Plein Air Painting at Makamah Beach with Kevin McEvoy

Inspired yet intimidated by the idea of painting outdoors? Kevin has a thorough video recorded, with all the materials listed on his YouTube page. You can begin the course with nothing but a pencil and sketchpad, or you can arrive with the full painting setup. But regardless of your level, remember Mark Twain’s words, that “the secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

Come enjoy painting on the beautiful Makamah Beach. A north shore gem nestled between the Long Island Sound and protected wetlands.

In this course Kevin will introduce:

“the poetic idea in painting”

Much like the poetry of Robert Frost, students will learn to select a subject or a theme. They will then paint that idea in its environment: the tangled lines of an osprey nest silhouetted against a sunset sky, the arching lines of phragmite reeds beside a tidal stream, a tree trunk’s exposed roots clutching the edge of an eroding dune.

Enjoy this four week painting course at the private Northport Makamah Beach, the miles of meandering shoreline offer diverse and exciting views for plein air painting.  Choose from a winding bird estuary, steep sand cliffs, or the beautiful expanse of the Long Island Sound.  There is so much to explore at this quiet beach.  The first class will feature a demonstration in which Kevin will be focusing on the poetic idea of painting. Students will then be encouraged to sketch out their subjects in graphite or charcoal, and to produce a solid study in drawing. The subsequent weeks will be focused on painting.

In this course you will:

  • First: Walk around, explore ideas
  • Second: Watch Kevin draw and quickly produce a painting sketch
  • Third: Draw your Study
  • Lastly: Paint
Time:Mondays 5 to 8 p.m. Beat the heat, and enjoy the sunset!
Dates:6/22, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13
Rain Dates:Always the following day, Tuesday, same time
Location:Northport, Long Island NY
Materials:Click Link Here to go to Materials Page
Note:No matter where or when you plein air paint, the golden rule is to always bring two or more canvases, as weather can shift
Note:Prorating not accepted


If you would like to register for this class, please email Kevin,, by filling in the form below and we will arrange payment by cash, check or Venmo.

Please note: We previously had a PayPal button incorrectly formatted on this site in “Test Only” mode. This resulted in several people that filled out the form and thought they had registered, but in actuality the information didn’t go anywhere and no money was deducted. If you tried to register through the PayPal button that was previously here, please email Kevin and we will get you registered for the course. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Plein Air Painting Long Island

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.”

– Lord Byron, 18th century

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