will be provided for materials: Gouache watercolor or oil paint.

Learn more about Barbara Thomas.

Five Monday Sessions

July 9, 16, 23, 30 & August 6 |  10am to 12:30pm

The Manor House | 80 North Ferry Rd | Shelter Island, NY

$425 for Sylvester Manor members/$440 for non-members
(Materials not included)


Permaculture: What Is It & How Can It Be Useful On The East End?

Permaculture & Regenerative Design: A method of creating the built environment using the most environmentally benign practice possible. 

This lecture / workshop will engage participants in an interdisciplinary and hands on experience demonstrating how to create a resilient agro-ecology and architectural system that integrates with the surrounding biotic community and collaborates with natural processes.

During this three hour program you will learn how to address many of the primary anthropogenic challenges threatening the world’s aquatic and terrestrial resources.  Solutions to overdevelopment applicable to coastal communities throughout the world facing climate change will be presented. Dr. Fasanella fills in the gaps between the human food web, our built environment, and the externalities that affect the surrounding ecosystem.

Topics reviewed include: alternative architecture, ecological engineering, environmental justice, regenerative community development, relocation self-build housing, and sustainable food systems. All attendees will be involved in a group project that provides in-depth training in how to solve problems at a local level.

With 90 percent of the human population expected to relocate during the first half of our current century to urban communities set along waterways, this program is of particular relevance to those with an interest in: agriculture • architecture • ecology • ecotourism • engineering • environmental design • food studies • landscape architecture • sustainability

Read more about our visiting Certified Permaculture Design specialist Marc Fasanella of ECI and Design / Build specialist for Ecological Design Partners

Saturday, September 15th |  2pm to 5pm

The Manor House | 80 North Ferry Road | Shelter Island, NY

$50 (includes materials)