The School in Fall 2010

Rosleague Manor Hotel

Letterfrack, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

Rosleague Manor Hotel

October 10 – 15, 2010

The Programme

We offer an annual five day residential painting course where artists of any level will find inspiration and learn new skills in the stimulating and encouraging atmosphere of a small group with expert tuition. The week is designed to adapt to each individual’s needs, offering freedom to progress supported by the broad range of skills and perceptions that two tutors can bring. Artists may work in the medium of their choice (eg. oils, acrylics, watercolours, etc.). For a suggested materials list, see the link on the right.

The course takes place in one of Ireland’s most idyllic hotels situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean beneath the 12 Bens of Connemara. Free use of the spacious and light-filled conservatory studio is available to us for the week, with open access to the luxurious gardens and courtyards of the hotel and the magnificent landscape of ocean and mountain beyond. Appropriate warm, sturdy, and waterproof clothing is advised. Evenings will bring opportunities for reflection or merriment, according to your own preference. Transport is available for outings.


Artists at work at Ballynakill

The Tutors

Bridget Cox though a native of Northern England is widely known in both Britain and Ireland. Since graduation from the School of Art and Design at University of Ulster she made her home in the Galway area and continues to live and work in Connemara. Bridget’s strongly felt and boldly painted portraits and landscapes in oil and watercolour hang in private and public collections. She has worked with art students of all levels and skills.

Laureen Marchand began her art career in Canada, then unexpectedly was drawn to and fell in love with the beautiful Connemara landscape. She now divides her time between the wide prairies of western Canada and the bogs and seacoasts of western Ireland. Laureen’s delicate, attentive oil paintings have been featured in many one-person, two-person, and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, and Ireland. She has extensive experience in art            instruction.

Bridget Cox

Laureen Marchand

The Venue

Rosleague is a Regency manor now run as a prestigious country house hotel by father and son Eddie and Mark Foyle, and recommended by all the best Hotel and Food guides, including the Blue Book Hotels of Ireland. It was awarded Irish Hotel of the Year by Good Hotel Guide 2010 and is renowned for its superb cuisine personally supervised by the owners. Offered at an extremely advantageous rate, this is a unique opportunity to realize artistic ambitions while enjoying the best of comfort and cuisine in truly relaxed Irish style.  Residents will enjoy a 3-course breakfast, studio lunch, and 5-star, 5-course evening meal, as well as coffee and tea through the day.

Drawing Room

Dining Room

The view from Rosleague

The view from Rosleague

Program Costs, Options, and Booking

Please see link on the right.

For non-residential options, please inquire.

For More Information

ballynakillschool@yahoo dot ie


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