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Oil Painting Workshops

Would you like to learn to paint with oils in a relaxed and friendly environment?  If so, why not check out our Introductory and 4-week oil painting workshops which we run from our art school and art studio in Co. Meath.

We cater for both the complete beginner and those at an intermediate level, especially if you’ve never had any formal training and/or your paintings are somewhat lacking in style, colour or technique or you get to a point in the painting, where your colours are dull or worse fear sets in and you are afraid to continue with the painting in case you ruin it!

If you are pressed for time or don’t want to commit to purchasing your oil painting materials until you try it, then we suggested you try our Introductory Course. We supply everything you will need to complete the paintings and you just need to turn up.

We generally run these workshops on the last Saturday of every month, and we hope to run them at least twice a month over the Summer months.

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Introductory Course – Beginner’s Introduction to Oil Painting

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

In this workshop, I will teach you about oil painting materials, where to get them and how to use them. How to prepare your boards, clean your brushes and how to paint a painting from beginning to end.

Depending on your level of skill, we will hopefully complete two paintings which will be a nice introduction to the following techniques used by the old masters, including: –

  • grisaille,
  • ebauche,
  • glazing, and
  • Impasto

We will also take an introductory look at value, colour, colour mixing, various colour palettes and composition.

Now, this is a hands-on course where you guys will be doing the work, I’ll be there to show you step by step how to paint each painting in a relaxed environment where you can ask me any questions which I will answer or demonstrate for you.

I will also send out a set of notes the week before the workshop starts and another set of notes on the materials and a step-by-step instruction on the paintings we carry out on the day!!!

examples of studies

Cost: €165

You must be able to attend the workshop as there will be no refunds or moving between workshops – See our Terms and Conditions before enrolling and making payment.

Materials: All materials are supplied by me.
You take home your paintings (but not the materials supplied to create them.)

Choice of dates:

Saturday 30th July 2022; 10am – 1pm (4 spaces available)

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If you have 2 hours free each week, then we suggest you join us on our 4-week course. Depending on how many 4 week courses you sign up for, we have developed 13 levels so 13 months of courses to work your way through with new material being added every month. In these sessions, the paintings are all set by me, and I teach you step by step how to complete each painting, the materials required and how to use them.

4 Week – Oil Painting Course

These oil painting courses are designed for those who have already completed the Introductory Course, are complete beginners or have a general understanding of oil painting.

Each workshop is a 2-hour session, held once a week over 4 weeks. Each 4-week session is set out for you, I set each paintings which will teach you a new skill, technique or colour palette.

Depending on how many 4-week courses you enrol on with me, you will typically get to complete studies by past masters such as Caillebotte, Peploe, Monet, Van Gogh, the Fauvists, Klimt, Munch, Constable, Leech, Seago, Henry and many more.

The paintings set will over the various courses cover painting the figure, still life’s, landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, interiors, florals and portraits.

Over the various courses, we will look at: –

  • your materials, where and what to buy,
  • preparing your painting surfaces,
  • how to store, clean and use your brushes and knives,
  • brushwork,
  • colour, colour temperature and mixing,
  • laying out your palette and using a limited or full-colour palette,
  • various way to start and finish a painting,
  • cropping, composition and the various tools used,
  • old master techniques such as alla prima, ebauche, glazing and impasto.

I have 13 – 4-week courses prepared which run sequentially, one after the other where I teach you step-by-step how to paint each of the paintings set, and we run this completely at your own pace.

These courses have been designed with the sole aim to make you braver, bolder, more expressive and creative in your painting and that you will be able to add a little magic to your own paintings.

examples of work

Cost: €150

You must be able to attend each of the 4 workshops as there will be no refunds or moving between workshops – See our Terms and Conditions before enrolling and making payment.

Materials: Follow the link for the required materials and suppliers.
For those of you that would a list to take to shops or help you pack up your kit bag, there is a printable checklist here.

Choice of dates:

Thursday 7th, 14th, 28th July and 4 August 22.
Morning 10am – 12pm
Afternoon 2pm – 4pm

Friday 8th, 15th, 29th, 5 August 2022.
Morning 10am – 12pm
Afternoon 2pm – 4pm

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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 and you will need to be double vaccinated and boosted.


Please email me stating which workshops 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 workshops unless prior agreed with myself, please see our terms and conditions below for further information.

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What the Students are saying about these workshops…

“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

“I started classes with Emily a couple of years ago just before the Pandemic hit. From the minute I walked through the door of Emily’s Studio, I felt I had finally found my tribe. Emily is an amazing art teacher. I learned so much about techniques, about the history of art paintings we were replicating. Lots of great banter and encouragement along with guidance. Really miss the art classes and the people and am looking forward to when we may safely return again.”

Marie Lane

“Emily’s workshops are friendly, fun and very productive. Emily guides her students through painting techniques and styles with humour and great encouragement. Her mini art history lessons are informative and very entertaining. Emily takes a genuine interest in each student and her advice and instruction are always personally tailored. Her studio is a wonderful cosy environment in which to learn and just be creative, surrounded by Emily’s own beautiful paintings.”

J. Merrills

Who is your tutor for these oil painting workshops?

Emily McCormack tutor in studio
Emily McCormack

Emily is a professional artist who has run hundreds of oil painting workshops in her 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 Emily teaches help each student to master and go on to develop their own style of painting and skill to create their very own originals.

Emily recently appeared on RTE’s Nationwide on Friday 12th November 2021, we hope you managed to catch it. Unfortunately, it is no longer available to watch on the RTE Player.

The Studio

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 below, there are a couple of steps into the house that you may need to be aware of.

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NEW!! 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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Terms and Conditions

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