Independent Workshops

Ontario artists Martha Johnson, Jennifer Hinrichs and Barry Coombs have been presenting summer workshops on Grand Manan for many years. They will be returning in 2019 to provide instruction in acrylics, oils, pastels, mixed media and watercolours.

Qualified students at the Grand Manan Community School are eligible to receive free tuition and art supplies for these workshops (see below).

Painting Grand Manan (Acrylic Painting for Travellers)

July 7 to 14, 2019

The instructor is Martha Johnson

Martha Johnson has been teaching drawing and painting at the Avenue Road Arts School, Toronto since 1996. She has a Fine Art BA from the University of Guelph, and was later mentored by Tom Hodgson (Painter’s Eleven).

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 re-discovering 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.

Landscape With Mixed Media: Paint, Pastels and More

July 14 to 21, 2019

The instructor is Jennifer Hinrichs

Jennifer Hinrichs has been teaching drawing and painting to beginners and more advanced students for several years at the Avenue Road Arts School and George Brown College in Toronto. Her own pastels and paintings are in collections across North America and Bermuda, where she was an artist-in-residence with the Masterworks Foundation.

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.

Sketching and Watercolour Painting

August 11-16, 2019

The instructor is Barry Coombs

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. Barry been leading painting holidays here since 1991. His 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.

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, Portugal and Mexico. Barry exhibits his work locally and internationally and represented Canada at the G20 World Artist Festival in Seoul, South Korea in 2010.
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.