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IRELAND - A Botanical Journey Around the Emerald Isle

May 15–23, 2024

Post-tour Workshop

The Burren (photo courtesy of Subhrambar) 

Our journey will be marked by explorations of Dublin, the Irish capital, and the rich green countryside–taking in the rural life and wildflowers of the Burren, the majestic and magical Dingle Peninsula, the timeless natural scenery of Killarney and the medieval beauty of Kilkenny, with a focus on botanical art from both historic and contemporary perspectives.

We will balance private, hands-on visits to famous cultural sites with time to relax and meet with Irish ASBA-member botanical artists. Keep a look out for updates in ASBA’s monthly Highlights; we are planning a tour add-on workshop.



ASBA Travel Initiative Committee

Monica Ray and Pauline Goldsmith, Co-Chairs

Tammy McEntee, Claudia Lane, and Jennifer Muto


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ASBA is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Basic membership dues cover only a portion of ASBA’s operating expenses. By supporting ASBA, you are helping to expand public awareness of contemporary botanical art through exhibitions, catalogs, public relations activities, The Botanical Artist, and the website.

To help our continued support of the American Society of Botanical Artists, a $500.00 donation per person is required upon Registration for this momentous journey.

Make your donation online or by mail.

CLICK HERE to donate online

Donation checks should be made out to “American Society of Botanical Artists” and sent to:
American Society of Botanical Artists
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126

Travel with ASBA 2024 - Post-Tour Workshop

“Blooming Beautiful - In Full Bloom”
Post-Tour Three-Day Workshop
Lyrath Estate Hotel Spa, Kilkenny, Ireland

Instructor: Mary Dillon
May 23, 24, and 25, 2024, 9:30am to 3:30pm

Spend three inspiring days painting summer flowers fresh from the area, with internationally renowned, award-winning artist and incoming ASBA Board member, Mary Dillon. In this Master Class you will learn her technique for creating beautiful watercolor botanical paintings on paper, while staying on for a few more days in the stunning Irish countryside outside Kilkenny.

This class is limited to 12 participants and is open to students of all levels, but previous watercolor experience is required. Class participants must be members of ASBA and registered for the tour. Students are responsible for arranging their own hotel reservations at the Lyrath Estate Hotel or elsewhere, and transport to and from class, if necessary.



$595.00 for 3 days, includes morning refreshments and lunch each day.



After you have registered for the tour with the tour company (ISDI) you will be provided with a link to sign up for the workshop. Tuition fee to be collected by ASBA. There are 12 spaces available, and they will be issued on a first-come first-served basis. ASBA reserves the right to cancel the workshop if it does not meet a minimum registration by January 31, 2024.

Post-Tour Workshop Refund & Cancellation policy 
Cancellation on or before January 31, 2024 workshop fee refunded. 
Cancellation made between January 31 and March 31, 2024, 50% of workshop fee refunded. 
Cancellation made thereafter, no refund.
Health emergency or death in the immediate family: Refund will be the same as above except cancellation on or after May 1, 2024, 50% of fee will be refunded to the registrant.


We have secured a set of rooms at the Lyrath Estate Hotel Spa. After registration contact the hotel at or 353.56.776.0088 to extend your stay for a further 3 nights. Hotel room booking will open on September 1, 2023. All costs will be settled by the students. Participants are at liberty to find alternative accommodation but are responsible for arranging such hotel reservations, costs, and transport to and from class.

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Materials List


            Good quality Hot Press watercolor paper – high white or extra white – e.g. Arches, Saunders Waterford - 300 lbs – A3 size sheets (12” x 16”)

            Tracing paper

            Sketching paper or pad – A3 (12” x 16”)

            Two A3 sheets of foam board (foam core) – taped together to make a backing for your subject. Your paper can be protected between the two sheets as you travel

Watercolor Paints - Artist quality, transparent watercolor paints in tubes or pan (e.g., Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor or Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor). The following basic palette is recommended:

Winsor & Newton

            Winsor Lemon PY175

            Indian Yellow PY153, PO62

            Quinacridone Red PR209

            Permanent Rose PV19

            Winsor Blue (red shade) PB15

            Winsor Blue (green shade) PB15

Brushes – Good quality watercolor brushes with a good point (e.g., Winsor & Newton, series 7, Raphael, etc)

            1 large – No. 4,5 or 6

            1 medium – No. 2 or 3

            1 small miniature or spotter – No. 1 or 0


            Pencils - 2H, HB, and 2B

            Pencil sharpener

            Erasers - Kneaded eraser, plastic eraser

            Transparent ruler

            Dividers (optional)

            Magnifying glass

            Scissors (optional)

            Water jars (optional)

            Porcelain or ceramic mixing palette or plate

            Portable rechargeable battery-operated daylight lamp for directional light (optional)

            White Task Lamp

            Cotton rag or paper towels

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All artwork copyrighted by the artist. Copying, saving, reposting, or republishing of artwork prohibited without express permission of the artist.

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