June 18 - 21, 2016
Artist: Charlotte Wharton, Copley Master, PSA
Location:  St. Joseph's Abbey
               167 North Spencer Road (Rte. 31)  
               Spencer, MA 01562        


Other Workshops: Tower Hill Botanical Gardens - Brookfield Orchards - Mixing Color


North of the town of Spencer, Massachusetts, at the crest of a steeply sloping hill blanketed in oak, maple and pine, but bared in part by farmed meadows and broad pasturelands, rests Saint Joseph's Abbey, a cloistered Roman Catholic monastery of monks of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance, popularly known as Trappists. Rest rooms provided with food take out nearby.

Video view of the grounds: and



Nationally known painter and instructor Charlotte Wharton will help participants interpret the rhythms of nature and further their own voice. Charlotte will include and go beyond the standard elements of design to cover the interpretation of the inherent energy of linear directives, shape, value, color, using the Language of Artistic Energy and the Munsell Color System. Additionally, this workshop will cover the atmospheric principles of light wavelengths and spectrum colors; the two major light sources and their effects seen in Nature; and painting various weather conditions. The workshop content is based on the concepts and practices contained in Charlotte's book "The Language Of Energy In Art: Finding Your Vision".

After the initial lecture, individual daily critique and instruction will occur at the easel. A group critique will follow the end of the class. Artists of all levels working in oils, watercolor, acrylics, and pastels will gain inspiration from the breathtaking views and extraordinary light quality at this location. For additional information about the artist or the content of the workshop, go to or email at:



Workshop Fee: $290    (Full)
Note: The number of attendees is limited. 

Note: There are two (2) $40.00 Scholarships available, based on need. After enrolling, email Charlotte at: to be considered.Attendees will be notified about a week before the workshop begins.

Registration: Individuals who wish to pay by credit card can pay through PayPal.

Individuals who want to pay by check should email Charlotte Wharton at: to insure there is space available. Ms. Wharton's workshops are limited in size and fill up quickly. Charlotte Wharton Studio will send an email back and, if space is available, will reserve a place in the workshop. The reservation will be held seven days pending the receipt of the workshop fee. Payment may be made by check to: Charlotte Wharton, 594 Chandler Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01602-1731.

Upon receipt of payment, Charlotte Wharton Studio will send out the materials list, further instructions, and directions.

Cancellation Policy:

A full refund less a $25.00 cancellation fee will be given to those students that have to cancel their registration thirty or more before the workshop starts. No refund will be given for cancellation within the thirty day period, unless Charlotte Wharton Studio is able to fill the vacancy.


There is a large number of lodging options within the Worcester and Spencer areas. Charlotte Wharton Studio will assist out of town students in finding lodging.


Many magazines have described Charlotte’s manner of painting, but none more poignantly than the Worcester Quarterly’s 2006 article Souls On Canvas: Portraits By Charlotte Wharton Get Beyond Likeness, “… Her gift of versatility ranges from sought after loosely rendered private portraits to dignified corporate portraits befitting the boardroom ...”.

Charlotte, PSA, Copley Master, is also well known for her loose calligraphy executed in her genre paintings and landscapes. Her portraits and non-commissioned works hang in many national and European private and corporate collections. Ms. Wharton has a Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts from Clark University, summa cum laude. She has received advanced studies with the country’s leading portraitists, Aaron Shikler and Everett Raymond Kinstler. Her work has garnered over five dozen awards including The Copley Society of Boston’s Gold Medal Award For Excellence In Portraiture and the Oil Painters of America’s Award For Excellence In Painting in 2004. Selected works have been reproduced in three Rockport Press Art Books: Portrait Inspirations (also on the cover), The Best Of Oil Painting, and The Best Of Pastel in 1997 and highlighted in the Artists Magazine. She has been featured many times on WGMC-TV. Charlotte was awarded a summer’s study in Dinan, Brittany, France by L’Association les amis de la Grande Vigne in 1996. In addition, she has participated in one-person and juried group exhibits in Italy, France, Russia, the British West Indies and across the United States where she has also taught workshops in portraiture and landscape.

In her workshops, Charlotte encourages and guides each student/artist in developing or furthering their own unique interpretation of nature. The workshop content is based on the concepts and practices contained in Charlotte's book "The Language Of Energy In Art: Finding Your Vision".


Charlotte Wharton
Charlotte Wharton Studio