Brenda Malley | Landscapes en plein air and in studio | August

Brenda’s second iteration of her 4-day Summer school workshops took place this August…

For her second Schoolhouse workshop of the summer, Brenda’s 10 students, some returning from her fabulous July summer school, worked intensely on their landscape painting, using various mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolour and pen and ink!

Brenda gave regular demonstrations for the class; sharing her own painting style, and her techniques for adding drama and life to her painting.

On the final day of the August course, participants spent the morning at beautiful Knockrose Gardens, about five minutes drive from Enniskerry village. There, Trish and Tom welcomed the group and gave them freedom to explore and paint the gorgeous Knockrose scenery en plein air!

By the end of the course our plein air artists had some amazing paintings to show from their hard work!

Thanks Brenda, Trish & Tom for a brilliant painting experience!

Brenda’s Summer School Students

Hanneke Van Ryswyk & David Begley | Printmaking From Life | A Wonderful Weekend!

We welcomed artists Hanneke Van Ryswyk & David Begley to our Life room this weekend where they led a brilliant two day printmaking workshop!

Each morning began with a demonstration of materials and techniques; on Day 1 David focused on anatomy, composition, tone and space through monotype printing and Day 2 saw Hanneke leading the way with drypoint etching combined with monotype printing.

Looking forward to more printmaking at the Schoolhouse in future!

Watch this space!

Just completed a fabulous two day workshop with David Begley and Hanneke Van Ryswyk. Great opportrunity to spend two days life drawing under the tuterage of two amazing artists. I would absolutely reccommend the Schoolhouse for Art. I will definetely be taking more advantage of this amazing local creative space, lovely vibe to the whole place.
— Orla

Some beautiful, atmospheric results…


This August the Schoolhouse for Art was delighted to welcome master sculptor Jason Arkles to Enniskerry!


Jason, a highly regarded international sculptor, travelled from his adopted home of Florence to make his visit to our Schoolhouse for a five day ‘figure sculpting from life’ course.

The class size was limited to 10 students and each participant left our Life Room pretty exhausted, but with many new skills gleaned! Not to mention their own gorgeous reclining nude, ready to be fired!

We can’t wait to have Jason back for another brilliant course!

“Just completed a fabulous 5 day workshop with Florence based Sculptor Jason Arkles in the Schoolhouse for Art. The picturesque village of Enniskerry is host to the quaint 200 year old historic school building...once a local school along with lots of tourist attractions....the schoolhouseforart runs an eclectic mix of high calibre workshops including International teachers held in high regard and...A perfect opportunity to visit this beautiful part of the country...only 40 mins by public transport to Dublin’s city centre”

- Marianne

Intensive Still Life in Oil | Conor Walton

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. 

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Porcelain Tea Light Workshop | Chloë Dowds

This was a one day workshop with Chloë Dowds held in December 2017. 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.

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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. Yanny will be actively giving workshops through 2019.

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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 participants took home their own carving. Con tutors weekly classes in his art and will be offering a workshop in 2019

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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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