RHA School Courses

Mentored Drawing
13 Sep 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
Session Time Fee
Starting: September 13, 2018 10am - 5pm €450
Application Deadline: August 15, 2018
Sorry, we are no longer accepting applications for this Life Drawing Session.

This 15-week term will be organised around three blocks of five weeks in drawing, led by tutors Mick O’Dea PRHA, Una Sealy RHA and Dorothy Smith. There will be a tutored session each morning. Participants will work from live observation and each afternoon there will be a self-directed life drawing session applying learning from the morning session.

The module aims to transition students from direct contact to full self-directed drawing practice. Students will build drawing skill and material approaches. The course covers measurement, proportion, vertical and horizontal positioning lines, triangulation. Anatomy detailing of specific body areas such as the torso, arm and leg. Portraiture and the clothed figure. Quality of line, using line to explore structure and form. Keen observation will be encouraged with emphasis put on the process or act of drawing. Participants will be encouraged to use different, non-familiar materials and to experience how that can affect the drawing process. In addition to full body poses there will be an extra emphasis on drawing the head, its relationship to the neck and shoulders and detailed work exploring the structure of the eyes, nose and mouth.

Tutors – Mick O’Dea PRHA, Una Sealy RHA, Colin Martin RHA and Dorothy Smith.


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