Plein Air Artist Retreat
The Workshop: Plein Air Artist Retreat
In this workshop, the beautiful and mysterious landscape of the Irish coast will be our muse and inspire our paintings. We will be learning the formal elements of plein air painting in oil. Color mixing, color theory, value importance, and atmosphere will be discussed. We will focus on learning the anatomy of the sea and how to paint waves, foam, light reflections.
You may think you’re unfamiliar with Mayo County, Ireland, but you’re wrong. If you’ve ever looked at a postcard of Ireland and sighed wistfully, you’ve been sighing about Mayo County. If you’ve ever fallen in love with a perfectly pastoral, sheep-studded Irish scene, you’re in love with Mayo County. If you’ve ever lusted after emerald countryside spilling over rocky cliffs and into a gray Irish sea, we’ve found your place. Your home away from home for six blissful days.. 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.
A land of raw beauty and yesteryear charm, a place where haunting scenery transitions into cozy farm landscapes, and rugged coastline abuts whisper-soft fields of fine grass. A peaceful haven, at once lush and green, and yet studded with barren mountaintops and craggy cliffs. Imagine standing here, your feet bare sketchbook in hand. Warm sunbeams alight on your skin. The boundless blue sky puts cornflowers to shame. The crisp sea air is as fresh as your fondest memory.
And yet, few tourists travel to this tiny Irish haven. No eyesores mar your view. This is rare, unadulterated Ireland. This is why we’re here. There is nothing in this world quite like raw nature to stir your soul. There is nothing quite like total silence to calm your inner tempest. There is nothing like the wild Atlantic and dappled history, to awaken the artist within.
Group Size| 10-12
Experience| The ideal traveler is anyone who is curious about art techniques and the part of the world we are visiting. This workshop is open to all beginners and intermediate
Includes| 5 Nights’ Accommodation; Hotel Westport or similar, Hotel & Country Tax; Scheduled Airport Transfers Arrival/Departure Days of Workshop; 5 Breakfast, 2 Boxed Lunches, Welcome + Farewell Dinners ; Guide + Private Transportation; Private Guided Excursions; Complimentary Sketch Book; Art Instruction:
Travel Information| Arrival & Departure Airport: TBD once the group is formed: Dublin International Airport (DUB) Travel Time DUB to Westport: Estimate 3 hours |