Paint the Little Red Lighthouse

06/19/2022 01:00 PM - 04:30 PM ET


Paint the Little Red Lighthouse!

Date: Sunday, June 19, 2022, 1:00 pm-4:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine Buchanan
Class size: 10
Registration deadline: Friday, June 17, 2022

Join us for a painting class as you relax in the Wooden Boat School on the historic Kingston Waterfront. Students will enjoy an afternoon of instruction and leave with a finished 11x14 acrylic on canvas painting of the Little Red Lighthouse.

No experience is necessary and this class is open to anyone who wants to paint or is inspired by lighthouses. All materials are provided. Painter and instructor Catherine Buchanan will provide guidance as students create their works of art.

About the Instructor
After studying art at San Francisco State University Catherine Buchanan worked photographing museum collections in California. She paints because she loves the challenge of creating lifelike images. Her series of large animal portraits showed in venues around San Francisco for many years and her dog paintings gained a wider audience after Pomegranate Press published a calendar.

In 1999 she sailed to the South Pacific on a 40’ boat with a friend from Mexico to New Zealand, visiting more than forty islands on the way. In 2001 she moved ashore in American Samoa to open a thrift store and continue painting in the islands. Catherine is currently building her own house and painting in Kingston.

Hudson River Lighthouse Painting Series
This class is one of a series, each featuring one of the 7 remaining lighthouses that dot the Hudson River: Hudson-Athens Lighthouse, Saugerties Lighthouse, Rondout Lighthouse, Esopus Meadows Lighthouse, Stony Point Lighthouse, Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse, and the Little Red Lighthouse. Separate registration is required for each class in the series. Dedicated painters who commit to 6 of the classes can attend their 7th class at no charge. A list of the classes can be found at

About Hudson River Lighthouses
Of the dozens of lighthouses and lights that once dotted the Hudson River, only seven remain. This iconic American river, at the heart of the rise of New York City and westward expansion into the interior of the continent, was also a transportation super highway long before automobiles were invented. Throughout it all, the lighthouses kept watch, guarding the safety of the Hudson’s waterborne traffic.

The Little Red Lighthouse (1921), also known as the Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse, was built to mark a hazardous “hook” on the river and was soon overshadowed by the construction of the George Washington Bridge. Famously featured in Hildegarde Swift’s 1942 children’s book, The Little Red Lighthouse, it was spared from demolition. Located in Fort Washington Park, 181st Street, New York, NY. 

This painting series coincides with the development of the film “Seven Sentinels: Lighthouses of the Hudson River,” a feature-length documentary HRMM is producing together with Moonbow Imaging. Learn more at


General Public: $95
Members at Individual Level: $85
Members at Household Level & Above: $80

Materials: $20 (included at checkout)

**Members must log into the museum website during registration to apply their discount. Please note membership must be current as of the date of the class. Call the museum at 845-338-0071 for questions about membership.

Hudson River Maritime Museum
Wooden Boat School Classroom
86 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY 12401

Cancellation Policy
Full refunds will be offered for cancellations that occur 30 days or more before a program's registration deadline (if no deadline, the first day of the program). Cancellations between 30 and 7 days will be offered a 50% refund or credit toward another class. Cancellations after the registration deadline or within 7 days of the first day of class (whichever comes first) will not be refunded.