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Mosaic Workshop Weekend

Sat 11th  & Sun 12th April 10 am - 5 pm both days €160- materials and lunch included A full weekend of mosaic encompassing all the stages from design, application of tesserae, and grouting. Plenty of room for experimentation, playing with colour and shape, and great for activating those problem solving brain cells! Mosaic is one of the most fun workshops to take part in. Like a giant puzzle with beautiful results! All tools and materials provided and a lovely lunch each day. Suitable for all levels, no experience necessary. Read more

Inspired by the Light!

I can feel the brighter days really reaching into every dark, unlit crevice that has been hidden by the winter. Thankfully! It has given me a new surge of energy to paint. Here's one on my recent ones. It's called 'Swell', and is oil on canvas. I really wanted to bring some yellow into this one and am happy with the results... Read more

An Unusual Commission

I was recently asked by the local drama group, Sliabh Aughty Drama, if I could help them out with some props for their production of 'The Salvage Shop', a play set in a stained glass workshop. They needed a piece based on the Stations of the Cross. Aside from the time and cost of making a piece from glass and lead, the logistics of transporting a glass panel around, without breakage as they tour, was tricky. So with a piece of perspex and a few pots of glass paint, I produced this fake replica of a stained glass panel. Am ... Read more

New Term Art Classes

Tuesdays starting Feb 3rd Weekly art class for 6 weeks 10 am – 12 pm or 7 pm – 9 pm Capparoe, Scariff €90-  Basic Materials included An ongoing weekly art class designed to give participants the building blocks of techniques and approaches to making art. Through a 6 week course we will cover observation, line and form, expressive mark making, composition, colour mixing and tone. Becoming familiar with these principles really helps to build confidence in creating your own art. The benefit of being part of a regular group is not just the weekly practice of working on your art, but also the exposure to ... Read more

Christmas Fused Glass Jewellery

Saturday 6th December 1 til 4 pm Scariff studio, Clare. Design and make your own jewellery in this stunning medium. Experiment with shapes, styles and colours to create jewellery that is truly unique. During the workshop participants will be able to make several pieces of jewellery suitable for pendants, brooches and earrings. Learn the basic techniques of cutting and shaping glass, working with a range of stunning coloured and dichroic glass to produce several pieces of jewellery of your own design. Through the session we will cover the use of tools, design and processes involved, and you will gain practical experience through every ... Read more

Tuesday Evening Class

The final term of art classes for 2014 are up and running starting back with the popular Tuesday evening mixed art class. Students are working with a variety of subjects and mediums, some taking inspiration from the beautiful autumn leaves as seen in this lovely study. Read more

Opportunity for Young Artists

The 5th annual Young People’s Art Exhibition takes place in Scariff Library from 30th Oct until 22nd Nov. Over the years this exhibition has given a platform to many young people to display their creative talents and led on to other youth art events in the area. There is an open theme to the work submitted, and all mediums are welcome, in the past this has seen film, poetry, drawing, painting, textile, sculpture and street art included. Entry is open to anybody 21 years or younger, it’s free to submit work, and there will be an opening reception at ... Read more

Working Big!

Well I've seen giant lanterns but this is the biggest! A Viking ship that will lead the procession at the Festival of Light coming up in Killaloe. We started work yesterday with a great team and amazing help from boat builder and artist Pete Brown. It's huge and beautiful, can't wait to see it progress. We'll be fitting tissue paper sides and lighting at the next session, and of course the mast! There's also a wicker man shaping up.. Read more

Upcoming Killaloe Festival of Light

Something to look forward to as the nights are drawing in. This years Killaloe Festival of Light takes place Thursday 23rd October. As part of it I will be running workshops in giant lantern making, and facilitating the making of a ghost viking ship to light up the waters by the historic bridge joining Killaloe and Ballina. All adults are welcome to attend the workshops which are provided by LCETB. Workshop times are as follows: Viking ship - Thursdays 9th, 16th and 23rd Oct, 11 til 4 pm, Killaloe/Ballina Family Resource Centre, Killaloe Giant Lanterns - Friday 17th and Saturday 18th ... Read more

Inspiration from Hedgeschool Artists

Spent a lovely day at Lough Boora on Sunday where a remembrance and celebration was held for Jean Conroy, one of the founders of the Hedge School Artists, who sadly passed away this year. The other founding member Tom Meskell inspired everyone and we gathered flowers, leaves, peat and twigs and created a series of artworks in her memory, the focal one being a representation of Bailey, Jean's lovely dog. Read more
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