How would Picasso do it?

Burren College of Art Time, Space & Inspiration

How would Picasso do it?

Dr Ruby Wallis
21st Aug 2017 to 25th Aug 2017

This introductory level workshop will take five art historical themes and introduce them through lectures and practical art workshops. Over the course of the five days, participants will be introduced to key art movements of the modern period. The aim is to build a creative vocabulary through the use of materials and group discussion.

  • This course will build confidence through observation and creative workshops
  • Build a greater vocabulary and understanding of art movements in the modern period
  • Gain experience with varied materials and methods used in art practice

Each morning, one of the five themes will be introduced through slides and film, each afternoon will be dedicated to practical exercises:

  • Impressionism through watercolour painting;
  • Cubism through still-life drawing;
  • Dadaism and Surrealism through collage and montage;
  • Pop Art through the stencil; and
  • Postmodernism through the use of 3D object and metaphor.

 There is an emphasis on experimentation rather than creating a perfect art object. No previous experience necessary.  A list of required art materials will be given prior to the course, many of which are available to buy from the art shop at Burren College of Art.

Ruby Wallis completed her Ph.D. at The National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2015 and a Masters in Documentary Photography from University Wales in 2007. She was an artist in residence at The Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2016. In 2013 she was awarded a first prize at Claremorris Open Exhibition and was nominated for the Prix Pictet award. She lectures at The Burren College of Art and Griffith College Dublin.




The accommodation in our self-catering college housing is located within 10 minutes  walk from Burren College of Art. The  bedrooms are en-suite, bright and well appointed. Communal areas include a large living room with an open fire, dining room, TV area, well equipped kitchen, laundry and public washrooms.  A roofed patio area with chimney is an ideal outdoor summer gathering space. The housing has WiFi throughout and is wheelchair accessible.

Single rates are charged at €45 per person per night. Twin-room accommodation is also available for those wishing to share a room - please enquire separately for rates.

Although the availability of the college self-catering housing is limited, alternative options are available in various guesthouses and hotels throughout Ballyvaughan. For further information please go to or contact for our accommodation list.