Painting the Burren in Impasto

Burren College of Art Time, Space & Inspiration

Painting the Burren in Impasto

Geraldine O'Riordan
21st Aug 2017 to 25th Aug 2017

Impasto is a term to describe thickly textured painting techniques. Such paintings are imbued with a rich texture of visible brush and knife marks. This course will begin with a studio demonstration using acrylic paints directly from the tube and an alternative method using impasto medium. It will be followed with some time for sketching and/or photographing outdoors, before returning to the studio to commence painting. Geraldine will be at hand to assist with the practicalities of the impasto technique and to discuss composition.

Geraldine O’Riordan worked as a muralist and decorative artist for sixteen years. While running this business, her skills as a painter developed. Since her transition to full time artist, in 2006, she  has had six solo exhibitions. She received a Tyrone Guthrie bursary from Cork County Council in 2013 and a Ballinglen Fellowship award in 2015.  Her work has entered collections such as University College Cork, The Irish Georgian Society, Ballymaloe House and Countess Dunraven.




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.