The last 6 week term of art classes of 2019 starts October 22. Book now!

kevin mcsherry art class south dublin colour wheel

…and get a FREE pocket colour wheel. These wheels, which will fit easily into your paint box, are very useful tools, especially when you have advanced enough to try painting without black on your palette. If you want to know why that is and to learn many more tips and techniques to improve your painting skills…come to my classesto find out!

For this offer, you must confirm your place before October 15. Confirmation is by payment. (Preference given to those already on the course, provided they confirm by October 15).


New 6 Week Term of morning and evening art classes starts Tuesday October 22Wednesday April 23 Thursday April 24 . Book NOW to secure your place. 

Classes limited to 6 students only. Morning and evening classes.

It’s always better to EMAIL me about your interest in classes, rather than calling – phone call details can get lost.


Tuesday Morning: 10am -12.30pm
Tuesday Evening: 7pm – 9.30pm

Wednesday Morning: 10am – 12.30pm

Thursday Morning: 10am – 12.30pm
Thursday Evening: 7pm – 9.30pm

€185 per term. Payment secures place. Email here for information and booking.

Painting in the Garden

It’s such a splendid day today; the Indian summer is here at least for this week. We decided, on the spur of the moment, that I’d do this morning’s demonstration in the garden. This took about an hour to get to this stage…then it was back into the studio for coffee, biscuits and the rest of the class. What drudgery!

Culture Night: This coming Friday

I’m not officially part of this coming Friday’s Culture Night programme. I always forget to work it into my plans – and my studio is too far away from the centre of town to include it on the itinerary. 

However; instead I’m going to do a bit of guerrilla participation and head down to the South Georgian Quarter (the area between Grafton Street and Merrion Square) to paint a streetscape nocturne. Most likely in Molesworth Street but I’ll post up on Facebook my exact location once I’ve settled on it and if you’re around, do say hello. I’ll get set up at about 6.30pm and paint away until I get tired or arrested…

I really hope to see you!

Paint small; paint oils; paint often!


August Painting at An Grianán

 Thank you to all who attended last weekend’s en plein air painting weekend with me in An Grianán, home of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association. Thanks also to the staff there for hosting this event. Once again I enjoyed it immensely – and the feedback has been tremendous. 

I have to say, I learned a lot from teaching everyone as I always do. This time, we ventured out of the beautiful campus to paint in Termonfeckin itself and then at Port Oriel in Clogherhead. We were lucky with the weather, too. We caught a couple of showers but had plenty of sunshine to paint in.  We met colourful characters and interested passers-by who stopped to chat.

I’m so looking forward to making another trip to An Grianán. The staff are so friendly and obliging and the food is plentiful and delicious. Maybe, since the duller weather is approaching, an indoor weekend workshop might be worth considering…portraiture, still lifes and working with imitation gold leaf to bring a little sunshine back? Drop me an email if you’d like that – or have any suggestions.

Meanwhile, art classes in my studio are starting again next week. There are still a couple of places on Wednesday morning if you want to venture into the world of painting in a genuine artist’s studio. There’s always fresh coffee and biscuits to keep you going – and I do a demonstration painting at every class.

Paint small; paint oils; paint often!


Art Classes in Dublin: Beginners Welcome

Painting with my exclusive group at Clogherhead

Hello all: Just 3 places left on Wednesday mornings art classes in Dublin. A single place left on Tuesday evenings.

Learn to paint your dream painting from a master: Classes limited to 6 students only for maximum attention. I do a demonstration at every class. Very little time left – classes begin next Tuesday.

Beginners very welcome. Call 086 247 0737 or email:

Art Classes in Dublin restart on September 10

Plein air painting in Ballymore Demesne walled garden, Wexford, brilliant sunny day
Plein air painting in Ballymore Demesne walled garden, Wexford, brilliant sunny day

Hi guys,

I’ve been very silent on the web site over the summer but I promise that I’ve been working hard on my craft! I’ve attended en plein air painting events in Ireland and France – and I’ve picked up new techniques from many great painters  along the way.  I’ve even had one or two theories of mine about painting confirmed, which is great. 

All this experience, I want to pass on to you in my studio classes, so we can advance each of us, in our artistic journey, which thankfully never ends…

My morning classes are almost all full at this stage – just a couple of places left. There’s availability in the evenings, though. Call me on 086 427 0737 or email for more information. Beginners always welcome.


Tuesday Morning: 10am -12.30pm 1 Place
Tuesday Evening: 7pm – 9.30pm FULL

Wednesday Morning: 10am – 12.30pm 2 Places

Thursday Morning: 10am – 12.30pm  FULL
Thursday Evening: 7pm – 9.30pm 1 Place

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Make an En Plein Air Viewfinder

A useful tool to have in your pochade box or plein air easel. With these, you can determine your composition before you commit to painting. You can buy more sophisticated ones in the art shops but you can also keep things simple and make your own.

Plein Air in Rathmines
Plein air painting in Rathmines, Dublin on a brilliant sunny day

This week, I took advantage of Tuesday’s brilliant sunshine to go out in Rathmines to paint the ‘Four Faced Liar’, as the Rathmines town hall clock is called by generations of confused Dubs. I set up outside Artmines art supplies shop, right at the pavement’s edge where I was close to being brained by bus wing mirrors.

I spoke to several passers-by some of them painters others just interested. I also got a nice mug of tea from Laura in Artmines who came out for a chat -and from the owner Soma. Mr Ali, who owns the Turkish barber came out with a little glass of Turkish tea and a couple of Turkish pastries. Delicious. 

It was gratifying to  see that people are generally very interested in what I was doing. A few remarked that it made life more interesting to see this kind of activity. Some told me about their own practice in painting. I handed out many leaflets for my art classes in Dublin, so it was a very useful enterprise to be out in public. Thank you to you all for being so supportive; I have to say I was nervous at the outset. It’s one thing standing in a rural beauty spot to paint -and another to be in a crowded city street and probably in everyone’s way.

I teach this stuff. I have a fun painting weekend organised in beautiful An Grianán, County Louth at the end of August. If you’re interested in joining us, there are a few places left.

Public Art at Harold’s Cross: Dublin Canvas

The traffic light control box at Mount Jerome. Complete with the incontinent and witless scrawlings of the spraycan children.

I’m delighted to say that I’ll be adding my ideas and colour to this excellent city-wide project. I wanted to paint one of these traffic light control boxes in my own area and this one by Mount Jerome Cemetery and Holy Apostles Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church is in an ideal location.  I feel very lucky to have secured this one as it fits in completely with my work.

The brief is that the art should relate to it’s location:

“Participants should draw upon their own creativity but should also pay attention to the different characteristics of each area for inspiration, paying attention to the surroundings of each box when designing their artwork. As each of the areas are quite distinct it is suggested that you visit each location to draw inspiration from the immediate environment.”

There’s also a park across the road with the small-but-perfectly-formed Noshington café for moments of respite from the work. I’ll be close to home, so lunch won’t be a problem.

I’ve booked in a few days to do this during July and the people from Dublin canvas will prepare the box for painting sometime soon. So do keep an eye out for me and honk your car horn as you pass by. Words of encouragement are welcome. I’ll keep you posted about my progress -wish me luck.

The web site for the Dublin Canvas public art project is at this link.

August en plein air painting weekend at An Grianán

Do you who want to get away from it all in a beautiful part of the country, while practising your painting skills? Following a brilliant and successful weekend painting excursion in May 2019, we’ve been invited to return and repeat the experience, so if you missed the first one; here’s your golden opportunity to join us. Come and join me at An Grianán, home of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association. It’s a glorious 18th century house, set in the beautiful rolling hills of the Boyne Valley that has been transformed into a cultural and educational centre. During this weekend we will explore the local landscape to draw and paint alla prima painting studies –and I will guide you and give plenty of painting demonstrations to help spur you on. 

August weekender: Painting en plein air at An Grianán in beautiful County Louth, Ireland. 10 participants ONLY.

Date: Friday 30th August – Sunday 1st September 2019

Medium: Oil/acrylic Paint & Drawing

Participants: Maximum 10

Painting level: The course is suitable for all levels but please be aware that a basic level of drawing & painting techniques is needed.

A McSherryStudio en plein air excursion to paint the landscape beside the river in summer 2018
  • In the case of inclement weather, we have an art room available to us.

The TOTAL cost for painting attendees is €340 (Non-painting partners €300). A deposit of €170* is required to reserve your place by PayPal, cash, Visa or cheque. 

Interested? Go to this page for more information and booking

or book by paying the deposit here: