Do you who want to get away from it all in a beautiful part of the country, while practising your painting skills? Following a brilliant and successful weekend painting excursion in May 2019, we’ve been invited to return and repeat the experience, so if you missed the first one; here’s your golden opportunity to join us. Come and join me at An Grianán, home of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association. It’s a glorious 18th century house, set in the beautiful rolling hills of the Boyne Valley that has been transformed into a cultural and educational centre. During this weekend we will explore the local landscape to draw and paint alla prima painting studies –and I will guide you and give plenty of painting demonstrations to help spur you on.
August weekender: Painting en plein air at An Grianán in beautiful County Louth, Ireland. 10 participants ONLY.
Date: Friday 30th 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.
In the case of inclement weather, we have an art room available to us.
The TOTAL cost for painting attendees is €340 (Non-painting partners €300). A deposit of €170* is required to reserve your placeby PayPal, cash, Visa or cheque.
This week is aimed at all painters from near beginners to intermediate painters who want to enjoy painting en plein air in a beautiful environment with guidance and improve their painting technique.
With over one hectare of land, and approached via a long tree-lined avenue, the house “La Clé” slowly reveals itself as a charming house secluded and spacious with 7 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, and sitting on mature grounds with its grove of olive trees and wooded area.
The house is a really beautiful villa, up in the hills, overlooking the quaint and beautiful village of Cotignac, a 10 minute walk away from excellent restaurants, craft shops and a Boulangerie with crusty breads to die for. The villa has been completely renovated but is still a lovely old building full of charm, tastefully decorated and furnished with nooks and crannies everywhere so that everyone can find their own little space in this wonderful place.
There is also a 6mX12 m pool in travertine stone and plenty of comfortable deckchairs to relax and chill…
The terrace of ‘la Clé’ villa, Cotignac, Provence
But the pièce de resistance is the view from the terrace at night, down into the village with the twinkly lights. Good for the soul! Lovely walks and vineyards …The beautiful town square which is only a short walk away has plenty of restaurants to cater for all tastes and are very reasonable. There is even singing & dancing in the square in the evenings…
The terrace of ‘la Clé’ villa, with views over Cotignac, Provence
We will be painting outdoors, the weather in May should be lovely! There is plenty to paint on site, with olive trees , the views of the country surrounding Cotignac, including a nearby waterfall only 15 minutes away from the house. This medieval village is dominated by a magnificent rock with sheer cliffs. At the summit are the ruins of an ancient Saracen fortress. The town boasts wonderful examples of architecture, ranging from the 12th to the 18th centuries.
We will paint for 5 days allowing one day off to explore the beautiful surrounding area.
Materials: you will need….A standard tripod or pochade easel, paints, brushes and small canvas boards. A full checklist will be sent to you closer to the time.