Listowel Visual Arts Week Workshops 20th – 24th June 2018

Ars longa, vita brevis – Hippocrates
Life is short, Art endures

Workshop: Micro Mosaic
Instructor: Mireille Swinnen
Date: Wed 20th & Thurs 21st June 2018
Time: 9.30am – 5.30 pm
Skill Level: All Levels
Venue: Olive Stack Gallery
Fee: €150 (Includes Materials)
Maximum Participants: 9

In this two day workshop you will learn how to cut and manipulate preshaped filati in order to create a unique pendant.  Various shapes of filati will be introduced and the different use of the petals and shapes will be demonstrated to form a variety of flowers.  Mireille will discuss possible types of adhesives and traditional filati cutting, as well as the resources to obtain these kinds of materials.


Workshop: Beginning Oil Portraiture
Instructor: Emily Andress
Date: Thurs 21st June 2018
Time: 9.30am – 11.30am
Skill Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Venue:The Butler Centre – Padraig James Rom
Fee: €40
Maximum Participants: 10

This 2-hour class is for adults who want to try their hand at portraiture in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Learn new ways to look at your subject and recreate it in your unique style on the canvas. No experience necessary! Portraits will be created in an Impressionist/Post- Impressionist/GermanExpressionist/Fauvist style.

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Workshop: Mosaic – River of Smalti
Instructor: Mireille Swinnen
Date: Fri 22nd – Sun 24th June 2018
Time: 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
Skill Level: All Levels
Venue: Olive Stack Gallery
Fee: €400 (Includes Materials)
Maximum Participants: 8

In this three-day workshop you will get a chance to experience what it is like to work with smalti in a painterly style, but more importantly how to work with a full palette of colors in smalti.
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 along the way what choice of colors 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 colors, why big or small pieces, etc 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.

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Workshop: Linocut Printmaking
Instructor: Brendan and Kate Campbell
Date: Fri 22nd June 2018
Time: 9.30 am – 4 pm
Skill Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Venue: The Butler Centre – Padraig James Room
Fee: €80 (includes materials)
Maximum Participants: 10

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.

Workshop: Design for Painting
Instructor: Diane Pike
Date: Fri 22nd June 2018
Time: 9.30 am – 11.30 am
Skill Level: All Levels
Venue: Plein Air 
Fee: €35
Maximum Participants: 10

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, otherwise an indoor venue will be provided. Supplies included.

These sessions are the perfect lead up to the Listowel Visual Arts Week Paint  Out

Workshop: Lunch and Learn
Instructor: Diane Pike & Jean Cauthen
Date:  Fri 22nd June 2018
Time: 12 – 1 pm
Skill Level: All Levels
Venue: Plein Air
Maximum Participants: 10

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

Workshop: Basics of Landscape Painting
Instructor: Jean Cauthen
Date: Fri 22nd June 2018
Time: 1 – 3 pm
Skill Level: All Levels
Venue: Seanchai -Kerry Writers Museum
Fee: €35
Maximum Participants: 10

Learn the essentials, then let your creativity fly! Jean covers blocking in, and the basics of color 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.

These sessions are the perfect lead up to the Listowel Visual Arts Week Paint  Out

Workshop: Collage – Possibilities with Paper
Instructor: Lillie Morris
Date: Sat 23rd & Sun 24th June 2018
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Skill Level: All Levels
Venue: The Butler Centre – Padraig James Room
Fee: €200 (includes most materials)
Maximum Participants: 8

Learn how to create your own collage material using a variety of acrylic painting techniques. Make your own painted papers with patterns, textures, expressive marks, to create simple, but dynamic collages. Engage your creative spirit, as we will explore abstract composition, play, make a mess, and have a whole lot of fun in the process. This two-day workshop includes a break for lunch.

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