Do you dream of taking time out to deepen your relationship with your painting? Of finding new ways into your subject, and understanding more about the possibilities of your composition, use of colour, and materials? Of an atmosphere of support and affordable luxury in a place that offers peace and challenge at the same time?

Welcome to a four day painting workshop and retreat with an experienced and insightful instructor at Rosleague Manor House Hotel surrounded by the beauty of Connemara, Ireland’s wild west. Inspired by the gorgeous landscape, the people we meet, the call of the hills and sea and by these generous surroundings, we’ll grow our skills and lift our spirits, each in our uniquely personal way, sharing our art and our reactions with our small group of like-minded artists.

With uninterrupted time away from the demands of ordinary life, you’ll focus on your artwork and your personal response to the ideas of painting. And whether your subject is any aspect of the world around you, or the world inside your head, the beauty of Ireland will get into your soul. Through this process of artist retreat and discovery, you’ll return to your regular studio practice with new ideas and ways of seeing.

Artists of any level, from beginners to experienced, will find encouragement and develop your skills during this painting workshop and art retreat with well-known Canadian artist and teacher Laureen Marchand. You’ll create more interesting compositions, better understand the colour you use, and deepen your methods of working with your chosen materials, as well as explore ways that personally meaningful photographs can be used as a source material for painting. This workshop and retreat is designed to adapt to each individual’s needs and Laureen will help you communicate your own vision and particular challenges. There will be plenty of time for one-to-one interaction with your instructor.

The week, beginning on Sunday afternoon and continuing until Friday morning, will concentrate on bringing your own unique personality and gifts to your creation of art. Free daytime use of the spacious and light-filled Rosleague conservatory studio is available to us, with open access to the lovely gardens and courtyards of the hotel and magnificent landscape of sea and mountain beyond.

Set in 30 acres of private woodland, Rosleague Manor House Hotel provides luxurious accommodation near Ballynakill Bay. Located just outside Connemara National Park, this 19th-century former residence has a restaurant, free parking, wi-fi, and miles of walking trails of its own. Each room has a flat-screen TV, wardrobe, desk, and tea and coffee facilities. All have en suite bath and shower, with hairdryer and complimentary toiletries.

In the evenings, Rosleague Manor offers fine dining in its restaurant, using high-quality produce from the region. This is a traditional occasion and the hotel takes great pride in making it a special yet relaxed affair for their guests. Fresh seafood and Leenane mountain lamb are the manor’s specialty with a strong focus on the finest and freshest locally sourced ingredients and produce. Cleggan Bay crab and line-caught mackerel are some of the popular choices among guests. All dishes are freshly prepared at Rosleague and the selection of wines has been meticulously selected to complement the menus.

Rosleague Manor House Hotel is located 13 kilometres north of Clifden, County Galway. If you choose not to drive, bus service is available several times a day from Dublin Airport to Clifden with a change in Galway City and takes about five hours; from Shannon Airport to Clifden with a change in Galway City takes about three hours.  Transfer to the hotel from Clifden can be arranged.

We are now accepting reservations for this Connemara workshop and retreat. For more information and to see features, pricing, and how to book, you can click HERE. Non-painting travel companions are welcome. Please inquire.


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