Summer Workshops

It is with great sadness that the Burren College of Art community has learned of Trevor Geoghegan’s passing. Trevor was a  valued and gifted artist and teacher who generously shared his expertise for so many years at the ever popular annual Burren landscape painting workshop. Trevor’s faithful following returned year after year to hone their skills under his guidance. Trevor was a true friend, not only of BCA, but of the Ballyvaughan community he came to know. We will miss him…

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2024 Programme overview


Are you an artist longing for something different? Have you been to the Burren yet? These are two questions that might ignite your curiosity for our new summer programme 2024. You’ll find new and traditional offerings, great options for painting, drawing, printmaking and more.

If you’ve been here before, you’ll have an idea of what to expect: bright professional artist studios accessible till late, lots of tuition with caring, experienced instructors, plenty of inspiration, like minded peers and… fun!

If you’re new to the Burren College of Art workshop experience, we welcome you aboard and invite you to embark on a new artistic adventure, to disconnect from your daily routing and allow yourself to immerse and engage with the artist within you.

We also welcome Trudi van der Elsen, who will be teaching Abstract painting in August alongside Tiffani Love with her Landscape painting workshop, Ida Mitrani on the Burren botanical drawing course and Eilis Murphy showing you how to make exquisite artist books. Prof Timothy Emlyn Jones will encourage you to draw big and look at the world differently through his “How to use your eyes” workshop offered in May and in August. Conor McGrady will lead you to draw inspiration from the Burren and translate it on your canvas back in your studio while Jennifer Cunningham will guide you through the fun and techniques of the printmaking process.

For those of you who would like to go back to basics, experiment a little or learn something new, Tiffiani has offered to teach Oil painting for beginners. The workshop promises to cover colour theory and basic colour mixing, fundamentals of composition, oil painting techniques and the use of oil painting tools and materials.

Similarly, Ida Mitrani is inviting you to a Mixed media workshop or else, how to discover your own visual language by combining different media to simply make art.

Plenty of food for thought! As for the actual food – our café on campus will take care of that, by tempting you to nourishing homemade lunches and scrumptious treats.

Our self-catering college accommodation will be available for reservations during all sessions of the summer workshops and we encourage you to book early.

Either coming back or visiting for the first time, we look forward to welcoming you on campus and if you have any questions, please email

Gift vouchers are also available all throughout the year, not just before Christmas….



“Best gift I ever bought for myself. I can’t think of a better way to spend a week in a place that makes it easy to leave the world behind. Couldn’t recommend it highly enough”.

Ursula Meany, 2022 summer workshop participant


“As soon as you make your way up the drive of Burren College of Art, you know you’ve arrived somewhere magical. The five day workshop I signed up to was really inspirational and, like a truly great educator, our instructor drew out of us what was there awaiting to be expressed. I highly recommend this beautiful place. I’ll be back!”

Fiona Flinn, 2023 summer workshop participant







May workshops                                                      August workshops


Our self-catering college accommodation offers 11 rooms in the Lodge, four bedrooms in the adjacent Daisy Cottage and six bedrooms in Newtown House located right on campus. Single occupancy is charged at €48 per night. Please inquire separately for twin or double occupancy.

The Lodge is set on extensive grounds with inspiring views of the Burren and is a pleasant 10 minute walk from the College and 35 minutes from Ballyvaughan village. The bedrooms are bright and well appointed. Communal areas include a large living room with an open fire, dining room, TV area, well-equipped kitchen, laundry and public washrooms. A patio area with chimney is an ideal outdoor summer gathering space. The Lodge has WiFi throughout and has wheelchair accessible rooms available.
Daisy Cottage is adjacent to the Lodge and has 2 en suite double bedrooms and 2 single rooms with a shared full bathroom. The house also has a spacious communal area and cozy sitting room, along with a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities.

Newtown House is located right on campus for those who prefer to work longer in their studios. The house is cozy and comfortable, with six bedrooms – some ensuite and some sharing a bathroom – a modern kitchen and unique dining / seating area.




Cancellation Policy

All tuition and fees are due at least 4 weeks before the start of the programme. The Burren College of Art accepts no obligation to refund any fee or part of after this date.