Oil Painting Workshops

Learn to paint with oils in a relaxed and friendly environment. We offer Introductory and 4-week oil painting workshops from our art school and art studio in Co. Meath.

We cater for both the complete beginner and those at an intermediate level. Ideal if you have never had any formal training and you’d like to develop your own style, learn to use colour or techniques without fear.

If you don’t want to commit to purchasing your oil painting materials or are baffled by what to buy, then our Introductory Beginners Course is for you. We supply everything you will need to complete the paintings and you just turn up.

If you have 2 hours free each week, then you might like to progress onto our 4 Week Oil Painting Course. These oil painting courses are designed for those who have already completed the Introductory Beginners Course and are either complete beginners or have a general understanding of oil painting.

These workshops are really designed for the absolute beginner and the hobbyist artist. Therefore, we have decided not to accept enrolment from trading and/or professional artists this 2023 as it puts a little extra unnecessary pressure on our existing and/or new beginners students. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

Beginner's Introduction to Oil Painting

This morning oil painting workshop is designed for those who are new to oil painting.

4 week oil painting course

If you have 2 hours free each week, then I suggest you join us on our 4-week oil painting course.

121 oil painting consultation

If you would like to go through your own artwork and develop areas that you are struggling with, then our One-to-One consultations are for you.

“I was a complete beginner when I joined Emily’s workshop. But Emily gave me the support and confidence to paint. With time, I painted the great masters, including Degas. I have sent my son in Australia my paintings which hang proudly in his home. The classes are so relaxing. I have made lifelong friends. Emily is a brilliant teacher. I cannot recommend her classes highly enough.”

– Marion Ryan

Who is your tutor for these oil painting workshops?

Emily McCormack oil painting tutor

I’m Emily, a professional artist who has run hundreds of oil painting workshops in my art school. Taking each beginner student gently on and through their own painting journey, so that they can tackle any painting by the old masters. The techniques I teach help each student to master and go on to develop their own style of painting and skill to create their very own originals.

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The Studio / Art School

Oil painting workshops are held at my art gallery and studio located just outside Dunboyne Co. Meath beside the Hatchet Pub, and centrally located between Kilcock, Maynooth, Dunshaughlin and approximately 20-30 minutes from Trim and Clonee by car. Not far from Kildare, Dublin, Westmeath and Wicklow.

The gardens are an on-going process with a full meadow to the side of the house along with a bee apiary in the little woodland.

The workshops and masterclasses change from season to season to suit students’ needs and indeed to allow me to take time to paint and get ready for upcoming exhibitions held throughout the year.

* Due to COVID we are not providing tea/coffee or light refreshments, and we have temporarily suspended our warm-up pastel drawing section and our art history section. But I will be sending you out a full set of the art history section notes for you to read at your leisure.

Accessibility: As you will see from the photos, there are a couple of steps into the house that you may need to be aware of.

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Terms and Conditions

Please note our terms & conditions before enrolling and paying for our workshops.


To keep everyone safe, the class sizes are limited to 5 students. We have screens installed between each workspace. Masks will have to be worn for the full duration.


Please email me stating which classes you are interested in, or use our contact form. I will let you know the availability and will provide you with a booking link for you to pay for the course online. There is no option for refunds or moving between classes unless prior agreed with myself, please see our terms and conditions below for further information.

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Gift Vouchers for Beginners Introduction to Oil Painting Workshops

Due to popular demand, we are now offering the chance to buy e-vouchers for our Beginners Introduction to Oil Painting Workshops. These classes are held on Saturday’s at regular intervals throughout the year so there is sure to be a date to suit the lucky recipient.

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