RHA School Courses Term 1 | Sept – Dec 2019

The RHA School is delighted to announce a new partnership with Dublin School of Creative Arts, TU Dublin to deliver accredited courses.

Each module will now carry an award of 5 credits each and students will receive a minor diploma of 30 credits when they have completed all 6 modules. This is the equivalent of one semester on a level 8 degree course. All modules will be subject to the quality assurance and exam regulations of TU Dublin.

The CPD Diploma in Painting and Drawing, Technological University Dublin, Minor Award with a NQF Level 8 will commence in September 2019. Students can complete all 6 modules over the course of one academic year or complete separate modules over the course of a number of years.


Foundation in Drawing, Term 1 is a part-time, 15-week course in drawing that provides a skill-based approach to the development of individual drawing practice. The course provides the basic technical, material and observational skills for drawing. The course will cover traditional and contemporary approaches to drawing. Course content ranges from sight size observation, spatial organisation to in-depth anatomical study. Investigation of materials and drawing approaches. Gestural and analytical methodologies. Observation of light, form and structure. Perspectival and architectural drawing methods. Tutors: Colin Martin RHA, Conor Walton, Blaise Smith RHA, Geraldine O’Neill ARHA, Una Sealy RHA, Damien Flood.


This is a part-time, 15-week course in painting providing basic technical skills to underpin a painting practice. Students will learn how to prepare and create a variety of grounds and surfaces, best practice in relation to materials, the physical and chemical rules for the application of paint, advanced colour theory, tonal value and glazing. The module aims to provide students with the founding skills and material knowledge for underpinning a painting practice. Students will learn a depth of knowledge in colour theory, modulation and paint application. Students will learn the chemical properties of paint and supports. The course will be delivered in the form of lectures, group crits and discussion, learner reviews, project work, self-directed learning, studio practice, recommended reading lists.

This course will take place on Wednesdays 10.00 am – 1.00 pm.


This 15-week term will be organised around three blocks of five weeks in drawing, led by tutors Mick O’Dea PPRHA, Una Sealy RHA and Dorothy Smith. There will be a tutored session each morning. Participants will work from live observation and each afternoon there will be a self-directed life drawing session applying learning from the morning session. The module aims to transition students from direct contact to full self-directed drawing practice. Students will build drawing skill and material approaches. The course covers measurement, proportion, vertical and horizontal positioning lines, triangulation. Anatomy detailing of specific body areas such as the torso, arm and leg. Portraiture and the clothed figure. Quality of line, using line to explore structure and form.

This course will take place on Wednesdays 2.00pm – 5.00 pm.

Non-Accredited Course

This Friday Self-Directed Life Drawing Course offers an opportunity for professional artists and students to practice working directly from the live model in order to maintain a high skill-level and practice drawing. These are self-directed sessions and there is an opportunity to work for extended day long poses and shorter gestural poses.

Application Deadline for all: 14 August 2019
Dates: 11 September – 20 December
Times: 10.00 – 5.00
Fee: €450 each (Life drawing, mornings 10.00 – 1.00 or afternoon 2.00 – 5.00 only €225)
Location: Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin, Ireland
Email: info@rhagallery.ie
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