Master Copy Painting at the National Gallery of Ireland


Dublin, Wednesday 17 – Friday 19 May 2023
National Gallery of Ireland & Trinity College Dublin
Times: 10am – 5pm each day
Oil Painting

In this 3-day workshop, you will visit, study, and then copy one of the oil paintings from the National Gallery of Ireland’s permanent collection.

This is a wonderful and rare opportunity to gain insight into some of the great paintings that reside in Dublin, as well as learning about the painting materials, methods and techniques of a diverse range of master painters, including Caravaggio, Velázquez, Vermeer, Goya and Leech.

Copying master paintings was the standard by which artists learned how to paint until the end of the 19th century. In fact, museums like the Louvre in Paris set aside certain days of the week when artists could copy the paintings, and later, museums in the US followed this precedent. Reproducing master paintings is still one of the best ways to improve your painting skills, and also engenders a deeper understanding and appreciation for these magnificent works.

This intensive workshop includes a guided tour of the National Gallery’s permanent collection during the three-day workshop which will be held across the street in Trinity College Dublin.

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