'Painting the Human Figure from Life'
30 July - 3 August, 2018
This five-day intensive course will take place at my studio in a converted convent in Wicklow Town (Ireland) and students can choose to stay with us for the duration of the course*.
There are 9 places plus one scholarship aimed at a student in 2nd or 3rd level education. Application is portfolio based.
"Conor is a brilliant and supportive teacher, with a vast wealth of knowledge of practical and theoretical art and art history, philosophy, classics, and he is a world-class painter. He is an independent thinker, and (consequently) is one of the few people who understand my jokes."
- Fergus Ryan (facebook.com/fergus.a.ryan)
"What a great week Conor. I've always been a great admirer of your work and was fortunate enough to have sat for you to have my portrait painted, so I eagerly awaited this workshop - I wasn't disappointed! Thanks to your generous tuition during the painting process each day and your insightful lectures on the art and craft of painting each evening, I was pleasantly exhausted by the end of the week. Superb venue, genuine hospitality (thanks Jane), great company (despite Fergus Ryan's jokes) and a very memorable and truly educational experience. I've no doubt your Summer School will go from strength to strength."
- Neil Condron (facebook.com/condron.ie)
"Conor you are world class indeed, thanks for a memorable week of learning."
- Ruth Mannion (facebook.com/ruth.mannion.9)
"Sad to leave the @conorwalton70 figure painting workshop. By far one of the most challenging workshops I've taken and I'll be digesting the lessons learned for years to come! Thank you!"
- Eric Johnson (instagram@eric_johnson_arts)
"It has been a tough week of intense concentration, learning and full of interesting advice and assistance from Conor. A week to thoroughly immerse yourself in all that is 'paint', with the extremely knowledgeable and talented artist that he is. His obvious love of his craft has made it a fantastic workshop for anyone who wants to learn How, With What, What's in it and How to apply paint, and create artwork. It will certainly help me in my quest to become a better artist."
- Angela Cahill (instagram@angelacahill263)
"Learned so much and tried several different new techniques"
- Caitlyn Rooke (instagram@caitlynrookepainter)
"I really enjoyed the course and I would recommend it to other painters. Sophie was a great model barely moving a muscle all week. The studio was a great space with consistent light. The hosts and participants generated a very friendly atmosphere. Lunchtimes was really lovely too and having the ability to skulk off into the corridor to study Conor's paintings up close at lunch was a great pleasure/resource especially after he explained some of the techniques during the class. After the course was finished I noticed a change in my paintings. I feel I have a lot more tools in my box which help me to figure out the painting problems that I'm faced with. I learned a lot from when Conor came around to see our progress, sometimes spending up to 15 mins giving us individual advice....Quality stuff."
- Brian Manning (brianoart.com/blog)
"I highly recommend Conor’s course, it’s informative & great for expanding knowledge & techniques. I loved using Conor’s limited palette & learning to apply using his style combining palette knife & brush.
I would however suggest your knowledge & feel for oils is already strong to get the full benefit of Conor’s experience & knowledge, not for beginners."
- Sally Mollan (facebook.com/sally.mollan)
"There are weeks running like a river, one equal to the other, always the same so that you can't tell them apart from each other when you turn back and watch. This was not of this type. From the beginning, it was charged with expectations and fears, and I must say that it has not disappointed.
It was an intense week, made of commitment and work, but also of sharing and knowledge. Living in a family home with so many people may not be easy if you can't connect with those who populate this little community. Jane and Conor's family is already a small community, the students and model turned out to be sincere and pleasant people, and the little week in Wicklow has turned into an experience marked by character, intelligence, sensitivity and stories of these new friends.
Wicklow is a small quiet town on the sea. I recall its intense green, the smell of the sea, the clean and sparkling air that enters your lungs, its prominent Norman fortress on the strait that divides Ireland from Wales. And why not? Even for its pubs, loud and full of live music.
Conor is an artist with a great passion and will for teaching, serious and demanding in his work, who leaves nothing to chance and if you have eyes to see, you understand that you are in front of a person who has thought through the week in all its aspects. Isabella turned out to be a professional, serious and capable model of an impressive beauty, capable of overcoming the predictable and justifiable embarrassment and establishing a relationship with all of us. In this context, drawing was a struggle, because we struggled, but with great beauty."
- Riccardo Boneli (facebook.com/richardbonelli1)
"I really enjoyed the course and found it highly stimulating and challenging. I believe I learned a great deal throughout the week, both in technique and through discussion."
- Zsolt Basti (facebook.com/zsolt.basti)
The class of 2017
Above: Eric Johnson and Fergus Ryan
Above: Ruth Mannion painting, Conor Walton and Fergus Ryan behind.
Lunch time in the garden
About Wicklow Town
town was founded circa AD 795 by the Vikings. The Black Castle ruins which
overlook the harbour stand as a reminder of the Norman invasion. There
are beautiful coastal walks nearby and easy access to the Wicklow Mountains
and some of Ireland's most famous historic sites, such as Glendalough.
Dublin is one hour away by car or train.|