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Rent a Room Facing the Beautiful St. Lawrence River

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Would you like to spend a week relaxing where the river meets the sea in beautiful Kamouraska, Eastern Quebec? I am renting out rooms in a gorgeous seaside heritage French Canadian house. Wonderful place to rest, rejuvenate and even take day excursions to local towns like Riviere du Loup. The room comes with access to a fully equipped kitchen and linens & towels. There is also a studio in the back of the house if you wish to paint.

Dates: August 31-September 7th.

Price: $400 all included for the week.

Contact me if you have any further questions: 514-639-6157.

The house with charming owners Anne Michaud and Gilles Turcotte

The view




Do You Feel Like Drawing this Summer?

Thursday, April 12th, 2012


Kamouraska (Quebec) Summer Drawing/Vacation

with Artist Deirdre McCay July 6 to July 13, 2012

My yearly drawing vacation (9th anniversary) in Kamouraska is fast approaching.  The registration for the course has begun.  I myself cannot resist the trip every year.  Kamouraska is a magical place full of wildflowers, sea air, beautiful sunsets and views across the majestic St. Lawrence River.  Picturesque Quebec towns dot the whole area. The town of Kamouraska has art galleries, spas, restaurants, an amazing bakery, and many boutiques and coffee houses.  All of these are in walking distance from the house. The house we stay in faces the water (and the sunsets) and has a studio and fireplace.  Mornings are devoted to the study of drawing (anything and everything) and afternoons are free. Each night of the week, one student cooks a meal for the others. In this way we can sample each person’s favourite recipes.  We end each day in sharing experiences and enjoying conversation.

Each year I adapt the drawing course to the participants. We decide together what to concentrate on. Beginners or advanced students will both be integrated into the course.  The house can house 6 students, but families can come up and stay in the many beautiful bed and breakfast houses in the town.  If you would like to join us this year, you can e-mail me or phone 514-639-6157.

You can read more about the Kamouraska trip here:

Only a Few Spots Left for Kamouraska Retreat (2011)

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Hi Everyone!
The week long retreat I give in Kamouraska, Quebec will be underway for a 6th consecutive year in June 2011. Its a wonderful opportunity to spend time in nature while taking drawing courses. Open to all levels. Only a couple of spots left at the cottage. Please let me know if you have any questions! Here is information about the retreat:


Tentative: JUNE 12-19, 2011, Kamouraska, Quebec (confirmation coming soon)

Kamouraska Profile Shot

  • 6 mornings of instruction (3 hours per day)
  • Live in farmhouse facing the beautiful St. Lawrence River with 6 other students and teacher (myself)
  • price: $875.00 (lodging and instruction)


Once each year, Deirdre McCay offers to share her knowledge of Renaissance drawing techniques with students in an intensive course given in Kamouraska, Quebec. Her training, acquired in Boston U.S.A. and England was oriented to European traditions (both from Italy and France). This training is very difficult to find in Canadian art programs.