Program Details

The course is open for a maximum of 10 participants
Participants will be accepted on a first come basis
All levels of experience in art are welcome!

In Dingle

To make this program happen I am partnering with Billy O'Brien, who is an incredible musician as well as a painter and sculptor, living in Dingle. 
Billy is involved with many aspects of the program, and can be your go to person if you choose to stay in Dingle longer. 


We will be staying at the beautiful Fiuise House, owned by Fergus and Anne, who is an artist as well. The house is located at the top of a hill, with an amazing view, a 15-20 minute walk from the town center. We will have breakfast and lectures/discussions at the house. The rooms can be booked as singles, doubles or triples, depending on availability. Each room has its own bathroom/shower. More info on the Fiuise House coming soon.


Single room: $3000  
Shared room with one more artist: $2504
Shared room with 2 more artists: $2338 
*The type of room you can select depends on availability.  

A deposit of 1/3 of the total cost is due upon registration, and will guarantee your spot in the course:
*The deposit is refundable, minus a $100 processing fee, until February 1st, 2020! After this date, it is no longer refundable, since it is used to make various reservations.
Deposit for single room: $1000
Deposit for shared room with one more artist: $835
Deposit for shared room with 2 more artists: $780

The rest of the balance is due by May 1st.

Included in Program Cost:

Accommodation at the Fiuise House BnB
Transportation to/from Shannon airport, and all painting locations
Breakfast buffet at the BnB
Introductory and conclusion dinners with drinks
8 Lunches on painting days
Half Box French Easels (if you have your own easel feel free to bring it)
Mineral spirits 

Not Included:

Personal taxis
Additional food/drinks/alcohol that is not specified in the itinerary
Art Materials
Travel Insurance

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Itinerary and Discussion Topics

*The order of trips, and the daily schedule may change due to weather.

Day 1 – June 17

Arrive at Shannon airport in the morning, the driver will be picking everyone up in the early afternoon, and driving to Dingle (approx. 3 hours). There we settle into the rooms, unpack and recover from the trip, you will have the chance to stop in at a nearby supermarket. In the evening we will get together for a welcome dinner and drinks (included). We will get to know each other, and have an introductory discussion about artmaking, presenting questions such as:

What does art mean to us? Why do we want to spend our time and energy making it? What makes it feel satisfying? What are we attracted to in other people's work?

In the evening everyone is welcome to gather at Dick Mack’s pub in town for some great craic .

Day 2 – June 18

At 9am we gather for breakfast and a short introductory lecture/discussion on the senses through which we know the world –perception and color. We will also address how to paint outside, and getting paint on the canvas. Our driver will take us out to a painting location for the day at around 11am. On the location I will go over color mixing, alla prima techniques, and will give a full demo. We will stay on location for a several hours. Lunch will be provided. We will return to the BnB at around 4-5pm. You are welcome to make multiple smaller pieces or a larger one.

In the evening everyone is welcome to unwind at the pubs.

Most days will follow a similar pattern.

Day 3 – June 19

Part II of the lecture/discussion on the senses through which we know the world - perception and color. Our driver will take us to a painting location, and I will provide personal instruction at this time. We will follow a similar schedule as the previous day.

Day 4 – June 20  

A lecture/discussion on how we orient ourselves in the world – linear perspective, atmospheric perspective, what does thinking in perspective mean, and other ways of thinking about space. Our driver will take us to a painting location for the day.

Day 5 – June 21

A lecture/discussion on our perception of, and relationship with other existing individuals. This will be a figure drawing/painting class. We will cover some basic anatomy, practice grasping the overall gesture and viewing the large shapes and movements of the figure. We will focus on seeing humanity and rhythm rather than dry facts.

Day 6 – June 22

Trip day, teither Killarney National Park, or the Blasket Island. We will leave after breakfast, and spend most of the day on the trip. You will have the option of either exploring the area with your sketchbook, or if you do not want to walk, you can bring your easel and spend the day painting in the area. You will get or bring lunch on your own. 

 Day 7 – June 23

A lecture/discussion on what my relationship with the world shows me about myself? Making the landscape your own. Finding your individuality in your perceptions through listening to your intuitive response, personal associations, present sensations, sensitivity to gesture, texture, atmosphere, distilling significant things and dismissing the distractions. The painting stares back at you as a kind of reflection, no matter what its content is. The rest of the day we will be painting on location.

Day 8 – June 24

A lecture/discussion on the courage to play and explore in my painting. We will look at and discuss paint application, loosening up, experimentation, humbition (term introduced by Walter Kaufman), FUN, blind faith, and expectations about art. The rest of the day we will be painting on location.

Day 9 – June 25

A lecture/discussion on aesthetics, with a focus on composition. The rest of the day we will be painting on location.

Day 10 – June 26

We will meet for breakfast as usual and head out straight for a day of painting. We will return at approximately 2 pm and will recongregate for a conclusion dinner and drinks (provided) in the evening.

Day 11 – June 27

Our driver will take us to Shannon airport early in the morning.

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