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Leitrim School of Art (LSA)

Deposit and Missed Classes Refund Policy from 1st December 2022

(a)  Due to substantial increases in business costs LSA cannot offer discounts, refunds, or alternative places on future events for missed classes within class blocks.

(b)  A request for a refund of a deposit may be considered if the refund request is received by LSA at least 10 days before the start of the event.

(c)  A request to transfer a deposit to another event may be considered if the request to transfer is received by LSA at least 10 days before the start of the originally booked event.

(d)  Requests for refunds or transfer of deposits must be notified to LSA by email to michael@leitrimartschool.ie

(e)  Requests for refunds will be responded to by LSA within 3 days of the request being notified to us.

(f)   Your statutory rights as a consumer are not affected and LSA will “make good” on its obligations to consumers for failure to provide classes and workshops (e.g., event cancellation).

ARTS AND CRAFTS FEB, & MAR 2023

Willow Basket Weaving

With Kate Burrows

Willow Basketry is an ancient skill that has been around since at least 8000 BC. It is a skill that our ancestors would have passed down to their children and their children’s children, with willow baskets being used throughout Ireland for any number of tasks. They are the original eco, reusable shopping bag well before plastics came into being.

The tutor for these workshops is Kate Burrows, who after training in Somerset in the UK some 8 years ago, has continued to increase her basket making skills and knowledge, alongside teaching many people this heritage craft.

This beginners class is a one day workshop that will last about 4 hours, over the course of which Kate will teach you to make your very own willow basket, and will cover all the basics. At the end of the day you will be able to take your basket home, which you can treasure for a lifetime.

All materials are supplied.

One Day Willow Basket Weaving, 4 dates available

Friday 10th February 10am- 2pm,

Sunday 26th February 11am-3pm,

Friday 10th March 10am- 2pm,

Sunday 26th March 11am-3pm 

Total Cost (per workshop) €75; €30 deposit on booking, balance €45 payable on day.

 

Saturday Stained Glass Workshops – FEB & MAR

With Glass Artist Emer O’Donnell

3 Dates available. 

Stained glass artist Emer O’Donnell will lead these one day 6 hour workshops. Stained glass is an exciting and vibrant artform which can claim to be one of the oldest crafts in the world. This is a practical hand on workshop where you will learn stained glass techniques in the sociable relaxed setting of our Drumshanbo studio . You will leave with one or two pieces of your stained glass work on the day.

One day Stained Glass Workshop, Choice of  three dates available – 14th January, 25th February and 25th March 10 am-4 pm, . Total Cost €130 per workshop day , €30 deposit on booking, balance €100 payable on day.

Saturday 3D- Stained Glass Workshops – Mar

With Glass Artist Emer O’Donnell

Stained glass artist Emer O’Donnell will lead this one day, six hour, 3-D Stained Glass Workshop. Stained glass is an exciting and vibrant artform which can claim to be one of the oldest crafts in the world. In this workshop you will explore working with glass in 3-D; exact cutting from a pattern, and assembling a 3-D piece such as a terrarium.

A terrarium is usually associated with a sealable glass container containing soil and plants that can be opened for maintenance to access the plants inside; however, terraria can also be open to the atmosphere and are often used for other purposes, other than planting, and are kept as ornamental items.

This workshop will be of interest to those that have previously attended our Stained-Glass Workshops and would like to develop their skills into creating 3-D pieces, and to others who enjoy the experience and additional challenges of working in three dimensions.

One day 3-D Stained Glass Workshop, Saturday 11th March 2023, 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Total Cost €130, €30 deposit on booking, balance €100 payable on day.

Ceramic Class

5 Tuesday afternoons Starts Feb 21st

Tutor Denise Corbett

This 5 session ceramics class will provide an opportunity to learn clay techniques including pinching, coiling, slabbing, hand building, modelling, slip casting, and glazing. You will create a number of pieces to take home.

All materials are provided.

Ceramic Class, 5 Tuesday afternoons, 2:00-4:00 pm Starts Feb 21st Total Price €150 (€30 deposit on booking (balance €120 payable at first class).

Ceramic Class

5 Thursday mornings starts Feb 23rd

Tutor Denise Corbett

This 5 session ceramics class will provide an opportunity to learn clay techniques including pinching, coiling, slabbing, hand building, modelling, slip casting, and glazing. You will create a number of pieces to take home.

All materials are provided.

Ceramic Class, 5 Thursday mornings, 9:30-11:30 am Starts Feb 23rd Total Price €150 (€30 deposit on booking (balance €120 payable at first class).

Ceramic Class

5 Friday Evenings starts Feb 24th

Tutor Denise Corbett

This 5 session ceramics class will provide an opportunity to learn clay techniques including pinching, coiling, slabbing, hand building, modelling, slip casting, and glazing. You will create a number of pieces to take home.

All materials are provided.

Ceramic Class, 5 Friday evenings, 7:30-9:30 pm Starts Feb 24th Total Price €150 (€30 deposit on booking (balance €120 payable at first class).

LANGUAGE ARTS, AND MODERN LANGUAGES. FEBRUARY & MARCH 2023

Italian for Beginners, 6 Wed Mornings, starts Feb 22nd

This 6-session Wednesday morning course, suitable for absolute beginners, is an introduction to the Italian language and culture taught in an enjoyable and communicative way.

No previous knowledge of Italian is required and students are typically able to understand, speak and write simple texts within a few weeks.

The course is certified and students can follow up with the Intermediate course.

Italy has never been closer to Connaught as it is now, with many flights from Knock to Milan for €9.99. This is the time to learn a new language and take that longed for trip to Italy.

With our Italian Conversational for Beginners course you can now learn to order a meal, write, read and speak basic Italian within six weeks. Tutor Nicola has a Degree in Italian, but as she says herself, she found it very difficult to learn from an Italian speaker. ‘They spoke too fast for me,’ she said. ‘I felt completely inept and thought there was no way I was ever going to pick up the language.’ However, Nicola has structured a class where she teaches her students to learn the simple phrases needed to get you through a holiday or weekend away in Italy. ‘I teach my students how to speak Italian in a fun way, that is, without having to delve through verbs and adjectives. That is something we can do in the more extensive course, but in Basic Italian, you just need to get through the ordinary day vocabulary.

At the end of the course Nicola said you will be able to ‘read a menu in Italian, order in Italian, ask directions, engage with Italian people in shops etc and also learn about Italian culture – including tips on your trip to Italy.’ Nicola has travelled extensively in Italy and has also written novels set there.’

Italian for Beginners 6 Wednesday Mornings, starts 22nd Feb, Total €155: €30 deposit on booking, balance €125 payable on the first day.

Italian Intermediate Level, 6 Wed Evenings, starts Feb 22nd

This 6-session Wednesday Evening course is suitable for those that have completed our Italian for Beginners course and for those that already have basic Italian language skills. In our Italian courses language and culture are taught in an enjoyable and communicative way.

Some basic knowledge of Italian is required and throughout the 6 week period students typically note an increase in their confidence in understanding and speaking the language.

The course is certified and students are able to follow up and share their progress with their peers through future courses at LSA and informal contact with their peers.

Italian Intermediate Level 6 Wednesday Evenings, starts 22nd Feb, Total €155: €30 deposit on booking, balance €125 payable on the first day.

Creative Writing for Teens 13-17 yrs Feb / Mar

‘Fiction for Young Writers’ With Nicola Kearns

6 Thursdays After School

 

Creative Writing for Teens (13-17yrs.)

Fiction for Young Writers is a self-paced workshop that will teach young writers the essential ingredients of great fiction, so they can improve their writing, tell better stories, write more vivid scenes, and build confidence in their writing abilities.

Tutor, Nicola has created a dynamic course to help young writers (beginner to advanced) build a storytelling foundation and nurture their love of writing.

Unleash your creativity as a writer, while having the freedom to write what you want, but you also gain the discipline of writing craft.

There are no grades, no exams and no wrong answers—just creative writing, helping young writers discover and develop their unique voices. The idea is to explore—see with a writer’s eyes, spark ideas to life, gain confidence, and experiment with both fiction and nonfiction.

This course offers

 Fun writing prompts designed to spark your imagination and get your creative juices flowing.

 Tons of practical writing tips and advice to take you on an unforgettable creative journey toward becoming an amazing writer

Nicola’s many years of professional experience of writing for magazines and her own novels, combined with an in-depth knowledge of the writing craft makes for an engaging, humorous, and enlightening class that is guaranteed to remind young writers why they love to write.

Teen Creative Writing, 6 Thursdays after school starts 23rd Feb, Total €130: €30 deposit on booking, balance €100 payable on the first day.

Creative Writing  – Adults Feb/Mar

With Nicola Kearns, 6 Thursdays,

Morning and Evening Options

 

Dreamed of writing a novel?

Writing short stories for magazines?

Start with nothing and watch your words flow.

Let Nicola Kearns, an International and Best-selling Author & Creative Writing coach, show you how to get that story finished and printed, in a magazine, or even begin the first chapter of your own novel.

Our Creative Writing Workshop is for people who have not written since they left school, or for experienced writers – who need to feel inspired again or wish to write something completely different than their usual genre, for example going from fiction writing, to poetry or writing their memoirs.

Creative writing is all about getting the ideas in your head down on paper, simply getting your thoughts out. If you leave the course with one word on paper, that is okay. If you leave with a notebook full of writing, that is okay.

Writing can be emotional. It is hard enough to put our thoughts into words at times, never mind write them down. We all have a unique story, whether it is fictional or factual.

What is Creative Writing?

Creative writing is anything where the purpose is to express thoughts, feelings and emotions rather than to simply convey information.

Types of creative writing include:

• Poetry.

• Plays.

• Movie and television scripts.

• Fiction (novels, novellas, and short stories)

• Songs.

• Speeches.

• Memoirs.

• Personal essays.

Your spelling ability does not matter here. All that matters is your will to write – be inspired, fire your imagination, and to work through the process of composing your work in manageable stages under Nicola’s experienced guidance.

The words you write while you are here, nobody has ever written before. That is creative writing. It could be the beginning of a whole new chapter in your own life.

Below is a review of Nicola’s coaching skills from Leitrim writer Seamus O’Rourke

Creative Writing, 6 Thursdays  starts 23rd Feb, morning 10am-12pm or evening 7pm-9pm Total €155: €30 deposit on booking, balance €125 payable on the first day.

FINE ART PROGRAMME JAN, FEB, & MAR 2023

Painting for Beginners 4th & 11th Feb

2 Saturday Workshop

Tutor Peter McSweeney

Our Painting Workshop for Beginners is held in our well-equipped Drumshanbo studios. This is a 10-hour workshop over 2 Saturdays.

Experienced Artist and Tutor Peter McSweeney will guide you through the workshop, helping and encouraging you to develop your own interests and style at a pace that suits you.

Day 1 Painting a still life:

Introduction to colour, drawing, and underpainting. painting the background. adding the first details Adding Texture and detail.

Day 2 Introduction to Landscape Painting:

Drawing and Underpainting, painting the sky and clouds, midground and foreground.

Painting Workshop for Beginners, 2 Saturdays Feb 4th & 11th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Total €150 (Includes both Saturdays): €30 deposit on booking, balance €120 payable on the first day

Drawing & Sketching for Beginners Starts Feb 21st

5 Tuesday Mornings

Tutor Peter McSweeney

Drawing and Sketching Classes for Beginners are held in our well-equipped Drumshanbo studios over 5 consecutive Tuesday mornings

Experienced Artist and Tutor Peter McSweeney will guide you through the classes, helping and encouraging you to develop your own interests and style.

Week 1: Pencil and charcoal

Week 2: Introduction to colour using coloured pencils

Week 3: Inks

Week 4: Chalk and pastels

Week 5: Introduction to figure drawing.

Drawing and Sketching, Beginners, 5 Tuesday mornings. starts 21st February, Total €150: €30 deposit on booking, balance €120 payable on the first day

Drawing & Sketching for Beginners Starts Feb 21st

5 Tuesday Evenings

Tutor Peter McSweeney

Drawing and Sketching Classes for Beginners are held in our well-equipped Drumshanbo studios over 5 consecutive Tuesday Evenings

Experienced Artist and Tutor Peter McSweeney will guide you through the classes, helping and encouraging you to develop your own interests and style.

Week 1: Pencil and charcoal

Week 2: Introduction to colour using coloured pencils

Week 3: Inks

Week 4: Chalk and pastels

Week 5: Introduction to figure drawing.

Drawing and Sketching, Beginners, 5 Tuesday evenings. starts 21st February, Total €150: €30 deposit on booking, balance €120 payable on the first day

Intermediate Level Painting Starts Feb 22nd

5 Wednesday Evenings

Tutor Peter McSweeney

This 5-week Oil and Acrylic painting block is suitable for those at an intermediate level. It would be of interest to those that have previously attended our painting classes and wish to develop their skills. The classes would also suit those that have painted before and wish to broaden their practice, and those that may not have painted for some time and would like to pick up the brushes again.

Tutor: Peter McSweeney

Painting Intermediate Level, 5 Wednesdays 7-9 pm, Starts Feb 22nd. Total Price €150, €30 deposit on booking, bal.€120 payable at first class

Painting for Beginners Starts Feb 23rd

5 Thursday Evenings

Tutor Peter McSweeney

Painting Classes for Beginners are held in our well-equipped Drumshanbo studios. The classes are held over 5 consecutive Thursday evenings

Experienced Artist and Tutor Peter McSweeney will guide you through the classes, helping and encouraging you to develop your own interests and style at a pace that suits you.

Weeks 1 & 2: Introduction to acrylics, painting still life, drawing, and underpainting. First layer; wall, cloth and fruit shapes. Next layers, shadow, highlights, and detail.

Weeks 3, 4 & 5: Introduction to oils, drawing and underpainting, background and the first layer. Second layer and shadows. Detail and final layer.

Painting for Beginners, 5 Thursday Evenings starts Feb 23rd, Total €150: €30 deposit on booking, balance €120 payable on the first evening.

Painting for Beginners Starts Feb 24th

5 Friday Mornings

Tutor Peter McSweeney

Painting Classes for Beginners are held in our well-equipped Drumshanbo studios. The classes are held over 5 consecutive Friday mornings

Experienced Artist and Tutor Peter McSweeney will guide you through the classes, helping and encouraging you to develop your own interests and style at a pace that suits you.

Weeks 1 & 2: Introduction to acrylics, painting still life, drawing, and underpainting. First layer; wall, cloth and fruit shapes. Next layers, shadow, highlights, and detail.

Weeks 3, 4 & 5: Introduction to oils, drawing and underpainting, background and the first layer. Second layer and shadows. Detail and final layer.

Painting for Beginners, 5 Friday mornings 10:00am-12:00pm, starts Feb 24th, Total €150: €30 deposit on booking, balance €120 payable on the first day

FINE ART PROGRAMME MAR 2023

Painting for Beginners 4th & 18th Mar

2 Saturday Workshop

Tutor Peter McSweeney

Our Painting Workshop for Beginners is held in our well-equipped Drumshanbo studios. This is a 10-hour workshop over 2 Saturdays in March

Experienced Artist and Tutor Peter McSweeney will guide you through the workshop, helping and encouraging you to develop your own interests and style at a pace that suits you.

Day 1 Painting a still life:

Introduction to colour, drawing, and underpainting. painting the background. adding the first details Adding Texture and detail.

Day 2 Introduction to Landscape Painting:

Drawing and Underpainting, painting the sky and clouds, midground and foreground.

Painting Workshop for Beginners, 2 Saturdays Mar 4th & 18th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Total €150 (Includes both Saturdays): €30 deposit on booking, balance €120 payable on the first day

Kids 7-12 Years, After School Class. 5 Mondays

Tutor Denise Corbett

This 5 Monday after school Art class is suitable for kids 7-12 years The class is led by experienced Art teacher Denise Corbett. Participants will be guided through a variety of different art techniques and explore a variety of different art materials including drawing, painting, clay work and arts and crafts. 

All materials are provided.

Kids Art Class, 5 Mondays After School 7-12 yrs. 5-7pm starts Feb 27th, Total Price €110; €30 deposit on booking. balance €80 payable at first class.

Kids 4-8 Years, After School Class. 5 Thursdays

Tutor Denise Corbett

Have fun and make friends exploring drawing, painting, pottery, and arts and crafts materials. Our Junior Art Class in our Drumshanbo studio is led by Denise Corbett. Price includes all five Thursday after school sessions and is inclusive of all materials. 

Kids Art Class, 5 Tuesdays After School 4-8 yrs. 4:30-6:00pm starts Feb 23rd, Total Price €100; €30 deposit on booking. balance €70 payable at first class.

Animation, 10 –16 Years. Tuesday After School

Tutor Michael Corbett

Enjoy making your own animated movies. Learn how to create your own 2D & 3D characters and stories that can then be used to produce your movie. Learn how to make and edit your movie using the latest software. These are skills that can be used at home for endless hours of fun and creativity. All materials are included

Animation 10-16 yrs, 5 Tuesdays, 5-7pm, Starts Feb 21st, Total Price €110; €30 deposit on booking. balance €80 payable at first class

Creative Writing for Teens 13-17 yrs

‘Fiction for Young Writers’ With Nicola Kearns

6 Thursdays After School

 

Creative Writing for Teens (13-17yrs.)

Fiction for Young Writers is a self-paced workshop that will teach young writers the essential ingredients of great fiction, so they can improve their writing, tell better stories, write more vivid scenes, and build confidence in their writing abilities.

Tutor, Nicola has created a dynamic course to help young writers (beginner to advanced) build a storytelling foundation and nurture their love of writing.

Unleash your creativity as a writer, while having the freedom to write what you want, but you also gain the discipline of writing craft.

There are no grades, no exams and no wrong answers—just creative writing, helping young writers discover and develop their unique voices. The idea is to explore—see with a writer’s eyes, spark ideas to life, gain confidence, and experiment with both fiction and nonfiction.

This course offers

 Fun writing prompts designed to spark your imagination and get your creative juices flowing.

 Tons of practical writing tips and advice to take you on an unforgettable creative journey toward becoming an amazing writer

Nicola’s many years of professional experience of writing for magazines and her own novels, combined with an in-depth knowledge of the writing craft makes for an engaging, humorous, and enlightening class that is guaranteed to remind young writers why they love to write.

Teen Creative Writing, 6 Thursdays after school starts 23rd Feb, Total €130: €30 deposit on booking, balance €100 payable on the first day.

Manga & Anime Art Club, 10-16 Years. Friday After School

Tutors Denise and Michael Corbett

Manga (Japanese comics) and Anime (Japanese animation) have become a global phenomenon – and their popularity is growing every day. This 5-week after-school course for 10 -16-year-olds is one of our most popular classes with its friendly, informal, and club-like atmosphere, where new members are always welcome. The classes will provide you with the knowledge and skills to create your own Manga and Anime, with lots of drawing and animation time. All course materials are provided.

Manga & Anime Art Club, 10 -16 yrs ,Fridays 5-7pm, Starts Feb 24th, Total Price €110; €30 deposit on booking. balance €80 payable at first class.

Kids Art Class 4-8 Years Saturday Morning

With Denise Corbett

Have fun and make friends exploring drawing, painting, pottery, and arts and crafts materials. Our Junior Art Class is led by Denise Corbett. The price includes all five sessions and is inclusive of all materials. This is a very popular class and early booking is recommended.

Kids Art Class, 4-8 yrs. 5 Saturdays 10-11:30 am, starts Feb 25th, Total Price €100; €30 deposit on booking. €70 balance payable at first class

Kids Art Class 7-12 Years Saturday Afternoon

With Denise Corbett

This 5 Saturday Afternoon Art class is suitable for kids 7-12 years The class is led by experienced Art teacher Denise Corbett. Participants will be guided through a variety of different art techniques and explore a variety of different art materials including drawing, painting, clay work and arts and crafts.

Kids Art Class, 7-12 yrs. 5 Saturdays 12:30-2:30pm, starts Feb 25th, Total Price €110; €30 deposit on booking. €80 balance payable at first class

Leitrim School of Art (LSA)

Deposit and Missed Classes Refund Policy from 1st December 2022

(a)  Due to substantial increases in business costs LSA cannot offer discounts, refunds, or alternative places on future events for missed classes within class blocks.

(b)  A request for a refund of a deposit may be considered if the refund request is received by LSA at least 10 days before the start of the event.

(c)  A request to transfer a deposit to another event may be considered if the request to transfer is received by LSA at least 10 days before the start of the originally booked event.

(d)  Requests for refunds or transfer of deposits must be notified to LSA by email to michael@leitrimartschool.ie

(e)  Requests for refunds will be responded to by LSA within 3 days of the request being notified to us.

(f)   Your statutory rights as a consumer are not affected and LSA will “make good” on its obligations to consumers for failure to provide classes and workshops (e.g., event cancellation).

Visual Art Disciplines

  • Observational drawing
  • Life drawing
  • Portraiture drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Pottery and ceramics
  • Printmaking
  • Photography including digital editing
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Animation
  • Web Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Architecture Design
  • Interior Design
  • Jewellery Design
  • Product Design
  • Mixed Media
  • Batik
  • Felt Making
  • Silk Painting
  • Weaving
  • Card making
  • Prop design
  • Stage Design
  • Mural Design
  • Art Therapy
  • Art History