With passion to inspire and inspiration to create...


Confidence to Create

Find the confidence to create through Nina’s passion to inspire. From where and how to start a painting, when to finish and every stage in between. Weather you are a complete beginner or an experienced painter grow your artistic skills.

Learn to build better compositions. Understand & master the balance of colour mixing creating mood & atmosphere in your paintings. Grasp the concepts of tone and texture learning to embrace, develop and express your own individual creativity,

With over 20 years experience teaching Nina delivers top quality instruction. Her enthusiasm and love for learning ensures that students get the best out of their class.

The Right Frame of Mind

Learn to create, to tell your own unique story through your paintings. Clear your mind, stepping into your inner artistic space, suspend time, let all of life’s trappings fall away. Think without thinking, calming the soul, until there is nothing left only light, colour and the flow of paint……. Let Nina guide that journey. 

Escape & Explore...... A Great Way To Relax

Treat yourself, take some time out. De-stress from the pressures of life. Working in a relaxed environment that is comfortable for you to create. Chat with others, look at work and learn to see, taking time to gather ideas. Relax, breath, laugh and let go. Immerse yourself in art.

It's about having fun....

Nina Delivers Three Types of Courses for Adults

Students can avail of online & instore discounts in selected art stores.

The Next Term Of In Person Courses Starts November '21

Structure & Content

Primarily Nina’s courses are practical, informative and are tailored to meet individual goals and abilities. No projects are repeated so students can attend each term knowing there will always be fresh ideas and inspiration.

Catering for all levels of ability from beginners, intermediate, advance and masterclass students.


Nina holds courses in Maynooth Co. Kildare which run for 4 – 6 weeks throughout the year from September to June. A single class can be booked if availability permits.

Venue

Beginner / Intermediate Course

This course enables students to get started. The pace of this course is designed for building confidence & enjoyment giving students time to explore their creative ability.
 
Basic drawing, composition, colour mixing and painting techniques are covered as the course develops. Courses look at all stages of working a piece – from the initial concept to the finished work.
Homework is given for students who wish to be push themselves to do a little more at home after class.
Fee includes materials each week in Nina’s choice of medium, use of equipment , protective wear and complimentary tea / coffee.

Each week Nina will focus on a particular medium giving a step by step demonstration where students are invited to paint along. Varying styles and disciplines week by week to include a taste of working in – oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, charcoal, pen, ink and pencils. Subject matter is also varied and may include still life, interiors, scenery, animals, people and street scenes etc.

Intermediate / Advanced Course

Though the pace of this course is moderately fast moving it is designed for enjoyment and relaxation giving students time to explore their creative ability. Courses look at all stages of working a piece – from the initial concept to the finished work.

Each week Nina will focus on a particular medium giving a step by step demonstration. Varying styles and disciplines week by week to include – oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, charcoal, pen, ink and pencils. Subject matter is also varied and may include still life, interiors, scenery, animals, people and street scenes etc.. As the course progresses drawing, composition, colour mixing and painting techniques are incorporated.

Homework is given for students who wish to be push themselves to do a little more at home.
Fee includes materials each week in Nina’s choice of medium, use of equipment, protective wear and complimentary tea / coffee.

Materials and equipment are provided each week ONLY for the medium Nina is working. More advanced students may opt to work on their own choice of work USING THEIR OWN MATERIALS. Nina guides and advises students as they embark on creating their own pieces.

Advanced / Masterclass

Join Me For A Saturday Afternoon Painting Session
These relaxed but intensive ½ Day Courses / Workshops, take place on Saturday afternoons, every first Saturday from October – December in Maynooth. A single workshop can be book or book a course of three.


Primarily they are for students who wish to focus on their own work using their own research materials. Students set their own pace and can start a new piece or bring along work in progress or both as they wish. Advanced students work in their preferred medium using their own materials.


What’s The Plan for The Day?
Students complete some quick warm up activities before settling down to focus on their own individual work.
Nina gives in depth advice on all stages of working a piece. From choosing a subject / medium, building a composition / looking at focal points, perspective, choosing colours / colour balance, texture / tonal recession, painting techniques / using materials, finishes etc.
Homework challenges / exercises are given for students who wish to be push themselves a little more. A plan for continuing with work is discussed with each student so that work develops at home between workshops.


So, What Will I Need?
As this is an advanced course students bring along their own painting kit – paints, canvas/ paper, palettes, brushes etc. Students may wish to bring a camera or phone.


What’s Included?
Nina provides materials for warm up activities only, as well as easels, disposable aprons, palette knives, water tubs, cloths etc. Tea /coffee / refreshments are included in the fee.

Fridays

Beginner / Intermediate Course

5 Weeks – 19th & 26th Nov, 3rd, 10th & 17th Dec.

12noon - 1.15pm

€105.00

Friday Mornings

Intermediate / Advanced Course

5 Weeks – 19th & 26th Nov, 3rd, 10th & 17th Dec.

9.45am - 11.30am

€150.00

Saturday Afternoons

Advanced / Masterclass

1st Saturday in each month –                  6th Nov & 4th Dec

2.15pm - 4.30pm

€45.00 per workshop

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Online Classes For Adults Next Course Starts November '21

Structure & Content

Primarily Nina’s courses are practical, informative and are tailored to meet individual goals and abilities. No projects are repeated so students can attend each term knowing there will always be fresh ideas and inspiration.

Courses are delivered online via Zoom. Courses run for 4 – 6 weeks throughout the year from September to June. A single class can be booked if availability permits.

Mixed Level Course

This course is tailored to meet individual goals and abilities. Students may opt to follow Nina through a demonstration, working a piece from start to finish.

Students can work in their preferred medium or diversify each week as they choose using whatever materials are available to them. Nina will cover different styles and disciplines weekly – oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, charcoal, pen, ink and pencils. More experienced students may wish, and will be encouraged to explore their personal expression, through their own choice of work, where Nina will guide and advise. Colour mixing, composition, drawing and painting techniques are covered as the class progresses.


Prior to class, ideas are sent to students to view for their upcoming class. Nina suggests images and materials that she will be working with. A post class video enables students to look back over the class as many times as they wish. Repeating the session if desired before the following weeks class. A themed plan for homework is provided for students who wish to continue to do more drawing &  painting during the week. A private class WhatsApp group, enables class interaction, providing students with a platform to connect and share ideas, getting to know each other. Nina views and monitors each students work individually each week, giving personal guidance, tips and feedback.

Thursday Evenings

Mixed Level Course

5 Weeks – 11th, 18th & 25th Nov, 2nd & 9th Dec.

6.30pm - 7.30pm

€105.00

Video Courses Coming Soon..

What People Say

McHugh House

I have thoroughly enjoyed attending Nina’s Art classes over the past few years. I was a complete beginner but I am now confident to work on pieces on my own. Nina is an excellent teacher who is always well prepared for class and takes time to help and guide each student with their work. The weekly art class is much appreciated and is a welcome escape from this crazy world right now.

5/5

Carmel Knott

I joined Nina’s class in December and love every minute of it. Even though we have the class on zoom it is still really enjoyable. Nina gives great instructions and encouragement to the class. We submit our completed work to our WhatsApp group each week. During the class Nina goes through the submitted work and gives constructive feedback, which is great. Looking forward to continuing with the classes and really looking forward to the day when it’s in person! Thanks Nina for the hours of enjoyment!

5/5

Susan McCormack

I thoroughly enjoyed Nina’s art classes, both in person pre pandemic and on Zoom during it ! Her classes are very relaxed and we are encouraged to try different media and explore options at our own pace. Having said that we are presented with challenges and are very much supported during the process of tackling them ! A really positive experience.

5/5

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