Independent Workshops

Art Adventure on Grand Manan

JUNE 10-13, JULY 22-24, and AUGUST 26-29.

Your instructor is: Carole Forbes

Grand Manan is now home to Carole Forbes, who has been a professional artist for over 36 years. While teaching herself, she has developed drawing and painting techniques that she now teaches to others.

Carole’s in-studio workshops will be held at the Dragonfly Art Supply, 130 Route 776, North Head, Grand Manan. All workshops include muffins, coffee and tea each morning at 9:30, and full lunch each day. The workshops will run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm each day, and enrollment will be limited to only 10 people for lots of personal attention. Every student will work on their own picture at their own pace. Whether you are a beginner or experienced you are sure to learn new ways to enhance your artwork.

Working with ink pens, inktense pencils and watercolor paint, this method is ideal for travel, card making, art journaling as well as creating beautiful paintings. With no mess and no odors it is ideal for working in small spaces. The workshops will provide the opportunity to use many new mediums you’ve yet to try.

Participants will get to know and have fun with their fellow artists while unleashing their own creativity. Each workshop will begin with a Saturday evening social gathering with snacks, drinks and demos.

Two four-day workshops (June 10, 11, 12, 13, and August 26, 27, 28, 29) will focus is on drawing techniques using inktense pencils (water-soluble ink), and watercolor painting. The cost for the 4 day workshop is $340. A three-day workshop ( July 22, 23, and 24) will focus primarily on drawing and inktense pencils. Carole’s show at the Grand Manan Art Gallery will be included during this worshop. The cost for the 3 day workshop is $250. A deposit of $100 will hold your spot. There will be an optional farewell dinner at the Marathon Inn.

Registration and Contact Information for Carole Forbes:
Email: / Cell Phone: 1-506-662-4401 / FACEBOOK
Mailing Address: 1843 Route 776, Grand Manan, NB, E5G 3H1.

Painting Grand Manan

July 10 to 17

Your instructor is:  Martha Johnson

Martha Johnson has a Fine Art BA from the University of Guelph, and she has been teaching drawing and painting at the Avenue Road Arts School, Toronto since 1996.

Over thirty years working as a visual artist, Martha has produced drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations. She has designed sets and costumes for Canadian Stage Company, Necessary Angel Theatre Company and Desrossier Dance Theatre. She is also a founding member of Figure x 4, the Artist Group that initiated annual figurative exhibitions featured in tandem with dance.

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 gets you into the landscape quickly and welcomes all levels of experience (and mediums). Her approach to locating sites includes attention to composition, colour and an easy set-up. The course 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. You will work at a number of remarkable sites on the island as well as having access to some of the “off the beaten track” locations.

Martha’s point of view as an instructor is positive with informal critiques designed to create a sense of camaraderie and a dynamic learning environment.

Painting At North Head

July 17 to 24

Your instructor is : Jennifer Hinrichs

Jennifer Hinrichs was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and spent her early years near the Atlantic Ocean, giving her a life-long affinity for sea places.

Educated in Toronto, she studied art and design at Central Technical School’s 3 year Diploma of Art program, after which she worked as an art director in both advertising and publishing. During these years, Jennifer continued painting and exhibiting her work, which can now be seen in galleries such as White Wall North, and Studio Vogue in Toronto. For the last 8 years, she has taught drawing and painting at the Avenue Road Arts School, and during the summers leads a landscape painting workshop on Grand Manan Island.

The focus of the Grand Manan workshop will be to see landscape in a new way through understanding composition, colour, subject matter and technique. Working outdoors in the mediums of your choice, explore the excitement of quickly capturing a scene through gesture drawing, as well as developing more in-depth studies using light and shade to create drama and mood. As a popular teacher, Jennifer places emphasis on individual attention and positive reinforcement, creating a welcoming and encouraging group dynamic for all levels of experience.

Jennifer has been an artist-in-residence for the Masterworks Foundation in Bermuda in 2004, and also in Montecastello di Vibio, Italy in 2011. She exhibited her paintings at the Florence Biennale in 2009, and her work can be found in private collections internationally.

Sketching and Watercolour Painting

July 24 to 29

Your instructor is: Barry Coombs

Grand Manan 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.

Barry’s workshop will focus 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.

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.

Barry Coombs has been leading painting holidays on Grand Manan Island since 1991. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, Barry Coombs has led workshops in Quebec and Maritime Canada for 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.