BLOCK T Skillsets presents A 2-day Portrait Painting workshop with the artist Oisin Roche.
Learn to paint the portrait in the style of the old masters, working with a live model over 2 sessions. Work with one of the field’s leading artists and educators – Oisin Roche – in an intimate, atelier-style setting.
This course will cover:
* Advice on paints and materials to help you achieve the best results
* Colour theories, colour mixing, use of the palette
* How to create realistic form – work with light, shadow and space

Date: Saturdays, 24 February and 3 March
Time: 11:30 – 17:00
Course fee: 2 sessions – €135
Location: BLOCK T Studios, Dublin 8


2-day Portrait Painting Workshop with Oisin Roche at BLOCK T, ...

This course is suitable for those who want to return to drawing and painting after a gap, or for those who have had limited experience and now want to approach basic skills in a way that will assist their transition into a better experience of making artworks. The course includes demonstrations and workshops, where students will participate in set exercises and practical activities. Subjects covered include: drawing from observation, life drawing, basic colour theory and paint mixing, painting from life, understanding basic composition; and other technical aspects of painting and drawing.
About your tutor:
Tadhg McGrath has an honours degree in painting from Central St.Martin’s in London, and a Masters in Fine Art from NCAD in Dublin. He recently had a one person exhibition in the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, and has shown in galleries across Britain and Ireland. He teaches painting at NCAD, Block T, and The Lab.

Date: Monday, February 12th for 5 weeks
Cost: €170
Time: 18:30 – 21:00
Location: BLOCK T Studios, Dublin 8

Basic Techniques for Drawing and Painting with Tadhg McGrath at ...

This 6 week course is tailored towards beginners, and those looking to improve their photographic skills. Learn the fundamentals of digital photography to make the most out of your camera and produce better, more professional images. This course is the perfect introduction to contemporary digital photography, using visual elements and practical tips to help you make better photographs.
About the tutor:
Kate Nolan is an Irish visual artist focused on extended photographic stories that examine the nature of identity. In 2014 her artist’s book ‘Neither’, looking at the dreams and fears of young women in Kaliningrad, Russia, was published. She received her BA (hons) Documentary Photography from the University of Wales.

Course fee: €170 * Deposit of €100 secures your place, with the remainder due on the first night of class.
Date: Starts: Tuesday 6 February for 6 weeks
Times: 19:00 – 21:00
Location: BLOCK T Studios, Dublin 8


Introduction to Digital Photography with Kate Nolan at BLOCK T, ...

This practical, hands-on course is designed both for beginners and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge.

You will get an introduction to your camera’s manual controls and will get to know the potential of your camera as well as taking the hit-and-miss out of picture taking. This course will also enable you to apply a practical and theoretical knowledge to help you use a digital camera effectively and creatively.

What You Will Need
– A digital camera with manual controls.

What You Will Learn
– How to work your camera in full manual exposure mode.
– How to use ISO, shutter speed and aperture to create the correct exposure for a given photograph.
– What white balance and metering settings to use in various situations.
– Exposure compensation and good composition– what makes your images interesting and how to get great creative camera effects.
– Histogram and file formats (RAW + JPEG) explained.
– A basic overview of focusing, flash, lenses and filters.

Tutor: Chris Barr
Dates: Wednesday 7, 14, 21 & 28 February 2018
Times: 6pm – 9pm
Fee: £150 / £135
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at

Using Your Digital Camera: Stage 1 Workshop at Belfast Exposed

This four-week course is an excellent introduction to silkscreen printing. Beginners will learn the history of the art form and gain guided hands-on practice in the process of screenprint making from start to finish.

You will practice the photo-stencilling technique and learn how to prep your own black and white artwork (a photograph, digital artwork or perhaps some handdrawn sketches ) for the medium of screenprinting – coating and exposing your own screen, handling screen printing equipment and tools, setting up your workspace, working with water based inks and producing your very own limited-edition print run.

You will learn to print, troubleshoot and experiment with colours, blending and over printing techniques – and come away inspired for your next edition.

Damn Fine Print will provide all printing supplies, film positives, inks, aprons and safety gear and a limited supply of paper but we advise you to BYO paper for your final prints or you can purchase our in-house stock from the studio. (Coloured and patterned paper can produce great results also). Some old cloth rags always come in handy too.

For more information please email / Subject Title – SCREEN PRINTING
Limited number of Participants (6 maximum per course).

Dates: 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th of March
Times: 6:30pm – 9:15pm
Fee: €240
Location: Damn Fine Print, 32 North Brunswick Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7

Introduction to Silkscreen Printing at Damn Fine Print, Dublin 7

The ceramic workshop takes you through all the stages in the ancient technique of pit firing. On day 1 you will be guided with demonstrations and tutoring on how to prepare your own pieces- choose from a wide selection of organics, seaweed and native wood, experience packing the pit and the processes behind achieving colour.

On day 2, return for the big reveal! Analyse the results, learn how to clean and seal the work. Course fee covers all materials, fuel, safety equipment and 2 vegetarian lunches. Participants can bring their own bisque fired pieces or wheel thrown pots can be pre-ordered.

Dates: Mon 26th + Tue 27th March. Weekends: 28th + 29th April, 26th + 27th May, 23rd + 24th June
Times: 10am to 4pm daily
Fee: £160
Location: Strangfjord Open Studio, 60 Dunover Road, Ballywalter. Co. Down Bt22 2LE
Booking: for a booking form

2 Day Pit Firing Workshop with Patricia Millar, County Down

Ever wonder how you begin an abstract painting? What sources do you use? In this course you will gain an understanding of abstract painting and learn how to create abstract images of your own.

Abstract painting is all about learning how to see the world differently. Through practical exercises each student will learn how to turn everyday objects and images into abstract paintings. They will gain an insight into new working methods and learn new painting techniques and skills.

Participants will start with a simple still life exercise and gradually explore different working methods, while experimenting with a range of painting techniques, approaches and colour palettes. Each class begins with a demonstration of the evening exercises. Through each demonstration the students will build up a new painting vocabulary that they can bring into their own practice. Students will be encouraged to experiment and bring in their own influences and interests into the class.

This 6 week course will be taught in a supportive and friendly environment dedicated to enjoying learning and discovering new ways of working. It is suited to beginners and people who would like to learn more about abstract painting. The class sizes will be kept small so each student can avail of one to one tuition.

Dates: 24th January to 28th February
Times: 7pm – 9.30pm
Cost: €140
Location: Schoolhouse for Art Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow
Tutor: David West

Introduction to Abstract Painting with Damien Flood, Co. Wicklow

Painting the figure has always been a staple exercise in learning the craft of oil painting. This 6 week daytime course is ideal for those looking to start their exploration into the art of Figure Painting, or even for the more experienced artist who wants to improve their fundamentals.

Nick Robinson (Florence Academy prize winner 2012 and 2013, Art Renewal Center finalist 2016) will instruct in the visual method: translating what we observe from life into oil painting on the canvas. The first class will explore the materials involved, some theory and preparation for the model. The rest of the course will be comprised of working from the nude in one 16/17 hour painting.

Price includes free studio time for the duration of the course, to use on this or any other project. Subject to availability.

Dates: 6 mornings, Starts Thursday morning, January 25th
Times: 10:00 – 13:00
Fee: €250
Location: BLOCK T Studios, Dublin 8

An Introduction to Figure Painting with Nicholas Robinson at Block ...

12 to 25 January

QSS is delighted to present an annual showcase of work by recent graduates from the Belfast School of Art. This event will serve as a platform for emerging artists during this transitional stage in their careers. A diverse range of works will be on show, from photography and painting through to sculpture, installation and printmaking.

Featured artists: Hannah Clegg, Petra Dominova, Meghan Downey, Olivia Gamble, Jordain Gillen, Mary Goss, Erin Healey, Megan Holmes, Fern Keaney, Megan Kerr, Ruth McGillycuddy, Yasmine Robinson (image), Charlie Scott and Sarah Smith.

Exhibition opening times: Tuesday – Thursday, 10am – 5pm

Queen Street Gallery and Studios
31-33 Bedford Street,
Belfast City Centre
Phone: +44 28 90 24 31 45

Emergence | Group Exhibition at QSS Gallery, Belfast