Artists Retreat Studios

Art Workshops & Retreats

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Looking for a painting guide or painting retreat in a historic fishing village?
Or perhaps a plein air painting workshop in a quiet, pristine area filled with natural beauty?

Michael teaches several outdoor painting workshops each summer (July & August) in Lubec, Maine. He also organizes painting retreats for experienced outdoor painters in the Downeast, Maine, area. If you'd prefer to paint without instruction, Michael also offers painting guide services to take you to some of his favorite locations.
Customized workshops also available!

Visit to Study with Michael Chesley Johnson!

575-267-2450 |
Mailing Address Only: PO Box 454, Lubec ME 04652

Art Workshop Center:

Artists Retreat Studios is the meeting spot for Michael Chesley Johnson's plein air painting workshops.

Michael is an award-winning, internationally-known painter and painting instructor who has operated Friar's Bay Studio Gallery on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, for ten years.  The author of Through a Painter's Brush: A Year on Campobello Island and other books, his work includes oil and pastel paintings of local maritime scenery.  (His books are available through Amazon at Visit Michael's blog: or his website at

Cancellation Policy:

Should you cancel your reservation for any reason, we will retain all deposits received, unless we are able to fill your space in the workshop.