A Series of Impromptu Art Classes in my Studio in Terenure Dublin

The year has officially ended as regards the 6 week terms. Over the years, I’ve learned that it’s difficult for people to commit to a whole 6 week  course. With that in mind, I’m organising a series of ad hoc classes – They’re run in the mornings, just like the term classes but you only need to commit to each one individually. They’re €30 per class and payment is ONLINE ONLY. I can’t take verbal confirmations as it’s so difficult to replace someone who drops out at the last minute. I hope you understand.

As usual, there will be a demonstration at each class and I’ll help you to achieve a good result. There’ll be tea or coffee and biscuits too, to keep you going!

Looking forward to seeing you there. You can see and pay for the current list of classes here: http://mcsherrystudio.bigcartel.com/

You can find a map and a list of materials required in the tabs above.

Term 3. 2017 Art Classes: Starts April 25 and 27


The new 6 week term begins on Tuesday April 25 and Thursday April 27. This is the last 6 week term before the summer recess. Book now to secure your place. 6 Place ONLY per class. €175



TUESDAYS: 

Tuesday morning 10am-12.30pm.  1 PLACE REMAINING Call 086 247 0737 or email: classes@mcsherry.ie

Tuesday evening 7pm-9.30pm   6 PLACES REMAINING Call 086 247 0737 or email: classes@mcsherry.ie


THURSDAYS:

Thursday morning 10am-12.30pm.  1 PLACE REMAINING Call 086 247 0737 or email: classes@mcsherry.ie

Thursday evening 7pm-9.30pm  4 PLACES REMAINING Call 086 247 0737 or email: classes@mcsherry.ie

Payments for classes can be made by cash,  cheque, credit card and PayPal. €175

Art Classes: New Term Starts Feb 28 and Feb 2

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Art classes in south Dublin. Learn to paint in oils in the alla prima style.


Term 2. 
2017 Art Classes: Starts Feb 28 and March 2

There will be a break over the mid-term: Art classes will start again on Tuesday Feb 28 and Thursday March 2.  As ever, we’ll have the old cheery fire going, along with fresh tea and coffee. Really looking forward to having you back in the class. I’m also looking forward to continuing with the demonstrations at each class which everyone enjoys. I always welcome new suggestions, too.

The new 6 week term begins on Tuesday Feb 28 and Thursday Feb 2. Book now to secure your place. 6 Place ONLY per class. €175



TUESDAYS: 

Tuesday morning 10am-12.30pm.  4 PLACES REMAINING Call 086 247 0737 or email: classes@mcsherry.ie

Tuesday evening 7pm-9.30pm   6 PLACES REMAINING Call 086 247 0737 or email: classes@mcsherry.ie


THURSDAYS:

Thursday morning 10am-12.30pm.  4 PLACES REMAINING Call 086 247 0737 or email: classes@mcsherry.ie

Thursday evening 7pm-9.30pm  4 PLACES REMAINING Call 086 247 0737 or email: classes@mcsherry.ie

Payments for classes can be made by cash,  cheque, credit card and PayPal. €175


Hope to see you soon,
Kevin


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This is a 6 week term, the subscription is €175. If you would like to secure a place, we would appreciate payment for the full term in advance.



Paint Small, Paint Life, Paint Often,


All correspondence to:
artclasses@mcsherry.ie

How to Paint Landscapes from Photographic References: Paint Like You’re There.

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Painted from a photographic reference in alla prima one sitting.

If you regularly paint from photos and are disappointed in the results, then this article will help you.

Painting from photographic references often causes huge problem for many painters. Rather than make life easier by having a static reference, users can become enslaved by the perfect image in front of them, which demands to be recreated.

The problem with this is that if you can’t make a good fist of recreating the photo, then you feel frustrated and inadequate. However, even if you DO manage to recreate the photograph, then all you’ve done is recreate a photograph -and there’s little sense of achievement.

There is a way to approach this successfully though: if you’re painting a landscape, for example, paint it as if you’re actually there. Try to imagine that you’re standing before that lovely scene, just about ready to paint. What could happen in reality? Well; the sun might be beating down and making your eyes uncomfortable; you’ve forgotten your favourite tube of green; you may see a huge rain cloud heading in your direction; you may receive a phone call on your mobile telling you about the appointment you’d forgotten; the light will keep changing; you might be engulfed in a halo of midges that have come to feast on your head!

There’s an infinite variety of conditions that will compel you to paint at speed in order to record the scene quickly. Plein air painters know that conditions can change rapidly and unexpectedly and they work efficiently. Portrait painters know that their subject’s positions change slightly over the course of the sitting. Still life painters will change the items on their stands and some will be perishable anyway. If you can recreate that sense of urgency and keep your brushwork loose and impressionistic, then you’ll make a painting that’s much more lively and natural -and make it look like you were there.

It ALWAYS helps to have experience painting from life – still lifes and plein air painting. It’s a completely different experience than using pictures as references. Get in as much plein air and life drawing/painting as you can. This will help with using static references. Be there and be lively!

2017 Art Classes Restart January 10 and 12

Art classes south Dublin Learn paint oils alla prima
Art classes in south Dublin. Learn to paint in oils in the alla prima style.

Click here to see latest art class schedule

2017 Art Classes Restart January 10 and 12


The new 6 week term begins on Tuesday Jan 10 and Thursday Jan 12. Book now to secure your place.



Happy new year to you, I hope you had a restful break. Art classes will start again on Tuesday January 10 and Thursday January 12. That’s only a week away! As ever, we’ll have the cheery fire going, along with fresh tea and coffee. Really looking forward to hearing how you’ve all been since I saw you last. I’m also looking forward to continuing with the demonstrations at each class which everyone enjoys. I always welcome new suggestions, too.

To those who’ve already signed up, thank you and please ignore this. As usual, all the details about class times and materials are on the web site at: www.McSherryStudio.com


Hope to see you soon,
Kevin


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This is a 6 week term, the subscription is €175. If you would like to secure a place, we would appreciate payment for the full term in advance. FOR MORE INFO ON TIMES, CLICK HERE.



Paint Small, Paint Life, Paint Often,


All correspondence to:
artclasses@mcsherry.ie

Payments for classes can be made by cash,  cheque, credit card and PayPal.

New 6 week term October/November 2016

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Art classes in south Dublin. Learn to paint in oils in the alla prima style.

Classes October/November 2016



The new 6 week term begins on October 25 and 27. Book now to secure your place.









Tuesdays: 

Tuesday morning 10am-12.30pm.  Call 086 247 0737 or email: classes@mcsherry.ie

Tuesday evening 7pm-9.30pm  3 PLACES REMAINING Call 086 247 0737 or email: classes@mcsherry.ie


Thursdays:

Thursday morning 10am-12.30pm.  2 PLACES REMAINING Call 086 247 0737 or email: classes@mcsherry.ie

Thursday evening 7pm-9.30pm 3 PLACES REMAINING Call 086 247 0737 or email: classes@mcsherry.ie




Payments for classes can be made by cash,  cheque, credit card and PayPal.

2016 September: Class Resumes 13th and 15th.

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Art classes in south Dublin. Learn to paint in any style.

The 6 week In-Studio art class will begin again: September 13 and 15 respectively. 

I’m looking forward to having you all back -and to accepting new members, so book now.


You can see all the relevant information on this page. You can also contact Catherine on 087 280 8541 if you need to find out more about the class (Office hours).


We accept all Credit Cards.

Tuesdays: 

Tuesday morning 10am-12.30pm.  FULL  Call 086 247 0737 or email: catherine@mcsherry.ie

Tuesday evening 7pm-9.30pm. 3 PLACES REMAINING Call 086 247 0737 or email: catherine@mcsherry.ie


Thursdays:

Thursday morning 10am-12.30pm.  2 PLACES REMAINING Call 086 247 0737 or email: catherine@mcsherry.ie

Thursday evening 7pm-9.30pm 3 PLACES REMAINING Call 086 247 0737 or email: catherine@mcsherry.ie




Payments for classes can be made by cash, cheque, credit card and PayPal.

Easter 2016 Class Dates

Here’s the art class schedule for the 2016 Easter period.

Tuesdays: 

  • Tuesday 15th March. Class on.
  • Tuesday 22nd March. Class on.
  • Tuesday 29th March. No class.
  • Tuesday 5th April. Class on.
  • Tuesday 12th April. Class on.

Thursdays: 

  • Thursday 17th March. No class.
  • Thursday 24th March. Class on.
  • Thursday 31st March. No class.
  • Thursday 7th April. Class on.
  • Thursday 14th April. Class on.
  • Thursday 21st April. Class on.
The following term (the last one before the summer break) will start on May 3 and 5, respectively.

Internal Affairs

Well, here I am, just after my first experience in collaboration with an intern. I’ve always had reservations about the whole intern concept and it’s unlikely that I’ll ever be a a position to be able to employ anyone.  However, it turned out to be very successful, despite my misgivings. I usually work alone and usually in a kind of ‘just muddling-through’, disorganised fashion. I got tired just thinking about what I had to prepare for this student. Luckily, Sophie turned out to be much better prepared than I was and she showed such initiative and worked with such energy that the whole thing was a pleasure. She really has set the bar high. What convinced me to take her on in the first place was her initial email. She had obviously researched her subject; this was no generic, catch-all proposal message, like many others I have received. She knew my work, (all the way over in Holland!) and the tone of her letter was pitched perfectly. This is why I wrote the following text:

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Art classes in south Dublin -with my fantastic intern.

I see internships in my studio as a collaboration. I would hope to learn as much from you as you do from me. I work as an independent illustrator/artist and art teacher which requires that I do many of the jobs for which other, bigger businesses have staff: On top of my artistic work, there is: Administration; invoicing; prospecting; teaching; pricing; debt-collection; web site building, creating shows, etc.. The work is constant and very varied -and often fun.


My expectations (and probably the expectations of any business, creative or otherwise) are:

  • Respect and courtesy: Please don’t approach me by impersonal email without having researched me and my work, your email will be binned without being read. A respectful approach will be heard: I will reply, even if I can’t take you on.
  • You’ll be representing me to people who I hope to work with or already work with: please don’t turn up looking like Edward Scissorhands! I might be impressed by your creatively stunning and committed individuality but I know clients who would not.
  • Show me that you can think for yourself and that you possess initiative. There’s no point in me taking on interns who I think I will perform tasks that I can’t do, only to find I’ve got to closely guide them along.
  • Know how to address people in formal circumstances like writing a letter or an email or when phoning. Your English doesn’t have to be perfect but the rules are the same in any language and besides, I’ll be there to correct the English where I can.
  • Never make promises you can’t or won’t keep. This is a cardinal rule for life. For example, try your best to keep to your deadlines, whatever they are. Like turning up at meetings. I once arranged a formal meeting with seven students. Only two turned up. It was a sunny day; we don’t get many sunny days in Ireland but, you see; that’s just bad luck, isn’t it? I turned up only to have my time wasted. That’s the world of work; turning up. Also, if you can’t make your deadline or if you’re going to be late, have the courtesy to phone in.
My least successful activity is marketing; generating interest and following up; something that a student of marketing and/or design could do much better than me.
In return, you’ll be treated very well; you’ll be praised highly for the good work that you do (unfortunately, this doesn’t often happen in the work environment as many bosses are complete tossers); I’ll make sure that you get the benefit of my experience in terms of mentoring; I’ll do whatever I can do to help you along in your career and introduce you to others who might help you along too.