Photo by: Kathleen Jacobs
Location: Ireland and Northern Ireland
PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Ireland: Painting Workshop and Tour Led by Kathleen Jacobs

  • The focus will be the art and culture of Western Ireland.
  • Nine days with Kathleen Jacobs your artistic instructor and Cormac Cullen your personal local Irish guide.
  • Tour limited to 12 passengers.
  • Experience Ireland with majority of evenings in one hotel, all en-suite accommodations. Upgrade available for waterfront view.
  • Relaxed & flexible itinerary.
  • Impromptu visits with local artists.
Region

Europe

Destination

Ireland and Northern Ireland

Dates

May 14-23, 2020

Duration

9 days

$2995

per person, double occupancy*

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 8 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $300 if 4-7 participants. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested (subject to availability), or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, there is a single room surcharge of $325.

Tour Overview

Your home away from home is a lovely hotel on the Quay (harbor) of Westport, County Mayo. It is walking distance to the quaint town center, with its many shops and pubs of Westport. There is a pool and optional spa facilities are available. You can also upgrade your room to have a view of the Quay, additional cost $260 per room for the 7 nights in Westport).

Join accomplished artist and painting instructor Kathleen Jacobs, from Concord Art for a painting workshop excursion to County Mayo,...

Your home away from home is a lovely hotel on the Quay (harbor) of Westport, County Mayo. It is walking distance to the quaint town center, with its many shops and pubs of Westport. There is a pool and optional spa facilities are available. You can also upgrade your room to have a view of the Quay, additional cost $260 per room for the 7 nights in Westport).

Join accomplished artist and painting instructor Kathleen Jacobs, from Concord Art for a painting workshop excursion to County Mayo, Ireland! Your group will have your own personal local Irish guide, Cormac Cullen, based in Westport, Ireland. You will be taken to the beautiful countryside to explore the beauty of this ancient and mythical country. There are spectacular monastic and megalithic ruins to seek out in our daily adventures. Return to your homestead after painting all day to dine, converse and mingle with fellow artists. We will also have many wonderful evenings listening to Irish musicians play traditional music in the local pubs. We invite you to immerse yourself in an enriching and creative experience that will expand your painting practice and experience. Students of intermediate to advanced levels are welcome, open to all painters using oil, watercolor, acrylic or gouache.

Kathleen Jacobs will provide individualized instruction during plein aire excursions, demonstrations, discussions and presentations that will provide the format for an intensive exciting learning experience. The focus is on the landscape of County Mayo, where you will experience first hand the beauty and richness of Ireland. Jacobs will emphasize the importance of drawing and composition as a foundation of a painting. Working small, participants will work to create work with a spirit of place. Her teaching emphasizes looking at the landscape and to understand the formal elements of painting, shape, color, space, form while responding to the grace, order and beauty that is in front of you. There will be ample opportunity to discuss each other’s work and to discuss other international painters throughout history to enrich our experience in Ireland.

Photo Leader

Kathleen Jacobs

Thank you for sharing your love for the land and the people. Thank you especially for helping me see the beauty of clouds, of reflections of reeds in water, of silvery halos illuminating foxgloves in the forest, and of sunshine-patterned abbey windows on wet gravestones. Thanks to you, I leave with a new appreciation for the wonder and beauty of the world.

— J. MITCHELL-MILLER

A talented instructor, a guide of many gifts, a driver of care and kindness, the company of interesting artists, and a lovely home to stay in with extraordinary cooking!!!

— M. Sakura

Jacque, I can’t say enough about how wonderful our bus driver Tommy, and guide Connie were to us during our 10 days. (Impeccable professionals and perfect gentleman to help us at any moment.) Also, Emmajane was a fabulous chef and Alan’s home was just perfect for our group. We walked to town for music in the evenings. Our instructor Kathleen Jacobs, was generous with her expertise and flexible enough to assess each students needs. This experience exceeded expectations. Not only were the Irish scenes spectacular, but it was just the perfect mix of touring the countryside and painting instruction. The bus was extremely comfortable. Thanks! I hope you consider offering more painting-based trips, in addition to your photography classes.

— S Gilley

Tour Itinerary

May 14: U.S. – Shannon

Your journey to Ireland begins with an overnight flight from the U.S. to Shannon, Ireland.

May 15: Shannon – Westport

You will be met early this morning at Ireland’s Shannon International Airport and driven north to Westport, on the shores of Clew Bay. The first afternoon you can relax, and enjoy getting settled in to your environs. If the weather cooperates and the group is feeling a bit energetic you can capture the sunset by exploring the nearby countryside. Your hotel is located on the Quay (harbor) of Westport, which should provide for some dramatic sunsets. All rooms are now ensuite, and there is a pool and optional spa services available. You’ll enjoy traditional Irish breakfasts and a few dinners at the hotel. Lunch will be at various restaurants and pubs, or you can stop in town and have a picnic lunch wrapped for your daily excursions in the field. Transportation is provided in a roomy tour van. (D)

May 16-21: Western Ireland

Crafts were a major part of life in Ireland, people needed to produce their own tools for farming and household items necessary for daily life. From the kitchen, to the bedroom, to the farmyard, everything was hand made. Irish communities have always been proud of their traditions, and you’ll see a re-birth in some of these time-honored customs. Each day visit some of these typical locations from your home base. 

There’s no possible way to visit all of them so your guides will plan each day considering the interests of the group. The City of Westport and the Village of Newport, both capture the flavor of true Irish towns with their tree-lined canals and colorful shops.  Paul Taylor is the owner of Westport Pottery. Paul will demonstrate his techniques and perhaps someone can have a hand at the wheel. Linda Timms, has a stained glass studio we can tour and perhaps take some time at the Custom House Art Gallery also in Westport.

One of your historical stops will include the inspirational archeological site of Ceide Fields, where stonewalls were discovered dating back to 3000 BC. There is a terrific print making studio and gallery in Ballycastle, near this amazing site. Living in the Partry Mountains is a traditional basket maker, weaving old style baskets out of reeds. Ballintubber Abbey, or Baile Tobair Padraig, named for the natural spring nearby, where St. Patrick baptized his first Irish converts. 

There are other places to see given time, such as Moore Hall, Barnabawn and Murrisk Abbey. The picturesque village of Cong was the setting for John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara’s film The Quiet Man. The ruins of Cong Abbey are here, founded in the 12th century by the King of Connacht. Many of the finest examples of cut stone can be found in the cloisters where you will marvel at the ancient stonework of 13th century masons. In 1198 the last High King of Ireland died in the abbey. You may catch a glimpse of Ashford Castle built in 1228 or take a walk through the woods to see a child’s play tower built by B.L. Guinness in 1864. 

Round towers were designed as bell towers to call worshippers to prayer, and later used to protect Irish monks and their libraries from the Norman invaders. Next to one of these towers, the Turlough Round Tower, is the award winning Museum of Country Life, which is part of Ireland’s National Museum. It encompasses an old homestead and ancient crafts come to light with hands on demonstrations and three floors of exhibits. The location offers wonderful views and setting for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon we can stop at Foxford Woolen Mills, where they have an optional historical and factory tour.

Achill Island is the largest island off the Irish coast. To get there, drive over the bridge at Achill Sound. The island wrought by wind and water — an arrangement of rock, cloud, and cliffs falling off to the sea. (B each day, D three evenings)  

May 22: Westport - Burren - Ennis

Leave Westport early this morning, and drive to the Burren, a remote region near the town of Ennis. Your last full day of exploring will be spent in this beautiful area for the wild landscapes, megalithic sites, culminating in the mighty Cliffs of Moher. Tonight you will stay in the town of Ennis or close tot eh Shannon Airport, enjoy dinner on your own. (B)

May 23: Ennis – Shannon – U.S.

There will be a group transfer (time to be announced) to the Shannon International Airport for your flight back home.