COME to the MOUNTAINS for a learning vacation while honing your artistic skills!

HOUSE on the HILL STUDIO WORKSHOPS in Conway, NH, offers one and two day workshops especially designed for the Valley visitor. Weeklong and weekly classes are also available as well as private lessons and consultations.

The location boasts 180 degree views of New Hampshire's White Mountains, including Mount Washington. Spring, summer, fall or winter, the views are ever-changing and extraordinary!

(and YES! the image above IS the view from our location!)


HOUSE on the HILL STUDIO WORKSHOPS is making arrangements
with area B & Bs to create the perfect experience for your
Mount Washington Valley art getaway!
If you have interest in the classes below, please contact me by e-mail: or by calling 603-452-5319

includes classes taught at other venues!


Mount Washington Valley Arts Association
North Conway, NH

Illustrating Children’s Books & Products for Fun or Profit
Nancy White Cassidy, Instructor
June 5 – July 17 (no class July 3)

This 6-week course is designed for both beginners and experienced illustration students. The students will develop solid techniques in creating illustrations for various markets: children’s, editorial, book and licensing. You will learn how to get your art seen by the illustration-buying industry. For the first class, bring your ideas, sketches or stories as well as a sketchpad, tracing paper, pencils and erasers. Be sure to bring a notebook to take copious notes. Digital artists should bring their laptops and peripherals. Inspirational visits to the instructor’s studio are planned as part of the course.

Members $120; Non-Members $145

For more information or questions, please contact the instructor at, 603-452-5319

Register for this course through MWVAA: 603-356-2787 or

Drawing in Perspective - 1, 2 & 3-point
Saturday, 10 - 4
Date: TBA
Fee: TBA
Location: TBA


Start out the spring season by learning how to draw in the correct perspectives. Using drafting materials such as T-squares and triangles, the student will learn, step-by-step, how to create accurate drawings. This course is beneficial to students in any media, and may be used as a cornerstone to learning 3-D design. All materials and equipment will be furnished. Please bring a bag lunch. (Limit: 6 students)

Left: preliminary drawing of an illustration in two-point perspective. To see the finished piece in the color children's illustration color slideshow. click here!

Apple Blossoms and Snowy Mountains (any medium)
Saturday, 10 - 3
Date: TBA
Fee: TBA
Location: TBA

A few moments' drive from House on the Hill Studio is an extraordinary spot with a view of Mount Washington and overlooking an apple orchard! We will set up easels and work in our chosen medium on this breathtaking landscape. Some time in the afternoon, we will return to the Studio to finish work and participate in a critique of the paintings. Please wear appropriate clothing (dress in layers), bring bug spray and a bag lunch. If you have a portable easel, please bring it. Materials are NOT provided for this class. (Limit: 12 students)

Illustrating Children's Books - A Weeklong Intensive
Monday-Friday, 10 - 3 (Orientation Sunday evening)
Date: TBA
Fee: TBA
Location: TBA

Children's picture books are more popular today than ever. Students in this intensive weeklong class will learn the ins and outs of children's illustration. Topics covered will include: character development, creating thumbnails, storyboards, making book dummies, approaching publishers plus much more. Students are encouraged to bring their ideas, sketches and enthusiasm to share. If you work digitally, bring your laptop and any peripheral devices you may need/wi-fi is available. (Limit: 10 students)
Left: illustration by Nancy White Cassidy


Capturing the Falls!
Thursday, 10-2
Date: TBA
Fee: TBA
Location: Jackson Falls on the Ellis River

The Jackson Falls in the storybook village of Jackson, NH are an artist's dream! These falls cascade over huge slabs of granite which form natural steps. Learn how to draw and/or paint this magnificent natural structure in this one-day workshop. Please bring your medium of choice. I'll have a limited number of easels, but if you have one, please bring it along. Dress in layers and bring some bug spray. Don't miss this class! (Limit: 12 students)

Creating Organic-Looking Pastel Paintings
Friday, 9-3
Date: TBA
Fee: TBA
Location: TBA

Learn a unique technique using natural papers, fibers, leaves and grasses along with soft pastels. This method produces a piece that is organic in look and feel, and is expressive of your own individual creativity. This workshop is open to all, regardless as to artistic ability. All materials are included. Please bring a hairdryer for your own work and an apron or old shirt. (Limit: 12 students)
Left:student work

Creating Botanical Art (Three-day workshop)
Friday - Sunday, 9-3
Date: TBA
Fee: TBA
Location: TBA

Botanical art is so classic, but never out of style. In this workshop, you'll create your own botanical art working both from the real objects as well as from photo reference. All materials are provided, and you'll have a choice of several mediums in which to work (pastels, colored pencils, and acrylics). You may bring your own plants, fruits and/or flowers if you wish but it's not necessary. You'll love this class!
(Limit: 12 students

Left: botanical illustration by Nancy White Cassidy


If you would like to see a particular workshop or class offered, PLEASE let me know.
I will also be inviting guest artists to teach future workshops through the Studio, so check back later!


House on the Hill Studio in Conway, NH has its roots in Connecticut, where, until recently, studio owner Nancy White Cassidy lived all her life. That studio was about 200 square feet smaller than the new Studio.

In its past life, this was the studio of ceramics artist Susan Neet Goodwin (Susan's beautiful Portrait Pots may be seen on her website). But the kiln and other ceramics equipment have since moved away to a new studio, and House on the Hill Studio now calls this wonderful space home.

The studio is furnished with a 'gray water' sink (no connection to septic, but instead drains into a gravel pit), ample room for drawing tables and easels, Wi-Fi, and fabulous mountain views from the bay windows and from the deck outside. Thanks to the previous owner, the hillside outside is planted with an abundance of wildflowers and flowering fruit trees. Butterflies and birds abound. It is truly a mountain paradise!

Studio visits by appointment.

HOUSE on the HILL STUDIO WORKSHOPS are available to come to you! Birthday parties, Girls' Night Out (or guys), Mother and Daughter Art Days are all suggestions! Contact us for available dates and pricing!

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