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.

Chesca at work with one of John's Paintings
Chesca at work with one of John’s Paintings

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.

Margaret following along with one of John's videos
Margaret following along with one of John’s videos

For more information contact
or have a look at his website “A Celebration of Colour”

Liam Madden
Irish Art News