Summer Art Scholarships

Students at the Grand Manan Community School will be eligible to receive free tuition and art supplies for art workshops to be held on Grand Manan in July and August of 2020.

Barry Coombs

Barry CoombsAs a high school student, Hamilton artist Barry Coombs ( had the opportunity to attend art programs during school breaks in March. He was grateful for this experience, and as a way of giving something back, he will provide free tuition for a Grand Manan Community School student (in Grades nine to 12) to attend his workshop Sketching and Watercolour Painting to be held from August 11 to 16, 2020.

A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, Barry has led art workshops in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland, as well as many international painting holidays in England, Italy, France, Greece, Portugal and Mexico.


Martha Johnson

martha-01aToronto artist Martha Johnson ( will also be offering free tuition to deserving GMCS students. Martha has been teaching drawing and painting at the Avenue Road Arts School, Toronto since 1996. She is known for her passionate approach to the landscape. Her recent avian paintings and sculptures have developed as a result of her time spent on Grand Manan rediscovering an historic event when an Albatross from Antarctica was sited in the Bay of Fundy in 1913.

Martha’s workshop will show you how to paint on site, work with a sketchbook, take digital photos and gather notes and information that may be applicable to developing larger studio work. Her point of view as an instructor is positive with informal critiques designed to create a sense of camaraderie and a dynamic learning environment. Her workshop Painting Grand Manan (Acrylic Painting for Travellers) runs from July 12 to 19, 2020.

How do I apply?
Applications for these scholarships may be submitted to Alison Ogilvie, Grand Manan Community School ( Students should include samples of their artwork (preferably three or four jpeg files), and a letter describing their interest in art. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2020.