Grab Your Early Bird Registration for the Hameau Artist Retreat

Don't Miss the September 20-24, 2022
Hameau Farm Studio Artist Retreat


Plan ahead for the May 2023 Hameau Artist Retreat
Day options and personal plans are available for all
Hameau Artist Retreats

Register for the Hameau Artist Retreat

Hameau Mission Statement

Hameau Farm captures and inspires the creative spirit with its unique studio and second floor deck with views of pastures and mountain landscapes. Friendly animals and nearby creeks provide unlimited sources for plein air painting, and the great food and camaraderie compel artists to return year after year. This retreat includes plein air painting for all mediums and levels, daily demos in the Hameau Barn Studio, individual instruction, critiques, free art supply samples, and personal plans.

We Have a Great Schedule in the Works!

Remember, we organize Hameau Artist Retreats 
around your registration.  

We need you to register now so we can finalize our itinerary for morning and field demonstrations, as well as excursions to other locations. Certain days may focus on specific levels or mediums, but all artists are welcome, including professionals.  

Basic Hameau Schedule

8:30-9:30 Breakfast - Meet your instructor, Susan Nicholas
9:30-10:30 Demos or free time plein air painting
10:30-1:00 Plein air painting with support from Susan
1:00-2:00 Lunch
2:00-5:00 Plein air painting on the farm or afternoon excursion with support from Susan
7:00-? Dinners are served in courses and last late into the evening


9:30 Demo: "Thumbnail Sketches" ~ Susan will demonstrate a useful technique for sketching in any medium, but with a focus on oil painting.

Afternoon exploration of the Hameau Fields and vista views.


9:30 Demo: "Multiple Image Composition Studies" ~ Susan will demonstrate a useful technique for sketching in any medium, but with a focus on pastel painting.

Afternoon outing to Kish Creek.


9:30 Demo: "Exploring Light, Shadow, and Color" ~ Will include a hands-on color mixing experiment

Free time painting - wherever you want!


9:30 Demo: "Understanding the Vista View" ~ Prepare for Jack's Mountain.

Afternoon outing to Jack's Mountain.


9:30 Demo: "Capture the Skies with Susan" Explore the use of rich color as an underpainting. Prepare for the Sunset Paint Out.

We're continuing the tradition of the Sunset Paint Out with musician, Richard Sleigh, serenading the artists. The Sunset Paint Out will be followed by more music at dinner. We recommend professional artists take advantage of this event. Half-day registrations welcome. Fills fast!

Reserve Your Home Cooked Meals

Audrey Gay Rogers, the owner of Hameau Farm, and her helpers cook the wonderful, nutritious meals we eat during the Artist Retreat. She prides herself in presenting beautiful meals in a beautiful setting. Her goal is to provide sustenance for all the hungry painters and make them happy!
You won't want to miss gathering for the fun and camaraderie around the Hameau Dining Table!
Anna Crane has been Susan's assistant for over ten years and has done an exceptional job. Susan credits her organizational skills in the success of recent Hameau Retreats. In 2014, Anna graduated from Penn State with a BFA in Drawing and Painting with Honors and a minor in Art History. Anna tracks the registration of all artists attending the retreat.
I would love to help you design your personal plan and discuss what you are interested in learning and experiencing at the Hameau Artist Retreat. Please contact me at 814-360-2116 or email
One of the best perks of attending Susan's classes, workshops, and retreats is the access to tons of free art supply samples. Susan has worked hard to get national art companies to back all of her workshops. This unique opportunity for Susan's students enables exploration of expensive fine artist quality materials for all mediums.
Purchase the S.Nicholas Signature Set by Jack Richeson on Judsons

Looking forward to helping you plan your personal Hameau Artist Retreat,

Big Valley Sunset, 12x19, Oil on Linen, Plein Air
Summer Heat Wave Online Sale - August 2022
Check out my new art on my Online Gallery & Store, or schedule a visit to my home gallery and studio in Bellefonte, PA. Be sure to check out my collection starters page.

I welcome you to call or email me.

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Susan Nicholas Gephart
351 East Bishop Street
Bellefonte, PA 16823
Hameau Artist Retreats Coordinator
Central PA Pastel Society
Gamblin Oil Workshop Instructor
Jack Richeson Certified Instructor
Multimedia Artboard Demonstrator
Sennelier Demonstrator of All Mediums
Plein Air Painters of Central PA Co-Founder
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