How To Use Your Eyes

Burren College of Art Time, Space & Inspiration

How To Use Your Eyes

Prof. Timothy Emlyn Jones
14th May 2018 to 18th May 2018

Observation, experimental drawing and self-discovery

Visual art is always about the act of looking, and what you are able to see reveals an aspect of yourself, no matter what the apparent subject matter. There are many ways of looking and this short course is about experimenting with the act of observation and self-recognition, explored through the act of drawing. This intensive workshop will help you to explore looking and seeing by means of drawing on location in the Burren and in the college studios. Rather than setting out to make pictures of what we see, we will explore different ways of looking – the gaze; the glance; the glimpse; the scrutinising stare; and others. We will also experiment with mark making ranging from wild scribble to measured marks to performative gesture.

Our subject matter will include the land and its weather; the human figure at rest and in motion; interior spaces; found objects; the fall of light; and mediated images. There will also be an introduction to some of the theory of looking and personality difference. However, the core of this workshop will constantly be the practice of observing and drawing, and the discoveries to which they lead. Each day will commence with a short introduction followed by either a visit to a selected location for field work, or studio work at the college (the weather will determine the details of the schedule). There will also be two short illustrated talks.

Each participant will have dedicated studio space with access 24/7, with opportunities to work on a very large scale if desired. Previous experience is an advantage, though not essential, but beginners should be aware the workshop does not provide basic instruction in drawing skills.  This workshop is open to a maximum of 16 participants.

Timothy Emlyn Jones has exhibited drawings and performance art internationally and he is represented in public collections in a number of countries. His most recent exhibitions include: RHA Annual 2012 (invited artist); RE Open (the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers, London); Into Irish Drawing at Limerick City Gallery of Art (and touring Europe); The Idea of The Rain, a permanent installation at NUI Galway; International Exhibition of Artists' Books at Cheoung-ju in Korea; Shuimo Identity at CAFA in Beijing; Drawing Connections at COFA in Sydney. Earlier exhibitions include Documenta, Prospectiva, and Kontrapunkt.

What People Say: 
"Tim is top notch - great teacher, great leader, great material. Keep it engaging. So glad I took this class!" Yvonne Beckway
"Don't go changing anything! What comes to the heart goes to the heart!" Cora Murphy



The accommodation in our self-catering college housing is located within 10 minutes  walk from Burren College of Art. The  bedrooms are en-suite, 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 roofed patio area with chimney is an ideal outdoor summer gathering space. The housing has WiFi throughout and is wheelchair accessible.

Single rates are charged at €45 per person per night. Twin-room accommodation is also available for those wishing to share a room - please enquire separately for rates.

Although the availability of the college self-catering housing is limited, alternative options are available in various guesthouses and hotels throughout Ballyvaughan. For further information please go to or contact for our accommodation list.