Photo of a group of five women painting at at easel outdoors.
National Gallery of Ireland


Outdoor Painting Workshop

08 August 10.00 - 12.30

Front lawn, Merrion Square entrance

Full price: €45 - book here

Discounts available for over 65s, jobseekers, students and members of the Friends.


Learn to paint 'en plein air' this summer at the National Gallery of Ireland.

The practice of painting 'en plein air' (painting outdoors) has become widely associated with the French Impressionist painters. This summer we are taking Inspiration from the work of the women impressionists such as Berthe Morisot and Eva Gonzalès - who we are celebrating in our current exhibition, Women Impressionists - and providing four facilitated workshops outdoors during July and August (weather permitting). Under expert guidance artist Dave West, participants will learn the plein air essentials and will have the opportunity to produce their own work!  

  • These workshops are ticketed and must be booked in advance at the link above.
  • The sessions will take place on the front lawn of the National Gallery.
  • The painting medium that will used at these workshops will be oils.
  • Materials will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own if they wish.
  • Participants will be refunded in full if the session cannot proceed due to adverse weather. 

About Dave West:   
Dave West is a full-time artist originally from Swansea in South Wales living in Ireland since 1995. He has exhibited widely with both solo and group shows including many of Ireland and the UK’s most prestigious societies and academies including the Royal Academy, Royal Hibernian Academy, and the Royal Ulster Academy. Dave works across many different art forms but has a particular love of painting ‘en plein air’ in the Irish landscape. He has tutored, and won prizes at numerous Plein-air festival and events including Art in the Open held annually in Wexford, The Dublin Plein-air festival and Paint out Norfolk in the UK.


Please email [email protected] with any queries.


This exhibition is organised by Ordrupgaard in collaboration with the National Gallery of Ireland. The Gallery would like to thank the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for their ongoing support.

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