Tuesday (Morning) x 4 | Painting & Drawing for Beginners | Louise Shearer


Tuesday (Morning) x 4 | Painting & Drawing for Beginners | Louise Shearer


9.45am - 12.45pm (3 hours)

Block 1: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd October

Block 2: 29th October, 5th, 12th, 19th November

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I am not artistic. I can’t paint. I was hopeless at art in school, but with Louise it all became possible!
— Student

About this Beginner’s Art Course

Absolutely no experience necessary to join these classes! Just a eagerness to learn and try! The classes would also suit those wanting to get back onto painting after a long break and wanting to improve or rekindle their hobby..

Louise will ensure that individual attention is given to everyone, guiding students at a pace which suits their own needs & experience. Over the course of the classes you will progress with your painting and drawing skills, gaining confidence in the principles of art making!

It is recommended that you look through the materials list and bring as much of the suggestions as possible. Objects YOU choose to paint will be more suitable to suit your own taste, photos, images of paintings you'd like to recreate are great ways to learn. Bring in whatever you feel you'd like to try and with Louise's help and guidance, you'll be amazed at what you can do!

Tea and coffee breaks and a friendly atmosphere will keep everyone at their ease.


Meet Louise

Louise studied Fine Art at DLIADT and also holds an honours degree in History of Art from U.C.D. For the last 15 years she has painted in oils and watercolours, selling her work nationally and internationally, and has held exhibitions in Wicklow, Ashford and Greystones.

Her work is usually by commission and she paints landscapes, portraits, figurative and anything that she feels inspiring. She is constantly working to inform her work and skills through masterclasses and her own practice and study.

Louise is a natural and relaxed teacher and has taught painting and drawing for the last few years and teaches all ages and standards, particularly those starting out. Her classes are very popular and often are a beginning point for many people eager to learn and try their hand at painting and drawing.


Don’t break the bank if you’re just starting out, but buy the best quality materials you can afford. It’s often true that less expensive paints and brushes are harder to work with.


  • The colours are the same for oil and watercolour. 

I recommend you get basic colours to start and create others by mixing.

Here’s a good starting list of oil paint colours:

  • Ivory black or lamp black

  • Ultramarine blue

  • Cerulean blue or Cerulean blue hue

  • Burnt umber

  • Alizarin crimson

  • Cadmium red or Cadmium red light

  • Burnt Sienna or transparent oxide brown

  • Raw umber

  • Yellow ochre

  • Cadmium yellow or lemon yellow

  • Titanium white..I suggest buying the biggest white as you’ll use it the most

  • Greens can be mixed from blues and yellows, but permanent green light, sap green are helpful for landscapes

Specific pigments cost more than others (particularly cobalt and cadmiums). Some of these expensive colours are also available as “hues,” which are less expensive because there’s less concentration of pigment.

Paper palettes are disposable pads of waxy paper that can be thrown away after a single use. Glass palettes are easy to clean with a palette knife or razor blade. Wood palettes that are lightweight are easy to hold while painting, and the wood colour provides a neutral background.


Please bring in photos or still life objects of subjects you would like to paint...you will want to paint subjects that speak to you, especially because you’ll spend a good bit of time on whatever you choose. It will surely be more meaningful — and more fun — if it’s something you love.

But it’s a good idea to consider a simple still life to start. Still life subjects include many elements: color, form, light, shadow and texture. You can choose a subject that explores those elements and learn a great deal as you tackle them. Do keep it simple to begin with so you can focus on getting to know the paint itself rather than obsessing over details.

Odourless turps/paint thinner...called Sansodor (available from any art shop)

Rags, old t shirts are best.

Apron/ shirt to protect your clothes..

Canvases, cheap ones from Mr.Price or euro shops are fine / watercolour paper

Brushes...A selection of sizes and shapes, a good cheap option is Royal and Langnickel pack, theres about 8 in the packet. All brushes can be used for oil but not all can be used for watercolour!