Sicily, Italy 2015

Sketching and Painting in Watercolour
October 14 – 29, 2015
Barry Coombs and Marlin Travel

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Syracuse and Taormina, located on the eastern coast of Sicily, are the two venues for our painting holiday. Ancient Syracuse was the most important city of Greater Greece and rivaled Athens. Greek and Roman ruins, marvelous Baroque architecture and colourful fishing boats comprise some of the inspiring subject matter we will enjoy. Taormina was host to the summer villas of wealthy Romans and it’s beauty is legendary. We visited Sicily in 2008 and enjoyed a very successful and rewarding painting holiday. It’s definitely time for a return trip.

Our workshop focuses on watercolour painting, pen and ink sketching and pen drawing with wash. This workshop is for participants with some previous experience in their chosen medium. 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. A reasonable level of physical fitness will be necessary. Walking and stairs will be unavoidable although art materials can be packed on an airline-style wheeled trolley and taxis can be used at times. The workshop has been planned so that car rental is unnecessary and impractical.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN? Barry has extensive teaching experience and is able to bring out the best in artists of different levels of skill and experience. He will introduce participants to new ideas and approaches to plein air painting and is very well-known for his insightful critiques. His solid grounding in the traditional fundamentals of drawing, watercolour technique, colour and composition benefits 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 in Ontario, Quebec and Maritime Canada for over twenty years as well as many international painting holidays in 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.

Our carrier is Alitalia and we will travel direct from Toronto to Rome before connecting to Catania. In Syracuse, we will return to the Hotel Gutkowski, a charming three-star boutique hotel perfectly located on the edge of the water in the Ortygia, the old town. Our hotel in Taormina is the four-star Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina which has received excellent reviews and is also in a great location.

Syracuse – Hotel Gutkowski (3 Star)
Taormina – Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina (4 Star)

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• Round-trip Airfare from Toronto-Rome-Catania with Alitalia
• Private Ground Transfers
• 14 Nights Accommodation
• Professional English-speaking Tour Escort throughout our trip
• Breakfasts at Hotels
• Welcome Dinner
• Farewell Dinner
• Half Day Guided Tour in Siracusa (2 hours)
• Half Day Guided Tour in Ragusa (2 hours)
• Half Day Guided Tour in Noto (2 hours)
• Half Day Guided Tour guide in Taormina (2 hours)
• Full Day excursion (sketchbooks and cameras) to Ragusa & Noto by Private Bus – Lunch and Local Guides
• Full Day excursion (all painting) to Archeological Park in Siracusa by Private Bus
• Entrance Fees to Archeological Park in Siracusa and Greek Theatre in Taormina
• Porterage of 1 piece per person – In and Out
• Tuition/Workshop Fee
• All Taxes (except a Euro 1.50 hotel city tax, payable to hotel, per person, per night

• Insurance (travel/cancellation insurance is strongly recommended)
• Meals and Beverages not listed above
• Gratuities, personal extras and admissions unless mentioned in the inclusions section

• Single Occupancy (painter): $CDN 5849.00 per person
• Double Occupancy (painter): $CDN 5099.00 per person
• Double Occupancy (non-painter): $CDN 4799.00 per person

***All prices are based on a minimum group size of 15 participants. If the minimum group size is not attained an additional supplement may apply. Participants will be advised at time of final payment.

1) Contact Barry Coombs at to reserve your spot on a first-come, first-serve basis and to receive a registration number. Marlin Travel will not enroll you without a registration number.
2) Call our Marlin Travel agent after receiving your registration number and contact information.
3) Pay non-refundable $500 travel package deposit to Marlin Travel, due immediately. The purchase of travel/cancellation insurance is also highly recommended and payable at time of deposit.
4) Pay travel package balance to Marlin Travel; due June 22, 2015. The balance is non-refundable unless you have purchased cancellation insurance.



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