Watercolour painting in scenic Cork, Ireland

West Cork Watercolour was set up by Barry Dawkes to provide first class watercolour painting courses, for all abilities, in the heart of scenic Cork, Ireland.

We have been teaching watercolour painting for a number of years, and our watercolour painting courses have built up an excellent reputation in the local area and around Cork, Ireland.

On location watercolour and pastel painting

Located on the south-west coast of Ireland, Cork is the largest of all Irish counties and to many, the most varied.

Cork is a region full of colour and contrasts that include some of Ireland’s most attractive and colourful landscapes. None more so than West Cork, where it’s rugged coastline, picturesque fishing villages, quaint cottages and rolling hills make it a paradise for watercolour painters – and our courses are designed to get the very best from this stunning landscape and your own talent!


After nine successful years, West Cork Watercolour will no longer be providing Watercolour and Pastel Painting Weekends.

Kathleen and I, would like to thank all those who have joined us on our weekends and supported us over the years.

Anyone in possession of a valid voucher, can still redeem it, but it will be in the form of a One to One Painting Day, so please get in touch with us to arrange your Painting Day.

I am not retiring from painting or teaching altogether, just no longer doing the Weekend Courses.

You can still book on a One to One Painting Day at a cost of €100. These days are flexible in that you can book the day of your choice, choose your medium, and the day can be personalised to suit your own particular requirements.

To book, please telephone 028 36 828, email or send the completed booking form, so that a date can be agreed.

I will continue to tutor for the ICA at An Grainan when requested.