En Plein air / outdoor painting workshops

Discover two of Ireland’s most magnificent houses and gardens, and learn the methods of impressionistic alla prima landscape painting en plein air this July and August!

This summer, I am hosting two plein air (or outdoor) landscape painting workshops at the some of the most eminent stately houses and gardens in County Waterford: Mount Congreve Gardens and Tourin House & Gardens.

This is a unique opportunity to learn the methods of impressionistic alla prima landscape painting, as pioneered by artists of the 19th century. These estates provide a splendid and tranquil setting for these landscape painting workshops, ensuring no shortage of outdoor subject matter for our paintings.

The focus of these workshops will be on creating vivid and accurate painterly sketches, painted directly from the motif. Students will learn the secrets and benefits of working sight-size and learn methods and principles behind colour mixing, to ensure the colours stay true to the subject.

Mount Congreve Gardens

1 – 2 July 2023

Mount Congreve Gardens is an 18th-century Georgian estate and mansion situated near Kilmeaden in County Waterford.

The gardens of the estate comprise seventy acres of intensively planted woodland garden and a four-acre walled garden. It is internationally recognised for its rare species of plants and also its plant nurseries.

Mount Congreve Workshop

Tourin House & Gardens

18th – 20th August 2023

Situated on the banks of the river Blackwater with a fine view of the Knockmealdown Mountains to the north, Tourin House is surrounded by arable land and a fifteen acre garden with mature broad-leaved trees and a fine collection of shrubs and plants.

An Italianate style villa with classical proportions, Tourin House is home to the Jameson family, of Irish Whiskey fame.

Tourin workshop