RHA School Courses

Foundation Painting, Term 1
12 Sep 2018 - 19 Dec 2018
Session Time Fee
Starting: September 12, 2018 10am - 1pm €450
Application Deadline: August 15, 2018
Sorry, we are no longer accepting applications for this Life Drawing Session.

This is a part-time, 15-week course in painting providing basic technical skills to underpin a painting practice. Students will learn how to prepare and create a variety of grounds and surfaces, best practice in relation to materials, the physical and chemical rules for the application of paint, advanced colour theory, tonal value and glazing. The module aims to provide students with the founding skills and material knowledge for underpinning a painting practice. Students will learn a depth of knowledge in colour theory, modulation and paint application. Students will learn the chemical properties of paint and supports.

The course will be delivered in the form of lectures, group critiques and discussion, learner reviews, project work, self-directed learning, studio practice and recommended reading lists.

Tutors- Colin Martin RHA, Conor Walton, Blaise Smith ARHA, Geraldine O’Neill ARHA, Una Sealy RHA and Damien Flood


Artists interested in participating in any of the featured courses, workshops or masterclasses should apply by completing the application form on the RHA website – rhagallery.ie/school and include:

  • A short CV (PDF documents only. Maximum file size 500K);
  • Up to three low resolution images of their work. Preferably recent representational works (JPG format only. Maximum file size 500K);
  • Please note that places on these courses are limited.


As part of the RHA School Access Programme, two free places on RHA School Workshops, Courses, Life-drawing sessions and Masterclasses will be offered. One to an artist currently enrolled at any of the third level art colleges in Ireland. The second free place will be offered to an artist of merit at any stage of their career. This additional free place has been made available through the generosity of an anonymous donor. The total number of free Access places available will be announced with each course, workshop or masterclass. Artists and art students who wish to be considered for these places should include a CV, three images of current practice and a cover letter providing a short statement indicating how they would benefit from attending any of the RHA School activities as part of their online application.

Queries about any of the RHA School classes, workshops or masterclasses should be forwarded to the Academy Co-ordinator, Kate McBride. Phone: 01-6612558 or email: kate@rhagallery.ie