Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Plein Air Painting in Ireland with Joe Sweeney"
May 21-25, 2018

Join Joseph Sweeney on a plein air painting getaway in scenic Donegal, Ireland, homeland of Joe’s ancestors, the Mac Sweeney’s! Located along the breathtaking, unspoiled northwest coast of Ireland, Donegal’s high sea cliffs offer sweeping vistas ideal for plein air painting! Enjoy specially arranged accommodations at Castle Murray House on McSwyne’s Bay, near the idyllic fishing port of Killybegs, as well as excursions to historic Donegal Castle, the spectacular Slieve League Cliffs, and St. John’s Point Lighthouse. Draw or paint the stunning mountain and coastal views in your choice of media, with expert advice on color mixing, capturing light and atmosphere, and creating a composition. Instruction will focus on oil, acrylic, and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome.
Location: Donegal, Ireland
Instructor: Joe Sweeney
Cost: For Credit: $1,425; Non-Credit: $750
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

"Cape Ann Style Landscape Workshop in Cork, Ireland"
June 7-14, 2018

Join us as we refresh our spirits and paint the natural beauty of Ireland's Beara Peninsula. Our three day workshop is structured to allow each participant personal attention as we focus on established principles to design and execute a satisfying painting. We will identify what stimulates us and what we want to express about the light, the air, the land, sea and ourselves. Our decisions will guide us towards a strong composition, harmonious color and expressive brushwork. One can only explore the Beara for the first time once. Let's do it with paint! Local artists welcome - contact us about workshop only prices and for more information.
Location: Castletownbere, Ireland
Instructor: Jim Murphy
Cost: $1,550.00
Sponsor: artisticXcursions
Website, email

"From Here to There – Recording A Journey in Mixed Media"
June 18-23, 2018

Join us in enchanting Westport, situated on the shores of Clew Bay, with tree-lined boulevards, stone bridges cascading over the Carrowbeg River, pubs, galleries, specialty shops and more to spark the creative juices. Immerse yourself in the location and record your journey and time spent in this special place by creating a series of small, personal mixed media sketchbooks. You will spend time out in the landscape, walking, noticing, recording and collecting. Your collection of precious finds and fragments will be incorporated into your travel sketchbooks and used as inspiration for further drawing and mark making. You will be encouraged to look for details and find beauty in the insignificant as you create a series of tactile sketchbooks and assemblages.
Location: Westport, Ireland
Instructor: Shelley Rhodes,
Cost: $2,695 Shared, $3,345 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209

"Photography Workshop: Ireland with Deborah Kalas"
June 23-28, 2018

Award winning portrait and former Life Magazine Documentary photographer, Deborah Kalas will lead you on a six day photographic journey. Deb has been a professional photographer for over 35 years, appeared on NBC Talk About Pictures and The Today show, and has worked for numerous publications including Life, People and New York Magazine. This workshop encourages participants to think in terms of creating a narrative with a set of photographs helping to find their own personal vision and photographic language. Instruction will be given to assist with capturing the “decisive moments” in daily life to create authentic heartfelt photographs. The end goal is to have 20 photographs that uniquely tell the story of the people, culture and landscape that make up this stunning part of Ireland.
Location: Westport, Ireland
Instructor: Deborah Kalas,
Cost: $3,395 Shared, $4,025 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209

"Painting the Textures of Ireland"
August 26-31, 2018

Jacqueline Sullivan is a mixed media artist who pursues an element of adventure and discovery in her art seeking the truly unique. She experiments with all types of textures, paints and materials. In addition to her studio practice, Jacqueline loves teaching and inspiring creativity in others. Join us for a fabulous abstract painting class and excursion in the west of Ireland, as we focus our artists’ eyes on the stunningly beautiful countryside and rugged coastline for creative inspiration. We’ll study in depth the contrast and tonality of the various textures and colors of the rich landscape and historic structures. We’ll work in acrylics, using fluid acrylics and textural mediums to create both visual and actual textures.
Location: Ballina, Ireland
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan,
Cost: $2,945 Shared, $3,445 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209

"Paint Ireland with Watercolor Artist Angela Fehr"
September 10-15, 2018

What could be more of a dream come true for an artist than to paint the world? Join watercolor artist Angela Fehr for a destination workshop focused on growing your watercolor skills while exploring the scenery and villages of Ireland. This six-day workshop combines sightseeing and painting, as we explore Ireland; taking in the beauty of the natural landscape and historic sites in half-day tours, sketching en plein air on occasion, then returning to the studio to paint our impressions of what we’ve experienced through loose, intuitive painting focused on personal expression and heartfelt emotion. Join us in this cultural, historic and creative wonderland of coastal cliffs and postcard-perfect countryside.
Location: Ballina, Ireland
Instructor: Angela Fehr,
Cost: $3,125 Shared, $3,625 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


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