Artist in Residency Program

Our vision for the Artist in Residence Program at Searsport Shores Ocean Campground: A creative person or couple come to the campground to work on their own art and share their passion with campers of every description.  The ideal candidate is friendly, outgoing and comfortable in a non-structured environment.  We would like you to take full advantage of our beautiful coastal surroundings, art studio, orchards and organic gardens. Guests of the campground are from every walk of life; here for an authentic experience of Maine’s rocky coast, relax, explore and form new friendships.  The Artist in Residence program has been developed to enhance the experience of our guests.  It is our paramount objective that they feel welcome and comfortable if they choose to participate in one or all of your activities.

Who is Searsport Shores Ocean Campground?

We are a family campground business that was established in 1965 and grows sustainably while stewarding the land.  We provide a place for people to come and relax, wander through the organic gardens, interact with our fiber goats, explore the beach and re-connect with themselves and others.  We believe that a successful camping experience will be a vacation that highlights the satisfaction that comes from being outside and the rewards of creative play.  Our guests are families who want to spend time together and couples looking for an alternative to the heavily commercialized areas that typically draw hordes of tourists.  We enjoy 40 wooded acres on Penobscot Bay with a quarter mile of private beach and access to Sears Island, a 940 acre uninhabited island open only to hikers, kayakers and bicyclists.  You can see more of our world at  Each September we host Fiber College, the premier fiber education event on the East Coast.  In 2010 we added a cedar log cabin art studio to the Searsport Shores campus.

Free form sessions

We expect:

Artist will lead one to two hour creative sessions with campers each day.  The sessions should be interactive and fully facilitated (you organize the materials you need, the time and place of meeting up, ask for help as needed). The projects or talks must be interesting to a wide range of ages and ability levels.  Because there is no charge for your sessions, the material costs must be minimal and at least one project offered during the week should be something the guest can take home to share with their friends.  The artist is expect to gather her supplies and guests would re-reimburse the artist directly for material costs; please consider an individual and a family rate.  If you have questions about appropriate fees, please do not hesitate to ask, well in advance of assembling the supplies.  Not all sessions need to be hands-on.  You are welcome to use the beach, gardens and nature trails to lead exploration walks and immersion talks.  It is also possible to plan a session simply sharing your art and what you do with those who are curious.  In any event, a schedule will be created in advance with flexibility built in for weather related challenges.

Artist will do at least four blog posting for the Searsport Shores Blog.  Each posting should be a minimum of 250 words and include 2-5 jpg images.  At least three of the postings should be 90, 60 and 30 days prior to arrival and one within 14 days of departure.  The purpose of the postings is to generate interest in your session, allow guests to feel that they know you a bit and to generate publicity for you and your art.  You’re welcome to include links to your own site in order to highlight your work.

Our guests are inclined to want to participate in hands on activities and are enthusiastic about learning from an artist.  Often they will have planned their vacation around your week’s session and will be eagerly anticipating a new friendship.  We DO NOT expect that you will be a baby-sitter.  Within reason you are welcome to require that children be accompanied by a parent and that disruptive participants can choose to “get in line” or go back to their campsite.

Artists will arrive on Sunday between 1 PM and 7 PM and conduct the public portion of their program each day from Monday through Saturday afternoon.  Artists will leave the studio in the same condition it was found by 11 AM the following Sunday.   If for some reason you are not able to fulfill your commitment, you will provide a satisfactory replacement.

We would be delighted if:

You would leave us with an example of your art to be shared in the art studio or on the grounds.

We offer:

Artist will inhabit the art studio…loft space available for living quarters, two twin beds, reading lights.  Studio includes kitchenette and toilet, showers and laundry available in the communal bathhouse.  No money is exchanged.  If you have your own camper or prefer sleeping in a tent closer to the ocean let us know and we’ll reserve a campsite instead of the loft space.  We are sorry, with only very exceptional cases, we cannot host pets in the studio.

Dates Offered:  write and tell us what you have available

Activities you will facilitate: Description may be broad, images are helpful

Dates of Blog Postings:

The Artist in Residency Program is sponsored by Fiber College of Maine.

One Comment on “Artist in Residency Program

  1. To Whom It May Concern:
    I am a watercolor artist from Melbourne, Florida. I am interested in the Artist Residency program and hope it is not too late to apply. I have taught in an Artist in Residency in the local area, teaching children in the local school system how to paint with watercolor. I am part of a gallery – Art and Antiques – and have taught watercolor to adults since 2005.
    I am very familiar with the Searsport and Belfast area since I have friends who live in Stockton Springs.
    I have palettes with watercolor already made up and a variety of brushes to be used by students. The only supply I would need is paper – 140 lb. paper which I would supply. I have taught both beginner and advanced watercolor.
    I would be available in August. My artwork can be seen on my website which is: I look forward to hearing from you!


    Susan P. Kessler


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