Grand Marais Michigan 2018

Kathleen Mooney’s Independent Traveler Workshops – Grand Marais, Michigan

Grand Marais, Michigan is one of my favorite “end of the road” locations.  It seems like everything gets “distilled” and concentrated out at the end.  Grand Marais is at the eastern edge of the famed Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Waterfalls, lakes, harbors, streams, vast forests, sandhill cranes, driftwood, sand dunes and beach rocks… Beauty in every direction.  Add the history, culture, museums, and shipwrecks and you have inspiration enough to fill your artist’s soul.

We will be meeting at the same time as the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Festival – the Grand Marais Harbor will be full of bright colors and lots of activity!  I also recommend the Pictured Rocks Cruises out of Munising, Michigan – we can take the cruise together and you will find we can get 100’s of photos of the spectacular pictured rocks and several quick sketches.

Grand Marais has hotels, motels, camping, VRBO cottages – a lot of housing options.  If you require more information on this just let me know.

We will catch lunch at local eateries or pack our own.  There is a real DINER in GM with fabulous food and books, a brew pub, snack shops, restaurants…

If we are a small group we will share rides -- in Grand Marais we can walk or bring your bike!

Phone signal and wi-fi are sometimes limited and are sometimes unreliable – for some people this is a plus and others find this frustrating. 

Please dress for the weather – it can be all seasons in Michigan’s UP at any time!  The terrain is natural / ungroomed beaches, roads, and walking trails.  Sturdy footwear is IMPORTANT – have hiking shoes and boots to protect your feet and ankles. It is so disappointing to miss all that beauty because you are not prepared.  I use a hiking stick to help keep my footing and assist with walking.   Sunscreen, sun protection, rainwear, bug dope, fly swatter, umbrella, TP, baby wipes, plastic bag for trash, a folding chair, water bottles, your plein air painting kit: Bring everything you need to be happy in the great outdoors – and yet “somewhat” portable…

I will be teaching “Painting the Iconic Landscape”.  I happily paint from realism to full non-representational abstract mode – and will be happy to accommodate your preference. 

Class runs 10-4 each day with a break for lunch.  I give brief demos on capturing this iconic landscape painting plein aire (outside).  For media I recommend watercolors with some gesso and perhaps a little acrylic.  There will be tours included in the workshop to explore scenic locations and local lore.  This workshop is limited to 12 students – this allows for an easy relaxing pace and attention.

The dates for 2018 are July 20 – July 22 inclusive – this gives 3 full days of painting, tours and enjoying Grand Marais and Pictured Rocks.  Look for information on this and my other Independent Traveler Workshops on my website -


These workshops are ideally suited for the independent traveler.  You make your own arrangements for transportation, lodging and meals.  Simply show up for your workshop sessions and be free to enjoy the rest of your time as you wish.  Flexibility, relaxation and peacefulness are the goal – supporting a quality painting experience.

Reserve your spot in the “Painting the Iconic Landscape” workshop today.  I look forward to sharing the magic and beauty of Grand Marais with you!


Kathleen Mooney 

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Registration Form – Kathleen Mooney’s Independent Traveler Workshop – Grand Marais, Michigan



3 days x $175.00 USD

Includes instruction, demos, workspace, taxes and tours.  Tipping for tours is at your discretion and encouraged. 



July 20 - 22 inclusive – 3 days of painting!!!




Full price = $525.00 USD

Book and pay in full by 6/30/18 and pay a discounted fee of $450 USD

Pay by check or Credit Card

Number of Supply Kits x $100.00 USD (optional – you may bring your own supplies)

There are several art supply stores in Santa Fe.



Includes – paints, brushes, paper, water container, baby wipes, pencil, sharpener, plein aire case / work surface.  Use of studio supplies at the classroom.


Pictured Rocks Cruises Boat Tour

$38 - $45 varies with time, date, length of trip


You purchase as needed


Lunch and beverages – you may bring your own or purchase at various options.




You purchase as needed




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Balance Due

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DEPOSIT: The deposit to hold your place in class is 1/2 of the TOTAL amount. The balance may be deferred up to 15 days before the start of class. 

FINAL PAYMENT: Your balance is due 15 days before the start of class. Failure to pay the balance at this time will forfeit your place in class, so PLEASE, mark your calendar.

You will be sent one invoice after the deposit for your registration. If Kathleen Mooney does not receive your final payment on that date, your registration will be canceled, and you will forfeit your space in the class. Please mark your calendar and send your balance in time.

CANCELLATION POLICY: All deposits are refundable (less a $50 Handling fee) – but only if you cancel in writing 5 days or more before the start of class. Otherwise, all monies paid are forfeited. No exceptions can be made to this policy, including personal or medical emergencies.

If Kathleen Mooney is forced to cancel a class due to unforeseeable adverse conditions, such as weather, political instability, or other such conditions, you will receive a refund of the workshop fee and supply kit fee paid.

Kathleen Mooney cannot be held responsible for any non-refundable travel arrangements and highly recommends that you purchase your own travel insurance.

RECORDING: Audio taping, Filming, Videotaping, or other recording of workshops for your own use is permitted. Photography is allowed for personal use only. Prior permission must be granted in writing from the Kathleen Mooney for any Editorial or Commercial use of class content or experiences. 

INDEMNITY: I agree to accept full responsibility for any and all injuries or damages resulting from my voluntary participation in the activities of Kathleen Mooney and the Kathleen Mooney Independent Traveler Workshop and to hold the instructor, the location(s), its officers, staff and representatives, forever harmless from any action, claim or liability.

My signature on this registration form confirms my understanding and agreement with the above.  
(Signature required to confirm registration)



You may email these Registration pages to and mail them with your payment to P O Box 56, Lowell, MI 49331.


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Credit Card can be processed via phone.  Email for more info.


Check or money order may be made out to Kathleen Mooney and mailed to –

P O Box 56, Lowell, MI 49331.

Registration Form – Kathleen Mooney’s Independent Traveler Workshop – Grand Marais, Michigan


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