Enniskerry – a charming historic village on the outskirts of Dublin, is the launching point for this new series of outdoor sketching workshops to be led by Brenda Malley. The Schoolhouse for Art will be our base for the day as Brenda guides us in sketching the sculpture garden, clock tower and pretty facade of shopfronts that grace the village centre. Close by, the Old Forge and the Bog Meadow offer additional points of interest.

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.

For Brenda, the joy of sketching is it’s ease and simplicity.

“In my years of teaching art, there are two things that stand out as vital to being a successful artist – learning to see – and loosening up.  It is these two qualities that make your art stand out – a fresh, original vision, and a confident, relaxed approach.  Sketching is a vital part of my own artistic practise, keeping my senses alert and attentive to my surroundings. Our seeing, our observation, our understanding of proportion, perspective, light and shade, colour and form – all are strengthened in the process. We grow as artists”


In this full day workshop we will cover some essential skills for sketching on location, at home or on your travels:

Selecting the right materials for ease and convenience

Choosing your subject and your best viewpoint – where to start, what to fit in and what to leave out

A simple approach to perspective and achieving a sense of space and depth in your sketch

Pen and ink – making marks that dance on the page

Watercolour – keeping it fresh, loose and spontaneous

Developing your personal style – your sketch is like your signature, a unique expression of you!


10.00 – 12.30: Morning Session

Meet at the Schoolhouse for Art where we will have a brief overview of our sketchbooks and materials. This will be followed by a demonstration on location in the village, offering a clear step by step approach to starting and developing a sketch. You may then select your subject and begin sketching with individual guidance.

12.30 – 13.15: Lunch in the village at your own expense – many good options

13.15 – 15.45: Afternoon Session

15.45: Return to the Schoolhouse for review of our sketches

16.00: Finish


Brenda Malley is a professional artist and art instructor living in Greystones Co Wicklow with over 25 years experience teaching classes and workshops. Her work is represented by the Trinity Gallery in Dublin as well as by the Whitethorn Gallery in Clifden, and she has exhibited in London, Boston and Cannes. Brenda’s workshops encompass palette knife oil painting as well as painting and sketching on location in Ireland and the South of France.

More of Brenda’s work and her writings on art and the creative process may be found on  her blog


Sketchbook suitable for light water media

A couple of waterproof pens, one fine, one medium

Small watercolour pan set and brush and / or watercolour pencils with brush pen

Lightweight camp stool if you have one

Bottle of water and pack of tissues

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