The second of Laois County Council’s summer ‘Plein Air’ three-day outdoor painting courses in the beautiful surroundings of Glenbarrow, Slieve Blooms has recently completed.
The course was led again by artist Jock Nichol, who worked with a group of ten artists and helped them develop their skills in landscape painting.
The artists taking part came well equipped for the slightly inclement Irish weather but this did not deter them from producing a wonderful array of beautiful landscape paintings and drawings at the end of the three days.
Participants included Michael Rafter, Kathleen Miller, Mary Dermody, Beth Harris, Monica O'Meara, Trudi Killeen, Ann Bates, Jennifer Donnery, Mary Daly, Pauline Conroy and Christeen Kilkenny Roddy.
The 2016 summer programme featuring En Plein Air has been hugely successful, thanks to the expertise of Jock, a natural teacher who gently gets the best out of his students.
He is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, where he studied drawing and painting. He has worked extensively around Ireland, including residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Monaghan, and Cill Rialaig Centre, Kerry. He is currently involved in Adult Education with Abbeyleix Further Education Centre, and has exhibited widely, with works in many private and public collections.