Vermont 2018

September 23 – 30, 2018

Join us for an exciting ‘en plein air’ watercolour workshop in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. This will be a ‘driving’ workshop so a vehicle will be needed. Our host will be a lovely, historic lodge with both rooms and cabins.  Breakfast is included in the room/cabin rates. We will have two group dinners, Sunday and Friday, which will be charged to your account. You’re welcome to dine at the lodge any evening and packed lunches are available. If you’re in a cabin, you’ll have the opportunity for self-catering. Do you have a painting pal or two with whom you’d like to share the drive and lodging?

Barry Coombs has been leading ‘en plein air’ painting holidays since 1991. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, he has led workshops in Quebec and Maritime Canada for twenty years as well as many international workshops in England, Italy, France, Greece, USA, Portugal and Mexico. He is noted for his positive and constructive attitude and ability to work with students of all levels of skill and experience. Barry exhibits his work locally and internationally and represented Canada at the G20 World Artist Festival in Seoul, South Korea in 2010.

Our workshop focuses on watercolour painting, pen and ink sketching and pen drawing with wash. 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 their chosen medium.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN? Barry has extensive 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 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.

• Tuition for five painting days; Monday to Friday from approx. 9am – 4pm
• Use of studio
• Final Critique on Friday evening

• Sunday, September 23: Arrival Day
• Monday, September 24 – Friday, September 28: Painting Days
• Friday, September 28: Final Critique
• Saturday, September 29 – Sunday, September 30: Our workshop is over but most participants stay until Sunday and explore the region on Saturday. Sight-seeing, hiking and even more painting are a few of many popular activities.

***Note that I have booked a Welcome Dinner on Sunday evening and a Farewell Dinner on Friday evening. These meals are not included in the workshop fee and will be charged to the account of participants.

Everyone in the workshop, with no exceptions, will be staying at the Highland Lodge: Have a look at their website. A map of the room and cabin plans is on the site.

Most, if not all, participants will drive to Vermont. Contact me for assistance with planning your trip.

It may be possible to arrange sharing. Contact me for more information.

Contact Barry Coombs at or use the contact form below. You will receive a registration number. Registration will be confirmed when a non-refundable deposit of $100 is received. The balance of $350 is due no later than Friday, August 31, 2018.

After Friday, September 7, 2018 the workshop fee is non-refundable. In the event of insufficient enrollment, a full refund will be made.


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