John Nolan has been a practising artist for 40 years. I interviewed him in 2011 after he had started giving art classes in his studio: A Celebration of Colour – John Nolan . The classes could accommodate 10 students. Each class would last two hours. With the onset of the pandemic, John took all the necessary precautions to continue the classes: reduced class size, Perspex dividers, hand sanitisers etc. With the lock down however he had to suspend the classes.
John is not unused to reinvention – “a necessary ability for an artist”. A new direction was needed hence he decided to make art videos for his students. The goal was to make them as relaxing as the actual classes in his studio: no pressure, the videos can be paused, reversed, watched as many times as is required.
There is a selection of paintings to choose from. There is a charge of €20 per painting. This gives access to between 4 to 10 videos, normally lasting 2 hours, the same duration as the real time classes in the studio. Subscribers also have access to a WhatsApp group for Q&A. He is getting very positive feedback from the subscribers.
Irish Art News