Art Classes

I have been teaching oil painting techniques to adult students at my studio in Clontarf for many years now.  My aim is to pass on the knowledge and experience I have acquired over 40 years working as a professional artist. 

This includes information on materials, inspiration, composition, use of colour etc., right through to advice on varnishing, framing, and selling paintings.

I have a wide range of expertise in different genres of painting, including portraiture and figures, landscape and still life.  

I consult each student individually and encourage both creativity and technical excellence. This is done through one-to-one tuition and practical demonstration.

Every student works on their own painting project and I welcome beginner, intermediate, and advanced adult artists.


Tuition is for oil painting only and very relaxed and informal.  Some of my past students have gone on to professional art careers, while all have enjoyed the pleasures of painting with oils.


“I have tried lots of art classes over the years and Brian’s is hands down the best. Great atmosphere in class and Brian is so generous with his knowledge of painting. I would highly recommend.”

– SarahJane  Orange

“Here you will learn the techniques of contemporary realist painting in oils in an accessible, friendly environment. There are no lectures or set curriculum, each student is individually mentored in the practical methods required to realize their creations. This is skill-based training from which you will gain mastery of materials and techniques necessary for your creative development. The studio is unique in Dublin for the quality and depth of instruction and practical insights you will receive. Brian McCarthy is a long established commercially successful artist”

– Trevor Noble

“Brian is a very talented artist & a patient tutor. He eagerly shares his advice on painting techniques and materials. Classes have a great atmosphere and there is a tea break when you can chat with other fellow painters. You can choose your own subjects to paint. Highly recommended to anyone interested in oil painting classes!”

–  Sylwia Rusak

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