Invite to Art Academy Easter Camp via Zoom

Hello Art Academy artists,
I hope everyone is holding up ok. Of course we have no art camps until further notice. I miss my lovely artists. In the meantime however I am putting together an online offering for you, my Art Academy artists. So that you can continue your wonderful art, at a time when it is needed most.
This is my first shot at a Zoom class so please be patient and bear with me. I’d love for you to join through Zoom. There is no payment for this class. If all goes well, and if you really want to there will be a chance to make a donation. Let’s see how we go.
The Zoom Art Academy Easter camp will run from Monday 6th – Thursday 9th | 11am-1pm each day.
You are invited to a Zoom Art Academy Camp
When: Apr 6, 2020 11:00 AM Dublin – 1pm Monday -Thursday
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Materials list:
You may or may not have everything on this list but don’t worry
Ideally for this art camp you will need:
white and black acrylic paint,
A selection of paintbrushes in various sizes, large for painting the ground and small ones for details
paper towels,
an artist’s palette and
2 canvases. The canvases I will be using are 40cm x 50.5cm but use what you have.
I realise that most of the art shops are closed at the moment. have advised me they are delivering but there is a delay. So use what you have at home. Canvas or wooden panels are best but If you’ve run out of canvas, you could paint on a cardboard or paper surface. If you’ve run out of white paint use the lightest colour paint you have in place of white. Of course protect your furniture with table covers and wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting art on. *Terenure Office may have art supplies to deliver to you
If you have any questions about materials or in general feel free to reach out.
I look forward to seeing you on Monday and creating some art together.
Kindest regards
Sheila Flaherty
Da Vinci Box Owner and Founder

Art Academy 

Featured Artists from YouTube Drawing Challenge

Hi guys,

I am enjoying your #drawabcanimals You have certainly risen to the challenge over on YouTube. I have featured a couple of artists below.  I have another folder full of them to look through. O for Otter will be published at 11.45 am gmt today. Look out for him, he’s cute. I look forward to seeing your version. Keep them coming. Really nice work. I am proud of your efforts.





Sarah the Super Artist

Check out his drawing made by Sarah Labanyi age 7. Sarah and her sister Ruthie are 7 days in to the daily drawing challenge and have been making some incredible art from the YouTube videos.   I’ll feature more soon. You guys are doing wonderful work. I’m so proud of you.

I’m so excited to see the artwork coming in from all my wonderful artists. You are turning my feed into an art gallery. Keep them coming. Sheila

_____________________________________________________________________ How to Draw ABC Animals is an initiative by artist and art teacher Sheila Flaherty in response to the school closures and COVID19 prevention social distancing. It aims to help parents have relaxing, enjoyable art activities for their mini Michelangelos to complete at home.
These art videos while initially requested by parents are being enjoyed by people of all ages. I realise so many of you are staying in to help curb the spread COVID19. Stay well and stay safe. Create don’t contaminate.
Sheila will post daily drawing videos. These videos are completely free of charge, free to use and share.


20 Minute Daily Online Drawing Tutorials

Art Competition.

1. I’ll post a new 20 minute drawing tutorial to YouTube each day at 11.45 am GMT:

2. Draw along with as little or as many videos as you like.

3. Share your work with #drawabcanimals on facebook, twitter, or DM / email them to me, whatever works best for you as long as I see them.

4. I will feature a selection of drawings on at the end (there will be a video for each letter of the alphabet) and award prizes for the best work.

5. Are you ready: #create #drawing #homeschooling #SocialDistancing




Your #drawingchallenge:

Complete 26 drawings in 26 days. A new drawing video will appear on my YouTube channel each day for 26 days. Each drawing will take approx 20 minutes to complete.

Each video will be how to draw an animal, one for each letter of the alphabet. This is inspired by one of my favourite artists from history Rosa Bonheur. 

Draw along with these Youtube videos each day and post your artwork to social media using the hashtag #drawabcanimals so I can see them. I will award prizes to the best artists. Those who complete the most drawings are also in with a chance of a prize. Will you get one drawing complete each day for 26 days? I think you can do it.


How to Draw ABC Animals is an initiative by artist and art teacher Sheila Flaherty in response to the school closures and  COVID19 prevention social distancing. It aims to help parents/ guardians have relaxing, enjoyable art activities for their mini Michelangelos to complete at home. Sheila will post daily drawing videos. These videos are completely free of charge, free to use and share. 

I realise so many of you are staying in to help curb the spread COVID19 and thanks to your DM’s and emails, I have put together these art videos in response. Stay well and stay safe.

 For more art you can find me on: Instagram:… Twitter: Website/Blog: TikTok: @sheila_artist


Drawing Tutorials and My New Art Adventure on YouTube

I have started a YouTube channel SheilaFlahertyArtist to share drawing tips and tricks. I’d love to know what you think? How can I improve and what kind of art videos would you like to see? Let me know in the comments under the video.

The 2 most asked questions I get about art are: 1. How long does it take to make a drawing? Different for every piece of art. In the one above about 50 minutes.

2. What art materials I use?  I’ll share the art materials I used for the drawing in the video of the silver bow below- and I use these few art products quite alot. They are among my favourite art supplies.

 These are the art materials I used in this drawing:

Thick grey card:

Black Copic Marker:

Brick White Copic Marker:

Grey Posca Paint Marker:

Black Posca Paint Marker:

White Posca Paint Marker:

Options for the Colouring Pencils (I personally love these pencils, the colour payoff is so rich and opaque):

Faber Castell F110012 Polychromos Colour Pencils Tin Of 12:

Faber-Castell Polychromos Coloured Pencils Gift Box x 36 Colours:

Faber-Castell Polychromos Artists Pastels Tin Of 60:

Faber-Castell 120 Polychromos Artist Colour Pencils in Wenge-Stained Wooden Case: .

I have also made a FREE drawing cheat sheet with 7 tips to take your drawing to the next level:… . . .

I have used Amazon affiliate links for the product links. I receive a small percentage on sales but it doesn’t reflect the buying price for you.

Online Art Classes to Help Make COVID19 Lockdown Easier

Requested by the parents of my lovely art students, I am making some online art tutorials. Share with those parents/guardians who need some activities while staying home.
What would you think about a different video each day? I can arrange a competition for those who have completed all the drawings? Maybe a prize for the best artists? What do you think?
TAG #drawabcanimals on social media, I’d love to see your drawings