Ezra – pastel

Ezra by Neil Condron. Pastel (predominantly pan pastel) 60x40cm on foam board. If you are interested in coming to my pastel class or workshops in the Schoolhouse for Art the details of upcoming courses are on the website http://www.schoolhouseforart.com


Arabella and Bentley – oil on canvas

'Arabella' oil on canvas 60x60cm

‘Arabella’ oil on canvas 60x60cm © Neil Condron 2015

'Bentley' oil on canvas 60x60cm

‘Bentley’ oil on canvas 60x60cm © Neil Condron 2015

Two of my recently commissioned portraits landed in Australia today – sister and brother Arabella and Bentley. A pair of ‘free-range kids’ as their lovely mother lovingly describes them.

I always get attached to the people I am painting and miss them when the painting is finished, especially with children’s portraits – the next time you see them they’re all grown up!

…new subject, fresh canvas…off I go…lovin’ it!

Heffernan girls for web

This is one of my recent pastel commissions; a portrait of three beautiful young sisters. The girls sat for me while I took lots of reference photos for their painting (even these three angels wouldn’t have been able to sit still for a full painting session!)

btw – I’ve soft pastel classes and workshops in the Schoolhouse for Art in Enniskerry if you’d like to explore this versatile medium….?

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Dunguaire Castle, Kinvara, Galway Bay

Dunguaire Castle, Kinvara (pastel)

Dunguaire Castle, Kinvara (pastel)

This is a pastel of Dunguaire Castle which sits on the picturesque shores of Galway Bay. I painted it as a gift for my beautiful new daughter-in-law Susie and my eldest son Ross who were married in Kinvara last Friday the 3rd of October 2014.

Alicja – acrylic on paper

Following a superb Life Drawing workshop with the extremely talented  Sahoko Blake in the Schoolhouse for Art  last Saturday (her March workshop is already overbooked – more workshops to be announced) I decided to try her ‘acrylic on paper’ technique at our Thursday Life Drawing session and I was really pleased with the result. Because the acrylic paint dries so quickly you can’t get too hung up on detail (my regular mistake), plus you can add back in the charcoal and slap more paint on that too. And all on a cartridge paper. Great fun and good practice to loosen up tight habits…!


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My Schoolhouse for Art project is growing steadily

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As a result of an insane amount of work and huge support from family, friends and fellow artists, the Schoolhouse for Art is growing steadily – needless to say we need lots more ‘bums on seats’…..!

Listed below are the Schoolhouse for Art 2014 1st term Classes & Workshops. We are currently looking at additional courses to add to our extensive prospectus and will be updating this page regularly.

Simply click on the course description link for full course details and registration form.

Schoolhouse for Art – therapy for the imagination.


WatercolourExploring Watercolour – 4 week blocks (Thursday Afternoons) Yanny Petters. €140

WatercolourDrawing & Painting ‘Spring’ – 4 week blocks (Saturday Afternoons) Yanny Petters. €140

WatercolourWatercolour Taster Day – 1 day workshop (Saturday 18th Jan.) Yanny Petters. €80

WatercolourDrawing & Painting from Nature – 1 day workshop (Saturday 25th Jan.) Yanny Petters. €80

Oil PaintingAbstract Oil – 4 week blocks (Saturday Mornings/Tuesday Afternoons) Michael Gemmel. €140

Oil & WatercolourThe Landscape – 4 week blocks (Tuesday Afternoons/Evenings) Michael McWilliams. €100

Painting & Drawing: Beginner/Intermediate – 4 week blocks (Wednesday Mornings/Thursday Evenings) Dave Flynn. €100

Pastels (chalk)Exploring Pastels – 1 day workshop (Saturday 18th Jan.) Neil Condron. €60

Pastels (chalk)Exploring Pastels – 4 week blocks (Friday 24th Jan.) Neil Condron. €100


Life Drawing, The Basic Anatomy – 1 day workshop (Saturday 8th Feb.) Sahoko Blake. €70

Long Pose Life Drawing – 4 week blocks (Saturday Afternoons) Conall McCabe. €120

Life Drawing Thursdays – (untutored) – 1 day sessions (Thursdays weekly) Untutored. €35

Life Drawing for beginners (tutored) – 6 week blocks (Thursdays Evenings) Neil Condron €120

Drawing a Portrait – 1 day workshop (Saturday 22nd March) David Begley. €70


WoodcarvingAn Introduction to Woodcarving – 4 weeks (Tuesday Evenings) Con Gent. €140

Clay HeadClay Head Sculpting Stage 1 – 4 weeks (Wednesday Mornings) Paul Flynn. €100

Clay HeadClay Head Sculpting Stage 2 – 4 weeks (Wednesday Afternoons) Paul Flynn. €130

Mosaic: Mosaic Crafting – 4 weeks (Friday Mornings) David Wilcoxson. €120


FeltingFelt Scarf/Neck Cowel – Half day workshop (Sun. 26th & Tues. 28th Jan.) Joanna Kidney €40

FeltingFelt Wrist warmer/Vessel – Half day workshop (Sun. 9th & Tues. 11th Feb.) Joanna Kidney €30

FeltingFelt Slippers – 1 day workshop (Sun. 23rd & Tues. 25th Feb.) Joanna Kidney €65

FeltingNuno Felting Scarf/Neck Cowel – Half day workshop (Sun. 23rd & Tues. 25th Mar.) Joanna Kidney €40

FeltingExploration in Felt – 5 weeks (Wednesday Eve.) OR 4 weeks (Thursday Morn.) Joanna Kidney €120

Hat MakingIntroduction to Sinamay Fascinators – 1 day workshop (Sunday 16th February) Jean Condron €130

BookbindingFundamentals & personal project  realisation – 4 weeks (Wed. Afternoons) Laurie le Grand €120

PrintingDrypoint, Monotype & Blind Printing – 1 day workshop (Saturday 22nd Mar.) Hanneke Van Ryswyk. €70

Silkscreen Printing (to be confirmed).

Stain glass Painting (to be confirmed).

Ceramics (to be confirmed).


Shooting Digital – 3 weeks (Sunday Mornings) Michelle Owen €90


Introduction to Art History (Major Artists and Movements  from Antiquity to Modern Art) – 4 week blocks (Wednesday Evenings) Laurie le Grand €90


Life Drawing Sessions – Monthly (Friday Evenings) Sahoko Blake €20

Portfolio Preparation – 3 weeks (Sunday Afternoons) Michelle Owen €90

Transition Year Workshops/courses & work experience  (to be confirmed).

Children’s Art Classes

(to be confirmed).

Booking a Course;

All classes and workshops must be registered online at http://www.schoolhouseforart.com. Fee payment options are indicated. All fees must be paid in full in advance to secure a place. A materials list will be sent to you on enrolment and students must provide their own materials, except where specified.

Please note;

Schoolhouse for Art (SfA) class/workshop dates and times may be altered, please refer to our website when booking. SfA reserves the right to terminate a class which has ceased to be viable. Classes are restricted to limited numbers and may be age restricted. See our website for all terms and conditions.

GIFT VOUCHERS may be purchased online.

I decided to paint digitally at ‘Life Drawing Thursdays’ in the Schoolhouse for Art.

Digital AlicJa


I decided to give ‘digital’ a go at last Thursday’s life drawing session in the Schoolhouse for Art . I was shown an app called ‘Paper’ by my youngest son Scott (who uses it to great effect) and had a few initial hesitant ‘attempts’ however I have to admit I’m really enjoying it. It’s very basic but also very clever and simple to use.

If digital’s good enough for David Hockney – it’s good enough for me…..!

Life Drawing in the Schoolhouse for Art – all day – every Thursdayany medium!

Well I’ve been a busy boy since my last blog…..

For about a year I’ve had my eye on the old schoolhouse in Enniskerry village with the idea that it would make an incredible venue for ‘all things art’ and after a bit of nudging, pestering and veiled threats I eventually got my hands on it in August…

…introducing –

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The Schoolhouse for Art is in essence an educational facility for the study and exploration of arts

and crafts. Located in ‘the old schoolhouse’ in beautiful Enniskerry village, it is a place for learning,

an exhibition space and a meeting place, where images and ideas mingle. It caters for all ages and

all artistic abilities.

For the whole story and class/workshop details have a click on us www.schoolhouseforart.com.


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My daughter Lana

Lana wedding by Ben


A preview in advance of the ‘official’ photographs – my stunning and contented daughter and the new wife of a very happy Andy Byrne.

To say it was a great few days would be a gross understatement, we had a spectacular time in cracking weather surrounded by great people from start to finish.

The proud ‘father of the bride’ is still glowing 🙂



Time-lapse of Giacomo’s portrait.

Time-lapse of Giacomo’s portrait..