Friday, February 24, 2012

Art Weekends and One Day workshops -Bunbury Art Studio 2012

Welcome to the 13th season at Bunbury Art Studio.
 This year there are 11 painting workshops in Watercolour, Oils, and Acrylics at very competitive reduced prices and  Drawing days for €55 .   I am also organising and tutoring a painting holiday  in Tuscany  this year  in May /June ( details on  this blog ) I hope you find something  in the programme to excite you  and  fire your enthusiasm to create ! I am looking forward to meeting  old  friends and making many new ones in 2012.   
WATERCOLOURS                                 1 day 65   tutor Trudi Doyle    
                                                  Whether you are an apprehensive beginner  or have some experience but feel at sea in this medium, this day will  help you develop a range of simple techniques in watercolour. How to use  & mix  colour, lay washes, paint wet in wet  & compose a painting , all demonstrated in an easy paint along method , reinforceing your understanding of this  beautiful medium  giving you the confidence  to produce paintings to be proud of . Complete  at least one painting and several sketches
  MAY -  Monday 7th  (bank holiday)
JULY -  
 Sunday 8th                                                                                               
 OCTOBER  - Saturday 13th     

2. OIL PAINTING                       2 days €125   tutor Pat Maher
  Artist Pat Maher  is a master at capturing the elusive effects of light and shade  and a  patient and experienced tutor, who knows how to bring out the best in his students. He will include instruction in good composition, colour and tone with demonstrations and individual tuition. If you are starting out or want to develop a surer approach ,this is for you.        (Beginners  and Improvers)    
 MAY-  Saturday 12th &Sunday 13th                                                              
 AUGUST    Saturday 25th &Sunday 26th        

3. DRAWING   DAY                            -€55   tutor Trudi Doyle   
 Back by popular demand !                                                 
This basic drawing day will be enjoyed by painters who  have  bypassed drawing and also  by anyone taking their first creative steps. These essential drawing techniques  will  improve and enrich your sketching and painting  more than you can imagine.
May Sunday 6th
July - Saturday 7th  
4.WATERCOLOUR  MASTER CLASS    1day €65  tutor Trudi Doyle  
 For those wishing to loosen up , enliven their work & stretch their knowledge of watercolour beyond the usual . Experiment with techniques &“tricks of the trade” such as masking , sponging , salt effects, cling film textures and mixed media. Learn the secrets of  transparent glowing watercolours & achieve fresh,  luminous and vibrant  paintings .                                                               
  JUNE   Saturday 30th                                                               
  SEPTEMBER  - Sunday 2nd    

5 .ACRYLICS    1 day  €65  2 day  €125   tutor Trudi Doyle                
-Acrylics are an  easy ,versatile medium.  
 Diluted with water, acrylics can be used like watercolour. From the tube, they  produce depth and colour similar to oil painting. Their quick-drying nature allows  build up of layers faster than oil paint,  their opacity means they are forgiving of mistakes .We will  concentrate on sketching and painting  techniques, -  learn the basics while completing a  painting each day             (Beginners/Improvers)
JULY ( one day) — Sunday 1st
 SEPTMBER- Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th 

Enjoy Art lessons in Painting , Drawing and Collage. Stimulate the imagination  by making wonderful creations from colourful textured papers, fabrics, found objects, beads & buttons in the studio.
Also enjoy outdoor nature walks to encourage observation skills –weather permitting- and interactive fun and games in the garden. 
All Materials provided.
 Bring a packed lunch each day. 
Tues 10th Weds 11th  Thurs 12th  July 
From 10am to 2pm each day   

3 day fee €60  ( all materials included)

 Classes are held in warm well lit  studio with large gothic  windows  looking out on a mature  leafy  garden , by  a quiet laneway  to scenic countryside .   
MATERIALS please bring your own brushes , paints, paper   etc  However a basic selection is for sale at the studio.  A list of suggested materials will be sent to you on receipt of  booking.
 THE COURSES  Classes begin at 10am. Refreshments; teas, coffee etc.  available all day
 LUNCH BREAK 12.30 to 2PM.  You have a choice. Bring  your own packed lunch  or avail of  Lunch in local Restaurant Rathwood. FINISH AT 4PM - If classes run over time,  the studio remains open until 5 pm , relax,  finish your work or just browse through Trudi’s art books.  
 ACCOMMODATION -A list of  B&B’s / Hotels will be sent  to you by email  or post if required on completion of booking .   

Trudi Doyle in her Studio
BOOKING   Complete the booking form which I will post to you via email or snail mail  
- post with deposit of 50, to Trudi Doyle,  Bunbury Art Studio, Ballyconnell. Tullow Co Carlow  cheque or postal order payable to Trudi Doyle  not later than 4 weeks before course begins. Or email   to request an invoice to  pay on line with your credit card.                                                           
 LATE BOOKINGS  You are advised to telephone 059 9156299  to check if places are available before posting booking form and full payment  'Or ask to pay via email to
 with your credit card.
 CANCELLATION  We reserve the right to cancel if a course is under- subscribed. Full refunds of deposits will be made. Deposits  transferable to another course in the same year. No  refund will be  given in the event of applicant  cancelling less than 3 weeks before a course or failing to attend. on the day

To request a Brochure with directions and booking form - email 
with postal address - However I can also send map and directions,  list of local accommodation and a list materials needed for your class  or any further information required by email  !


Tuesday May 29th—Tuesday June 5th            
    No single supplement                                      
 Included   1. Seven  nights Half Board ( delicious fresh Italien cooking/wine/ensuite rooms.
in La Pia Hotel  Montecatini  Tuscany.   
2. Transfers to/from Pisa airport, courier on arrival.   
 3 .Full day bus excursion to paint  in 2 medieval villages .  
4. Train trip  with guided tour in Florence
5 Professional tuition, indoors & out with demonstrations in the painting medium of your choice.  Watercolours  Acrylics Pastels Drawing  
      * 10 places available .
 * Booking open until April 15th on first come basis.
 * Deposit of  300 secures a place .Balance payable by 15th May 
 * Full info here on this blog or brochure available .  
   ( Oil painters - please choose water -mixable Oils as oil paint is not permitted on flights because of the solvents contained in them )                                                           
  (N.B. Flights NOT included - Ryanair fly Dublin/Pisa)                       


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Art Holiday Itinerary Tuscany 2012 May 29 - June 5 -

Monday, February 13, 2012

Painting Holiday 2012 - Tuscany Italy

PAINTING HOLIDAY 2012 - TUSCANY- ITALY - €875 (No single supplement )
  Tuesday May 29th—Tuesday June 5th - Includes June bank holiday weekend

If you are interested in an all inclusive ART HOLIDAY with like minded people ?-
Want to visit Italy and do some sketching and painting with the benefit of expert tuition and helpful advice in a relaxed friendly atmosphere  ?
Enjoy dining on delicious freshly cooked dishes at a friendly Itialien family run hotel each evening ?
 Want to bask in the Tuscan sunshine and view spectacular scenery and architecture ?

If the answer is yes to the above , this Italian experience will suit you. A unique holiday in Montecatini , including painting trips and a visit to Florence - Tuesday 29th May  to June 5th  2012.

"View of Montecatinim Tuscany" by Trudi Doyle
1. Seven nights Half Board ( delicious fresh Italien cooking/wine/ensuite rooms. No single supplement ) in La Pia Hotel Montecatini Tuscany.
 2. Transfers to/from Pisa airport, courier on arrival.
3 .Full day bus excursion to paint in 2 medieval villages .
4. Train trip with guided tour in Florence.
 5 Professional tuition, indoors & out with demonstrations in the painting medium of your choice Watercolours Acrylics Pastels Drawing.
* 10 places available .
* Booking open until April 25th on first come basis.
* Deposit of €300 secures a place - .Balance payable by 15th May
 brochure available on request
(N.B. Flights NOT included - Ryanair fly Dublin/Pisa)
View from Montecatini Alta
Datailed Itinerary 
- Art Break Tuscany 2012 with Trudi Doyle  29thMay - 5th June 2012 
  As a guest you will enjoy Seven nights in the excellent family run Hotel La Pia in Montecatini inc. Breakfasts , evening meals -4 course with wine. Transfers to and  from Pisa airport, excursions to Florence and two Medieval villages to paint- all tuition and transport included .
Day 1.Tuesday 29th May. Arrival at Hotel . The Flight from Dublin to Pisa arrives at 12.55 where you will be met by a courier and taken to your hotel by taxi. When we settle in to the hotel, we will have a little time to meet informally with  fellow guests and your tutor (me !) and plan the week ahead taking into account the aspirations of each student – If everyone agrees  I will offer some initial instruction on composition and methods of painting outdoors and gathering visual information and advice on materials. A question and answer session will follow before a delicious freshly cooked dinner  at the hotel.
Day 2 Wednesday 30th May. Breakfast at hotel
Morning - Montecatini Terme - Guided half day tour in Montecatini & entrance ticket to Tettuccio spa. and welcome drink. in the historical café, situated inside the Tettuccio building.

  Montecatini is a spa town known for its natural curative springs. Many conditions from arthritis to respiratory problems benefit from the famous natural thermal grotto. Curative and pampering treatments in the spas can be booked and availed of during the holiday. Anyone interested in going for a swim in the lovely pool at grottagiusti spa will be facilitated by a free bus shuttle service to the pool which is about 4 miles away. For more see
You have the option of 2 hours Painting tuition in Montecatini in the afternoon. Delicious freshly cooked dinner menu at the hotel.

Day 3. Thursday 31st May -Painting  
Breakfast at hotel. Travelling by mini bus to beautiful medieval villages Cozille and Colle, outdoor painting and tuition in sketching and painting with break for lunch in Massa. Fold up artist chairs provided. Late afternoon return to Montecatini for a siesta and freshen up before dinner at the hotel.

Day 4. 
 Friday 1st June
 Florence Day
Breakfast at hotel.   Morning - Departure for Florence by train from Montecatini , then by taxi to Piazziale Michaelangelo  Experience a stunningly beautiful view of the city of Florence before visiting San Minato a church with 13th century mosaics and an 11th century crypt, -we 'll have a guided tour of the Basilica of Santa Croce -this is a must see - the most magnificent medieval church in Florence, featuring frescoes by Giotto, a chapel by Brunelleschi and one of the finest of all early Renaissance tombs. Lunch break.-Afternoon free to do your own thing – visit famous landarks or trust your artist's instincts and wander around.... the best way to experience Florence  -a place I love to get lost in ! Meet up and return to Montecatini by train for delicious dinner menu at the hotel.
Day 5. Saturday 2nd June Painting
Breakfast at hotel.  Morning - Painting outdoors in Montecatini Alta – A visit via cable car to historic upper town with spectaculat vistas and medieval streetscapes – a painters paradise. Lunch in Montecatini Alta. Afternoon - Free afternoon ( your choice – continue painting / go shopping , browse or just relax and people-watch in the cafes ). Dinner at the hotel.
Red Cable Car to Montecatini Alta

Day 6. Sunday 3rd June 
  Breakfast at hotel
Free day or optional excursion to sea side town Viareggio by train . 
Dinner at the hotel

Painting at La Pia Hotel in  2011

Day 7 ( Last Day ) Monday 4rd June  Painting 
  Breakfast at hotel 
MorningPainting at hotel fountain and Montecatini area.
Afternoon free – time for yourself (your choice; continue painting – go shopping or just relax or take the opportunity to avail of curative and pampering treatments in the spa.) Dinner at the hotel.
Day 8. Tuesday 5th June
Departure for Pisa airport by bus in early morning 5 am to Pisa airport for flight at 7.05. to Dublin arriving 8.50 
* * * * * 
Ryanair flights from Dublin return to Pisa on the appropriate dates  are currently €126  return inc. taxes and charges ( as checked in February )