BALLYVAUGHAN, Ireland -- Groups or individuals can combine a
vacation in Ireland with one of several Art Holidays programs
offered by the Burren College of Art here in its extensive program
of short-term courses.
Painting, sculpture and photography are just a few of the
subjects taught at the college, which was founded in 1993.
The courses are designed for beginners and more-experienced
artists, said Michael Greene, executive director of the
The college, which shares a courtyard with the 16th century
Newtown Castle, is named after the Burren, a limestone plateau in
County Clare on Ireland's Atlantic coast.
The Burren is just part of a landscape characterized by
megalithic tombs, caverns, castles and a combination of arctic and
The Art Holiday workshops are offered in May and August.
Students can choose from a variety of three- to eight-day
courses, including watercolor painting, still and live model
painting and drawing, photography, basket weaving, calligraphy,
Burren landscapes and hand-painted interiors.
For example, the eight-day Burren Landscapes program, held Aug.
15 to 22, enables participants to immerse themselves in landscape
The instructor, Trevor Geoghegan, is an artist whose work is
featured in many private and public collections in Ireland and
The cost of the programs ranges from about $110 to $280 per
Study programs are available throughout the year for groups of
12 or more interested in using the college's facilities. Groups can
choose their own tutor and take supplemental courses in a variety
of subjects taught by the school's faculty, he said.
Accommodations for all the programs can be arranged through the
college and vary from self-catering cottages and family bed and
breakfasts to a three-star village inn or four-star country house,
For example, a one-week stay at a bed and breakfast costs about
$190 per person, double occupancy.
A dinner plan costs $50 per week for five evening meals.
During their stay, students also will have the opportunity to
explore the harbor village of Ballyvaughan, located about one mile
from the college.
The village offers a number of restaurants, tea shops and
After a weekend, or week, spent hard at work creating their
masterpieces, students can lose themselves in the abundance of
County Clare's attractions.
Sites to visit include the Cliffs of Moher, which reach 700 feet
above the ocean and stretch five miles between Hag's Head and
O'Brien's Tower; Craggaunowen, where life from the Bronze Age to
medieval times is re-created, and Aillwee Cave, which plunges 3,400
feet under a tiered mountain of stone and was carved out over
millions of years by the underground rivers that cut through the
Outdoor lovers can enjoy boating, hiking, horseback riding,
fishing and golf.
For more information or to organize a program, contact the
Burren College of Art at (011) 353 657-7200; fax (011) 353