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Frequently Asked Questions

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About the Love to Paint | Learn to Paint course?

Who is Love to paint | Learn to paint for?

Love to paint | Learn to paint is for anyone who wants to learn to paint with confidence.

It’s for committed beginners and evolving artists who want direction, clarity and skills. Who want to develop their own style and voice. And it’s especially for anyone who loves to paint but who battles self-doubt, fear, and wants to create but has lacked the space they have needed in their lives.

Who is Love to Paint | Learn to Paint not for?

I teach using the wet on wet technique. If you are particularly interested in learning about glazing and ultra-realistic paintings then this course will not be for you. Also, the subject of painting in oils (wet on wet) is so big I couldn’t possibly cover every area so it’s possible that something you want to know isn’t covered. Feel free to check what’s in the curriculum beforehand and email me. I will be happy to answer any questions you have. Bottom line – if you are interested in a comprehensive and detailed course that teaches you to paint fast and loose and with confidence then you’re in the right place.

Do you offer critique on the course?

There are too many to individually critic but inside the inner circle (private fb group for the course) I will do live sessions with lots of feedback and I also use examples (with the owner’s permission) to illustrate common problems for everyone’s benefit.

What will happen in Inner Circle Facebook Group and do I need to join that too?

Absolutely! During the first 12 weeks, as the modules are released I will be in the Inner Circle regularly with live video sessions so you can connect with me and your fellow Love to paint | Learn to paint Inner Circle members. You can ask questions there, post your paintings from each module, work through the exercises and I will recap on our progress at the end of each module.

Once the initial live 12 weeks are complete and all content has been released, you’ll have access to the Inner Circle Facebook group with all the videos and to the entire library of training materials inside the Love to paint | Learn to paint member area. You can revisit and review as often as you like for one year from when the course began.

How much time will I need?

Naturally, the more focus and dedication you put into the  course Learn to paint | Love to paint, the more you’ll get out of it. But if you’re not able to carve out that much time at first, don’t worry.
Many of our students go through the program as best they can, pause and return to it as their schedule allows.  And of course you can run through the course as many times as you like in the year.

There are many ways to manage your time taking this course.

To complete the course in 12 weeks

If you would like to complete the course in 12 weeks then you will need to set aside about 6 hours per module. That’s around 3 hours a week.

However, the videos can be watched while relaxing on the couch or having a lie-in in bed or while having a quiet lunch break. Or even just listened to while walking the dog or driving the commute. To get the best form the course I suggest that you prioritize time in your routine for the exercises and the painting demonstration. For instance, one morning a week or at the weekend.

If you are struggling with time

I would suggest that as a minimum you might complete the tasks underlined below in time with the first 12 weeks. That’s about 2hrs a week. So that you can benefit with the interactive element in the inner circle group and then come back to the other elements after the first 12 weeks as your time allows.

Everyone approaches the course differently and spends more or less time on tasks depending on their own needs and the demands of their lives. However, here is an approximate guide to the time needed for each element.


Technique video tutorials – approx 50mins

Technical exercise/s – approx 1 hr

Creative development

Video session – approx 20 mins

Creative development exercise – approx 30 mins


Full length demo – 1-2hrs (these can be watched speeded up.)

Painting assignment – 1.5 – 4 hrs


Interview – 20-30mins

Podcast – 20-30mins


If ‘life happens’ or you need to take a break there is plenty of time in the year to come back and catch up and we will be waiting in the inner circle to help you.

Can I take the course at my own pace or do I have to keep to a schedule?

You have a full year of access to the training, so you can go through the modules as they’re released, or you can slow things down and work on your own schedule.

So, if you’re working a full time job, juggling commitments, having a baby, traveling around the world, or dealing with any big life events during the live 12 week program, don’t worry about falling behind.

You can revisit and review the training materials any time over 12 months from when you start.

Will the course be accredited?

The Love to Paint | Learn to paint course is not accredited to any educational institution and is a stand alone educational resource. Awards will not be given for completion.


About Róisín's style.

What painting technique do you use and teach?

I paint using the wet on wet technique or alla prima and I teach this technique in the Love to Paint | Learn to Paint course.

What is the Wet-on-Wet technique?

Wet-on-wet, or alla prima (Italian, meaning at first attempt), is a painting technique, used mostly in oil painting, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previously administered layers of wet paint. This technique requires a fast way of working, because the work has to be finished before the first layers have dried. It may also be referred to as direct painting or the French term au premier coup (at first stroke).[ Wikipedia

Who is this Róisín O'Farrell person and why should I listen to her?

I’ve been doing this a while

I’ve spent 15 years teaching in business before starting to teach artists less than a decade ago. I have been walking the walk as an artist for almost ten years and exhibiting in established galleries in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the US. Hundreds (probably thousands) of students and customers later, I’ve taken everything I’ve learned about painting and being an artist and streamlined it into a series of lean and actionable courses, the first of which are now available right here.


What computer equipment will I need to complete the course?

You will need a laptop or desktop computer or you can use a tablet. Many do the majority of the course on their phone. You will need a printer if you would like to print off the handouts, although they can just be viewed on screen if you prefer. You will need headphones or speakers headphones to listen to the podcasts.

Will it suit me?

I have never painted before in my life; would I be mad to take this course?

Not at all, this course is perfect for complete beginners who are hungry to learn and you have a full year to complete the course if you need to take it slow or to revisit areas at your own pace.

I paint in acrylics. Will that work for you course or is it strictly oil?

The course is designed around painting in oils and in particular in the wet on wet technique. However, I will have some painters in the groups using acrylics (I always have a couple) they are happy to amend what I’m saying to their needs as they go along and they will usually use a medium to slow drying so that they can work similarly to me. Although I have to say I do sometimes manage to tempt them over to oils.  🙂

I am a fairly well established artist; would this course suit me?

Every year I have established artists take my workshops. Some work are used to working in a different medium to oils and want to explore a different medium. Some feel the need to revisit the foundations, some are feeling a little blocked and want to focus on something different and some simply enjoy the process of learning and painting with others. In art, we never stop learning! Either, way, you are most welcome.

I'm hopeless with computers, will I be ok?

We’ve had an octogenarian complete the programme who had never studied anything online before. If you can use Facebook and watch a video on you tube, you’ll be fine. If you do run into any problems you can email us.

I’m hearing impaired, can I take the course?

If you can hear the sound from videos on your computer or through headphones then you will be fine. However, if this is a difficulty for you then please note that the Love to paint | Learn to paint course is 75% video sessions and it is not possible at this time to offer subtitles.

What are the technical requirements to do your courses?

Level – Easy peasy! You need to be able to watch videos, with audio, access the internet, download PDF’s and open them. If you are comfortable using Facebook and Youtube you should be good to go!

Are there any educational requirements to take this course?

No, you don’t need to have any previous art education to benefit from the Love to Paint | Learn to paint course. However, you might like to take the free Honest Truth Masterclass to get your foundations prepared for getting the best from this course.

About paying.

What payment methods do you offer?

You can pay by using PayPal or by credit/debit card. And you can choose to pay in one payment (Best Value) or over 3 equal installments over 3 months (Easy Pay).

Can I pay by credit/debit card?

Certainly, you can pay using VISA, MasterCard, and most major Credit or Debit cards.

Do you offer a refund policy?

Yes. I’m happy to offer a 100% satisfaction money-back guarantee. Here’s how it works.

Participate in up to the first 30 days of the Love to paint | Learn to paint course from the start of the live program. If you don’t feel we’ve delivered on our promise within those Modules, send me an email.

Include your completed exercises and an image of your first painting so we know that you gave it a go and please do tell us what didn’t work for you so we can learn and improve. Once we receive your completed course work, you’ll get a swift and complete refund, with no quibble. (Absolutely none!)

The refund deadline is 30 days from the start of the programme.

If you don’t plan on starting right away, make sure this is the right investment for you as the refund period does have a firm deadline.

Other questions

I see you say Courses, how many do you have?

Bear with me, I’m working on it! 

I have a free Masterclass and my signature course, a Six week Painting Course called Love to Paint – Learn to Paint. With the wind behind me I hope to have further offerings soon! In the meantime, check out my blog for lots of good stuff and my Facebook group love to paint with Róisín O’Farrell for mini training’s, challenges and encouragement.

Is this the same stuff I can find on the internet for free?

No way. I was very conscious of that when designing my courses. Obviously the internet has a huge amount of information, so to say that none of the info provided in these courses exists anywhere else would be madness. If you search “learn to paint” on the Internet, this is not the only place in the world discussing it…. However, my courses are geared to teach you relevant and reliable information. They are a one-stop shop so you don’t have to endlessly scroll blogs, wondering if the info is correct.

Furthermore, what and how I teach in my courses is what really sets my courses apart from the rest.

The Internet can be an information overload, especially when it comes to art and painting. Often, there’s no context behind the info and much of it is overly generalized from teachers that aren’t full time artists.

Your Masterclass is Free, does that mean it's old stuff or not your best training?

I’m a big believer in giving away your best stuff. What goes around, comes around, right? And when I sat down to think what is the very best advice and practical training that I can offer to artists, I knew exactly what I wanted to say. If I can get across the message of this Masterclass to Artists, I know it will change everything for them just like it has for countless artists that I have taught in ‘real life‘.

Are your courses International?

ABSOLUTELY!  I’m based here on the east coast of Ireland but the information in these courses is for anyone who loves to paint. I may have an Irish accent and use some funny (to you) expressions but I’ve taught in Europe and the US and let me tell you, we artists are just the same wherever we live!


Will the course remain the same for the 12 months?

Possibly not!  The Love to Paint | Learn to Paint opens for booking twice a year and before each relaunch I listen to my students and make some improvements. As such the course will continue to evolve and improve. You will get the benefit of those improvements too so after six months or so you may notice some changes in the course.


Are your courses International?

ABSOLUTELY!  I’m based here on the east coast of Ireland but the information in these courses is for anyone who loves to paint. I may have an Irish accent and use some funny (to you) expressions but I’ve taught in Europe and the US and let me tell you, we artists are just the same wherever we live!


Getting help.

Who do I contact for Tech Support?

Shoot me an email and I will reply within 24 hours.

What if I have a question not answered here?

Email me at hello@roisinofarrell.com and I’ll be happy to help.