2020 August An Grianán Landscape Painting Weekend


August Landscape Painting Weekend

August Landscape Painting Weekend: Painting en plein air at the ICA headquarters An Grianán in Ireland’s beautiful County Louth with artist Kevin McSherry


Vouchers available for this event. €340. Click here. You can gift this August Landscape Painting Weekend to someone special


Get away from it all in a beautiful part of the country, while practising your painting skills. It’s a perfect way to see out the summer -and get some experience painting en plein air with guidance from me. Enjoy good food, great company and lots of fresh air and home comforts.

August weekender: Painting en plein air at An Grianán in beautiful County Louth, Ireland. 10 participants ONLY.

Date: Friday 28th August – Sunday 30th August 2020
Medium: Oil/acrylic Paint & Drawing
Participants: Maximum 10
Painting level: The course is suitable for all levels but please be aware that a basic level of drawing & painting techniques is needed.

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What you will learn:

During this weekend we will explore the local landscape to draw and paint alla prima studies.

On Friday afternoon, we’ll explore the area and make quick sketches in charcoal on paper – or you can leap right in and begin small, quick painted studies.

We have a full day on Saturday and I’ll begin the day with a demonstration oils study, showing how I compose, block out and complete a painting. I’ll demonstrate brushwork, texture and simplified description to get effective results. You’ll then work on your own for the afternoon.

On Sunday morning, we will look at using the studies we have already made, either to do extra work on them or to make complete new paintings in -studio using the studies as notes.

Come and join me at An Grianán, home of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association. It’s a glorious 18th century house that has been transformed into a cultural and educational centre. Set in the beautiful rolling hills of the Boyne Valley, kevin-mcsherry-art-classes-beginners-dublin-plein-air-oils-august-landscape-painting-weekend-workshop-ireland-2020.jpg


Painting en plein air with Kevin McSherry during a Dublin excursion.

About An Grianán

An Grianán is of immense historical significance with its original form dating back over 220 years.  It’s a glorious staely house set in the beautiful rolling hills of the Boyne Valley, which has been transformed into a cultural and educational centre.

This beautiful stately home was built in the 18th Century by the McClintock family and called Newtown House. In 1852 it was sold to a Drogheda merchant and shipbuilder called Ralph Smyth and in the early 1920’s it was bought by Helen Lentaigne, who allowed the newly constituted Irish Countrywomen’s Association to use Newtown House as a venue for one of the first ICA Summer Schools during the 1930’s.

In 1945 the Irish Tourist Board renovated the premises and opened the house as Tearman Hotel.

There are plenty of places to visit but you won’t have time for that; you’ll be painting the gorgeous scenery around the locality!

Dates: Friday 28th August – Sunday 30th September 2020

Total cost: €340. Price includes: 2 x nights Bed & Continental  Breakfast, Tea, Coffee & Scones on arrival. High tea Friday & Saturday evening, three course lunch on Saturday & Sunday. We have 2 twin rooms and 6 single rooms available to our group, so non-painting partners are welcome (See payment schedule below).

What you will need for painting

  • A plein air easel (or pochade-box easel). See here for a video guide to plein air easels.
  • Brushes
  • Paints Oils or acrylics See here for recommended colours.
  • Canvases (canvas boards or stretched canvases, keep them small to medium size. No bigger than A3).
  • Sketchbook and soft pencils/charcoal/preferred drawing material
  • Rags
  • Solvent
  • Linseed Oil
  • A set of 2 dippers for your solvent/oil (See here -they’re available in all good art shops)
  • Winsor & Newton Liquin (or Sennelier ‘Flow and Dry’)
  • A palette -suitable for outdoor work (A tear-off palette might be unwieldy)
  • Baby-wipes
  • If you’re apt to get tired standing, bring a very light stool -like an angler’s stool.
  • Remember to bring warm clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on!
A McSherryStudio en plein air excursion to paint the landscape beside the river in summer 2018
  • In the case of inclement weather, we have an art room available to us.

Accommodation There are 2 twin rooms and 6 single rooms available, so please contact An Grianán yourself and book your preferred accommodation. An Grianán: 041 9822119 or email  admin@an-grianan.ie

Weekend Program:

If you have special dietary requirements, you should contact An Grianán to discuss: An Grianán: 041 9822119 or email admin@an-grianan.ie

Friday Arrive 2.00pm: Tea/coffee and scones on arrival. Rooms allocated 3.00pm – 5.30pm. Exploration of landscape with sketching 5.30pm High Tea.

Saturday 8.45am-10.00am Breakfast 10.00am 12.30pm: Painting en plein air. (Demonstration to start) Includes coffee break. 1.00pm-2.30pm 3 course Lunch. 2.30pm-5.30pm Painting en plein air (weather permitting). 30 minute group critique of work. 5.30pm High Tea 

Sunday 8.45-10am Breakfast 10.00am -12.30pm: Painting in Art Room. (Demonstration to start) Includes coffee break. 12.30pm 3 course Lunch Vacate rooms by 1pm


The TOTAL cost for painting attendees is €340 (Non-painting partners €300).

A deposit of €125* is required to reserve your place, Payable before June 30 2020. by PayPal, cash, Visa or cheque. with the remaining balance paid by July 15. You will be sent a balance invoice separately.


*In case of cancellation your deposit is fully refundable up to 30 days from payment and refundable minus an administration charge of €50 until 20 days prior to the commencement of the course.

Non-painting partners

If you would like to be accompanied by a non-painting partner on the August Landscape Painting Weekend, please contact me directly on 086 247 0737 or email as we need to arrange appropriate accommodation with An Grianan directly.



An Grianán is only 1 hour 10 minutes from Dublin