Oil Painting Classes


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These painting classes will be held in our dedicated art studio. You will each have your own station equipped with side table, easel, swivel chair and side screen. Each class is limited to a maximum of 5 students to ensure that full hands-on step-by-step tuition is provided. Classes are mixed level and cater for the absolute complete beginner student!

Each student will be shown how to start, continue and finish their own painting, which will be a study of a painting created by an old master artist, such as Caillebotte, Van Gogh, Monet, Peploe, Sorrolla Mondrian, Henry, Klimt, Cezanne, Degas, Seago, Constable and other artists who were part of art movements such as impressionism, expressionism, and fauvism. The idea is, that, over a number of morning or afternoon sessions, held monthly throughout 2023-4, you will learn, at your own pace: –

  • how to paint the figure, still life, landscape, seascape, cityscape and florals,
  • different oil painting techniques and the various ways to paint a painting,
  • composition,
  • about the various oil painting materials, your painting kit and how and when to use them,
  • to understand colour, colour mixing and reading the colour wheel,
  • how to expand on your existing oil painting skills.

These oil painting classes are perfect for those of you who haven’t painted since your school days, have never held a paint brush but would love to learn to paint your very own painting, or are just seeking a little time out and are looking for something new to try!

They are also a great way to try your hand at oils without having to commit to a full term of workshops as you can book in for one session only. You can also click the drop-down menu if you want us to provide the materials necessary for your class.

For those of you, who have already learned to paint in oils, we also have you covered! The studio holds a huge stock of paintings for you to try your hand at.

You can attend 1 or more oil painting classes each month, sequentially or intermittently to suit your own personal time commitments. The idea of these classes is to provide greater flexibility.

Each oil painting class is run in a very relaxed and friendly manner. We go entirely at your own pace and the idea is to have fun, learn a new skill and at the same time have expert tuition on hand to guide you safely through each painting.

So, if you are ready to start a new hobby, need some me time or want to improve your existing oil painting skills then why not book yourself a session.

  • 10am to 1pm
  • Cost – €75 per session excluding materials (see materials list)
  • Further dates available, check the drop-down menu
  • Please read the full description below before booking
  • Now taking bookings for September 2024. We do fill up quickly so please email if you would like to be added to our waiting list for cancellations if any sessions are full.
  • Stay tuned for a series of impromptu summer pop-up workshops.
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Regular Oil Painting Classes – Bookable 3 Hour Sessions

About the workshop: These oil painting classes are mixed levels and absolute beginners are welcome. Full hands-on step by step tuition will be provided throughout the 3 hours and you will be painting a study of a studio painting.

During each workshop, we will also have a 20 – 30 minute breakout session where I will take you through topics such as:-

  • How to start, paint and finish a painting,
  • What materials to use, how to use them and why we use them,
  • Different oil painting techniques,
  • Understanding oil paint, colour, colour mixing and to read the colour wheel,
  • How to get more from your existing skills/paintings.

These topics will change every month.

You can also bring paintings that you have been working on at home but need a little direction on where to go next. Or if you have an image that you would like to paint at home but don’t know how to tackle it, I’ll be there, on hand, to discuss possible ideas with you.

For those of you who haven’t been with us in the past, the studio paintings are based on artworks by past masters such as Caillebotte, Peploe, Monet, the Fauvists, Van Gogh, Sorrolla, Klimt, Munch, Cezanne, Leech, Seago, Constable, Degas, Henry and many more. The paintings set, are designed to provide you with the skills, over time, to paint still life’s, landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, interiors, the figure, portraiture and florals.

These classes are perfect for those looking at Beginners oil painting as we will be covering beginners seascapes, beginners landscapes, beginners impressionism, and beginners portrait to really get you started on your oil painting journey. So if you are ready to start a new hobby, need some me time or want to improve your existing oil painting skills then why not sign up for a workshop. These workshops will be held every month between September 2024 and May 2025 and each month you can sign up for 1 or more workshops. However, please note that the 30 minute breakout session will remain the same for each of the workshops held that particular month.

If we are sold out, feel free to subscribe to our workshop waiting list and newsletter to get first dibs on our next available workshop or any cancellations. You can also sign up for our free monthly oil painting blog which we hope will help further your studies.

Who is this for: These oil painting classes are designed for the complete beginner; the hobbyist artist looking to learn more and have a general understanding of oil painting and those at intermediate level who never had any formal tuition in oil painting.

Level: Complete beginner or hobbyist artist or intermediate level without any formal tuition in oil painting.

Date: Please select the dates you would like to attend.

Time: 10am to 1pm

Duration: 3 hours

Age: The attendee must be over 18.

Maximum no of persons per class: 5 – The class sizes are small, no more than 5 persons, this is to give each of you individual time to talk over areas of your work and offer support and guidance.

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.
If you wish, we have an option for you to buy boards from Studio and can supply the use of Studio materials. This can be selected from the drop-down list above (scroll to the bottom).

  1. 6mm thick 50 x 60cm board – €11
  2. 6mm thick 30 x 40cm board – €7
  3. Use of materials to paint your painting when in the workshop – €26
    1. Use of brush
    2. Painting board
    3. Solvent
    4. Plenty kitchen roll
    5. Paint
    6. Tear off Palette sheet


Cancellations: You must be able to attend the workshop booked as there will be no refunds or moving between workshops.

Terms & Conditions: Please read our Terms and Conditions before enrolling and making payment and/or applying a voucher code.

Location: My 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 in Co. Meath.

COVID 19: Following the recent epidemic we are not providing tea/coffee or light refreshments. We have screens installed between each workspace.

Accessibility: You may see from the photos, that there are a couple of steps into our art school that you may need to be aware of.



“Emily’s painting classes 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


“I recently attended some oil painting workshops at the beautiful studio of Emily McCormack at Warrenstown, Kilcock, Co Meath. I enjoyed the workshops very much under the expertise and guidance of the tutor/artist Emily. Emily’s lively good humour was evident as the group of four experimented with techniques and personally I was delighted to watch my images unfold. I had a sense of satisfaction on completion of having learned much. Respectful regard was afforded to each individual participant. I would highly recommend Emily’s coaching workshops for anyone wanting to learn new techniques or improve skills or just to have a really enjoyable creative experience.”

– Helena


Additional information


26 September 2024 10am – 1pm, 27 September 2024 10am – 1pm, Materials – 6mm thick 50 x 60cm board – €11, Materials – 6mm thick 30 x 40cm board – €7, Materials normally €26 but €15 for Dec workshop – Offer, Use of studio materials for the workshop, including your board €26

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