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Kevin McSherry - Plein Air Masterclass

Discover the art of landscape painting in a one-day workshop led by renowned artist Kevin McSherry.
Whether you're a seasoned painter or just beginning your artistic journey, this workshop welcomes all with a passion for creativity and the great outdoors. 
Join us for a dynamic day where you'll delve into Kevin McSherry's unique approach to plein air landscape painting.

The Masterclass kicks off with an indoor art lecture in the morning, where Kevin will unveil his "rational procedure" – a systematic method that demystifies the painting process, empowering you to approach any landscape with confidence.

Following the morning session, step outside into the natural canvas of a local park for an afternoon of hands-on plein-air painting. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and textures of the landscape as you put Kevin's teachings into practice.

By the end of the day, you'll not only have honed your plein-air painting skills but also gained invaluable insights that will elevate your entire artistic practice. Say goodbye to the uncertainty of where to begin each painting – Kevin's method provides a structured framework that will guide you from start to finish, enhancing your creative output.

No matter your skill level, this workshop promises to inspire and invigorate your passion for landscape painting.

All you need is a keen interest and plenty of enthusiasm – come join us for a day of artistic exploration and discovery!


Saturday 22 June 2024 - Birr (County Offaly)
Full Day Agenda :

Morning Art Lecture:

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre -10am to 12noon (TBC)

Kevin McSherry will take you on a very special guided tour of his personal gallery. He will be detailing his approach to painting from the material he uses and recommends to the process he follows. His talk will be illustrated by a deep dive into his own creations with several paintings projected on our big screen to reveal all of their details.


Afternoon Plein-Air Painting:

Outdoor location (TBC) - 1pm to 4pm

After the requisite lunch break, we will move to an outdoor location, where Kevin will demonstrate his process with a very practical, small scale, quick study.

It will then be your turn to shine : you’ll paint a small landscape study and Kevin will be there to offer feedback and advice as he guides you in your creation.


By the end of the day, you should be well versed in Kevin’s ‘rational procedure’ - and you will have had plenty of time to practice your newly acquired skills. No more wondering where to start as if every painting is an entirely new experience.

This method will help with ALL your paintings from start to finish.


There are only 15 places for the full day masterclass including the "plein-air" session. --> Early booking is essential.



Full Day - including the masterclass AND The practical Plein-Air Painting session - €80 (supported by the Arts Council)

Limited to 15 people maximum

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Kevin McSherry

I started drawing very early. In fact I can’t remember exactly when. We all drew, my brothers, sister and I. We used to lay on the kitchen floor with a piece of paper and colouring pencils, absorbed in creating pictures for mum. Mum would be ironing or making something for lunch in the kitchen and the BBC would be on the radio. I was fascinated by what my eldest brother could draw initially -he was naturally gifted and bright, so we had to work hard to keep up!

After a school life, where I was largely absent in spirit, I was politely invited not to come back after the summer break at the end of my ‘O’ level exams. I was sixteen years old. Furthermore, the prevailing attitude at the time was that it’s impossible to make a living through art (there’s more than a grain of truth in that). I had absolutely no idea of what to do with myself after school ended.

For many years, my illustration work appeared  regularly in the Irish Times, Sunday Business Post and the Wall Street Journal, amongst many other papers. You can look at my illustrative work here.  I loved most of the work I did for those papers

I helped set up and establish the Illustrators Guild of Ireland and was Chairman for the first five years of its existence.

I’ve been involved in exhibitions in Le Louvre in Paris and the International Cultural Centre of the City of Nantes. My work hangs in the British National Collection.

Now, I bring my experience, knowledge and endless patience to my art classes in Harold’s Cross, Dublin, my weekend landscape painting retreats – and globally via my new online video art classes.

About kevin
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