Intensive Still Life in Oil | Conor Walton

During this masterclass Artists completed a simple still life using a single form. The students all brought interesting objects to paint including batch bread , sliced pan's, Jugs , garlic bulbs and bags of fruit.

The workshop began with an introductory talk and set-up of still life, artists then commenced their  preparatory drawing, either on paper or directly on their canvas in charcoal/white chalk (acrylic primed and roughened with acrylic clear gesso base or impasto medium.  There were small breaks as well as a longer  break for lunch. 

After the break Conor gave a talk on colour theory, the limited palette, and naturalistic painting.  Artists then commenced painting until the close of the day, with accurate empowering guidance.  The opening of Day 2  artists recommenced their painting.  Prior to lunch Conor offered a slideshow of his work, for discussion. After the break for lunch there was an insightful talk on the physical and chemical characteristics of paint.  Artists continued painting until finish on Sunday evening.

Some of the students work from Day 1  during the workshop


About Conor

Conor Walton was born in Dublin, he lives in Wicklow with his partner Jane and 3 children. He sees himself as a figurative painter in the European tradition, attempting to maintain his craft at the highest level, using paint to explore issues of truth, meaning and value.  All his paintings are attempted answers to the three questions in the title of Gauguin's famous painting: 'Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?".  Conor studied at NCAD in Dublin, and also at the University of Essex in the UK,.  He studied painting and old-master techniques in Florence Italy, with Charles H. Cecil.

He is the holder of many awards including 3 prize Still life category, International ARC Salon (2014-2015) he was also the finalist and sitter's choice, Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2014, Dublin heat. Conorhas a wonderful list of Solo exhibitions

How Colour Works For Artists | John Dinan

This practical workshop took place over 4 days in February. Its aim was to take the mystery out of colour and to help artists paint with a whole new level of confidence. In simple language and through progressive painting exercises, the group learned the differences between Tone, Hue, Tint, Chroma, Shade, Permanence, Transparency and many more colour issues that cause needless confusion.  Each of the students developed a Colour Wheel, and all the key colour harmonies, and understood how easy it all is once it was clearly explained and illustrated. Painting simple landscapes in different colour schemes, the group practiced how to create different moods in their paintings and how to choose colour harmonies.

  "Begin to take control of colour in your paintings at last - through a clear understanding of How Colour Works."

Suitable for all levels using Oils or Acrylics, but demonstrations on this workshop was based with Oil paints. The Beginners in the group made rapid progress in their painting, while experienced painters  developed a much deeper understanding of how to create great paintings through colour.

About John


John Dinan is a professional artist who has been teaching art for over 20 years, in Ireland, France and Italy. He is an exhibiting artist in many of Ireland’s leading galleries in both the Republic and the north of Ireland. He has exhibited in RHA, Oireachtas and many solo and group exhibitions. He is a member of the Dublin Painting & Sketching Club, and of the Back Lane Painters, and is a founder member of the Portmarnock Art Group.

His landscapes, portraits and still lifes are held internationally in corporate and private collections.He especially loves painting en plein air, and has run outdoor workshops and been a prize-winner at the international Art in the Open festival in Wexford.

He paints in a varied range of styles, but his work is usually recognised through good drawing, strong compositions and bright colours. His workshops always receive great feedback for the extensive tuition, complete sharing of experience and insights, helpful one-to-one advice and the encouraging atmosphere he maintains in his classes. He lives in Cross, in south Mayo, near the village of Cong where he and his wife have had an art gallery for over 12 years.

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Porcelain Tea Light Workshop | Chloë Dowds

This was a one day workshop with Chloë Dowds held in December.

In this class students learned about the properties of porcelain, a material developed in China roughly 1,400 years ago. Once known as ‘White Gold’ and steeped in mystery. For 500 years no one in the West knew how porcelain was made.

The group created different textures in the porcelain allowing light to shine through in interesting patterns. All Students created their own tea light holders in a variety of different styles and shapes. The pieces were then fired in Chloë's studio and were ready for collection shortly after the workshop.
The translucent properties of porcelain make it ideal for making tea light holders and allowing the candlelight to glow through it. 


About Chloë

Chloë Dowds is a multi-award- winning ceramicist working with porcelain. Most recently she won the Future Lights Award. Future Lights is a European competition and stands for innovative and creative young artists, designers, art historians and researchers. Their work has been selected as outstanding in its modern approach, setting an example in trends for the future.

She is now an Ambassador for Ceramics in Europe for 2017/18. Having studied fine art, design, history of art and ceramics for nine years, she now works from her studio in Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow. Chloë believes in using beautifully designed, handcrafted products throughout our daily routines. Her home is full of pieces that began with an idea and were brought to life through the skilled hands of a maker. She designs and makes beautifully tactile fine porcelain tableware.

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Exploring Watercolours | Yanny Petters

This workshop with Yanny Petters gave students an opportunity to experiment with a variety of watercolour techniques. With nature as the theme, the workshop included some drawing and exploring different modern as well as 'old master' watercolour methods, giving participants tips and information to develop future work. Above all it was  relaxing and fun.

All levels are welcome to Yanny's classes and workshops. A small class ensures everyone will get individual attention. Participants should bring their own paints and brushes. Paper & other materials will be provided.  You will be given a list of useful materials when you book. For further information on brushes and paints please contact the tutor.



Artist Yanny Petters has been working in watercolours for at least 25 years & is a member of The Watercolour Society of Ireland and the Irish Society of Botanical Artists.

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Watercolours | Noël O ́Callaghan

This watercolour workshop which is energetic and bold in direction, takes inspiration from fauvism and expressionism, and artists such as Turner and Emile Nolde. While using classical techniques and concepts such as washes, layering, perspective, figure, foreground and background, the emphasis will be on embracing the dynamic nature of the material, enjoying its sensuality and fluidity rather than academicism

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This workshop is designed to help you improve your skills while working on your own projects. The sessions will include some drawing as well as different watercolour methods, looking at old master techniques and giving participants tips and information to develop your own work

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Our Sketching workshop series will take place throughout the year, visiting places of scenic, historic and cultural interest. These will include the ancient monastic site of Glendalough, Powerscourt Demesne, Mount Usher Gardens, Greystones Harbour and Kilruddery Estate.

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Woodcarving | Conleth Gent

This beginner’s guide to the tools and techniques of woodcarving given by wood sculptor Conleth Gent (whose large wood sculptures feature in our Sculpture Garden). By the end of this 2 day workshop you will take home your own carving – and no doubt you’ll be planning your next woodcarving project!

Conleth’s course will cover the following topics:

Selection and care of tools and safety.
Woods and their different characteristics.
Carving relief (carve your own).
Carving in the round (carve your own).
Basic tools and materials provided.

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This weekend workshop is suitable for artists of all abilities – from beginners to advanced –
It’s for anyone who wishes to take a fresh look at their painting practice.

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An excellent way to really focus on developing your skill and techniques in life drawing. Two full days dedicated to life drawing (male/female nude model) under the guidance and expertise of professional artist Sahoko Blake.

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