The Studio Art School

Painting Classes and Workshops in the West of Ireland with professional Artist Sallyann Beirne.

Tiny People Swim, Surf, and Ski Within Each Brushstroke of This Artist’s Paintings

Loving this.. These mixed-media art pieces show tiny athletes swimming, surfing, and skiing through globs of paint that brilliantly mimic water and snow.

Happy New Year Painters!
Our new term at The Studio will start on Monday 20th January...

Happy Christmas from all of us at The Studio!🎄
Many thanks to you all and we wish you a peaceful, love filled Christmas.

(pic: Juno, posing, pretending to be shy)

National Gallery of Ireland

We're very pleased to reveal the exciting line-up of exhibitions for 2020 coming up here at the National Gallery of Ireland! Highlights include a landmark exhibition of the work of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (the first Irish exhibition of his work), and a major study of the horse in Irish art.

Other exhibitions to mark in your calendar include 'Shaw and the Gallery: A Priceless Education', marking seventy years since the death of George Bernard Shaw, and 'Murillo: The Prodigal Son Restored', which sees this series of six paintings by one of the most celebrated painters of the Spanish Golden Age on display together for the first time in three decades!

Explore the full list of exhibitions here, and start planning your cultural highlights of the year ahead!

Life Drawing @ The Studio
Saturday 19th October.
We are really looking forward to this!!

A good drawing is the ‘bones’ of any painting and Life Drawing is hugely beneficial to the artist, allowing us to study the human body; focusing on proportion, tone, form, and composition.

Working from life forces us to make swift decisions..
This is a great opportunity to improve drawing skills.

We are running two sessions-
Morning and afternoon and there is limited availability in both...

A little poem to start our Autumn term... really looking forward it! 🎨🎨🎨
Classes resume at The Studio on Monday 30th of September.

Shorelines Arts Festival

*** Calling all ARTISTS *** Calling all ARTISTS ***
Once again, The Gallery at the Irish Workhouse Centre - Portumna will be home to the Shorelines Art Exhibition from the 9th-22nd September (incl. the festival w/d 19-22 Sept). The exhibition will feature artwork from local as well as guest artists.


Visit Portumna Galway County Arts Office Galway Daily Arts Council Ireland

National Gallery of Ireland


Discover the artist known as Spain’s Impressionist here at the National Gallery of Ireland this summer Already a huge success in London, this will be the first exhibition of Joaquín Sorolla's works in Ireland. Advance booking is now open, and Friends of the Gallery go free!

France 3

Un artiste français dessine des fresques éphémères sur le sable comme personne... Découvre le Beach Art ! 😍

Bring Your Dog to Work Day

Meet Joe...’trusty’ (questionable) studio assistant

What a lovely thing to do!
Super location with lots of possibilities..🎨🎨

Calling Artists of all calibre to an open day event at Portumna Castle on June 30th, Bring your easel and art materials for a relaxing day with fellow artists painting in our semi-fortified manor house, ladies rose garden or 17th century walled kitchen garden. Pieces that evening will be put on display in our gallery space for two weeks, where the public will decide on the winning piece. The winner will receive a family heritage card which will allow them access to all OPW sites for a year. Contact 0909741658 or e-mail [email protected] for further information. #heritageireland #opw #irishcastles #gardens #irelandshiddenheartlands #loughdergblueway #discoverloughderg #irishart #visitportumna #heritageonyourdoorstep #pleinair #artist

National Gallery of Ireland

Love this, every January...

"Turner, a landscape painter of genius, was a phenomenon as much as an artist, a driven, obsessive worker with a boldly independent vision. He is forever associated with the sea, and with light."

It's that time of year - January means Turner here at the National Gallery of Ireland, and our exhibition is open in the Print Gallery only until the end of this month. Admission is free!

Happy New Year Artists!
Painting starts next Monday, 14th January.
So looking forward to starting again.

Happy Christmas Artists and

Every good wish for Christmas and 2019. May it be filled with joy , kindness and creativity
Thank you all so much. X

We had a wonderful weekend Life Drawing at The Studio.. the time flew by!
Intensive, challenging and very productive... working from a live model is a super way to develop our skills with endless possibilities for learning...

Just some mannequins having a dance....why not?

Great view from The Studio this morning!
So looking forward to starting our new term of painting next week, October 1st.

The King
Oil on canvas
40cm x 40cm

So happy to see this painting sitting beautifully in s private collection in Dublin.
Thank you!

Our Exhibition, Collective II, has come to an end.
How time flies!
A big congratulations to all the Studio Artists and a big thank you to all the visitors to our beautiful space....
Until the next time...🎨

What a wonderful Opening Night!
Thank you to all! ❤️
We are open all week.. come in and browse at your leisure, enjoy the work and chat to the artists! 🎨

Opening night!

Lots of paintings!! Can’t wait to start hanging them.. 🔨🔨🔨

Just preparing for our exhibition!

Loving the light..🎨🎨

New blossoms✔️
Bright evenings ✔️
Dawn chorus✔️
New term of painting at
The Studio!✔️

They’re Bunny Ears... Really.
Have a lovely Easter everyone!

For the day that’s in it ....❤️

Artist: Robert Indiana
Love (1965)

The word spells love. But the picture is far more than a word. That lovely round O, beside the upright L and carried by the bracing E, takes on a bodily form. It swoons, it leans, its head has been turned. It flirts. It has been knocked sideways by love. The American pop artist Robert Indiana created a pure and concentrated modern pictogram with this surpassingly famous painting, lettered in the colour of love against a blue and green landscape. The image has sold by the million, a valentine for our age. Love – what else matters?

Have a great weekend!

The Studio will reopen on Monday 15th January for a new term of painting.
Nestled in the gorgeous countryside of East Galway, only 30 mins from Galway city, The Studio is a purpose built space with the painter in mind. Each Artist has their own space complete with easel, desk and chair.
It is a welcoming environment, full of light... a place for you to be inspired and escape into your paintings.... here you can learn how to paint or develop your existing painting skills under my watchful eye. I am a fully qualified Art Teacher with many years experience and I love my job! The Studio offers both day and evening classes.... contact me for details. 🎨

Happy Christmas everyone and every best wish for 2018
May the season bring you Peace, Hope, Joy .... And New Brushes!! X

Isn’t the light gorgeous today!?...
...and it’s great to have company while I paint🎨🎨🎨

Ill be at the Loughrea Enterprise Town Business, Sports, and Community Expo tommorow, 25th November. It’s from 12pm - 5pm
Call in and come say hi....please!

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Honoured to be featured here.. thank you Kent for the lovely words

Sallyann Beirne


Since I moved to Dublin two months ago, I’ve been looking to feature an Irish womxn on WAW. Ironically, it took my friend back home in South Africa, Zandri Oosthuysen, to make the introduction! Sallyann Beirne is an oil painter based in east Galway, whose exquisite work captures the subtle, hazy beauty of her surrounding environment.


Upon viewing Sallyann’s paintings, you are immediately struck by her intimate knowledge of both her subject matter, and her medium. In other words, the careful, layered way in which she captures the “sense” of her scene indicates her mastery of her medium. It’s unsurprising, then, that Sallyann has been working with oil paint for the past twenty years. Although Sallyann worked mostly as a printmaker when she was studying at art colleges in Dublin and Cork, she moved onto oil painting after graduating. Then, after a post-grad in education, Sallyann worked with a private art school in Galway. She left the art school last year to start up on her own, doing similar work on a smaller scale.


This means Sallyann has had more time to dedicate to her painting. For example, she recently attended the Florence Academy of Art summer workshop in the UK, where she met Zandri. Sallyann notes that, no matter how many years of experience she has as an artist, she is always looking to up-skill, to try out different avenues, and seek new inspiration. This comes across in Sallyann’s work — even when you look over the different paintings she has posted on Instagram, you can see how her interests, and focal points have changed and developed. As Sallyann puts it, looking at her work over time, is like looking at a visual diary of her life as an artist.


One of Sallyann’s more recent works, “From the Stones,” conveys her curiosity in using colour to suggest the mood, and softness or hardness of a scene (Image 1). In contrast to the strength of colour that Sallyann uses in some of her other work, here she mutes, blends, and fades varying shades of greys, mauve, and even hints of yellow and blue, to soften the mist that almost envelops the entire canvas. Yet, hidden in the colour of the scene, at the very centre of the work, are two dandelions that emerge “From the Stones”. Soft white dots of white drip down from the dandelions, merging with the hazy curtain of light that cushions, and then trickles, its way down to the bottom of the composition.


In this way, Sallyann captures the moody atmospheric nature of her wet Galway surroundings. However, on a more profound level, her clouded representation of the scene resonates with the transience of memory, and the subtlety of loss; reminding me of AR Ammon’s poem:

When the sun
falls behind the sumac
thicket the
yellow daisies
in diffuse evening shade
lose their
rigorous attention
half-wild with loss
any way the wind does
and lift their
petals up
to float
off their stems
and go.


Words: Kent Lindiwe @thewordcurator
Featuring: Sallyann Beirne @sallyannstudio (instagram) & Sallyann Beirne Artist (facebook)
WAW: @womxnartwednesdays


Image 1: Sallyann Beirne, ‘From the Stones’, 2017, Oil on Canvas, 1mx1m, Image Courtesy of the Artist

A great first week!.. thank you again for all the support!

Between Ophelia and Brian it's been pretty blustery out there..
Cosy in The Studio though...
a good time for some painting 🎨

Stay safe everyone....

Many thanks for all the likes, shares and lovely comments ❤️
I will be starting painting classes on Monday 16th of October...
and I can't wait!
Message me with any enquiries

[10/01/17]   My new Painting Studio will be up and running soon!!

Nestled in the gorgeous countryside of East Galway, The Studio Art School is purpose built with the painter in mind..
A welcoming space, full of light and space for you to be inspired and escape into your painting!

We are at the final stages of the build so it’s all taking shape now! Nearly there...

I’m a fully qualified Art teacher with many years experience .. And I love what I do.
I’m also a practicing artist
(Check out my page Sallyann Beirne Artist)

I will be running Adult Painting Classes at The Studio.
You can learn how to paint or develop and build existing skills under my watchful eye....
Dates and times will be posted very soon!

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