Urban Sketching Workshop in Galway, 14th-16th July 2016

Urban Sketching : Galway Ireland
July 14-16, 2016

I am delighted to announce Galway’s very first international urban sketching workshop, to take place 14th-16th July next year.

Join Urban Sketchers Correspondents Shari Blaukopf, Marc Taro Holmes and myself for three days of sketching and painting in the beautiful medieval city of Galway on Ireland’s West Coast.

Latin Quarter, Galway

The city of Galway is full of quirks and idiosyncrasies, making it one of the most popular and sought-after holiday destinations for visitors from within Ireland and all over the world. Everyone who visits Galway in the summer months is enchanted by its lively atmosphere and legendary charm. Galway is a very small city cross-cut by a network of waterways, from quiet canals to the River Corrib, which varies from a tranquil river of crystal-clear water to a churning torrent, depending on rainfall in distant Connemara. It passes right through the heart of the city, meaning you’ll spend a lot of time on bridges! Galway’s main thoroughfare is one long narrow, twisting street wending its way from Eyre Square at the top to the mouth of the River Corrib at the Spanish Arch, passing buskers and street entertainers of every description along the way. Luckily for everyone it’s pedestrianised and closed to traffic throughout the day, but the crowds disappear the minute you leave the main drag. The quieter streets which lead off the main street are full of hidden surprises and a sketcher’s paradise. The River Walk with canal on one side, river on the other, provides splendid views and sketching opportunities, and wildlife is never far away, from the large colony of swans that live on the River Corrib to the seabirds that fly over the city – and the salmon that leap the river!

Galway has a large choice of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Some of the best cuisine Ireland can offer is found in Galway, and the area is famous for its oysters, fresh seafood and top-quality grass-fed beef and lamb, although being a student town those who don’t eat meat are well catered for too.

The nightlife is electric but does require a certain level of stamina! Traditional Irish music sessions can be found in some of the many hostelries across the centre of town, and anyone who can play an instrument is welcome to join in.

This is Kirwan’s Lane, one of the seven medieval lanes in Galway:

Kirwan's Lane, Co. Galway

You’ll enjoy two demos per day – seeing first hand how these three artist/educators plan and execute a sketch on location. We’ll demonstrate classic urban sketching skills such as: how to see compositions in the field, sketching with pen and ink, tinting your sketches with watercolor and even painting directly with color.

Every artist will get one full day with each of the three instructors. We’ll visit a different drawing location for each morning and afternoon. Every demo will be followed by a chance to apply what you’ve seen on your own sketches – with plenty of feedback from the instructors.

Join Róisín, Shari, Marc and your fellow students for a meet-and-greet on Wednesday evening, 13th July, before classes begin, then again each evening for a sketchbook show-and-tell, sharing everyone’s work from the day.

Please note: the workshop will take place during the Galway International Arts Festival which means that accommodation will fill up quickly. Do make your travel plans as soon as possible – many of the hotels and hostels do not require a deposit and allow cancellation with just a few days’ notice.

Accommodation in Galway City (booking.com)

Accommodation in Galway City and area (Expedia)

We’ll be travelling on foot, sketching in the charming streets and alleys of Galway. You’ll see lots of sights each day. Be prepared for some moderate walking and for carrying your supplies all day. Pack light, but do bring a small stool if you’re not the type to sit on the ground: mine is tiny and is no trouble to bring on a journey overseas.

Cost: $US 350 per student: Fees are fully refundable up to 60 days in advance. Non-artist partners may attend at no extra cost.
Maximum number of Participants: 45 artists: (Divided into groups of 15 students per instructor). We need 35 students minimum to go ahead. If the class fails to reach the minimum, all fees will be refunded.
How to Register: Email with your name and address to Laurel Anne Holmes at LAHolmes.photography@gmail.com. Workshops typically sell out quickly, so register early!
Fee does not include transportation to and from Galway, hotel accommodation, or meals. You must bring your own art supplies.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions…and I hope to see you there!

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  1. Irene Alcázar Prieto

    March 12, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Dear Róisín,
    I am a member of the Malaga Urban Sketchers in Spain. I have seen that the July Galway workshop is full, I am very interested in attend since I do love Ireland, I was living there for two years and it would be a real pleasure for me to be able to draw it! Is there any waiting list where you can put my name on, just in case somebody cannot attend?
    Thanks for your time.
    Kind wishes,
    Irene AP

    • Róisín Curé

      March 12, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Hi Irene! I will certainly put you on the waiting list. And don’t worry, it’s proved so popular that I will definitely repeat it. Best wishes, Róisín

      • Irene Alcázar Prieto

        March 12, 2016 at 7:45 pm

        Thank you so much!
        Finger crossed,

  2. rosa gallach

    February 8, 2016 at 9:20 am


    I and Elian a friend of my might be interested in doing this course, are still places for booking or a waitinglist?

    • Róisín Curé

      February 8, 2016 at 9:59 am

      Hi Rosa, unfortunately the course is fully booked but there is a waiting list which I suggest you join – you never know if there might be cancellations. Let me know how you get on!

  3. Róisín Curé

    November 20, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Hi Susan! Great to hear you might be joining us next July. I can’t recommend any hotels because I’ve never stayed in any of them, living not too far away. However I can give you a list of hotels that are very central: Harbour Hotel, House Hotel, Skeffington Arms Hotel, Spanish Arch Hotel, Victoria Hotel, Hotel Meyrick. They will all have different budgets I imagine but all are within a short stroll of our locations. Just remember that it will be Arts Week so Galway will get booked out very soon. Let me know how you get on!

  4. Susan B

    November 20, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Hi Roisin, I’m very interested in the Galway sketchers workshop and wanted to ask you what accommodations you would personally recommend among the choices given that would be fun to stay at and well located. Can you tell me where the other teachers are staying, as that would be a good indication for me. It sounds like so much fun, and I hope I can be there! Many thanks, Susan Hale

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