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The Course

Day Plan

7.00 - Optional mediation and yoga

9.00 - Breakfast

10.00 - Hike to painting location

12.30 - Demonstration and discussion of painting technique

13.00 - Picnic lunch and more discussion

14.00 - Painting at location 

19.30 - Reflections on day

20.00 - Dinner


13-18 September

Join Ellis O'Connor and Florence Devereux on Eilean Shona for an immersive week of painting and hiking. Each day we will walk to stunning locations on the island, exploring the different panoramic views and light qualities. In this inspiring landscape, professionals and first time painters alike are invited to explore their practices, develop new techniques and experiment with found materials to create new forms of mark making. We will hike to golden beaches, the top of mountains overlooking the iconic Western Isles and explore the dense and enchanted forest on Shona herself. Through group discussion and one-to-one tutorials we will find the space to enjoy painting in new ways.




Week Plan 

Arrive on 13/09. Boat pick up at 16.00

13/09. How to frame a painting  

Hike to Shoe Bay beach. Picnic and painting on beach. 

14/09. Depth and texture in your painting

Painting by waterside with view of Castle Tioram. Hike to Westend point for sunset paint and drink. 

15/09. Working with found materials and building density

Working in South side forest by waterside and studio time. 

16/09. Tone and light in your painting

Hike to top of mountain. Painting on East point waterside.

17/09. Solo time

Outdoor picnic. Plans can emerge as week goes by. 

18/09 Leave island

Painting Locations 

Shoe Bay Beach - The blue lagoon, said to have inspired J.M Barrie when he wrote Peter Pan during his summer holidays on Eilean Shona. A white beach and turquoise stretch that overlooks Eigg and Rhum. We will explore the surrounding coastline, with countless unique geological formations.

Waterside with Castle Tioram - Overlooking the loch and with great views of Castle Tioram. Staggeringly dramatic skylines of the Western mainland. Fire pit and old ruin.

West End Sunset Point - On the west end of the island, watch the sunset over Eigg and Rhum. The magical, darker side of the island brings purple hues and romantic shadows.

The Mountain - Hike to the top of Eilean Shona. Get panoramic views of Ardnamurchan, The Small Isles, Skye and the drama of the western mainland. Inky horizons punctuate the silver seas.

Forest - Dive deep into the lichen forests of the south side. Ancient woodland, filled with gnarled trees and vibrant moss that create a velvety blanket across the forest floor. Play with branches and leaves for mark marking and surround yourself with an abundance of textures.

East Point water side - Enjoy the reflection of the fiery autumn trees in the still loch of the east side. We will paint and mark make next to a fire under a canopy of mighty pines. The many layered and immersive coastlines ripple into the distance.

Your teachers

Ellis O'Connor 

Ellis O’Connor is a visual artist based in Scotland who graduated in 2015 from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design with a Master’s Degree in Fine Art and Humanities.

Ellis uses the visual language of drawing and lithographic printmaking to challenge assumptions about the natural environment to reinterpret the grandeur of natural land forms, and to re-present this visual information laden with power. As an artist, conservationist and a keen mountain climber Ellis aims to address the issues of climate change and wild land in her work to inspire others to take action for the future and show the significance of the natural earth around us. www.ellisoconnor.com 

                                                                            Florence Devereux

Florence Devereux is a London based artist whose parents own the island. She has been lucky enough to have been bought up on the island, and Eilean Shona has been a constant source of inspiration for her art work. She has an ongoing formal apprenticeship with the Spanish painter Carmen Galofré, and has been developing her painting practice for 5 years. 

She is now completing her masters in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art. Through performance, painting, video work and installation, Florence explores human/earth relationships, environmental ethics and the world view of animism as potential response to the environmental crisis. www.florencedevereux.com


There is a variety of accommodation available in Eilean Shona house: 

  • 2 bedroom with private en suite bathrooms (available for single or double occupancy) 
  • 5 double bedrooms with shared bathrooms/shower room (available for sing or double occupancy)
  • 2 twin bedded rooms with shared bathrooms/shower room (available for single or double occupancy) 
  • 1 single room with shared bathrooms/shower room