PAINTING HOLIDAYS At the holiday workshops we try to ensure that you will have a great time learning new techniques and meeting new friends. We are dedicated to helping you improve as a painter in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Don was with me  for one of the weeks in Provence in 2014 and he has kindly allowed me to share his comments with you here. I try to help you develop your own style, rather than just have you copy what I do but it is important that you like the way I paint so have a look at the gallery. If you like what you see then I’m  sure you will enjoy the workshops. You will need your own painting materials (except Umbria) although we do have a little shop on the workshops in Ireland that can supply you with materials at prices comparable to internet art shops. All abilities are very welcome but you are advised to have at least some basic knowledge, gained from other classes, books or videos.  Read the information for each workshop carefully. Overseas workshops usually include accommodation and meals and often include seats and easels whereas local workshops usually do not. I have a few seats and easels available for those travelling to local workshops by air but you must reserve them when booking. We suggest links to local accommodation on the Irish workshops. Workshop times and details vary a little depending on the organisers but each day begins with a demonstration lasting around one hour. After this you are free to choose your own subject for painting or if you prefer you can use the subject demonstrated. I spend the rest of the day helping and advising each participant. Occasionally there may be a second demonstration. If it rains we have an indoor studio to let us continue our painting. On residential trips we usually have a daily critique before dinner which gives us the opportunity to see what the others have painted. Some of the workshops will have painting locations that require a few minutes walk, possibly on slopes and uneven ground whereas others take place in or beside a studio which may be better suited to those with limited mobility. Please contact me first if you need more information. UPCOMING COURSE CALENDAR 2018 APRIL - Essential Watercolour Techniques, Northern Ireland MAY - Exmoor - Portugal JUNE - Provence JULY - North Down Coast, Northern Ireland AUGUST - Ards Peninsula, Northern Ireland SEPTEMBER - Provence - Sidmouth, Devon OCTOBER - Autumn Trees at Belvoir Forest
OLHAO, PORTUGAL 23-30 May 2018 £865 (23rd and 30th are arrival/departure days) organised by ART IN THE ALGARVE Olhao   is   a   small   fishing   town   on   the   Algarve,   Portugal.   The   workshop   is   organised   by   Art   in   the Algarve   and   our   base   is   the   beautifully   restored   art   school.   With   vaulted   ceilings,   Roman   brick   work, three   courtyards   and   an   olive   tree   believed   to   be   over   150   years   old,   it   will   be   hard   to   leave   the studio!   Living   accommodation   is   in   and   around   the   school,   and   all   bedrooms   are   traditionally   and tastefully   furnished.   All   rooms   have   en-suite   facilities.   There   are   also   two   private   swimming   pools with   plenty   of   space   to   relax.   All   meals   are   included   and   some   lunches   and   evening   meals   are   taken in the local restaurants. Wine / soft drinks with your evening meal are complimentary. Olhao   is   very   compact   with   great   subjects   only   a   few   minutes   on   foot   from   the   school.   Subjects include   the   ancient   churches,   narrow   alleyways,   fishing   boats,   local   markets   and   the   nearby   nature reserve.    We    visit    one    of    the    offshore    islands    for    a    day,    with    a    grilled    fish    lunch    in    a    beachside restaurant and on another day we visit one of the outlying towns such as Fuseta or Tavira Bookings for this workshop must be made directly with Art in the Algarve.
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EXMOOR & NORTH DEVON, ENGLAND 11-14 May 2018 from £695 (These are full painting days. Accommodation is provided from 10th) organised by ALPHA PAINTING HOLIDAYS Exmoor   has   some   magical   scenery   from   panoramic   moorland   to   cascading   rivers,   lakes   and   villages where   it   is   as   if   time   has   stood   still,   plus   the   North   Devon   Coast   which   has   some   amazing   coastline with   stunning   cliffs,   beautiful   harbours   and   tranquil   wooded   glens.   There   is   just   so   much   beauty   and diversity there is not enough room to list it all, you will need to see it for yourself!
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AUTUMN & SPRING HALF DAY CLASSES Half day indoor classes run for 8 weeks from the beginning of October and February each year in Bangor (Monday morning 10am- 12.30pm), Belfast (Monday afternoon 2-4.30pm) and Maghaberry, close to the Moira M1 junction (Tuesday afternoon, 1.30 - 4.00pm). A different subject is studied each week. People on these classes have first refusal for a place on the next course so places are limited but please email if you are interested. The next classes begin on 1&2 October 2018
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ARDS PENINSULA, NORTHERN IRELAND 6-9 August 2018, £190 (accommodation and meals not included) (These are full painting days. If travelling you may wish to arrive on 5th and depart on 10th) The   Ards   Peninsula   stretches   like   a   pointing   finger   from   Belfast.   Bounded   by   Strangford   Lough   on one   side   and   the   Irish   Sea   on   the   other   the   peninsula   offers   a   huge   variety   of   subjects.   We   will   be based   in   Kircubbin,   about   half   way   down   the   peninsula   on   the   Strangford   Lough   side   but   we   are only   a   short   drive   from   several   coastal   villages,   each   with   their   own   character   and   subject   matter including traditional buildings, historic ruins, beautiful empty beaches and picturesque harbours.
ESSENTIAL WATERCOLOUR TECHNIQUES MAGHABERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND 11-13 April 2018 £150 (accommodation and meals not included) (These are full painting days. If travelling you may wish to arrive on 10th and depart on 14th) Our   base   for   this   mainly   studio   based   workshop   is   Maghaberry   Community   Centre,   not   far   from Belfast.   Over   the   three   days   we   will   concentrate   on   the   techniques   that   are   essential   for   success   in watercolour,   including   washes,   edge   control,   tonal   values,   colour   and   design.   We   will   also   look   at   the practical   use   of   the   techniques   in   designing   and   painting   a   subject   and   weather   permitting   we   will do   some   work   outside   in   a   quiet   location.   This   workshop   is   suitable   for   beginners   as   well   as   the more   experienced   who   wish   to   brush   up   on   these   essential   techniques.   If   you   need   accommodation, Maghaberry is close to Lisburn and Moira both of which have a range of accommodation available.
PROVENCE, FRANCE 9-16 June 2018 WORKSHOP FULL 16-23 June 2018 WORKSHOP FULL 1-8 September 2018 WORKSHOP FULL (First and last days of each workshop are arrival/departure days) organised by LE VIEUX MURIER I   tutor   the   Provence   workshops   but   the   organisation   is   all   down   to   Jeff   Monaghan   in   conjunction with   Judith   at   Le   Vieux   Murier.    The   Provence   workshops   are   always   popular   and   normally   fill   up   very quickly   so   if   you   wish   to   book   or   to   get   more   details   email   Jeff.   He   will   be   very   happy   to   deal   with your enquiry. Provence    is    a    beautiful    area    for    painting    with    the    wonderfully    atmospheric    towns    and    villages surrounded by the gentle countryside. We   stay   at   Le   Vieux   Murier,   a   converted   old   stone   farmhouse   and   dairy   in   the   hamlet   of   Les   Salettes, just    over    an    hour    from    Nice.    The    cost    includes    bed,    breakfast    and    all    dinners    with    wine    or    soft drinks.   Transfers   from   Nice   airport   and   travel   to   the   painting   locations   each   day   is   also   included. There    is    also    a    private    swimming    pool.    Flights    are    not    included    and    must    be    organised    by    each participant. There are regular flights to Nice from airports throughout Europe. During   your   stay   we   visit   Lorgues   market,   one   of   the   biggest   in   the   region   and   we   will   paint   in   a variety of towns and villages, each offering countless subjects for the watercolour painter.
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PEN & WASH AT THE NORTH DOWN COAST, NORTHERN IRELAND 2-3 July 2018 £100 (accommodation and meals not included) (These are full painting days. If travelling you may wish to arrive on 1st and depart on 4th) Groomsport    village    is    about    30    minutes    from    Belfast    and    our    base    is    the    old    boathouse    at    the harbour.   Pen   and   wash   needs   a   subject   that   offers   plenty   of   opportunity   for   drawing   and   the   many buildings   in   the   village   as   well   as   lots   of   boats   in   the   harbour   and   on   the   hard   standing   make   for great   subject   material.   We   will   cover   the   particular   techniques   that   benefit   a   successful   pen   and wash   as   well   as   the   materials   that   can   be   used.   Suitable   materials   can   be   purchased   from   our   on   site shop.
SIDMOUTH, ENGLAND 18-21 September 2018, £240 (accommodation and meals not included) (These are full painting days. If travelling you may wish to arrive on 17th and depart on 22nd) organised by EAST DEVON ART ACADEMY The   Poet   Laureate,   John   Betjeman,   described   Sidmouth   as   ‘a   town   caught   still   in   a   timeless   charm’ and   it   remains   that   way   to   this   day.   This   lovely   seaside   town   nestles   beneath   majestic   red   cliffs   and the   green   hills   of   the   glorious   Sid   Valley.   We   are   based   at   East   Devon   Art   Academy,   right   in   the centre    of    the    town    and    only    a    short    walk    from    the    beautiful    gardens    and    beaches    and    the    fine Regency buildings that provide much to inspire the watercolourist.
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AUTUMN TREES at BELVOIR PARK FOREST, BELFAST 25-26 October 2018, £100 (accommodation and meals not included) (These are full painting days. If travelling you may wish to arrive on 24th and depart on 27th) Belvoir   Forest   is   a   wonderful   place   just   outside   Belfast.   We   will   be   based   in   our   studio   right   in   the forest,   alongside   the   many   superb   tree   subjects.   At   this   time   of   year   the   autumn   colour   on   the deciduous   trees   should   be   at   its   peak   (although   this   can’t   be   guaranteed   as   the   peak   time   varies from   year   to   year).   There   are   lots   of   lovely   forest   paths   and   the   River   Lagan   flows   through   the forest   giving   us   even   more   possibilities.   This   is   planned   as   a   plein   air   workshop   but   the   studio   will be   available   if   it   rains   or   if   painters   prefer   to   draw   outside   and   paint   inside.   Warm   clothes   will probably   be   needed   but   the   weather   at   this   time   of   year   is   often   quite   mild   and   sunshine   is   not unknown!
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I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things   Henri Matisse
PAINTING HOLIDAYS At the holiday workshops we try to ensure that you will have a great time learning new techniques and meeting new friends. We are dedicated to helping you improve as a painter in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Don was with me  for one of the weeks in Provence in 2014 and he has kindly allowed me to share his comments with you here. I try to help you develop your own style, rather than just have you copy what I do but it is important that you like the way I paint so have a look at the gallery. If you like what you see then I’m  sure you will enjoy the workshops. You will need your own painting materials (except Umbria) although we do have a little shop on the workshops in Ireland that can supply you with materials at prices comparable to internet art shops. All abilities are very welcome but you are advised to have at least some basic knowledge, gained from other classes, books or videos.  Read the information for each workshop carefully. Overseas workshops usually include accommodation and meals and often include seats and easels whereas local workshops usually do not. I have a few seats and easels available for those travelling to local workshops by air but you must reserve them when booking. We suggest links to local accommodation on the Irish workshops. Workshop times and details vary a little depending on the organisers but each day begins with a demonstration lasting around one hour. After this you are free to choose your own subject for painting or if you prefer you can use the subject demonstrated. I spend the rest of the day helping and advising each participant. Occasionally there may be a second demonstration. If it rains we have an indoor studio to let us continue our painting. On residential trips we usually have a daily critique before dinner which gives us the opportunity to see what the others have painted. Some of the workshops will have painting locations that require a few minutes walk, possibly on slopes and uneven ground whereas others take place in or beside a studio which may be better suited to those with limited mobility. Please contact me first if you need more information. UPCOMING COURSE CALENDAR 2018 APRIL - Essential Watercolour Techniques, Northern Ireland MAY - Exmoor - Portugal JUNE - Provence JULY - North Down Coast, Northern Ireland AUGUST - Ards Peninsula, Northern Ireland SEPTEMBER - Provence - Sidmouth, Devon OCTOBER - Autumn Trees at Belvoir Forest
AUTUMN & SPRING HALF DAY CLASSES  Half day indoor classes run for 8 weeks from the beginning of October and February each year in Bangor (Monday morning 10am-12.30pm), Belfast (Monday afternoon 2-4.30pm) and Maghaberry, close to the Moira M1 junction (Tuesday afternoon, 1.30 -4.00pm). A different subject is studied each week. People on these classes have first refusal for a place on the next course so places are limited but please email if you are interested. The next classes begin on 1&2 October 2018
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ESSENTIAL WATERCOLOUR TECHNIQUES MAGHABERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND 11-13 April 2018 £150 (accommodation and meals not included) (These are full painting days. If travelling you may wish to arrive on 10th and depart on 14th) Our      base      for      this      mainly      studio      based      workshop      is Maghaberry   Community   Centre,   not   far   from   Belfast.   Over   the three    days    we    will    concentrate    on    the    techniques    that    are essential   for   success   in   watercolour,   including   washes,   edge control,   tonal   values,   colour   and   design.   We   will   also   look   at the   practical   use   of   the   techniques   in   designing   and   painting   a subject   and   weather   permitting   we   will   do   some   work   outside in   a   quiet   location.   This   workshop   is   suitable   for   beginners   as well   as   the   more   experienced   who   wish   to   brush   up   on   these essential        techniques.        If        you        need        accommodation, Maghaberry   is   close   to   Lisburn   and   Moira   both   of   which   have a range of accommodation available.
EXMOOR & NORTH DEVON, ENGLAND 11-14 May 2018 from £695 (These are full painting days. Accommodation is provided from 10th) organised by ALPHA PAINTING HOLIDAYS Exmoor   has   some   magical   scenery   from   panoramic   moorland   to cascading    rivers,    lakes    and    villages    where    it    is    as    if    time    has stood   still,   plus   the   North   Devon   Coast   which   has   some   amazing coastline    with    stunning    cliffs,    beautiful    harbours    and    tranquil wooded   glens.   There   is   just   so   much   beauty   and   diversity   there is    not    enough    room    to    list    it    all,    you    will    need    to    see    it    for yourself!
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OLHAO, PORTUGAL 23-30 May 2018 £865 (23rd and 30th are arrival/departure days) organised by ART IN THE ALGARVE Olhao    is    a    small    fishing    town    on    the    Algarve,    Portugal.    The workshop   is   organised   by   Art   in   the   Algarve   and   our   base   is   the beautifully    restored    art    school.    With    vaulted    ceilings,    Roman brick   work,   three   courtyards   and   an   olive   tree   believed   to   be over   150   years   old,   it   will   be   hard   to   leave   the   studio!   Living accommodation   is   in   and   around   the   school,   and   all   bedrooms are    traditionally    and    tastefully    furnished.    All    rooms    have    en- suite   facilities.   There   are   also   two   private   swimming   pools   with plenty    of    space    to    relax.    All    meals    are    included    and    some lunches   and   evening   meals   are   taken   in   the   local   restaurants. Wine / soft drinks with your evening meal are complimentary. Olhao   is   very   compact   with   great   subjects   only   a   few   minutes on   foot   from   the   school.   Subjects   include   the   ancient   churches, narrow   alleyways,   fishing   boats,   local   markets   and   the   nearby nature   reserve.   We   visit   one   of   the   offshore   islands   for   a   day, with    a    grilled    fish    lunch    in    a    beachside    restaurant    and    on another   day   we   visit   one   of   the   outlying   towns   such   as   Fuseta or Tavira Bookings   for   this   workshop   must   be   made   directly   with   Art   in the Algarve.
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PROVENCE, FRANCE 9-16 June 2018 WORKSHOP FULL 16-23 June 2018 WORKSHOP FULL 1-8 September 2018 WORKSHOP FULL (First and last days of each workshop are arrival/departure days) organised by LE VIEUX MURIER I   tutor   the   Provence   workshops   but   the   organisation   is   all   down to   Jeff   Monaghan   in   conjunction   with   Judith   at   Le   Vieux   Murier.  The   Provence   workshops   are   always   popular   and   normally   fill up   very   quickly   so   if   you   wish   to   book   or   to   get   more   details email Jeff. He will be very happy to deal with your enquiry. Provence   is   a   beautiful   area   for   painting   with   the   wonderfully atmospheric     towns     and     villages     surrounded     by     the     gentle countryside. We   stay   at   Le   Vieux   Murier,   a   converted   old   stone   farmhouse and   dairy   in   the   hamlet   of   Les   Salettes,   just   over   an   hour   from Nice.   The   cost   includes   bed,   breakfast   and   all   dinners   with   wine or    soft    drinks.    Transfers    from    Nice    airport    and    travel    to    the painting    locations    each    day    is    also    included.    There    is    also    a private   swimming   pool.   Flights   are   not   included   and   must   be organised   by   each   participant.   There   are   regular   flights   to   Nice from airports throughout Europe. During   your   stay   we   visit   Lorgues   market,   one   of   the   biggest   in the   region   and   we   will   paint   in   a   variety   of   towns   and   villages, each offering countless subjects for the watercolour painter.
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PEN & WASH AT THE NORTH DOWN COAST, NORTHERN IRELAND 2-3 July 2018 £100 (accommodation and meals not included) (These are full painting days. If travelling you may wish to arrive on 1st and depart on 4th) Groomsport   village   is   about   30   minutes   from   Belfast   and   our base   is   the   old   boathouse   at   the   harbour.   Pen   and   wash   needs a   subject   that   offers   plenty   of   opportunity   for   drawing   and   the many    buildings    in    the    village    as    well    as    lots    of    boats    in    the harbour    and    on    the    hard    standing    make    for    great    subject material.   We   will   cover   the   particular   techniques   that   benefit   a successful   pen   and   wash   as   well   as   the   materials   that   can   be used.    Suitable    materials    can    be    purchased    from    our    on    site shop.
SIDMOUTH, ENGLAND 18-21 September 2018, £240 (accommodation and meals not included) (These are full painting days. If travelling you may wish to arrive on 17th and depart on 22nd) organised by EAST DEVON ART ACADEMY The    Poet    Laureate,    John    Betjeman,    described    Sidmouth    as    ‘a town   caught   still   in   a   timeless   charm’   and   it   remains   that   way   to this   day.   This   lovely   seaside   town   nestles   beneath   majestic   red cliffs   and   the   green   hills   of   the   glorious   Sid   Valley.   We   are   based at   East   Devon   Art   Academy,   right   in   the   centre   of   the   town   and only   a   short   walk   from   the   beautiful   gardens   and   beaches   and the    fine    Regency    buildings    that    provide    much    to    inspire    the watercolourist.
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ARDS PENINSULA, NORTHERN IRELAND 6-9 August 2018, £190 (accommodation and meals not included) (These are full painting days. If travelling you may wish to arrive on 5th and depart on 10th) The     Ards     Peninsula     stretches     like     a     pointing     finger     from Belfast.    Bounded    by    Strangford    Lough    on    one    side    and    the Irish   Sea   on   the   other   the   peninsula   offers   a   huge   variety   of subjects.   We   will   be   based   in   Kircubbin,   about   half   way   down the   peninsula   on   the   Strangford   Lough   side   but   we   are   only   a short   drive   from   several   coastal   villages,   each   with   their   own character    and    subject    matter    including    traditional    buildings, historic     ruins,     beautiful     empty     beaches     and     picturesque harbours.
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AUTUMN TREES at BELVOIR PARK FOREST, BELFAST 25-26 October 2018, £100 (accommodation and meals not included) (These are full painting days. If travelling you may wish to arrive on 24th and depart on 27th) Belvoir    Forest    is    a    wonderful    place    just    outside    Belfast.    We will   be   based   in   our   studio   right   in   the   forest,   alongside   the many   superb   tree   subjects.   At   this   time   of   year   the   autumn colour   on   the   deciduous   trees   should   be   at   its   peak   (although this   can’t   be   guaranteed   as   the   peak   time   varies   from   year   to year).   There   are   lots   of   lovely   forest   paths   and   the   River   Lagan flows    through    the    forest    giving    us    even    more    possibilities. This   is   planned   as   a   plein   air   workshop   but   the   studio   will   be available   if   it   rains   or   if   painters   prefer   to   draw   outside   and paint   inside.   Warm   clothes   will   probably   be   needed   but   the weather   at   this   time   of   year   is   often   quite   mild   and   sunshine is not unknown!
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