Do you dream of taking time out to deepen your relationship with your painting? Of understanding more about the possibilities in your subject, 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 with an experienced and empathetic instructor in an Irish manor house hotel located in 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 work and our experiences 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. Artists of any level, from beginners to experienced, will find encouragement and learn new skills during this painting workshop with well-known Canadian artist and teacher Laureen Marchand. Develop your ability to create more interesting compositions, mix the colours you see, and work successfully with your chosen materials, as well as explore ways that personally meaningful photographs can be used as a source material for painting. This workshop is designed to adapt to each individual’s needs, and Laureen will help participants communicate their 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 focus 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 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.

Optional inclusions in the week’s program are a trip to nearby Roundstone and the local galleries; a half-day excursion across the Roundstone Heritage Bog with its lakes, hills and views of the Twelve Bens mountains and a winding trip along the coast road coming home; and a visit with a local artist in her studio.

Though the first week of October is traditionally early autumn in the west of Ireland and therefore sunny and pleasant, the weather may also be wet and cool. Appropriate warm, sturdy and waterproof clothing and footwear is advised.

The Rosleague Manor House Hotel is located 13 kilometres west and north of Clifden. If you choose not to drive, bus service is available from Dublin Airport to Clifden with a transfer in Galway City and takes about six hours. Transfer to the hotel from Clifden can be arranged.

We are now accepting reservations for this Connemara workshop. For more information and to see features, pricing, and how to book, please email laureenartist@gmail.com