From Life

Date: 26th - 29th November
Medium: Oils, Charcoal
Participants: maximum 10
Course level: Beginners - Advanced
Course cost: 450 EUR*

Throughout my career as an illustrator, I have continued to paint and draw regularly from life as a way of keeping my skills honed, however, in recent years I paint and draw more and more just for the challenge, and for the sheer love of it. I want to share my passion for representational art with the artists who join my course.

We will paint in oils and draw in charcoal, and our subjects will be people and places and objects. We will work hard, we will learn techniques and theories, and, I promise, we will have a lot of fun too.

* Cost does not include accommodation. Artform also provide an artist accommodation package.
Details on art materials required to participate in the course will be provided after signing up to the course.


About Artform

Artform School of art is based in the beautiful coastal village of Dunmore East, in a modern two-storey building, containing two large studios, a communal space, a well-stocked art library and audio/visual equipment.

Artform is owned by the local Foyle family known for their love of art as well as the family tradition of hosting artist residencies, collecting, exhibiting and creating art.

Our courses take the form of artist-led residential workshops and painting holidays which run over the course of 2 to 5 days.

Our ‘plein air’ and indoor courses cover a wide variety of styles and media catering to participants of varying levels of experience.

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Course participants can enjoy the artist accommodation package in the co-owned adjacent ‘Strand Inn’ hotel located just 50 meters from the Artform school and which overlooks Lawlor’s Strand.

PJ Lynch

"As a representational artist I strive to understand my world by painting and drawing what I see around me, and as a story-teller I look for the narrative in everything, whether it is hidden in the weathered features of a face, in the arrangement of a collection of objects or in the mystery of a door that lies intriguingly ajar."


P. J. Lynch has won many awards for his work as a book illustrator including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal on two occasions, and his books have sold in their millions.

In recent years, P.J. Lynch has been commissioned to create posters for Opera Ireland and the Abbey Theatre, as well as designing stamps for An Post, and coins for the Royal Mint.

He has also designed Europe’s largest mosaic for the Basilica at the Marian Shrine in Knock.
In 2016 PJ was inaugurated as Laureate na nÓg by President Higgins.

He lives in Dublin with his wife and three children.

Interested in this course?

Get in touch with us and we can take your booking or answer any questions you might have about this course, Artform or our artist accommodation packages.

Not sure if this course is a good fit for you? We can talk with you about what you are looking to achieve and match you with the best course for you.

Call us: +353 (0)87 721 3146


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Thank you for your interest in Artform

Thank you for registering for the From Life course by PJ Lynch running from 26th - 29th November.

We will be in touch with you shortly to finalise your booking and payment. Please note that as places are very limited it may not be possible to guarantee a place.

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Alternatively, you can contact us by email at info@artform.ie or by phone at (087) 721 3146

Accommodation and Board

We offer a number of artist accommodation packages to Artform course participants.

All accommodation options listed below are under the same ownership and management as Artform making a great end to end package for our artist participants.

Glamping Cabins

Bed and Breakfast 50 EUR per night.Bed and Breakfast and dinner 80 EUR per night *
The Strand Townhouse

Bed and Breakfast 75 EUR per nightBed and Breakfast and dinner 105 EUR per night *
The Strand Inn

Bed and Breakfast 95 EUR per nightBed and Breakfast and dinner 125 EUR per night *
Bring your partner for 25 EUR per night B&B, or 55 EUR per night B&B plus dinner.

* Dinner in The Strand Inn.

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View from The Strand Inn

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Restaurant at The Strand Inn

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The Strand Inn

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Bedroom in The Strand Inn

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The Strand Townhouse

Artform - Dunmore East School of Art

Bedroom in The Strand Townhouse

Artform - Dunmore East School of Art

Glamping Cabin