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).

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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.

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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.

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!

Kevin

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.