with Rebecca Crowell

Oct. 7-13, 2013
Ballinglen Arts Foundation
Ballycastle, Co. Mayo
accommodation from Oct. 6 with departure on Oct. 14.

Ballycastle Beach
Village of Ballycastle 

Join Rebecca Crowell at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation....
a week of painting 
 in the  beautiful surroundings of County Mayo.

Workshop Information:

Artists in this workshop will explore methods of building up abstract paintings in layers using cold wax medium, tube paint, powdered pigments and other media. They will also find new ways to create textures, lines, and color fields using a variety of tools and techniques   
The workshop will include plenty of information about technique, but also focus on deeper and thought-provoking aspects of process-oriented abstraction, such as allowing the work to unfold by balancing intuition with intention, and finding one's personal direction. Classes include demos and lots of work time. Presentations and discussions about developing an abstract language, self-critique, the creative process, and other conceptual concerns are integrated in the course.  
This workshop includes four days of instruction spread over the week, with the remainder of time for independent work. Artists will have full access to studio spaces at any time of the day or night, internet connection and use of the common rooms. Ballinglen Centre, where class will be held, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of serious artists, and as such also offers an extensive art reference library, gallery area, an archived collection of art, and staff available for guidance during office hours.
For beginning, intermediate and advanced artists (some painting experience recommended.)  
The Instructor:
Rebecca Crowell is widely considered to be a pioneer in the use of cold wax medium for abstract painting. She has been teaching her original techniques in workshops across the US since 2009. She brings professionalism and a working artist's perspective to her classes, with university teaching experience,  MFA Degree in Painting, representation in numerous galleries in the US as well as in Toronto and Dublin, and a number of overseas artist residencies--including a 2013 Fellowship at Ballinglen Arts Foundation. 

 Travel Information: 

Flights may be booked to Dublin Airport (DUB) with travel by bus or train to Ballina, in Co. Mayo. For additional notes on Dublin/Ballina travel, please click here. You may also fly into Shannon Airport (SNN) and again, take bus or rail transport to Ballina.  An excellent site for air tickets is Fly.com. The workshop fee does not include air/bus/rail transport, but does include transport to and from Ballina for your arrival and departure. 


If you are travelling from outside Ireland, you may wish to extend your stay by enjoying a few extra days in Dublin, or renting a car to explore the magnificent countryside of the western coast, including the Ring of Kerry or Dingle Peninsula, or any other part of the country. Good websites for planning an extended stay include Trip Advisor, Travago and Booking.com


 Additional Details:

The location of Ballinglen in County Mayo is rich with history and natural beauty, and an optional day trip to Ceide Fields (a 6000 year old Neolithic site) Downpatrick Head, the Abbey in Killala, and Lacken Strand is available. In addition, there are numerous loop walks that are easily accessed, and the beach is about a mile from the village. 


In Ballycastle, the village in which Ballinglen is located, there is traditional music once weekly in the local pub and Mary's Cottage Kitchen tearoom has daily lunches and home baking available. A butcher shop, grocery store & an off license are also available. Workshop members share self-catering cottages located an easy walk from the studio. Cottages have private bedrooms and shared kitchen and living areas. Most have ensuite baths.  


For photos and much more information, please visit the Ballinglen website.  If you click on the Master Classes link and then the Master Classes Info button, you will find many photos of the surroundings, the facility, and the cottages. (Please don't be confused by the info on this page which is for a different class. The Oil & Wax Workshop is only being publicized via email and facebook. )





$1500 --includes workshop tuition,  private room in self-catering cottage from Oct. 6-14, and transportation to and from nearest bus or train station.

An additional materials fee of approximately $100 will cover the cold wax medium and other supplies, and reduce the need to carry as much while traveling. Details of the fee and materials needed will be provided two months prior to the the workshop, and the fee can be paid at that time.

For payment details and to register, please click here

A balance of learning, experimenting and painting in the studio...and time for yourself--to hike, explore, read and contemplate.  Time, too,  in the company of other artists for a walk to the beach,  during an evening meal or over a pint at the pub. 

You'll have four days of instruction spread over the week; with the remaining days for independent study, and to use as you please.  

 Ballinglen Arts Foundation offers 24/7 studio access, and also features a research library, gallery, and archive of artworks, many of which are on display in the facility.
For more information about the use of cold wax medium with oils: 

Rebecca Crowell, Veil #6, 20"x16" 

ireland #1

Rebecca Crowell, Ireland,#10, 10"x10"
Please email Rebecca for questions about class content or materials.

For all other inquiries, please email The Ballinglen Arts Foundation office, or phone 096 43 184 (country code 353.)