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Painting Holiday 2021 with Rod Coyne & Avoca Painting School

June 21, 2021 @ 10:00 am - June 25, 2021 @ 4:00 pm

€50 – €525
Rod Coyne students discover the beauty of the Upper Lake in the Glendalough Valley.
This is a rare opportunity for total immersion in art and nature. Rod Coyne hosts our Painting Holiday 2021 and this year’s will run from 21st till 25th June at stunning painting locations around Avoca, County Wicklow, the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. Early-birds avail of €100 discount by booking six weeks ahead. So just scroll down to the bottom of this page to book your workshop ticket. Or you can purchase a voucher for artistic friends & family.

60 second wistlestop tour: 5 painting locations 5-days, click the play button above.

2021 Dates & locations PDF

Download or print our 2021 plan: coming soon.

You can read our workshop: itinerary and T&C’s.


Rod Coyne's painting demo depicts the river's light and movement at Meetings of the Waters.

Rod Coyne’s painting demo depicts the river’s light and movement at Meetings of the Waters.

Painting Holiday 2021 – dedicated me-time

Avoca Painting School’s Painting Holiday 2021 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.

A Photo of students painting in the sunshine beside a tranquil stream in Knocanree Gardens, Avoca.
Painting at the Knockanree is just one location in Rod Coyne’s Painting Holiday 2020.

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.


Rod Coyne and the Avoca Painting School are not licensed to transport students to or from painting locations. Local public transport is scant in Avoca so we recommend car rental or contracting a local taxi service.

Irish car rentals link.

Contact local taxis here and here.

Painting Holiday 2021 – 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.

Happy painting students with their tutor, Rod Coyne, team photo.



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5 Days Workshop Fee
5 Days Outdoor Painting Workshop with Rod Coyne at stunning Wicklow painting locations. Early-birds avail of €100 discount by booking six weeks ahead.
10 available
Add Materials Package
Optional extra: all the materials and equipment you need for 5 days painting. Includes: easel, palette, brushes, and acrylic paint, drawing materials and primed artist paper.
10 available
Easel & Drawing Board Hire
Optional extra: If you have your own materials but need an easel & board for the 5 days - book here.
10 available
Accommodation for 1
Optional extra: 5 night B&B accommodation, starts the night before the workshop. Includes: single occupancy surcharge and packed lunch.
0 available
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Accommodation for 2
Optional extra: 5 nights B&B accommodation for 2 persons. Starts the night before the workshop and includes double/twin room and packed lunch.
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