- 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
We meet daily at a 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 is on hand with individual tips and techniques for all students appropriate to their level. There is a 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 absolute beginners to experienced painters. It is an ideal chance for those who have dabbled and would like to learn a little more. At the end of the workshop everyone has a picture to take home.
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 € 80 for the week. Alternatively students can just hire easels separately at a rate of €20 for the week. Please note all of the above need to be booked in advance.
The painting holidays run from Sunday to Friday inclusive, 5 over-nights and 5 days painting. Sunday is a day to travel and check in. and later to meet and greet Rod and the other painters at the Avoca Studio Gallery, next-door to the accommodation. We will be painting at various locations from Monday to Friday, from 10am till 4pm daily.
Our accommodation partner is a 4-star guest house dating from 1780 next to the famous Meeting of the Waters, offering historic period décor and tea/coffee and cakes on arrival.
The individually decorated and spacious rooms are traditionally furnished, with scenic views of the river or garden. All bedrooms have bathrooms with power showers and luxury toiletries, tea/coffee facilities, Irish mineral water, hairdryers, and free Wi-Fi.
Freshly cooked breakfasts are served in the spacious 18th-century dining room, with a wide selection of dishes available. The dining room enjoys splendid views across the Avoca River and Valley while guests enjoy their breakfasts.
Guests can relax in the elegant lounge, featuring an original open turf fireplace and a small library of books, magazines and board games. There is also a covered terrace and outdoor seating areas in the pretty gardens.
Free private parking and bicycle hire is available, while fishing is available on the Avoca River, and horse riding is available nearby. Wicklow’s Beaches are just a 10-minute drive away.
For that patient, non-painting partners and friends who wish to follow other pursuits, Co. Wicklow offers any amount of exciting and interesting activities. You’re in the heart of a county famous for walking tours, fishing, horse-riding, golf, beaches and historical sites are all within easy distance. And Dublin city is just over an hour by car or train. We are happy to advise on local activities.
We are located just over an hours drive from Dublin airport, and Dublin and Rosslare ferry ports. There are train and bus connections to Arklow Town, 10 minuets drive from Avoca.
Painting Holiday T&C’s
Voucher holders are requested to:
- book their Painting Holiday a minimum of 21 days in advance of their chosen date
- book their Painting Holiday a minimum of 28 days in advance of their chosen date if it includes accommodation package
Please note that by booking a course you agree to terms and conditions listed below.
Places can be booked, subject to availability, with payment in full prior to Painting Holiday date. Your preferred workshop date can be booked at the point of online purchase. If you hold a voucher you can book your preferred date per email or by post. We cannot accept bookings over the phone. Your booking is only valid when you receive a booking confirmation. Dates booked are non-transferable, students who cancel their booking or are “no-shows” forfeit their fee/voucher. Where students have booked an accommodation package that portion of the price is only refundable up to 14 days before the Painting Holiday date (this will incur a further €30 admin. fee) after the 14 day deadline it is forfeit. The Avoca Painting School reserve the right to cancel/postpone any course at any time due to unforeseen circumstances. Should we need to cancel your workshop we will offer alternative dates or refund your Painting Holiday fee accordingly. We strongly recommend that you take out appropriate travel insurance to cover your course fee in the event that you cannot attend your course.
Please remember we are always keen to answer questions regarding course details, materials and booking dates.
By booking this course you agree that the Avoca Painting School cannot be held responsible for any losses or expense incurred thereby for personal injury or damage to/or loss of property while on the premises or beyond the premises during field trips and workshops. We strongly recommend that you take out adequate insurance coverage for personal injury or loss or damages to property etc.