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WORKSHOP TUTORS from Russian, European and US traditions.  

"Simplifying The Landscape",Workshop in Kilmore Quay, Tuesday 1st August @10am
"Expressive Brushwork", Hook Head, Friday 4th August @2pm

Pennsylvania artist Valerie Craig is an experienced teacher who has visited Ireland numerous times to teach at the well-known Burren School of Painting. In 2013 she was a very popular tutor at Art in the Open and won the over-all Mayoral Award. Valerie has won many other awards for her work, including Artists' Choice at the prestigious Plein Air Easton in 2010 and 1st prize at Wayne Plein Air Festival in 2010 and 2012. While her paintings are full of daring colours and unusual compositions, Valerie's patient manner and emphasis on getting the basics right will refresh experienced artists and ensure beginners are set on the shortest path to success.

"Looking For The Shapes - Keeping It Painterly" Rosslare Strand, Thursday 3rd August @10am
"People and perspective - Keeping It Painterly" Enniscorthy, Wednesday 2nd August @2pm.

All levels. I will do a brief demo 3/4 to 1 hour, then for the remaining 2 hours you will paint and I will assist and advise ending with a group show if you would like. As for materials whilst I will be working in Oil you can use materials of your choice. If you want more specifics please email me in advance.
Roger Dellar is a professional figurative artist who works in oils, pastels, mixed media, acrylics, and water based media. His interest in observing people in their environments has influenced him to record and interpret them, capturing light effects. He regularly exhibits in galleries in the UK and has had several one man exhibitions. Represented in USA by the Peninsula Gallery Lewes Delaware.

Workshop in Enniscorthy, Wednesday 2nd August @10am

All mediums and all levels are welcome. We are going to have together a very special experience, painting a model in the landscape. We will try our best to catch the special and beautiful light which surrounds the figure in plein air and brings so many colours to our paintings. I will start with a demonstration to show the main steps and points of the process. Afterward we will work together on your painting to experience this motif.

Workshop in Rosslare Strand, Thursday 3rd August @2pm

All mediums and all levels are welcome. Here we are going to work on warm and cold colours in the landscape and find out how we can use these qualities of paint to create weather and the mood in our paintings. I will start with a demonstration to give an example of using warm and cold in the sketch and afterward we will paint together the colours of the place.

I was lucky to be born in St.Petersburg, the city with the wonderful Art schools and traditions. So when I decided to be an artist I took the opportunity to study in the Art College and in the Art Academy to improve my skills in classic drawing and painting. Since I graduated I have always worked and made a living solely as an artist. Three years ago I made my first trip to the United States. It was quite successful for me. I got Best of Show from Scott Christensen and First Place People's Choice in the Quick Draw Competition at Driggs Digs Plein Air 2013 in Idaho and Plein Air Magazine Award of excellence on the Plein Air Rockies 2013 in Colorado.
In 2015 I was invited to do the demonstration and field instruction on the Plein Air Convention in Monterey. Now I live, paint and teach in Burgundy, France.

Workshops in Woodville House, Monday 31st July @10am and Kilmore Quay, Tuesday 1st August @2pm

Leon Holmes is an award-winning Australian artist, lecturer and ambassador of plein air (open air) painting. "If you want to have life in your painting, you need to paint it from life," he says. "To capture the true light, the true colour, you need to be immersed in the scene, and to become part of it. That's why I think it's so important to paint en plein air (in the open air)." Leon's proactive approach to painting has earned him numerous accolades, including the 2012 People's Choice award for Art in the Open (Ireland) and the 2014 as well as the 2016 professional div. winner - Quick Draw prize, forgotten Coast en Plein Air (Florida USA).

"The Landscape in Bloom" at Woodville House, Monday 31st July @2pm

Flowers add spice to the landscape. In this workshop I will share my tips and techniques for painting expressive flowers whether close-up or as part of a distant view of the landscape. I will also share ways to make plein air with pastels simple and fun with my step by step approach to a plein air study. There will be demos, handouts and plenty of individual help at the easel during the workshop.
"Plein Air Made Simple" at Hook Head, Friday 4th August @2pm

Pastels are the perfect medium for plein air. In this workshop I will share my simple 6 step approach to a plein air field study as well as three things that lead to a more successful landscape painting. My goal is to make the plein air experience successful and fun. There will be demos, handouts and plenty of individual help at the easel during the workshop.

Karen Margulis PSA, IAPS-MC Biography
Karen is a IAPS Master Circle recipient and a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. She is also a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society. Her landscape and wildflower paintings have received recognition in many International exhibitions including PSA and IAPS where her Queen Anne's Lace painting won the 2011 poster competition. Karen's work has been featured in the June 2014 issue of Pastel Journal. Her painting, Summer Reprise, was chosen for the cover image. Karen is a Daily Painter and art blogger. She teaches workshops and classes and shares her instruction on her daily blog.

Workshops in Enniscorthy, Wednesday 2nd August @10am and Hook Head, Friday 4th August @10.30am

Watercolour Bold and Loose
I would feel happy with painters of any level as I would do a demonstration, then if the group wants to paint my subject or one of their own choice, I will be available to help as required. My style is a little bit different so most people will get something out of it. I usually talk my way through my demonstrations and try to make them as entertaining and informative as possible. If they are not fun and and enjoyable it becomes hard work for myself and anyone watching me.
As far as materials go, I would always advise the best quality paper and paints that people can afford, but essentially to bring along the materials and equipment that they already own and are happy with. I personally use Arches, Saunders Waterford paper and Winsor and Newton Artist Quality paints.
Although a self taught artist, I have studied under several well know Northern Ireland artists and would admit to having been greatly influenced by them. I am a former Chairman of Dundonald Arts Club and in 2010 was awarded their Founders Trophy for my painting "Café en Provence", and in 2013 for "Ballycopeland Windmill". I have exhibited and sold my work at various local venues in Northern Ireland and have work displayed in Canada and the USA. In 2009 I was accepted as a member of the Ulster Watercolour Society and Presently hold the position of Secretary. I became a member of the Arts Society of Ulster in 2010. I often demonstrate to art clubs around Northern Ireland and greatly enjoy doing so.

Workshops in Kilmore Quay, Tuesday 1st August @10am and Rosslare Strand, Thursday 3rd August @2pm

Born in Wisconsin and raised in Montana, Ned Mueller has been drawing and painting all of his life. He graduated from the prestigious Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles where he also taught drawing while still a student. His love for life and art is reflected in his superb paintings of a wide range of subjects including Portraits, Figures, Animals and Landscapes, both studio and plein air. He has written several articles on painting for the Artists Magazine, is called upon to jury shows, and is a popular and enthusiastic workshop teacher around the country and abroad.

Workshops in Kilmore Quay, Tuesday 1st August @2pm and Hook Head, Friday 4th August @10.30am

Learn to paint boldly the atmosphere and your feelings. My approach to painting focus on painting the light on the objects rather than the object itself. I will give you key ideas for you to be able to see this way. It will help you free yourself from the ideas of the objects or symbols and rather capture the atmosphere more boldly. The workshops are for all levels. I will demonstrate a quick sketch (around 30min). You will then have 2h30 to work on your painting. I will give personal advice and attention to every student.
Supply list oil paints: Titanium White 200ml, French Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson, Cad Red Lt, Cad Yell Lt, Cad Yell Dark, Raw Sienna, Yellow Ochre, English Red, Raw Umber, Sèvres blue, Viridian
Brushes, palette knives, palette, canvas of your choice, plein Air Easel.

Antonins's Awards
'Award of Excellence' Plein Air in the Rockies 2013
'First Prize' Main Competition and also QuickDraw at Boise Plrein Air Competition 2013
'Honourable Mention' Main Competition and Quick Draw at Driggs Digs Plein Air 2013
'First Prize' Main Competition and 'Artists' Choice Award' at Palouse Plein Air Event 2012

Workshop in Woodville House, Monday 31st July @10am

All Levels and All Mediums. It's All About the Shapes: Recognize patterns, shapes, and rhythms in the landscape. Then use your preferred medium to express them in a looser, more exciting way.

Workshop at Enniscorthy Wednesday 2nd August @2pm

All Levels and All Mediums. Plein Fun: Feel it, see it, express it, DONE. With a clear idea and an intentional mark, you can give your work a fresher, more spontaneous look.
Both workshops will include a 45 minute to 1-hour demonstration followed by guided painting time.
Coming back to us for her fourth time from the United States, Lori Putnam is one of the country's most sought after artists and teachers. Her work blurs the lines of Impressionism and abstraction, and she believes seeing relationships and letting go of fear are the two most important things an artist should do. She has served on the faculty of the Plein air Convention and Expo every year, sharing her philosophy on creating and painting to its 800+ attendees annually. Her Plein and and studio work has received numerous awards including Florida's Forgotten Coast, Laguna Plein air, and Maui Plein air Invitationals; Art in the Open; The Portrait Society of America; Oil Painters of America; American Impressionist Society; Salmagundi Club New York; and many more. View her complete bio and her work online at

Workshops in Woodville House, Monday 31st July @2pm and Rosslare Strand, Thursday 3rd August @10am

Antti Rautiola (b.1976) is a Finnish artist who started painting before the age of ten when he received an oil painting set as a gift from his grandparents. He has had mentors from Florence Acadamy, Russian school of painting and also from the animation industry, where he is also actively working as computer-graphics supervisor. Being an enthusiastic landscape painter he has been keeping plein air workshops in the Europe's biggest landscape painting festival in Ireland "Art In The Open". Besides Plein air landscapes, his favorite subjects are figurative paintings of children. Antti describes himself as an impressionistic realist. He is inspired by the works of artists of the 19th century such as fellow Finns Albert Edelfelt, Helene Schjerfbeck and their contemporaries, the American John S. Sargent, Russian Isaak Levitan and Swedish Anders Zorn.

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