September | Watercolour Weekend Workshop | Aine Divine


September | Watercolour Weekend Workshop | Aine Divine


Saturday September 30th & Sunday October 1st

10am - 4pm


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About Aine.

Aine Divine is a portrait artist and art teacher. Originally from Co. Cork, she graduated in 1991 from the Crawford College of Art and Design and in 1995 gained a Higher Diploma in art teaching. Now living in Roslin, Midlothian she teaches, paints, and Is a mum to "three wonderful girls".

Aine was shortlisted for the Irish National Portrait Award three years in a row and was an award winner in 1993. In 2005 she painted Mo Mowlam for BBC 1's 'Star Portraits' and was delighted that her portrait was chosen to keep. In 2007 she painted Olympic triple jumper, Jonathan Edwards and her commissioned portraits include footballers for the Hibernian Historical Society and winners of the British Open Golf Championship. Aine was a finalist in the Sky Arts portrait artist of the year award 2014, painting singer Neil Hannon in the first round, then a double portrait of Richard Dawkins and Sally Hitchner in the semi-final, RSC voice coach Cicely Berry, and Sir Ian McKellen in the final.

One of Aine's self portraits was selected for exhibition in the Royal Watercolour Society's annual contemporary art show at the Bankside Gallery in London in 2014 and won the Heatherleys Studio Award. Aine has also won Winsor and Newton awards for her portrait of Matthew in the same show in 2013, and for 'Carolina in Gold' in 2015. Aine exhibits widely in Scotland and won the watermark award at the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour summer show last year for one of her many portraits of singer Lake Montgomery. Aine's work is currently featured in The Artist and Artist and Illustrators magazine.

Aine's plans for the workshop at the Schoolhouse for Art

"Here’s an idea of what to expect.......

Of course we can alter the structure of our days to suit us as the workshop unfolds. There will be a different model each day so you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of faces. Yay!

I will begin each day with a demonstration. I’ll take this opportunity to discuss ways I ease myself into the painting process. I’m a great believer in us all looking after ourselves as we go to paint, and being aware of our physical well-being. So I’ll be encouraging you to remember to breathe and generally look after yourself, keeping a radar up for any tension that may arise. I find we are then more willing to take that joyful leap of faith needed when painting from life.

I’ll also explain practical things, like what colours to mix to represent the shadows on the skin, the hair and so on. We will look at ways of using the flat brushes to explain the position of the features, and the general forms of the model, swiftly and with ease. I’ll also demonstrate lifting-off, so that you can feel the freedom of being able to lay the colour down with confidence, knowing you can ‘eat into it’ like a rubber in charcoal later on.

I will encourage you to be fully attentive to the shapes that make up the model, to steady yourself and observe in the way needed for painting. As the day goes on I will see each person individually and, if it helps, I’ll do little demonstrations from your viewpoint, and discuss whatever comes up for you as you paint. There really is great joy to be had in working from life in this way, looking and painting down our fresh discoveries moment by moment.

Each day we’ll move a few places clockwise so everyone gets a different view. We will stop painting at 3.30pm every day, so we have the opportunity to have a look at the lovely paintings that evolved during the day.


Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided throughout the day. We will stop for an hour at lunchtime, when you can either eat in one of the many cafes in Enniskerry village. (Alternatively of course you can bring a packed lunch - and eat al fresco in the Schoolhouse for Art sculpture garden weather permitting!

Workshop Equipment List

Easels, boards, tables and water containers will be provided. I will also have paper for you to buy  - you can expect to use one or two each day.

Please bring masking tape and kitchen roll.

Here are the colours I recommend in tubes

(I use Windsor and newton professional tubes, but Cotman or something similar are also fine)
Viridian green
Alizarin crimson
Ultramarine Blue
Vandyke brown
Sap Green
Cadmium red
Cadmium lemon yellow
Yellow ochre
Cerulean blue
Windsor orange (optional)
Burnt sienna (optional)

You will also need a palette (or a couple of white plastic plates will do)

You can order the set of three craft brushes here, or buy them at The Range (good for lifting off)

You can order the flat 2" Brush here 

(Or you can go for the full 'Aine Divine' Set here!