Joe McGillivray

Artist & Tutor

Joe is a full time painter and tutor, running weekly courses at Wirral Arts Centre.

Joe was previously head of the Art School at Wirral Met College, and latterly Director of Higher Education and Arts. Joe was a graduate of Manchester Art School and a post graduate student at the Royal Academy of Art, London.

He has won prizes for his drawings and his paintings and his work is in public and private collections both nationally and internationally.

Recent Work…

” The great thing about Joe as a teacher is that you feel as though he always believes in you and he challenges and helps you to achieve your potential by sharing his tremendous knowledge of art and its techniques. “

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Art Classes

West Kirby Art Group @ West Kirby Arts Centre




Joe runs the following courses; Painting Challenge, Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting Classes, and Still Life Drawing and Painting Classes. He is also a founding member of West Kirby Art Group. The group shares and exhibits members work on a regular basis.

Course Details

for Autumn 2021

Every Monday starting 20th September for 12 weeks


Still Life Drawing & Painting


Painting Challenge


Painting Techniques & Ideas


For more details please visit the Art Classes Page

If you are interested email: joe@joemcgillivray.co.uk, phone: 0741 476 1341 or message via the contact page


from Art School Students

  • "Joe’s classes combine inspiration with challenge – I have learned so much and now have the confidence to take risks and go for it!"
    Anna ClarkWirral
  • “Joe’s weekly art classes are to be looked forward to. The classes are friendly and focussed on a common goal of personal development. The mixture of experience and levels results in and excellent environment of mutual support and group achievement"
    Dave WalshWirral
  • "I've attended Joe's 'Still Life' and 'Painting Challenge' classes; both have been highly enjoyable! Joe is an inspiring, open-minded, patient teacher, who has given me the confidence to take risks and try out new techniques in my painting, resulting in me finding new ways to approach my art practice."
    Kirstie GouldingWirral
  • "I have the fortune of knowing Joe through attending his art classes. Joe is an extremely talented and modest artist. His teaching technique is enthusiastic, encouraging and patient. His good humour and diverse art knowledge comes through in his teaching. In just a short time, Joe has taught me far more about light, perspective and scale than what I ever learnt on my degree course.”
    Lindsey GaulterWirral

“painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do!”

Edgar Degas