September 2018 Painting Workshop at Glendalough with Rod Coyne

September 2018 Painting Workshop – Avoca Painting School

Rod Coyne’s September 2018 Painting Workshop promises quality time channeling St. Kevin’s hermitage on the shores of the upper lake, Glendalough.

€20 early-bird discount. Scroll down to book your workshop ticket.

Finola’s Testimonial

“Found yesterday’s workshop with Rod at the Meeting of the Waters in Avoca a thoroughly enjoyable day. Just the most beautiful setting for painting outdoors. All organised to the last detail. Great rapport among the group, facilitated by Rod’s easy manner. I learnt loads, went beyond my comfort zone and feel inspired to get outside to paint more. Many thanks for all your guidance, Rod.”Finola.

September 2018 Painting Workshop

– What’s included?

  • Painting demonstration: from blank canvas to finished picture
  • Drawing tuition and guidance with an experienced, practicing artist
  • Technical advise on colour mixing and composition
  • Direction on interpreting light and reading the landscape
  • Practical suggestions for painting outdoors
  • Historical insights and views of the beautiful Wicklow scenery

September 2018 Painting Workshop

– Itinerary

We meet at this scenic Wicklow location at 10am and Rod Coyne will provide a drawing/painting demonstration as introduction before the group start their own art works. Throughout the day Rod always is on hand with individual tips and techniques for all students appropriate to their level. There is a much needed break for lunch before completing the days work at 4pm. The emphasis is on enjoying the painting process in an informal, friendly atmosphere, and as part of a group dynamic. The workshop is suitable for beginners and experienced painters.

Materials and equipment such as paint, canvases, paper, easels, drawing-boards, brushes and solvents and rags are to be brought along to the class by the student. A list of essential materials is available on request. Alternatively basic drawing and painting materials and equipment can be provided for a surcharge of € 20 per day. Students can also hire easels separately at a rate of €5 per day. Please note all of the above need to be booked in advance. Workshop T&C’s.

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For every workshop Rod Coyne starts the day with a painting demo. Here you see his latest work presented in front of the Upper Lake, Glendalough.
For every workshop Rod Coyne starts the day with a painting demo. Here you see his latest work presented in front of the Upper Lake, Glendalough.

Painting Holiday 2018 with Avoca Painting School

Painting Holiday 2018 with Avoca Painting School

Rod Coyne hosts our Painting Holiday 2018 and this year’s will be 23rd till 27th July 2018 at stunning painting locations in County Wicklow, the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. Early-birds avail of €75 discount by booking one month ahead.

Book your ticket at the bottom of this page.

Scroll down to book your painting holiday ticket or read our workshop itinerary and T&C’s.

Painting students working on the shores of Glendalough Lake, just one venue in the Painting Holiday 2018.
Painting students working on the shores of Glendalough Lake, just one venue in the Painting Holiday 2018.

Painting Holiday 2018 – dedicated me-time

Avoca Painting School’s Painting Holiday 2018 allows you to develop your creative side in the midst of the Wicklow Mountains in the heart of the “Garden of Ireland”. The week is tailored for absolute beginners and experienced painters. Whether you’re starting out and would like to learn new techniques, or have been painting for years and want to take it onto the next level this course is for you. Participants will take home much more than their new creations – working outdoors gives a natural feeling of achievement, fulfillment and recharges the human batteries.

Practicing professional artist Rod Coyne, who has over 25 years experience working plein air, will demonstrate all techniques. While painting everyone will be supported with tips and techniques relating to the use of various materials, composition, colour-mixing and brushwork appropriate to their level. Rod chooses each painting location with care and attention to the needs of his students. He is also keenly aware of the roll weather has to play and carefully factors this into each daily scene. In fact the chosen locations will provide plenty for any non-painters to see and enjoy.

Painting at the Meeting of the Waters is just one day in Rod Coyne's Painting Holiday 2018.
Painting at the Meeting of the Waters is just one day in Rod Coyne’s Painting Holiday 2018.

Book your own Workshop Accommodation

Not everyone books accommodation with us and we’re fine with that. Many Avoca Painting School students like to take charge and put their own weekend and holiday packages together. We have compiled a list of nearby overnight options to help you book your own workshop accommodation.

Workshop host, Rod Coyne, completes his painting demo for eager students. The umbrellas are up but spirits remain un-dampened.
Workshop host, Rod Coyne, completes his painting demo for eager students. The umbrellas are up but spirits remain un-dampened.

Painting Holiday 2018 – Rod’s take

Rod Coyne explaining painting techniques for working outdoors.

“I love hosting the painting holidays because of the group dynamic which builds during the week. We look to create an informal, friendly and fun atmosphere where the art seems to thrive. And it’s always fascinating to see how far students develop during a period of total immersion in paint. I see them leave brimming with confidence, having moved from tentative mark making on Monday to attacking the canvas with gusto by Friday” – Rod Coyne.

See our 2018 Holiday Painting Locations.

Packing for Plein Air Painting

Packing for Plein Air Painting

Rod Coyne shares what he’s packing for plein air painting these days. The full one hour video is now available on DVD and Digital Download here.

With over 20 years experience, Rod Coyne is one of the most exciting landscape painters in Ireland today. This DVD is about spontaneity, visual composition, and trusting your inner impulse. Whether you want to loosen up your landscape painting style or sit back and rod do the work – this master-class is for you. With his affable approach, this artist will inspire painters and Ireland fans alike.

There’s more to “Secrets of the Palette Knife” than just painting. Spend a day with artist Rod Coyne in the spectacular surroundings of the “Garden of Ireland”. He invites you to his plein air studio on a hidden shore of the Avoca River. In this 60 minute film Coyne shares a both hypnotising and meditative insight into the process of creating a picture from beginning to end. The artist’s expert guidance into palette painting will whisk you along just as the River flows through the Vale of Avoca.

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Painting Demo Video with a Star Wars Slant

Painting Demo Video – How the West was Won!

Rod Coyne painted this picture, ” Skelligs Arch ” at Dr. Noelle Campbell-Sharp’s Origin Gallery . The live painting demo was a part of his “Waters Soft & Wild” exhibition in October 2015. This demo was captured with a time lapse camera. Sit back a see just how this little part of the West was Won by a determent artist wielding a palette knife.

Painting Demo Video – Star Wars couldn’t resist!

To date two Star Wars movies have embraced the Skelligs as a ready-to-go film set. It’s no wonder of course, these two sentinel islands lay on the Europe’s most westerly fringe and drip with otherworldly presence. Skellig Michael and Skellig Beag have featured heavily in Rod Coyne’s paintings since the year 2000 and his first residency at the singular Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat. Yet he first painted them on a 1st year field trip with the Crawford College of Art.

Painting Demo Video – Star Wars pays homage to Rod

“Like some many of my generation Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader’s rivalry were an integral backdrop to my childhood and early teenage years. Sure the story existed in another time and a galaxy far away but for an Irish kid the first three movies occupied a realm completely alien to 1970’s Ireland. They also represented a glamorous, sophisticated America which seemed as far off to me as the worlds and planets depicted on the silver screen.

Movie still: Luke vs Vader.
Movie still: Luke vs Vader.

Fast forward to the present and the long awaited release of The Force Awakens and I could barely contain my excitement and expectation of how my Skelligs were going to be integrated into the story line. Disney were actually paying homage to my central painting motif. I wasn’t disappointed with the islands depiction but I did leave the table hungry.

Movie Still: Rae and Luke perched atop of Skellig Michael.
Movie Still: Rae and Luke perched atop of Skellig Michael.

But last month I got my fill and just relished every layer of that truly alien landscape as revealed in The Last Jedi. I have to guess that after such prolonged exposure that is one set we will no longer be seeing in future Star Wars Productions. I’m fine with that, they’ve recognized something I discovered for myself decades ago. They’ve paid homage to the great island cathedral which was once the last bastion of Christianity throughout the dark ages.” – Rod Coyne.

” Skelligs Arch ” is available as canvas print on this site.

” Skelligs Arch ” the original canvas available on this site.

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Paint a Flower in 3 Minutes Video – Avoca Painting School

Paint a Flower in 3 Minutes with Avoca Painting School! Rod Coyne puts the Tuesday Morning class through their paces – and they come up shining! Soundtrack by Remo De Vico: https://remodevico.bandcamp.com/

“Recently we tried some really cool painting exercises in the Avoca Painting School with a 3 minute colour sketch in acrylic paint. I’ll really recommend this exercise for anyone wanting to loosen up the brush stokes, you’ll be amazed how much you can depict in such a short time”, says Rod Coyne.