Painting the Textures of Ireland

 Mixed-Media Artist Jacqueline Sullivan

August 26-31, 2018

Our Muse: 

Jacqueline Sullivan’s mixed media, calligraphic and acrylic works have been shown in galleries and top juried art fairs nationwide. She pursues an element of adventure and discovery in her art seeking the truly unique. In her work, she experiments with all types of textures, paints and materials.

In addition to her studio practice, Jacqueline has been a teaching artist for 30 years. She loves teaching and inspiring creativity in others. She has taught workshops and lectured for top art retreats and art centers as well as art and calligraphy guilds throughout the US and Canada. She has also served as faculty for several International Calligraphy Conferences.

Jacqueline was selected by The Golden Paint Company in 2013 to become certified as a GOLDEN Artist Educator. She attended a national training program hosted by GOLDEN in New Orleans.

Jacqueline has published technique articles in Somerset Studio,  Cloth Paper Scissors, Pages,  and Astarte’s Mega-Zine. She has been profiled in many Calligraphic Journals and was honored as the cover artist in the Winter  issue of Alphabet, the Journal for The Friends of Calligraphy in San Francisco. Jacqueline has a best-selling DVD  – Acrylics: Textures, Layers, and Metallics – published by Creative Catalyst Productions and has self produced a series of three video art workshops on her most requested studio techniques.

The Workshop:

“Come with me on a fabulous painting excursion in the west of Ireland, as we focus our artists’ eyes on the stunningly beautiful countryside and rugged coastline for creative inspiration. This is an abstract painting class, although students’ work could be semi-realistic. 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. We will explore our emotional response to the beauty of the area and paint from that perspective. A few writing exercises will help us to bring to the surface our responses to our travels. And of course, we will address composition, exploring the shapes of the horizon. We will utilize cameras, camera phones or iPads as part of our mode of study, capturing images on our visits into this region of Ireland to the explore textures and colors. Our home base for the week will be the historic Mount Falcon Estate in County Mayo.”

The Destination: 

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, you’re hot for Mayo County.

Mayo is 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. Your toes dig into the fine, Irish grass. Warm sunbeams alight on your skin. The soundtrack is of birds and baaing sheep. All around, the scenery erupts in a rainbow of green – more hues, shades and gradients than you ever thought existed. The boundless blue sky puts cornflowers to shame. The crisp 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 quite like a field, sprinkled with sunlight and dappled with history, to awaken the artist within.

At Arts + Cultural Travel, we chose Mayo County not only for what it is, but for what it is not: No crowds. No extraneous noise. Nothing to distract.

This is a cultural, historic and creative wonderland of coastal cliffs and postcard-perfect countryside. Of landscapes that inspire awe. Of ruins dating back centuries. Of traditions that stir our collective memory. Mayo County. Deserted villages and holy mounts. Yew-lined greenways and scenic trail ways. Breathtaking cliffs and Neolithic fields. Deserted villages and ancient abbeys. Imposing castles and beloved legends. And, lest we forget, boisterous pubs and friendly villages.

These are moments that bring you wonder. Scenes that give you goosebumps. Inspiration that fills your soul.  These are the thin spaces, the opportunities for awe. This is Mayo County.

Group Size| 12 -14 Participants

Experience|This workshop is open to all levels of experience from the absolute beginner to the more experienced artist looking to enhance their skills.  Our small group environment allows for lots of individual attention. 

Includes| 5 Nights’ Accommodations, Hotel & Country Tax; Scheduled Airport Transfers Arrival/Departure Days of Workshop; Hearty Irish Breakfast Daily; Welcome + Farewell Dinners; Guide + Private Transportation; Private Guided Excursions; Complimentary Sketch Book; Art Instruction: Jacqueline Sullivan

Travel Information| Scheduled Transfer on Arrival + Departure Day 10:30 AM Arrival Day 1:00 PM Departure Day : Dublin International Airport (DUB) | Travel Time: Airport to Mount Falcon Estate, approximately 3 hours of traveling with stops along the way.  **Please note we will notify you by email when it’s time to book your international flights.       

Arriving Early or Departing Later| We would be happy to assist you with hotels and transfers                                                        

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**The above tour details are an example of what to expect; the specifics may change slightly to allow for better scheduling, the inclusion of special events or life’s unknowns.  

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