December | Two Day | Portraiture is 'Poetry, Gambling & Surgery' | Bairbre Duggan

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December | Two Day | Portraiture is 'Poetry, Gambling & Surgery' | Bairbre Duggan


December 7th & 8th (Saturday & Sunday)

10am - 5pm 

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About this Two Day Portraiture Workshop

Using Richard Diebenkorn’s quote “Painting is  a mixture of poetry, gambling and surgery” as a starting point, the group  will be encouraged to paint with the precision of a surgeon, the craftsmanship  of a poet and the certainty of a gambler!

Working with a live model, students will begin with warm-up drawings to get into the session and determine possible compositions.

This will be followed with a (quick) tonal underpainting to use as a framework  for painting. Focus in this stage will be on establishing proportions, overall tonal composition while considering the colour relationships that will come into play in the later stage.

In the next stage the main colour areas will be blocked in using large brushes to establish and reinforce planes of the head, gradually moving into smaller planes  and more specific colour areas, keeping the painting ‘open’ as long as possible.

Particular focus will be on tonal composition, overall tonality, keeping the big shapes, (pre) colour mixing and colour relationships. During the workshop we will also spend time learning how to read your own work in a way that can inform your future practice.

Please note, a list of materials will be provided on registration.

Meet Bairbre

Bairbre Duggan, Self portrait

Bairbre Duggan, Self portrait

The Schoolhouse for Art is delighted to welcome Irish artist Bairbre Duggan to our Life Room Studio!

To make a painting you need a starting point. Mine happens to be in the real world, usually a person, place or living thing.  

- Bairbre Duggan

Bairbre took a circuitous route to painting. Starting out in art school, but not finding her groove, she left and studied for a Masters degree in art history instead. Having moved to Amsterdam, she finally found an academy which offered the contemporary figurative training she was looking for. She now teaches drawing and painting at this school. For her it is a huge privilege to be allowed to pass on what she knows to her students, and she loves every minute of her classes.

Bairbre paints predominantly people and things, otherwise known as portraits and still lives. She approaches portraiture in the same way she approaches all painting.  Bairbre exhibits regularly, takes part in festivals internationally and her work is in public and private collections. She was shortlisted for the Dutch Portrait Prize in 2019. 


List will be provided upon registration.