St. Simons Island Mentoring Program – November 5 – 11, 2017 0

St. Simons Island Mentoring Program – November 5 – 11, 2017

Come Paint-A-Long with Albert during his 5th Mentoring Program on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Sunday, November 5 (begins in afternoon) – Saturday November 11 (noon), 2017

Suggested Art Supplies 

Studio Location: The Famous Epworth-by-the-Sea
100 Arthur J Moore Dive
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Tuition price: $975.00

For instructions on how to enroll, please scroll down.

Dear Artists,
I am pleased to announce that my, “after workshop program” has taken a giant step forward. I now offer in select locations my expanded COME PAINT-A-LONG WITH ALBERT MENTORING PROGRAM. It’s a program so many of you have requested. This is an exciting week geared to be a step beyond a workshop, a follow-up to a workshop, where we will all paint together during the day, both morning and afternoon and in the evenings we will have our critique of the day’s painting and all instruction will be saved until the evening.

In this program enrolled artists will be limited to 16 participating artists or less.

Subject Matter is Varied and Beautiful on St. Simons Island

The fabulous Golden Isles, of which St. Simons is one, lie off the Georgia Coast near Brunswick approximately halfway between Savannah and Jacksonville, Florida. In the early 1900s this area was the exclusive playground of millionaires who built their retreats there. Today, you will find an unspoiled natural beauty, from the ocean waters washing tide, sandy shores to the massive stands of century-old oaks. From an artistic standpoint, this workshop offers a variety of subject possibilities ranging from beautiful marshes, coastal trees, plantation subject matter, beach scenes, boats, boat repairs, gingerbread houses surrounded by lush foliage and tabby ruins steeped in history.

The rocks at East Beach. East Beach is a very picturesque area with very interesting and varied rock formations, coastal trees, dune vegetation and of course, the ocean.

Extensive salt marshes with their various wetlands are a subject that is in abundance on St Simons. This photo shows the wetlands very near East Beach.

Our Studio and Accommodations are located at Epworth-by-the Sea, a Methodist Church Conference Center, which offers a warm atmosphere, and a wide range of good and reasonably priced accommodations. The grounds overlook the famous Marshes of Glynn and a wealth of paintable subject matter can be found right at your doorstep.

100 Arthur J Moore Dive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522

Driving instructions will be furnished. Those not driving may rent a car at the St. Simons airport.

These trees line the driveway to Epworth-by-the-Sea. Epworth-by-the-Sea was built on a large, old plantation.

The Frederica River runs along the west side of Epworth-by-the-Sea. It has an abundance of possible subject matter, including an old dock and boats.

Part of the plantation that Epworth-by-the-Sea was built on was left in a natural state with definite feelings of old stand woods and coastal oaks. This area is accessible and has a very nice nature trail.

Remember The Enrollment Is Limited To 16 Artists or Less.

The tuition for an average Albert Handell on-location workshop with twenty four registered artists for five days is $650. The mentoring program will have no more than 16 artists – and it’s all painting! It is like having a two-week workshop, because there is double the painting time, and so much more can be accomplished. Consecutive painting days create an opportunity to experience a breakthrough and insightful growth. Tuition for the Mentorship Program is $ 975.00.


Please contact the Handell Studio directly to enroll for this Mentoring Program. All major credit cards accepted.

Phone: 505-983-8373 / 505-603-1524
Email: /

REFUND POLICY: A full refund minus the $175.00 nonrefundable deposit is offered to you for any reason until October 5, 2017 one month prior to the first day of the workshop. Due to the very rare and low artist/student ratio, no cash or credit card refunds can be offered after this date. If unexpected circumstances come up and you must cancel, you will be offered an $800.00 tuition credit for any Handell program for the next two years.

A receipt will be emailed to you after your payment, with a suggested list of art supplies and more information about the program.

One day during the week there is a farmers market, which is very picturesque. This area in the center of town is surrounded by beautiful old houses – but look at those TREES!



Costs – Lodging At Epworth-By-The-Sea, 6 Nights With 18 Meals: Room reservations include three excellent meals a day, starting with dinner on Sunday evening, November 8 through lunch on Saturday November 14.

Single (One Guest Per Room) Is $975.96 Per Person: Includes All Meals And Taxes

Double (Two Guests Per Room) Is $671.94 Per Person: Includes All Meals And Taxes.

To make your reservations please call Epworth-By-The-Sea directly at 912-638-8688 or email and mention you are with the Albert Handel Painting Group so that you will receive this special rate.

In previous St. Simons workshops, artist were very happy staying here. If you choose other accommodations, please contact the St. Simon’s Chamber of Commerce at 912-638-9014 or visit their website:

Career Building –Discussed and explained in detail in the evenings:

Albert will explain how he has built his career and will give you important insights and information on how to build your career: i.e. How to find and get into a gallery; What to expect from your gallery; What
describes a good gallery; What is your obligation to your good gallery, etc. Also covered: What regional and/or national shows should one enter? The importance of “Being-in-Print” (articles, books, etc); how to go about getting into print; what makes up an impressive portfolio, how to choose or start a good co-op gallery, plus much more – all presented to you in the evenings after the day’s painting.

How is the Mentoring Program different from a typical painting workshop?

You will paint both morning and afternoon – every day. Each day we will all paint together at designated locations and each evening we will meet to review the day’s painting and have our nightly critiques and suggestions for the next day’s painting – all teaching at the easel (optional) will be in the afternoons and kept to the evenings.

Will Albert Actually Paint With Us?

Yes, this Program is designed to be a very productive and enjoyable week. While residing in close proximity, the participating artists will experience Albert as he paints along with you, allowing one to watch and understand the process. Working side by side with him you will realize and learn in a unique way, by taking in the whole process of living and painting full time. Intense daily painting morning and afternoon and relaxing evening gatherings will give each artist a special view into the working world of a successful Master artist. It will allow you to glean subtleties that are not usually dealt with in a workshop,
Including how to evaluate a painting while in progress – how to choose the subject matter that’s most important to you, how to complete a work from beginning to finish,, and much, much more.

To ensure that this week is the most beneficial for each participant, the ratio of participant to Albert is limited, rare and attractive. This is not the normal art workshop and obviously it is not for everyone. It is open to all artists who have taken at least one workshop with Albert, or are experienced artists, and who wish to join him in this next step and unique painting adventure.

Are Spouses Welcome?

YES, We encourage their attendance.
The dynamics of this intimate group and ultimate setting will surely be appreciated by the spouse. There is plenty to do while the artists’ paint. It is the perfect opportunity to relax, see the beautiful island, enjoy good fishing, play golf, play tennis, swim, hike, shop or simply enjoy the quiet beauty of the area. Mates are welcome to join us at any time during the week.

Will There Be Art Supplies That I Can Purchase At The Workshop?

There will be no art supplies available at the workshop studio. However, St. Simons has a fine art supply store, which is just 15 minutes from the studio. The Artisans Art Supply Store of Brunswick is located 1 1/2 blocks before the crossway to St. Simons, and they should be able to take care of all of your needs. Please call them ahead of time at 912-265-1335 to be sure that they have your supplies in

An Overview Of The Week’s Activities:
  • Albert will greet you at 5:00 PM at the registration lobby of Epworth-by-the-Sea.
  • At 6:00 PM we will have a delicious dinner at the restaurant at Epworth-by-the-Sea. Their food is excellent.
  • Monday through Friday we will paint together daily, morning and afternoon everyday. After dinner we will meet at our private studio and have our daily instruction and a review of the day’s painting.
  • Career-building information is also part of our evening program.
  • Saturday morning we will have an in-depth farewell critique.
  • Check out of the Epworth-by-the-Sea is at noon on November 9, 2015.

Can I Ship My Art Supplies To The Workshop?

Yes, you can ship your art supplies to Epworth-by-the-Sea. For this you will need to contact the office at the Conference Center, or if you are staying at a different location, please contact them directly for this need.

For Plein Air Painting:

Some general supplies are your portable easel, a hat with a wide brim, sunscreen, etc. Unfortunately umbrellas, which could be useful, are difficult to take onto airplanes.

Click the button below for the full list of suggested art supplies:
Suggested Art Supplies
The Easel:

Bring a sturdy easel to work on. There are many different makes that are good. The easel that Albert Handell uses and that works well for both oils and pastels is the portable French easel. This portable easel folds into a box, and is recommended for on location painting. The best easels are made in France. They come in two sizes (full and half-size); both are good. Mr. Handell uses the full size. If you have a different easel that you use- bring it!

We look forward to a wonderful and productive time together! – Albert & Jeanine