STUDIO ART classes

Keith O’Rahilly, has opened up his studio to all national school children from the community that have a particular interest in Art. While visiting Studio Art, students are taught an eight-week course in Art Craft and Design using contemporary art techniques and at the same time, witnessing studio art practices that evolve while the course is on. Keith has taught Art in Secondary School and to National School children in Newcastle West for the past eight years while continuing his own studio work, focusing primarily on painting. He is also a member of the NCW Arts committee. If you are interested in taking part in art classes of this kind please contact Keith on 086 3119036.

A tribute to the impressionist artist, among them Claude Monet, was made in last weeks art class. Students learned about the period of art history where painters moved away from traditional painting and laid the foundation for post modern art. Well done to all of you who took part. This was a big challenge to make a copy of this work.

Here are a series of paintings by our proud students, having looked at abstract artists like Sean Scully and Jackson Pollock who paint in this genre. Some would say it was a brave move to encourage art students of this age to paint in such a free manner with no regard for form or representational content. But I think you will agree the results are inspiring! These students have really caught the aesthetic nature of what abstract art is all about.

Check out our Halloween Cushions. This is a part of our appliqué workshop for ages 5 to 12.

Please enjoy viewing this classes (Feb 2014) Bird Sculptures made with mixed media. They had great fun exploring birds through drawing, modelling and painting. Well done to all the class!!

See our students Ceramic Fish. These are free standing fish, fired in a kiln, and painted and varnished.

Check out this online exhibition of Bird Paintings done by our Studio Art Classes. Well done to you all the are excellent and we are very proud of you!

Check Out our Textile Project!

Here are our classes pastel drawings and studies of David Hockney paintings.


  • Breda Barrett November 17, 2013 Reply

    Hi Keith,
    These painting and drawing are fabulous the detail is unbelievable
    My little girl age 5 loves going to the art class it has brought her imagination and creative to a new
    Level. It has made her more confident. Excellent teacher in Keith

    • admin November 19, 2013 Reply

      Thanks Breda

  • Nora Nolan November 19, 2013 Reply

    My daughter has done a few of Keith’s class. She loves these classes and has learned so much. Has really loved it and the art work produced is fantastic really bring out the little artists in all the kids!

    • admin November 19, 2013 Reply

      Thanks Nora

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