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January weekend artist’s workshop

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Weekend artist’s workshop January 24th&25th

Well it’s a new year, full of new resolutions. If one of your intentions is to improve your skill at painting and to move on in your creativity then I have just the thing for you.

I still have a few places left for my two day artist’s workshop coming up in the beautiful village of Enniskerry in Co. Wicklow later this month. Here’s the details.


Venue:          The Schoolhouse for Art

Location:      Enniskerry Village,  Co. Wicklow

Day:                Saturday and Sunday

Dates:            January 24th & 25th 2015

Time:             10.30am – 6/5.30pm

Course fee:  € 240

More information on the workshop here 

Click here to book

The venue is in the very quaint and perfectly equipped Schoolhouse for Art in Enniskerry village.


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The workshop is for anyone who loves to paint and is aimed at beginners, improvers and working artists.

We will look at the process of painting in oil from start to finish. There will be exercises to illustrate and learn from as we go along. I will do some demos and will get to paint some small paintings yourself.

We will also look at how to feed our creativity, find inspiration, and overcome the common barriers to progressing.



The atmosphere will be warm and encouraging, we will learn from each other and hopefully have some fun too.  More information on the venue and what to expect below.

To book Click here  * limited number of places left

And if you have any questions please ask me.  

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Saturday – 10.30am – 5.30-6pm

Process & Technique – Classic process and techniques demonstrated with video, slides and demos.

Whether you have been painting for years or are a novice, we can all benefit from understanding the craft of painting better. I will work through the steps of painting a painting from start to finish. Pausing along the way to do some practical hands on exercises and let you get some paint under your nails.

Key points from Saturday

• find and make good compositions

• sketching and plotting out your under painting

• understanding colour theory and tonal value

• mixing colour & making neutrals

• applying paint with brush and palette knife

• evaluating your work

We will also get a chance to paint together. We’ll practice painting fast and loose and I expect that you will finish at least one small painting each day in addition to the exercises, maybe more.

I will also paint and will finish the day with a painting demonstration.

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10 minute demo


Sunday –10.30am-5.30pm


We all need encouragement and to be told that we are good enough. Why? Well often because our harshest critic is in our own head. I plan to encourage you and I will be passing on the biggest lesson I learnt when dealing with that critic.

But all that group hugging stuff doesn’t mean don’t get any work done! During day three I will be asking you to take time figure out how you can bring balance to your creative life, what you want from the next 6-12 months and together we are going to work out how you can get there.

We will paint again in the afternoon and you can paint along with me.

Key points from day two:

Learn the three essential elements, without which we can’t call ourselves artists.

  • Learn your craft
  • Feed your creativity
  • Do the work

Learn how to

  • Look for inspiration
  • Feed your creativity
  • Progress as an artist
  • Work like a professional
  • Find your voice
  • Prevent and overcome artists block

Understand what is stopping you and how to overcome it.



Booking   Click here to book


Materials List 

Full materials list – materials are not included


Please note:

  • Please complete the booking form below.
  • Full payment will be required in advance.
  • Class requires a minimum of 5 participants to go ahead. Maximum numbers will depend on space.
  • We will refund payment if the class can not go ahead.
  • The ‘Schoolhouse for Art’ management reserve the right to refuse admission.
  • Lunch and materials are not included in the course fee.

Complimentary tea/coffee and homemade cake will be provided at breaks.


Enniskerry is a lovely country village and has a number of places to go for lunch. 




Schoolhouse for Art Enniskerry


The ‘Schoolhouse for Art’ is in essence a facility for the study and exploration of arts and crafts. Located in ‘the old schoolhouse’ in the heart of Enniskerry village it is an exhibition space and a meeting place where images and ideas mingle. It caters for all ages and all abilities. The former school playground is a natural arena facing the clock tower, a three-dimensional canvas to display an evolving gallery of large pieces of sculpture. The ‘Schoolhouse for Art’ is also a host to visiting artists from across the globe who want to paint the surrounding inspiring countryside and experience the unparalleled Irish hospitality.


Getting there



The 44 and the 185 bus route stop outside the Schoolhouse



There is free parking in the village all day Saturday and Sunday


And finally…

Most people who do a workshop like this feel a little apprehensive beforehand. Will everyone else be more experienced, confident, talented than me? Believe me, almost everyone feels a bit (or a lot) like this.

Can I just say that it really doesn’t matter where everyone else is at. The aim of the workshop is to bring you from where you are now (which is different for each person) to the next step. The plan is for you to learn some new technique and gain some understanding about painting and also to learn a bit more about yourself. What’s stopping you from progressing and what you can do about that.

There’s a lot to learn over the two days band and If you leave fired up to creatively ‘do what you can with what you’ve got’ I’ll be a happy woman.

Booking   Click here to book 

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