2018 No Class this Coming Halloween Week

Vector art in Affinity Designer. Kevin McSherry

There will be no art classes on the week of Halloween: 30th 31st and 1st November. Classes will resume the following week.


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New Term of Art Classes starts Oct 23, 24 and 25 2018.

The new term of art classes in Dublin starts next Tuesday and Thursday. There are a few places left:

Tuesday Mornings: 1 place. Book Now
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A demonstration of painting by a master artist at every class. Come and join Ireland’s friendliest class and learn to paint your dream painting. Coffee or tea and biscuits provided.

181017 Demonstration of Alla Prima Landscape Painting from a Photo

A demonstration from this morning’s art class of Alla Prima Landscape Painting from a Photo. The object is to try to have the painting look like it was done from life. So don’t get drawn into slavishly copying the photographic reference. Palette: Titanium white, Cadmium yellow pale hue, permanent rose, cobalt blue, ivory black and burnt umber for the background wash and drawing and notan. I used this demo to introduce the concept of a ‘Notan’. See the definition below from Wikipedia. I think it’s a useful technique to use, especially in en plein air painting.

This took 30 minutes but the video is compressed down to about 1m 30s.

Nōtan (濃淡) is a Japanese design concept involving the play and placement of light and dark elements as they are placed next to the other in the composition of art and imagery.