Activities & Courses
Please note all Junior and Senior courses are currently booked out.
Daily: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Course 1 5th July – 16th July
Course 2 19th July – 30th July
Course 3 2nd Aug – 13th Aug
Course 4 16th Aug – 27th Aug
Juniors: 5 – 12 years
Seniors 13 – 16 years
Portfolio: 16 – 19 years
Course 5 2nd Aug – 13th Aug
Course 6 16th Aug – 27th Aug
Course 7 2nd Aug – 27th Aug
All through July and August the Glencullen valley is criss-crossed with young people scampering along mountain trails from one chalet to the next.
Each teacher coaches different art activities and by the end of the 2-week course your children will have learned a whole range of creative skills and made some like-minded friends.
Each day there’s a guided nature walk through our private plantation of 7,000 native Irish trees – which often provides natural materials for our art activities. Over the two week period fitness builds naturally. So, by the last day even the youngest camper can complete the ‘Big Hike’ – a mountain adventure that’s become a rite of passage for Pine Foresters of all sizes.
Lunch times are spent around the pond spotting baby frogs, dragon flies and newts or running wild in our natural playground, far from city traffic, mobile phones and games consoles. There’s no signal up here. Happy days!
For generations of Dubliners, those rustic wooden chalets, the frog pond and the green barn behind – along with a picture postcard view across the Glencullen valley – are defining memories of happy childhood summers. A memory of art and nature in perfect harmony.
During summer school we provide a private bus to and from the school each day – so parents can take rest from taxi duty. It costs €100 per child for the two week course.
Bus pick-up points
- Dun Laoghaire – Harbour Road, Beside Dart Station
- Monkstown – Goggins
- Newtownpark Avenue – The Big Church
- Stillorgan – Opposite Stillorgan Village Car Park
- Foxrock Village
- Carrickmines – Tallow Church
- Goatstown – Goat Grill
- Dundrum – Bank Of Ireland, Main Street
- Lamb’s Cross
- Terenure – Public Car Park, Teneure Road North
- Rathfarnham – Flanagans
- Marlay – Eden Pub
- Firhouse – Scoil Carmel
- Templeogue – Our Lady’s School
Parents are invited to an exhibition of the children’s work on the second Thursday of each 2 week camp.
Seniors: €300 (Includes all art materials)
Applying to an Art College? To secure a place you’ll need a portfolio of work showcasing your potential. For students already under pressure to study, it can be difficult to know where, or indeed, when to start. Our portfolio tuition brings structure to the process, banishing stress and building artistic confidence.
We offer courses here at The Pine Forest Art Centre, Glencullen in the summer months – and also in the Grainstore Youth Art Facility at The Park, Cabinteely during regular school term time.
Students and parents are welcome to contact us in advance of the start date to discuss their third level plans, pick our brains, or learn more about the course.
We show young people how to develop their ideas fully, interpret college briefs and present their work in a format that shows off their creative skills.
It works well.
We’re happy to report our success rate is consistently high. The vast majority of our students secure a college place with many achieving multiple offers.
€200 per term (includes all art materials)
This course on Saturday mornings consists of 3×10 week terms and it runs alongside regular school term time.
Pine Forest Art Centre, Glencullen
€320 – 2 weeks | €590 – 4 weeks
This course runs July & August only. Students can opt for 2 or 4 weeks tuition.
Private bus service available daily.
Bus Fare: €100- 2 weeks
School Tours 10am – 2pm (Times Flexible)
May and June are when most school visits happen, but we are very happy to accommodate school groups – both primary and secondary – at any time of the year.
Primary schools and creches love the blend of fun and learning our classes provide -with an emphasis on using natural art materials and learning about nature through first hand experience. Children remain in their class groups and are well supervised at all times, including breaks. So teachers can relax on the patio and catch up on some work. Or have a staff meeting – with complimentary tea, coffee and bickies – in Ireland’s loftiest and most picturesque staff room.
Groups of up to 16 children – €250
Over 17 children – €14 per child (price includes all art materials)
February Mid-Term Course
21st – 25th Feb 2022
Step away from the screen and turn that frown upside down! This is a boredom banishing time in the mountains for adventures in Art and nature. Stimulated and elated by their own creative force and pumped full of fresh mountain air, we aim to help your children face the rest of term refreshed, renewed, inspired and energized.
€155 (all art materials included)
Runs 10am – 4pm
Please note; there is no bus service on this course
11th April – 15th April 2022
Junior 5 – 12 years
Senior 13 – 16 years
In spring time the mountain is fresh, green and full of promise. So too are our pupils.
Five days later they leave as seasoned Pine Foresters – feeling capable and confident with hands-on experience in a range of skills like drawing, painting, clay modelling, card construction, foam work, model magic and beading.
They’ll be fitter too, after daily nature walks up and down the valley through our beautiful plantation of 7,000 native Irish trees.
Up here the easter bunnies are real – just like the badgers, foxes, brown trout, frogs, newts and dragon flies sharing this scenic natural playground with us.
5 days – €155 (Includes all art materials)
Runs 10am – 4pm
NOTE: There is no private bus service available on this course.
Parent & Child Day
When their children attend summer school, parents hear all about the magic of the Pine Forest. Every day! No wonder they’re curious to see where it all happens. This day is a chance to do just that.
Parents take part in two fun art activities working alongside their children. There’s a break for a packed lunch with free tea and coffee provided. Then, everyone heads off into the oak wood for a guided nature walk along the river bank. Or, if there are young children about, we take a trip to the fairy forest to make a wish and see the fairy gardens.
It’s a great way to escape the hustle bustle of the city and spend creative time with your children. It’s also ideal if you want to introduce a shy child to the Pine Forest in advance of starting one of our seasonal camps.
One parent & one child – €30 (includes all art materials)
Additional adult or child €13
26th – 29th October
Junior 5 – 12 years
Senior 13 – 16 years
Second only to Christmas in children’s hearts, Halloween is a time for indoor and outdoor spooky fun in the Pine Forest. The course runs for 4 days – so children are occupied all through the holidays making art and exploring nature on guided treks along the Glencullen river and through the oak forest.
Remember, your child doesn’t have to miss the fun if you’re going away for Halloween – you can book in for any number of days from one to the full four. Monsterous fun for guys and ghouls aged 5 to 16 years. Banish those digital demons and replace that zombie stare with rosy red cheeks and a great, big smile.
4 days – €125
Runs 10am – 4pm daily
NOTE: There is no private bus service available on this course.
Christmas Decoration Day
Parent & Child. Sunday 19th December. 11.00am – 2.00pm
This is a lovely, calm bonding day for families just before all the yuletide madness kicks in. Our teachers will show you step by step how make Christmas decorations then we all wrap up warm, head off into the woods for a nature walk and perhaps even a little Fairy Safari. Book early it’s a very popular day.
Teacher Training Day
Hire a bus and visit us with your student teachers. We’ll show them the simple art and craft hacks that make lessons and projects so much more compelling. It’s also an excellent opportunity for experienced teachers to top-up their classroom art skills and pick up some new ideas.
Third Level Art & Craft Day
Whether you’re an experienced teacher, a child carer or just starting out as a student carer, being creative with children is a lovely way to structure a little quiet time, build confidence and enhance relationships.
This training day adds to your visual skills with easy-to-replicate fun activities children love to try. You’ll find group bonding occurs naturally as you work together on art activities with a shared sense of achievement – then take a relaxing stroll through the oak forest along the banks of the scenic Glencullen river.
Wild & Woolly Wellness Day
Leave the city and climb to 900 feet above the Glencullen valley. The air is cleaner and sweeter with every step. (You can tell by the profusion of litchens.) It’s peaceful here too – and the valley below is picture postcard pretty. Only 30 minutes drive from Dublin city, it feels a world away.
Where better, then to take an open-air yoga class with an instructor trained in India? Follow it with a refreshing smoothie and some moments of midfullness in a quiet forest glade. Afterwards, there’s guided meditation by the babbling brook followed by a wellness art activity. A blissful and calming start to your day.
Arty Pants Birthday Party
A party right on top of a mountain is very hard to match. Especially when there’s a fairy forest to explore, three fun art activities to make, and a nature trek through the oak plantation to an ancient wishing tree. Three full hours of fresh air and arty party fun – far, far away from everyday.
Children love the wild setting and exploring tracks and trails. They go home bursting with pride, clutching their artworks and keen to tell granny they saw signs of foxes, deer and the badgers on their hillside hike.
Bring your own food and set up your birthday tea in our Cosy Kitchen.
Arty Pants Parties are very popular, so please book early to secure your date.
Birthday Parties available 7 days a week.
Up to 16 children – €250
Each additional child €15
Bring Your Camp to our Camp
A day trip to the Pine Forest adds a little variety and a whole lot of fresh air to
your camp. So…hire a bus and head up to us.
We’re just 35 minutes from the city centre and a short hop from Dundrum, Dun Laoghaire and Rathfarnham.
We’ll make sure your little people get to express their artistic side in our mountain side chalets, then explore our private oak forest in search of fairy doors. They’ll love the slide in our playground and the tiny baby frogs in our pond are always a massive hit with children – along with the newts, whirlygig beetles and beautiful iridescent dragon flies that share their watery home.
The day includes three age-appropriate art activites and a guided nature walk.
So, it’s big on indoor and outdoor fun.
A healthy and happy arty party to help make your camp that bit special.
17+ children – €14 per child (all art materials included).
Runs 10.30 am – 2.30 pm on the day of your choice.
Times are flexible.
Creativity – the power behind innovation. It’s the buzzword on everyone’s lips in business. But how do you foster creative thinking and harness that elusive and super-productive approach to problem solving?
A Pine Forest Art Centre Corporate Day is a great place to start. We’re on top of a mountain and the air quality is exceptional up here. So just being here is good for your brain. Add in all that extra oxygen from our private oak plantation, along with invigorating mountain walks, and you have an ideal environment for your team to revive, regroup and reboot.
Just minutes from the city centre, yet a million miles away from the hustle bustle, this unspoiled valley with its stone walls and mountain streams looks and feels like a bite-sized piece of Connemara.
Call us or make an enquiry and we’ll design a bespoke day for you and your team. It’s the business. Wild, woolly and wonderful!