Thursday (Afternoon) x 5 | Portraiture (from Photographs) | David McEwen


Thursday (Afternoon) x 5 | Portraiture (from Photographs) | David McEwen


Thursdays, 2-5pm

Block 1 : October 17th, 24th, & 31st, 7th & 14th November

Block 2 : November 21st, & 28th , 5th, 12th, & 19th December

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About this Portraiture Course


Over the course of 5 weekly lessons, David will guide you through the process of portrait painting from a photo reference.

You may choose a human or animal subject.

The aim of the course is to bring your subject to life through oil painting - you will establish a good portrait reference and convert this into a vibrant and expressive painting, full of character!

The course will introduce you to traditional and state of the art methods for progressing your painting techniques.

Suitable for all levels.

Materials list will be sent to participants following registration.


Meet David

David McEwen qualified as a Teacher of Fine Art in 1977. He studied at The University of Newcastle upon Tyne for some time, actually starting when he was 13 and Professor Victor Pasmore included him in a Special Class for horrible precocious brats. Pasmore made him draw for a year and mix paint for another …. 

For a thirteen year old it was boring but looking back on it now it was the best apprenticeship he could have had, especially as when he returned to Art School in the seventies lecturers didn’t actually teach much and left students to muddle through. McEwen took his B.Ed., and became Head of Art in a Midlands School where he also established Classes for Adults. A wish to paint more brought him to The West of Ireland where he read for a Masters in Educational Psychology at University College Galway. Exhibitions in Kenny’s and many other Galleries in The West Followed along with a number of major commissions.

In 1997, McEwen moved to The South of France where he established L’Atellier du Soulondre and L’Association de Beaux Arts de Herault of which he became Artistic Director and Professor of Painting. During the next twenty years he taught thousands of painters at all levels but also completed over 1500 commissions and several lecture trips to The U.S. and The Falkland Islands, exhibiting in Paris, London, Madrid, San Diego, Charleston and various Galleries in Florida.

McEwen’ s work is in collections throughout the world and he has been commissioned to paint Equestrian and Human portraits by many Olympic Riders, Owners and members of European and Middle Eastern Royal Families. He has been a member of prestigious Art Societies in Europe and The U.S., has won Gold Medals in Major International competitions, David was twice Runner Up Painter of the Year with The Society of All Artists. In 2017 he returned Home to paint ……… But ….. he wanted to teach again. He is a Painter who loves to Teach and a Teacher who loves to paint, so where better to live than Wicklow ?