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Drawing & Painting / Virtual Studio

Drawing & Painting / Virtual Studio

Who is this class for?

“How do I get going, and how do I create the picture that I really want to paint?” We all experience that feeling. this online course gives 3 hours in the week to take your time to relax and concentrate on making a painting - at the end of the session something will exist that wasn’t there before!

What's the format?

An interactive online art learning experience in your own home, with 3-hour weekly classes over 12 weeks delivered via Zoom. Led by Desmond Healy.

Using an open studio approach, we look at a wide range of artists from contemporary to old masters, to help us understand how to structure a painting and to see how to nurture each student’s individual vision. Possible approaches are discussed, and as the work evolves the tutor gives individual advice and support. A completely different energy is created when working alongside people compared to working alone. Each week students are introduced to ideas for different starting points including using monoprints and mixed media and using a range of source material to build their image.

There is an opportunity to develop personal projects, working both directly and from memory, looking at colour, materials and media and how to creatively explore the process.

Be willing to experiment - you will surprise yourself!

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Desmond Healy

Awarded the Gold Medal and Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Desmond has an MA in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art, London and many awards including Gold Medal and Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition and the Stephenson Harwood Prize for Painting from the Royal College of Art.

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HSoA tutor working on art as a student watches

Class fully booked? Try our other HSoA Virtual classes.

Watercolour Painting / Studio + Online


1:30pm – 4:30pm 8 Jan, 2021

Life Drawing and Painting


6:30pm – 9:30pm 4 Jan, 2021

Watercolour Painting / Studio + Online


10:00am – 1:00pm 8 Jan, 2021

Chinese Brush Painting


10:30am – 1:30pm 4 Jan, 2021

Drawing is Wonderful / Studio + Online


2:00pm – 5:00pm 4 Jan, 2021

Painting from the kitchen table / Virtual Studio


6:00pm – 9:00pm 6 Jan, 2021

What equipment will I need?

A desktop PC/Mac, laptop or tablet with an up to date internet browser (ideally Google Chrome or Firefox) and Zoom installed, a good internet connection, well lit room and your materials.

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How do I access my class?

HSoA Virtual classes are delivered using Zoom. Access details will be provided on your receipt and are available via your account dashboard. They will also be emailed to you the day before or 1 hour before your class starts.

Get set up

If you’re new to online learning, our Set Up Guide walks you through the steps to getting prepared for a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

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