An August weekend of en plein air painting in beautiful County Louth.
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Do you who want to get away from it all in a beautiful part of the country, while practising your painting skills?
August weekender: Painting en plein air at An Grianán in beautiful County Louth, Ireland. 10 participants ONLY.
Date: Friday30th August – Sunday 1st September 2019
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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Overview: 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,
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. 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: 30th August –1st September 2019
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).
- A plein air easel (or pochade-box easel). See here for a video guide to plein air easels.
- 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
- 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)
- 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!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekend Program: If you have special dietary requirements, you should contact An Grianán to discuss: An Grianán: 041 9822119 or email email@example.com
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 €170* is required to reserve your place by PayPal, cash, Visa or cheque. You can pay the deposit by using the PayPal button below.
*In case of cancellation your deposit is fully refundable up to 30 days before the event and refundable minus an administration charge of €50 until 20 days prior to the commencement of the course. Balance to be paid no later than July 25th 2019 – you will be sent a balance invoice separately.