Workshop description

Declan gives workshops in portrait, still life and landscape. These are designed for all levels of ability. Each student will be taught all the techniques to create their own unique and expressive oil pastel artwork.

A brief layout of the workshop includes
• Introduction to oil pastel brands and the best tools for blending and layering pastels
• How to use oil pastels effectively
• Identifying colour zones from a primary source
• Underpainting techniques when using pastels
• Visual and actual textures that can be achieved using this medium
• How to create a unique and expressive painting through blending and layering techniques
• The best varnishes and finishes to use on completed artwork

His creative approach in his oil pastel workshops have shown to be a success in many secondary schools throughout Ireland. The skills and processes developed in his workshops are invaluable in exploring the new Junior Certificate Visual Art programme, the Leaving Certificate course book and Transition Year programme.

Through the visual art processes, students will experience the visual thinking process of
• imagining
• investigating
• experimenting
• making
• displaying
• evaluating

• Critical and creative thinking
• Being creative
• Managing visual information and thinking
• Discovering a new medium
• Exploring a wide range of technical processes from conception to realisation

Midleton College Cork



“Declan came to Midleton College during our Art Week festivities and his workshop was a fantastic addition to the timetable of events. He worked with our Form 5 Art class and gave them an introduction not only to portraiture but also to using oil pastels which students can find quite tricky to use. His informative demonstration at the beginning of the workshop left students informed and excited to start their own work.  

Students were guided through the process of creating a full portrait using oil pastels step by step under Declan’s guidance. He delivered the information using useful tips and tools to which the students could relate.

At the end of the six hour workshop, each student had created an unique portrait of which they are very proud. The standard of the workshop and Declan’s professionalism led to a very enjoyable and worthwhile experience for all who took part.”

                                                   Art Dept Mrs, C Wall

Millstreet Community School



"Declan worked with Transition Year students to create stunning oil pastel portraits, his approach and enthusiasm to teaching resulted in such high quality work at the end of the workshop. His step by step approach and demonstrations meant that all students understood the process very easily. His personable attitude in class immediately put the students at ease. I highly recommend Declan for this workshop not only did my students produce fantastic portraits they understood the process and were encouraged to find their own technique while producing their works."

                                                   Art Dept Mrs, S Moynihan

Presentation Secondary School Listowel



 "As a secondary school Art teacher I would highly recommend Declan O' Meara for his oil pastel art workshops. Declan attended our school last year as part of our schools Art Week. We divided the day into three 2 hour workshops and the students thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Declan had a great rapport with the students and was able to command their attention throughout and they gained a new appreciation and love of oil pastels which they were then able to apply to subsequent art projects"

                                                   Art Dept Ms, C O' Riordan