the Human Figure from Life'
27 - 31 July, 2020
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*.
10am - 11am intro & demo
11am - 1pm: painting with model
1pm - 2pm: lunch
2pm - 4.30pm: painting with model
5.30pm - 6.30pm: lectures on technique, colour theory, art history
€550 non-residential, including lunch, linen canvas, easels, paint
(basic palette), solvents. (No brushes provided)
Dinner with wine @ €12 per day optional.
€950 residential (single bedroom), inc. all the above plus all
meals, pick-up & drop-off at Wicklow train station.
€750 reduced-rate residential camping option (inc. all meals, etc.)
for those prepared to camp in our garden.
are 9 places plus one scholarship aimed at a student in 2nd or 3rd level
education. Application is portfolio based.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org:
• 4 jpeg images of recent work (painting or drawing) approx. file
size 2mb or less.
state your age and give a summary of your artistic education, if any.
• State whether you wish to attend on a residential/non-residential
• If applying for the scholarship, please state this and include
your current educational status.
• please title your email "Conor Walton Summer School 2018".
Deadline for application
Monday 6 January 2020.
Places will be confirmed by Monday 13 January 2020.
A 50% Deposit will be required by Friday 31 January, 2020.
Balance due: Friday 29 May, 2020
If you require further
information, please email email@example.com
residential option is to facilitate students who either a) may not want
to move a muscle after eight hours intensive engagement on the course,
or b) wish to spend long summer evenings talking art and philosophy
and partaking in the life of the household. The accomodation, while
comfortable, is part of a family home, not a five-star hotel, and bathrooms
"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
- 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
- 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
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, but with great beauty."
- Riccardo Bonelli (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)
spending the week at Conor's studio, emersed in an atmosphere of focused
learning and supportive expert tuition, I've come away with sound artistic
strategies grounded in art history and colour theory which I hope to
apply to my own practice and future work. A very pleasant professional
atmosphere , great to meet other artists and well kitted out large studio."
- Melissa O'Faherty (www.facebook.com/melissa.ofaherty)
"Thanks Conor, I learned a lot from watching you in action. And
from what you said to me. I also met really lovely people including
Jane who could not have been more hospitable and served up delicious
grub. I feel better able to paint on my own now and that's what I'm
going to do so thank you for that. Pandora's Box has been opened! I
will certainly recommend your workshop to friends who wants to learn
to paint better."
- Yvonne Pettitt (www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000547911839)
"Conor is truly a master in his own right. His pursuit and dedication
to his craft not only shined through his paintings but also through
the incredible knowledge he has obtained from his relentless researches
The Summer School was an intensive 5 days of bootcamp, at the end of
each day, I was mentally and physically exhausted. Conor kept the class
worthwhile, even with major jet lag and not feeling all that well, I
was never feeling sleepy or bored. I've learned so much about myself,
the craft, the attitude, valuable skills and knowledge of what it takes
to be a good painter.
I never thought I would be accepted into his program since I had no
art background. Even though it was surreal to find out that I was offered
a place in his Summer school, I was so nervous. I was afraid to be lost
in the class since I was in a career that had zero interaction with
art and just started to really paint a year ago. But I was so wrong!
Conor and all my classmates were so encouraging, supportive and all
working towards learning to be better artists.
Now I just can't wait to implement what I have learned in this program
into my future work. I highly recommend Conor's course."
- Chia Schuler (www.instagram.com/chiachunart)
offers a master class that offers much interest and ease in participation.
A wonderful opportunity to indulge yourself in timeless instruction,
skill sharing and a focused end goal.
The residential option was most comfortable and I felt very welcome
and well looked after.
It was wonderful to spend time in a working artists studio space and
relate this to my own endeavours.
Conor is a knowledgeable and talented artist who is open and particular
about sharing his methods.
After painting for twenty years it is true there is always room to learn.
- Tammy Andrews (www.instagram.com/tammyandrewsartist)