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Art Classes & Workshops

Weekly Art Class

Weekly Art Class – Beginners and Advanced (2 hours x 6 weeks)
Cost: €90- some 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 other peoples approaches and ideas about art, creating a dynamic and supportive environment. Sessions will include practical exercises and individual guidance and support to each participant as they explore their own areas of interest.

We will be working through pencil, ink and paint. A list of basic materials recommended is available.

Suitable for beginners to advanced.

Oils

Oil Painting – (full day only)

Cost: €80- includes materials.

A hands on day of painting with this rich and vibrant medium.

The first section of the workshop will be dedicated to the handling and application of oils using a range of different tools and mediums. We will explore colour mixing and tonal value to really add life and depth to your artwork.

Once familiar with the processes involved, each participant will have a choice of subject to work from on canvas, and individual guidance to help achieve beautiful results.

Suitable for beginners to advanced.

Watercolour Painting

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Watercolour Painting – (half day/full day)

Cost: €40- / €80- includes materials

A wonderful day of watercolour painting. We will begin by getting familiar with our tools and materials through carrying out exercises in application techniques including: wet on wet, layering glazes, scumbling, masking and lifting. The rest of the day will include painting a study of a natural / botanical form.

As watercolour painting has it’s own slow rhythm this is a relaxing and peaceful workshop.

Suitable for beginners to advanced.

Landscape

Painting a landscape – Acrylic on Canvas

Cost: €40- / €80-  includes materials – (half day/full day)

A fun and guided step-by-step workshop where participants will complete a landscape painting on canvas. Weather and setting dependent, we will work either from real life landscape or images, and will cover colour mixing and application for effect, use of different brushes, palette knife and rags, also covering the use of a grid to assist with perspective and proportion.

An enjoyable and engaging class with a finished artwork at the end!

Suitable for beginners to advanced.

Drawing

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Observational Drawing – Graphite Pencil – (half day/full day)

Cost: €40- / €80- includes materials

A structured introduction to drawing and getting familiar with the pencil range. Participants will be led through warm up sketching exercises and practical techniques used to improve observation and shading. We will cover areas such as composition, tonal value and negative space whilst drawing from a still life arrangement.

A lovely chance to build your confidence with the beauty of drawing.

This workshop is suitable for everyone, beginners to advanced, no previous drawing skills necessary.

Stained Glass

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Make a Glass Sun-Catcher – Copper-foil Technique (full day only)

Cost: €90-  includes materials.

Learn the basic techniques of glass construction, working with a range of stunning coloured glass to produce a simple glass sun-catcher of your own.

Through the session we will cover use of tools, design and process, and you will gain practical experience through cutting, grinding, copper-foiling and soldering your own piece.

A fun and practical workshop in this beautiful craft. No previous experience necessary, but beware this is a very addictive hobby!

Participant numbers are limited to 6 for this class to ensure everyone has plenty of individual attention and guidance.


Fused Glass Jewellery

Fused Glass Jewellery (half day)

Cost: €45-  includes materials.

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 stage, as well as knowledge of using a kiln. Your work will be ready for firing at the end of the workshop. A fun and enjoyable workshop, with surprising results. Suitable for beginners to advanced. (Please note that the process of fusing glass work takes time, so finished pieces will be ready for collection in the following week, or sent on to you by post).

Fused Glass Panel

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Fused Glass Panel (full day only)

Cost: €90-  includes materials.

Create a one-off, unique and beautiful panel through the method of fusing glass. Through this workshop you will be assisted with design as well as cutting, shaping and layering glass.  We will be working with coloured and dichroic glass, as well as introducing the use of wire into the process. Through the session we will cover the use of tools, design and processes involved, and you will gain practical experience through every stage, as well as knowledge of using a kiln. Your work will be ready for firing at the end of the workshop.

A playful workshop with lots of room for creative ideas. Suitable for beginners to advanced. (Please note that the process of fusing glass work takes time, so finished pieces will be ready for collection in the following week, or sent on to you by post).

Workshop Information

A selection of half day (3 hours) or full day (6 hours) art workshops with expert guided tuition, in a relaxed and friendly setting.

Sessions are suitable for all levels from complete beginners to advanced. Come and try something new, or just treat yourself to a few hours of creative bliss, the programme can be adjusted to fit your individual requirements.

Group sizes are kept small to accommodate individual attention. All workshops include quality materials and equipment, teas and coffees. Full day workshops include a lovely lunch. Discounts available for group bookings. Sessions take place either in Nathalie’s home studio near Scariff, Co. Clare or in selected venues.

If you are interested in Nathalie coming to your area to run a group workshop then please contact for details.

Workshops for Festivals and Parades

 

Willow and Tissue Lanterns
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Willow and Tissue Lanterns

Light up the night with these simple but enchanting lanterns! Built on a willow frame, and covered with a skin of tissue paper, designs range from simple and beautiful to dazzling and sensational. Workshop can be run as a one off, or a series, depending on design complexity. Suitable for older children, youths and adults.

Paper Wigs
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Paper Wigs at Pride

Spice up your event with these wacky hair pieces. Made from wallpaper and spray paint, they are hairdressing festival style! A great workshop to bring out creativity and laughter. Every wig turns out unique. Suitable for youths and adults.

Giant Puppets
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Photo by Charlie McGeever

Really add some spectacle to your parade with larger than life puppets! Create comical characters out of everyday materials in a series of hands on, fun workshops. Guaranteed to WOW the crowds! Suitable for older children, youths and adults.

Prop Making
Photo by Charlie McGeever

Photo by Charlie McGeever

Transform cardboard, newspaper, masking tape and glue into swords, shields, masks, hats and a hundred different kinds of props! Build energy around your event by getting everyone involved in being part of the preparations. Workshop lengths designed to suit your prop needs. Suitable for all ages.

The Amazing Flying Obstacle Course – Paper Aeroplanes
Paper Aeroplane Flying Obstacle Course

Paper Aeroplane Obstacle Course

A fun, hands-on workshop where children can create their own paper aeroplanes from a range of exciting designs. They can then test their flying skills on the specially designed obstacle course. Who dares wins!