Nestled at the foot of the scenic Blackstairs Mountains, Cow House Studios is located about 100 miles south of Dublin, three miles from the village of Rathnure, County Wexford. The Southeast Coast is less than an hour away.
About the Cow House staff:
Cow House Studios is a family run business. Established in 2007 by artists Rosie O'Gorman and Frank Abruzzese, the running of the studio and farm now involves the whole family. Co-directors Rosie and Frank are responsible for the day-to-day management of the studios, including programme scheduling and curriculum development.
Both of Rosie's younger sisters, Edel and Sinead, work with Cow House. Sinead assists with teaching, preparing delicious home cooked meals, and as our studio manager keeps everything well organised. Edel is responsible for much of the behind the scenes activities that make Cow House run smoothly. Together with Rosie's mother Mary, Edel also bakes homemade desserts and breads which have become a favoured treat among our guests.
Rosie's father Michael has a major presence at Cow House; he keeps the grounds in pristine condition as well as tending to the 180 acre farm. Populating the grounds with handmade swings, chairs and inventive sculptures made from old farm machinery, he is a craftsperson in his own right and always curious to see what's happening in the studio.
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Cow House Studios, visit their website
A bus provided by Cow House will pick us up at the Dublin airport and transport us to Cow House Studios, about a two hour drive to the south on Saturday morning, March 26. We will spend the next ten nights with Cow House Studios and then be transported back to Dublin following breakfast on Wednesday, April 5, where we'll spend two nights in a hotel and explore the city before returning home on Friday, April 7.
We will have three day trips during our stay, with our own bus transportation and a box lunch included. The three trips, all within about an hour's drive or less, include:
- Kilkenny, a city of about 20,000 in South Ireland, about an hour away and home of Kilkenny Castle.
- Hook Peninsula, County Wexford
- The small towns of St Mullins and Gragnumanagh within about 1/2 an hour's drive from Cow House Studios
The main studio, originally the stone barn, is a brightly lit space of 3,700 sf and
comes well stocked with art supplies for us to use plus a large-format printer, along with six smaller studios. WiFi is available. We will have a live studio model one afternoon, and there are many outstanding locations for painting en plein air within walking distance.
Instructors David Beale and Emily Gibbons will be available for assistance and advice at all times, and critiques will be held daily. Participating artists will be encouraged to paint both in plein air and larger, both in concept and size, studio paintings. Cow House has watercolor paper available for our use up to 22 inch by 30 inch sheets! Artists will also be encouraged to experiment with supplies on hand that can be combined with water media in exciting ways.
The cost is $2,350.
- room and board at Cow House Studios (3 meals a day)
- hotel in Dublin
- all in-country transportation
- day trips
- workshop and use of studio and grounds
- art supplies
This does not include airfare, and Dublin meals and entertainment.
A $750 down payment refundable until December 31, is required to reserve your place. A second payment of $750 will be due by January 15, and the final payment of $850 will be due by March 1. Applicants will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis, with a maximum enrollment of 12.