Events 22nd June 2018



Mosaic River of Smalti with Mireille Swinnen (Belgium). In this three-day workshop you will get a chance to experience what it is like to work with smalti in a painterly style, using a full palette of colours.
Starting out from an image you bring in or one we find together, the instructor will help you translate your image into mosaic by explaining one-on-one and every step of the way what choice of colours to use, what shape to give your tesserae, what andamento to use, where to put your lights and darks, why to use warm or cold colours, why big or small pieces, etc. until you achieve the desired result.
This is a fool-proof procedure. No matter what your skills are, you will go home with a serious understanding of what smalti can do for your mosaics and the piece that you walk away with will be a work of art, not just a sample.
As a surplus and to further your better understanding of good mosaics, each day, the instructor will show a vast array of mosaics on powerpoint for you to examine and for her to demonstrate how these powerful techniques are used in the very appealing works of the Spilimbergo students, one of the major mosaic schools in Italy.

9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Venue: Olive Stack Gallery



Linocut Printmaking with Kate and Brendan Campbell. The course is aimed at those who have an interest in printmaking, however it is also suitable for people who are new to art. In this one day workshop you will learn how to plan and cut designs for linocut printing. Areas covered will include use of tools, colour mixing, registration techniques and printing using a baren and an etching press.
As participants will be working from their own ideas it is important to bring some drawings, photographs or other images as source material from which to work. All other materials will be provided.
Register for the workshop

9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Venue: The Butler Centre


Design for painting with Diane Pike.

At the heart of a good painting is a good design. Learn how to choose a composition and translate it into a bold arrangement of shapes. Using the Notan system of arranging shapes in only black and white, Diane guides students through the process of designing your landscape painting. Diane provides photos and examples. If weather permits, students may work from nature as well. Supplies included.
This session with plein air painter Diane is the perfect lead up to the Listowel Visual Arts Week Paint Out. Register for the workshop

9:30 am – 11:30 am
Venue: Plein Air


Mural Painting

Hung, Drawn and Quartered
Athea muralist James Dunne has drawn a Celtic design with a Listowel theme and needs your help to bring it to life!
Join James as he encourages passers-by to paint in the design on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00am to 1:00pm each day.
The artist will set up in and around the Square in Listowel town centre. This activity is free, a wonderful event to spectate and is suitable for all ages and levels of painting skill – it’s even suitable for those who claim to have no painting skills.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Venue: The Square


Lunch and Learn with Diane Pike and Jean Cauthen.
Bring a packed lunch, sip some tea and enjoy an outdoor demonstration on how to setup for plein air painting. Discuss materials, how to layout a palette, easels, and many other good tips!

These sessions are the perfect lead up to the Listowel Visual Arts Week Paint Out. Both Jean and Diane are seasoned and award winning plein air painters.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Venue: Plein Air


Basics of Landscape Painting with Jean Cauthen.
Learn the essentials, then let your creativity fly! Jean covers blocking in, and the basics of colour mixing using a limited palette. Working from provided photographs or what you worked from in the morning session we dive into the layout. This is sure to be a fun way to jump start your plein air experience. No experience necessary and advanced painters will enjoy the review.
Supplies included in class fee.

This session with plein air painter Jean is the perfect lead up to the Listowel Visual Arts Week Paint Out.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Venue: The Seanchai – Kerry Writers Museum

Life Drawing

Join us for an untutored life drawing session with a professional female model, from Académie de la Grande Chaumière Paris!
Please bring whatever art materials you wish. Some easels will be available on request, if possible please bring your own.
The life drawing sessions will suit practising visual artists and include both short and long poses.
The Butler Centre is a spacious, historic and characterful venue with abundant natural light. Reserve a place

3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Venue: The Butler Centre

Book of Kells

Join us to view a replica of the Book of Kells along with a short informative talk. A tour of the Pierse & Fitzgibbon art collection will follow.
In association with Pierse & Fitzgibbon Solicitors with special thanks to Robert Pierse.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Venue: Pierse & Fitzgibbon Solicitors


Juried Show ‘The Wild Atlantic Way’. The Wild Atlantic Way is one of the loveliest natural areas of Ireland and the show is meant to celebrate that spirit.

The show features work by artists from Ireland, UK, Belgium, Germany, Canada and the US

Jurors: PJ Lynch & John Sollinger
Prize Fund: €700

7:30 pm
Venue: St Johns Theatre & Arts Centre