Behind the Scenes at Art Academy

Some exciting things are brewing at Art Academy. All will be revealed in time but have a sneak peek for now.

Upcoming Art Camps and Art Workshops

Online Art Master Class

Da Vinci Box Art Supplies and Gift Box

Online Art Classes

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Art Academy Summer Camp 2020

BIG NEWS: We’re back. Reopening in August with an exciting program of Summer camps in the Harold’s Cross Community Centre (behind Kenilworth Motors).  To protect my wonderful artists, you and your family, we will have social distancing safety protocol in place in compliance with the HSE and the HPSC

The 4 day Classical Art Summer Camps on offer this August are as follows:

Week 1: Tuesday- Friday 4th -7th August 2020 | 10am – 2pm | 6 – 8 yrs

Week 2: Tuesday – Friday 11th – 14th August 2020 | 10am – 2pm | 9-14 yrs

I have a screen grab, pdf and word document of the application form at the end of the blog post for you.  All art materials are supplied but each artist will use individual art packs as opposed to sharing art materials. I’ll take a small number of artists per camp, which is normal for Art Academy anyways but also for social distancing compliance this year. Each artist will have an art station 2 meters apart in the large hall.

I look forward to see you in August,


Enjoy learning about famous artists and creating your own masterpiece

Small group for more individual attention Social distancing safety protocol in place

All very welcome regardless of previous artistic experience

Taught by NCAD qualified, Garda e-vetted art teacher

Summer Camp 20 App form

Summer Camp 20 App form


Fun Lockdown Activities: Hand Casting: Full Tutorial

A fun art activity you can enjoy at home is casting your hand from alginate. Put a finger down if you have ever had an impression made of your teeth at the dentist? Seaweed based alginate is the product dentists use. You can cast your own hand like you can see in the cover shot or get creative and cast a couple holding hands and experiment with hand poses and gestures. Check out the video for a fun tutorial / art class. (materials list with links below)

Enjoy making hand casts of loved ones. It could be a lovely gift or keepsake. Would you like a tutorial on how to draw the hand cast you made?

Materials used: Alginate impression moulding powder 2L plastic jug Plaster of Paris Kenwood immersion mixer Petroleum jelly Plaster of Paris Bowl Towel / table covering / something to protect your table / work surfacce Plaster of Paris Blunt knife Acrylic paint: Paint brush set:

WARNING: This video is only for entertainment purposes. Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you rely on the information portrayed in this video, you assume the responsibility for the results. Have fun, but always think ahead, and remember that every project you try is at YOUR OWN RISK.

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

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Art Academy Online Master Class: Introduction to Artemisia Gentileschi PART IV: Warm and Cool Skin Tones


Link for the National Portrait gallery’s reference of Artemisia’s painting. The painting references on this website are particularly good because you can zoom in and see all the detail of the painting.

Art Academy Online Master Class: Introduction to Artemisia Gentileschi PART III: Blocking In For more art content you can find me on: Instagram:… Facebook:… Twitter: Website/Blog: TikTok:… Cover Image reference:

Facebook LIVE Drawing Session at the National Gallery of Ireland #NationalDrawingDay

Join me at brunch-time on Saturday for the National Gallery of Ireland #NationalDrawingDay in association with #InternationalMuseumDay

We will visit the National Gallery of Ireland via their virtual tour and draw from the collection. Tune in this Sat at 2pm on Facebook LIVE and sketch with me. Click on event below and share with cultured, creative pals.

I can’t wait to see you then.
Sheila Flaherty
Owner and founder Art Academy


Celebrate Upcoming National Draw Day on the 16th of May 2020 with Art Academy

Hi all. Sheila is my name. I am an art teacher National Drawing Day is coming up on May 16th in association with International Museum Day 2020. The National Gallery of Ireland have been in touch about celebrating it with Art Academy. What would you like?

Maybe a Facebook LIVE on how to draw from scratch? An eBook? A YouTube video? How to draw a portrait? How to blend coloured pencils? Something else? Let me know in the comments or DM

How can we best celebrate drawing in a way that works for you. Let me know? Sheila #NationalDrawingDay #nationaldrawingday2020 National Gallery of Ireland

National Drawing Day 2020 in association with International Museum Day (18th May) is coming up on  16th of May organised by The National Gallery of Ireland.



Art Academy To Offer Online Art Classes

Online art classes are coming soon the Art Academy. As a result of COVID_19 many of us are working from home. Some with children at home too. If you have a potential Picasso in your home, Art Academy will soon offer online art classes both live and prerecorded leaving you free to work from home while your artists create from the comfort of your own space. I’ll leave some Children’s YouTube video’s I have made at the end of this post for you to enjoy immediately.

If you fancy art classes yourself get in touch:  I can create an offering for you too. I know I am grateful to have art in my life right now. It is a great way of managing the anxieties at this time. Less scary news watching  and practicing a small bit of self care creating a piece of art is hugely beneficial. I’ll leave some YouTube video’s I have made at the end of this post for you to enjoy immediately.

Image below is a drawing of our handsome Local Enterprise Office trainer @noeldavidsoncom today. Thank you for your great online business training program today. Helping me put art classes online
LEODublinCity LEO Dublin City Women in Business Network Local Enterprise Office South Dublin #onlinetradingvoucher #localenterprise #COVID19 #COVIDー19
#RevenueIE #artclasses #Zoom

Portrait drawing on Noel Davidson from Enterpreneur Academy from our online training Zoom Course today with Fingal Local Enterprise Centre including details on the online trading voucher otv
Portrait drawing on Noel Davidson from Entrepreneurs Academy from our online training Zoom course today with Fingal Local Enterprise Office