“Caitlyn’s workshops have been so important for developing my painting – she teaches you not only to paint well but to see and think like an artist. She is a very experienced painter and yet fully grasps the challenges faced by all levels of learners, offering you individualised feedback and fostering an encouraging environment in which to develop your art. I always look forward to her workshops – they are some of the best kept secrets in Galway’s art world! ” – Joyce Ní Ghiobúin, Student and Artist
“I’ve taken several of Caitlyn’s classes and have learned a great deal from each and every one of them. Caitlyn is a wonderful teacher with seemingly endless knowledge, helpfulness and skill.” – Jay Penn, Illustrator
“I loved painting with Caitlyn. Her classes are fun and interactive. Whether you are a fledgling painter or a more experienced artist, Caitlyn helps to build your creative confidence and develop your technical skills in an encouraging and supportive environment.” – Claire Dempsey, Teacher
“I really enjoy Caitlyn’s workshops. She has inspired and encouraged me to take up oil painting again. She gives very insightful and constructive pointers along the way. Her demonstrations are magical. Highly recommended. Very relaxed atmosphere.” – Catherine Creaven, Artist
Saturday, February 16th, 11-5pm Galway Arts Centre
Learn the basics of portrait painting in oils in this 6 hour workshop. This is an opportunity for beginners or professionals who want to freshen up their life painting. This workshop includes demonstrations at each stage of the portrait and with only eight places available, expect individualized thorough feedback throughout the day.
My portraits have exhibited in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2018 Annual in London, as well as in recent RHA annuals in Dublin. Check out my Instagram to stay updated: @caitlynrookepainter.
What to expect on the workshop day:
Based on close observation of the model, create color/value strings and discuss the transition of temperature across the form. Demo of adjusting values and hues.
Utilize abstract thinking to achieve realism
Find the most conspicuous abstract shape on the face, and begin there. Often, this is the forehead or broad planes of the cheek. When placing this shape on your surface, consider the overall composition. You may have to wipe it off and start over a couple of times. Once this first shape is accurate, continue to block in the masses of the bone structure and shape of the head, avoiding painting the features themselves (these will emerge later).
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
Establish dark and light values
Find the the shadows first, and once those are established, the light values. Just because an area of stark contrast may exist in real life doesn’t mean it must be painted that way…Remember your design and stick to your vision. Use realism as a tool.
Features & Expression
Consider the features and expression in the same abstract mindset as the larger masses. As long as the bone structure and large plains are considered, the features ought not to take up too much time.
Review and Finish up
This hour will be for those last adjustments, a quick review, and a quick run down on how to properly clean and care for brushes, palette knives, and palettes.
Number of students: 8 max
- Primed painting surface: no smaller than 12in by 16in (30cm x 40cm)
- Palette knife
- Paper towels
- Refined linseed oil
- Liquin Original
- Brushes – Variety of shapes and sizes, rounds are the most versatile
- Odorless Solvent
- Suggested oil colours:
- titanium white
- cadmium yellow pale
- ultramarine blue
- alizarin crimson
- yellow ochre (or mars yellow)
- burnt umber
- pthalo blue
- permanent madder brown
Easels are provided by the Arts Centre.
Check out my Instagram post from November’s workshops. We had a great group of painters and a fantastic model. Looking forward to the next one.
Please get in touch with any questions or thoughts you’d like to chat about.
Upcoming Workshops: Nov. 17th & Nov. 24th
– Saturday, November 17th, 11am-4pm, Galway City Museum –
In 2014, the museum began its commemoration of the Great War with an exhibition on Lieutenant-Colonel George H. Morris (1872-1914) from Spiddal, which included a posthumous portrait of Morris by William Orpen. To mark the centenary anniversary of the armistice, the museum is hosting a one-day intermediate-level portrait painting course with artist Caitlyn Rooke. Strictly limited to 10 free places, interested parties must email a short submission to the museum stating why they should be considered (email@example.com). All materials provided.
– Saturday, November 24th, 11am-5pm, Galway Arts Center –
Click below to register:
Learn the basics of portrait painting in oils in this 6 hour workshop. This is an opportunity for beginners or artists who want to freshen up their life painting. This workshop includes demonstrations at each stage of the portrait and with only eight places available, expect individualized thorough feedback throughout the day.
Caitlyn has exhibited her portraits in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2018 Annual in London, as well as in recent RHA annuals in Dublin. Check out Caitlyn’s work on her website, www.caitlynrooke.com and on Instagram: @caitlynrookepainter.
Up next, on September 22nd, from 1-3pm, join me at Galway Designer’s Studio House on Augustine Street for a two hour sketching workshop. Best suited for beginners or artists/designers wanting to try a different approach.
Galway Designer’s Studio House
14/15 Cornstore, Augustine Street
Send them a message on Facebook or call them at (091) 561 840 to learn more.
Well, I took the plunge and picked up a fancy new phone that can take time lapses. Since a few of you were asking for wip shots of my sketching process, I decided to capture one on camera for my first video. As you can see it's pretty spontaneous and energetic…both things I want to see more of in my paintings. I'm using #panpastel and a battery powered eraser. #drawing #process #artistsoninstagram #timelapsePosted by Caitlyn Rooke Painter on Friday, January 19, 2018
Thanks to all the lovely students and our fantastic model who made the portraiture workshop so enjoyable. What a great day of painting!
One Day Portraiture Workshop
Saturday August 25th, 11-5pm
Galway Arts Centre
47 Dominick Street
I’ve got a great model lined up for us and we’ll paint her from life for five hours with regular breaks and an hour lunch.
For a full break down of the day’s teaching and registration details visit, Portraiture Workshop.
Please note there are two registration options for the day. The €120 registration includes all materials, all you have to do is show up. While the €75 registration fee is for those of you who already own the supplies and are able to bring them on the day.
I hope to see you there. If you have any questions, get in touch!
Thanks to all of the great students who made this a memorable and enjoyable course!
Figure Painting Course
January 24th – February 28th, 2018
This is a great opportunity to start the new year off right for both beginners and experienced artists who are curious about oil painting and/or figurative art. Throughout the course, you will learn about composition, gesture, color theory, texture, and anatomy. Each session will include a demonstration, but most of your time will be spent painting and receiving individual feedback.
All materials and model fees are included.
Total cost of 6 week course is €320.00 Follow on Instagram to see work in progress, sketches, and process photos.
Thanks to all the fantastic students who made this a full and lively class on portraiture. Looking forward to the next one!