Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick 2020

August 9 – 14, 2020 (Please, read schedule below)

Grand Manan Island is the jewel of the Bay of Fundy and a long-time destination for artists. Lighthouses, fishing villages and rugged coastal scenery provide stimulating subjects for sketching and painting.

Our workshop focuses on en plein air sketching and watercolour painting. Participants working in other media are very welcome, as are non-painting partners and friends. Demonstrations, individual attention and constructive critiques are essential elements of this creative learning experience. This workshop is for participants with some previous experience in the medium.

Barry has thirty years of teaching experience and is able to bring out the best in painters of different levels of skill and experience. He will introduce participants to new ideas and approaches to en plein air painting and is very well-known for his insightful and constructive critiques. His solid grounding in the traditional fundamentals of drawing, watercolour technique, colour and composition will benefit all participants. His own watercolours, featured in the April 2013 issue of the UK’s Leisure Painter magazine, are colourful and playful and loosely inspired by Cubism. At some point in every workshop, he will discuss his recent work and is quite happy to provide guidance to anyone interested in trying this fascinating creative process.

A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, Barry Coombs has led workshops and painting holidays in Ontario, BC, Quebec and Maritime Canada for thirty years as well as many international workshops in Portugal, England, Italy, France, Greece and Mexico. Barry exhibits his work locally and internationally and represented Canada at the G20 World Artist Festival in Seoul, South Korea in 2010. He is represented by Gallery on the Bay in Hamilton, Ontario.

View photos of past Grand Manan painting holidays.

• Orientation Get-together on Sunday evening
• Tuition for five painting days; Monday to Friday from approx. 9am – 4pm
• Use of studio in the event of inclement weather
• Final Critique on Friday evening

• Welcome Dinner on Sunday evening and Farewell Dinner on Friday evening – these meals will be scheduled at the Compass Rose Inn and participants will choose from the regular daily menu

• Sunday, August 9: Arrival Day and Welcome Dinner
• Monday, August 10 – Friday, August 14: Painting Days
• Friday, August 14: Farewell Dinner and Final Critique
• Saturday, August 15 – Sunday, August 16: Our workshop is over but many participants stay until Sunday and explore the island on Saturday. Whale-watching, sea-kayaking and hiking are a few of many popular activities.

Grand Manan offers a variety of places to stay, including B&B’s, inns, cottages, campgrounds and a motel. Contact Barry Coombs using the form below for a list of recommended accommodations. Don’t delay! Most places book up fast for the summer season.

Many participants drive to Grand Manan. The car ferry leaves from Black’s Harbour, which is one hour south of Saint John, every two hours. Some fly to Saint John and rent a car for the week. Contact Barry for assistance with planning your trip.

Contact Barry Coombs at or use the contact form below. Registration will be confirmed when a non-refundable deposit of $100 is received. The balance of $450 is due no later than July 10, 2020.

After July 31, 2020 the workshop fee is non-refundable. In the event of insufficient enrollment, a full refund will be made.

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