Painting in the Burren Landscape

Burren College of Art Time, Space & Inspiration

Painting in the Burren Landscape

Trevor Geoghegan
13th Aug 2018 to 17th Aug 2018

This course is designed for those who wish to gain first-hand experience of painting in the Burren landscape and will include both outdoor and studio painting.

The course aims to introduce the students to landscape painting on the spot, focusing on the study of the landscape beyond the picturesque to the fundamental shape and format of the land itself.
The participants will travel to a pre-selected area, where the study of various elements of a landscape motif will be used to advance students' knowledge and abilities as painters.
Another aim of the course will be to introduce the students to the practice of information gathering via the sketchbook, notebook, camera and memory, for use in the studio at a later date.
The use of studios both in drawing and in painting will be explained and used for the development of work away from motif.
Participants will be required to provide their own materials, also either a fold up easel or small drawing board.  A list of materials is available on request.
Some experience is necessary with a maximum of 12 participants.

Trevor Geoghegan was born in 1946 in London and studied at Worthing College of Art, Sussex. He graduated from Chelsea School of Art, London in 1968 and moved to Ireland in 1971. He has lectured at National College of Art & Design, Dublin from 1978 – 2004. He teaches annually at the Burren College of Art. He also holds annual drawing workshops privately and at the National Gallery of Ireland.

What People Say: 
"Trevor created an atmosphere of freedom and challenge, the perfect balance for a new painter like myself. The social element, going out to explore the village with sketch books and having dinner together one night, was wonderful". Sandra Reed
"I have enjoyed the workshop and the college immensely. I have also learned a lot about myself as an artist and have gained confidence. Trevor is an excellent instructor. I'll be back. " Marilyn Langevin
"it was a great experience and it really improved my art skills. Overall, a very enjoyable experience: I didn't want the course to end!" Jade Walsh



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.