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ARTS AND CRAFTS AUTUMN 2022

Needle Felt, 3 Mondays Daytime. Starts November

With Carol Wise

Needle Felting is a process of transforming wool fibres into 2D pictures and 3D objects using a single notched needle. By repeatedly stabbing the needle into the wool you can create all sorts of pictures and sculptures.

Needle felting as a craft was discovered by David and Eleanor Stanford in the 1980s. The needles were originally designed to be used large scale for industrial machinery as far back as the 1850’s to make felt fabrics from wool.

In this 3 week’s Monday daytime class, you will learn needle felting from experienced Needle Felt Artist and Tutor Carol Wise and will produce pieces that you can take home with you. Typically in the first week we will be creating a 3D character/creature. The second week a 2D landscape picture. In the final week we use wire armature to create a posable character.

All materials are supplied.

Needle Felt, 3 Mondays daytime, 10:30am-12:30m Starts Nov 7th. Total Price €85 (€30 deposit on booking (balance €55 payable at first class).

Needle Felt, 3 Wednesday Evenings. Starts November

With Carol Wise

Needle Felting is a process of transforming wool fibres into 2D pictures and 3D objects using a single notched needle. By repeatedly stabbing the needle into the wool you can create all sorts of pictures and sculptures.

Needle felting as a craft was discovered by David and Eleanor Stanford in the 1980s. The needles were originally designed to be used large scale for industrial machinery as far back as the 1850’s to make felt fabrics from wool.

In this 3 week Wednesday evening class, you will learn needle felting from experienced Needle Felt Artist and Tutor Carol Wise and will produce pieces that you can take home with you. Typically in the first week we will be creating a 3D character/creature. The second week a 2D landscape picture. In the final week we use wire armature to create a posable character.

All materials are supplied.

Needle Felt, 3 Wed Evenings, 7 pm-9 pm Starts Nov 9th. Total Price €85 (€30 deposit on booking (balance €55 payable at first class).

Saturday Stained Glass Workshops – Autumn

2 dates available. September and October

With Emer O’Donnell

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 two dates available – 17th September, and 15th October 10 am-4 pm, . Total Cost €130 per workshop day , €30 deposit on booking, balance €100 payable on day.

LANGUAGE ARTS, AND MODERN LANGUAGES

Italian Conversational Language for Beginners.

5 Wednesdays. Morning and Evening options

With Nicola Kearns

This 5-session Wednesday 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.

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 five 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.’

The course is certified and students can follow up with the Intermediate course, to be advertised separately at a later date.

Italian Conversational Language for Beginners, 5 Wednesdays, Mornings 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, or Evenings 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, starts 19th Oct, Total €125: €30 deposit on booking, balance €95 payable at the first class.

Creative Writing.

5 Thursdays. Morning and Evening options

With Nicola Kearns

 

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. 

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.

It could be the beginning of a whole new chapter in your own life.

Creative Writing Workshops 5 Thursdays,  Mornings 10:00 am-12:00 pm or Evenings 7:00 pm- 9:00pm, starts 20th Oct, Total €125: €30 deposit on booking, balance €95 payable at the first class

CERAMICS AUTUMN 2022

Two Day Saturday Ceramics Workshops 

Tutor Kate Murtagh Sheridan

Relax, Socialise, and Create at our popular Ceramics Workshop. Suitable for beginners and the more experienced.

In this 2 Saturday,10 hour workshop, you will learn building techniques, wheel skills, surface treatments, and glazing. Experienced Ceramicist and Tutor Kate Murtagh Sheridan will guide you through the workshop, helping and encouraging you to develop your own interests and style. There is a 2 week break between Saturdays to allow for drying and firing.

You can expect to take home several pieces of your finished work.. 

All materials are provided.

Two Day Ceramics Workshop, Saturday 8th and 22nd October 10 am- 3pm, Total €140: €30 deposit on booking balance €110 payable on the 1st day.

Ceramic Class, 5 Monday Evenings.

Tutor Denise Corbett

This 5 Monday evening 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.

Note there is a one-week break in this 5 Monday block. There is no class on the bank holiday Monday 31st Oct.

Ceramic Class, 5 Monday Evenings, 7:00-9:00 pm Starts Oct 10th, Total Price €140 (€30 deposit on booking (balance €110 payable at first class).

Ceramic Class, 5 Friday evenings.

Tutor Denise Corbett

This 5 Friday evening 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 Fridays evenings, 7:30-9:30pm Starts Oct 14th, Total Price €140 (€30 deposit on booking (balance €110 payable at first class).

FINE ART PROGRAMME AUTUMN 2022

Painting with Watercolours for Beginners, 2 x Saturday Workshop

Tutor Peter McSweeney

Our Watercolour Workshop for Beginners is held in our well-equipped Drumshanbo studios. This is a 12-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: Introduction, colours and using washes. Painting a still life, initial drawing and sketches, initial washes and details. Building up layers. Shadows and darker details.

Day 2: Introduction to watercolour landscapes. Initial drawing and sketches, The first washes: skies and clouds. Background washes and details. Foreground broad details and adding texture, darker details and shadows.

All materials are provided

Watercolour Workshop for Beginners, 2 Sat’s Sep 24th & Oct 1st, Total €140: €30 deposit on booking, balance €110 payable on the first day.

Drawing and Sketching for Beginners

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 at a pace that suits you

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.

All materials are provided

Drawing and Sketching, Beginners, 5 Tuesdays mornings 10am-12:30 or evenings 7:00-9:00pm. starts 11th Oct, Total €140: €30 deposit on booking, balance €110 payable on the first day

Painting Intermediate Level

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.

All materials are provided

Painting Intermediate Level, 5 Wednesdays 7-9 pm, Starts Oct 12th. Total Price €140, €30 deposit on booking, bal.€110 payable at first class

Painting for Beginners

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 a still life. Drawing and underpainting 1st Layer Wall, cloth and fruit shapes Next Layers

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

All materials are provided

Painting for Beginners, 5 Thursday Evenings starts October 13th, Total €140: €30 deposit on booking, balance €110 payable on the first evening.

Painting For Beginners

Tutor Peter McSweeney

Painting Classes for Beginners are held in our well-equipped Drumshanbo studios. The classes are held over 5 consecutive Friday mornings. The classes are also suitable for those that have attended our previous Friday morning block of classes.

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.

For those returning from an earlier block of classes there will be an introduction to watercolour with initial drawing and sketches, washes and details, and building up of layers. There will also be opportunities to experience and develop still life with various subject matter such as wood, metal and glass.

All materials are provided

Painting for Beginners, 5 Friday mornings starts Oct 14th, Total €140: €30 deposit on booking, balance €110 payable on the first day

Life Drawing

Two Saturdays Workshop Nov 2022

 

Tutor Peter McSweeney

The human figure is one of the most enduring themes in the visual arts and can be the basis of portraiture, illustration, sculpture, and many other fields. Life Drawing is a major element in the traditional training of artists in the Western world.

This is a 12 hour workshop held over 2 Saturdays . The human body is a complex object which allows an artist to learn about a variety of essential techniques. Observing and interpreting the shape of the human body trains an artist to see almost every form of curve, line, and subtle undulation found in nature. The workshop is led by professional Artist and experienced Tutor Peter McSweeney

Participants will be introduced to the basics of Life Drawing. The first hour will consist of ‘warm-up’ exercises; gesture, contour, and modelled drawing. These prepare the Artist for more sustained drawing and at the same time introduce techniques that will further improve the Artist’s observational skills.

Day 1

Contour Drawing, 1 pose. 15 minutes.

Gesture Drawing, 15 poses. 30 minutes.

Cross Contour, 1 pose. 15 minutes.

10 Minute Break.

Moving Action Drawing, 10, 30 minutes

Group Pose, (no model required). 10 poses, 30 minutes

Project: Shape 1 curled in a ball, 5 poses, 1 hour.

unch – Bring your own packed lunch.

Shape 2 kneeling or standing. 2 Poses, 20 and 25 minutes,

Shape 3 sitting on chair, 1 hour.

Day 2

Gesture Drawing, 10 poses, 20 minutes.

Modelled Drawing, 1 pose, 30 minutes.

Project: Weight;

Sitting on a chair vertically, 1 pose, 30 minutes.

Sitting on a chair horizontally, 1 pose’ 30 minutes.

Lunch

Lying on a hard surface. 1 pose, 1 hour

Lying on a soft surface. 1 pose, 1 hour

All Materials are Provided

Life Drawing Workshop, 12 hours over 2 Saturdays, 5th & 12th Nov, 10am-4pm Total Price €170; €30 deposit on booking, balance €140 payable on first day.

KIDS & TEENS CLASSES, AFTER SCHOOL AND SATURDAYS, AUTUMN 2022

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.

Note there is a one-week break in this 5 Monday block. There is no class on the bank holiday Monday 31st Oct.

Kids Art Class, 5 Mondays After School 7-12 yrs. 5-7pm starts Oct 10th, Total Price €105; €30 deposit on booking. balance payable at first class.

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

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 Tuesday after school sessions and is inclusive of all materials. 

Kids Art Class, 5 Tuesdays After School 4-8 yrs. 4:30-6:00pm starts Oct 11th, Total Price €95; €30 deposit on booking. balance €65 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 Oct 11th, Total Price €105; €30 deposit on booking. balance €75 payable at first class

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 Oct 14th, Total Price €105; €30 deposit on booking. balance €75 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 Oct 15th, Total Price €95; €30 deposit on booking. €65 balance payable at first class

Kids Art Class 7-12 Years Saturday Afternoon

With Denise and Connie

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. This is a very popular class and early booking is recommended. All materials are provided.

Kids Art Class, 5 Saturdays 7-12 yrs.12:30-2:30pm starts Oct 15th, Total Price €105; €30 deposit on booking. balance payable at first class

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