Introduction to Outdoor Painting

3 Days   Tues 22nd – Thurs 24th  May 2018    Residential at Four Star Delphi Resort Hotel


For: Improvers, Intermediate, Experienced  - but you have little or no outdoor painting experience, or it's been years since you last painted outdoors. Not really suitable for complete beginners.

Where: Delphi  4 Star Hotel and Spa Resort near Leenane, Co. Galway

Outline: This workshop is for artists who have never/seldom previously painted outdoors, but want to experience the joy of ‘plein air’ painting and get the confidence to be able to paint outdoors on their own.

And all based in a luxurious 4 Star Hotel with Spa surrounded by Connemara mountains – what could be nicer? And if you've a partner, they will have a choice of many interesting things to do in this beautiful area, or just relax! Go on, treat yourselves... as they say, you're worth it!!  And the hotel has given really attractive rates for accompanying persons sharing.

Outdoor (or plein air) painting  is a fast-growing new artistic pastime in Ireland, with many local groups enjoying regular outings to interesting painting locations.

On this short introductory course, we will cover all the basics to enable you to paint confidently in what is a totally new and sometimes challenging environment – including:

We will cover how to prepare for an outdoor painting session, how to select and simplify your chosen ‘view’, the Six Steps (or stages) I use when painting outdoors, the time you should spend on each Step to enable you to quickly but effectively.    How to handle issues around choosing your 'view', weather and time of day, people and things arriving or disappearing while you paint them, how to handle people looking over your shoulder, being efficient with time, and much more.

This workshop will give you a first taste of what for me has been my most enjoyable painting experience for over 40 years.

Is this Workshop for You?

Click on the 'What Level am I' tab on the left of this page to see guidelines for different levels of painting experience.  If you're unsure, just email me and I'll try to clarify if this workshop will suit you.

I’d like to attend this workshop – what do I do next?

  1. Email me at with your interest in this workshop before you do anything else – numbers are strictly limited so I can advise you if there is a place available if yes I hold that place for you for one week pending receipt of deposit.
  2. If YES then I’ll email you to pay your deposit or full amount either online through my website or by cheque to my home address – I will confirm receipt on the day it's received, and this will ensure your place is reserved. I allow seven days for receipt of your payment after which your 'held' place becomes available to others.

I will then send you all the information you need regarding art materials and

equipment to bring to the workshop.

  1. About 5 weeks before the workshop starts, I’ll email you again asking you to pay any balance of the fees due – receipt of this, within one week of request, will confirm your place on the workshop.

Prices for this All Inclusive Workshop*

*includes: Welcome reception Mon evening, 3 Days Hotel full board incl packed lunch on days outside; tutored Art Workshop including talks, demonstrations and lots of one-to-one tuition; hotel overnights on Mon, Tues and Wed, group dinners Mon, Tues and Wed; lunches - packed lunch if painting outdoors, hotel lunch if group staying within hotel due to weather; breakfasts Tues, Wed and Thurs. Departing Thursday unless you make additional separate arrangements with Delphi Resort Hotel.

Early Bird Prices before 16th April 2018

Single Participant €589

Participant sharing with non-painting partner €799

Prices from April 17th 2018

Single Participant €739

Participant sharing with non-painting partner €899

There are a variety of payment options below, depending on whether participants are attending single or with a non-painting partner.  Please select carefully your specific amount and if in any doubt, email me first to clarify which amount applies to you at

Please note these Early Bird prices will increase to standard prices from Tues 17 April 2018.

Payment Options Delphi