Workshops

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Still Life – Painting Workshop

Date: Sun 26th & Mon 27th March
Class Length: 11 am – 6 pm
Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Olive Stack
Fee: €140 Includes a delicious lunch each day 

2 Day still life workshop. Working from life each participant will create a painting in the medium of their choice. Olive will assist with still life choice and set up, composition, colour mixing and various tips and techniques. Come along and explore your creative potential!

About the Artist: A lifelong painter Olive works in various media including Oil, Watercolour, Encaustic & Mosaic. It’s a  privilege to share her studio in Lovely Listowel with inspirational artists from around the world through the artist’s residency. Olive has exhibited in Ireland, UK, USA and Canada.

Supply List: Canvas/Board no larger than 12″ x 12″ or 11″ x 14″ ideally bring two different shapes/sizes to choose from once you’ve settled on a composition. Paint: a variety of colours in the medium of your choice (Acrylic Oil or Watercolour). Palette. A selection of brushes. Kitchen paper and a jar. Olive will supply various items for still life set up, please feel free to bring your own also.


Possibilities With Paper – Collage Workshop

Date: Sat 8th April
Class Length: 9.30 am – 5 pm
Skill Level: All Levels
Instructor: Lillie Morris
Fee: €70

1-Day Mixed Media/Collage Workshop: “POSSIBILITIES WITH PAPER” Learn to loosen up and create artwork using recycled magazines, newspaper, photocopies, prepared papers and more. Lillie Morris will assist you in opening up to the possibilities of mixed media collage: new textures, new meaning, and new spatial depth in your work. All experience levels welcome. Collage subject matter is open to the participant… still life, portrait, landscape, and more. Also, a bit of art history as it relates to the medium of collage. Most supplies included – Participants need to bring 1″ or 1-1/2″ flat brush and a roll of paper towels

About the artist: Interested in art since she was a young girl, Lillie Morris studied art at Augusta University and has continued to explore a variety of painting mediums as well as collage throughout her adult life. Lillie’s work has been featured in numerous solo and group shows in the Southeastern US. She is an award-winning member of The Atlanta Collage Society and The South Carolina Watermedia Society and a member of The National Collage Society. Lillie is known for her love of texture, her diversity, her bold use of colour and her impressionistic style.

www.lilliemorrisfineart.com


Release your creative spirit     

Date: Mon 10th & Tue 11th April
Class Length: 6-9 pm each evening
Skill Level: All Levels
Instructor: Staci Swider
Fee: €70

This mixed media painting/collage class will focus on techniques and ideas for creating intuitively. By responding to random actions, coupled with basic color and compositional concepts, the image making will take care of itself. Isn’t it time to develop your own artistic process? Why not start now?

About the Artist: Staci Swider has been making art forever, and she remembers making furniture for her dollhouse out of recycled materials, and clothing for her dolls. This love for design led her to study textile design in college, and later create a career as a fabric designer/stylist in the home furnishings industry. Staci’s work has been featured in many solo and group shows, and has appeared in Cloth Paper Scissors and Quilting Arts magazines among others. Her new book is Acrylic Expressions: Painting Authentic Themes and Creating Your Visual Vocabulary, and she has a new set of four DVDs with Artists Network TV.

www.staciswider.com


Fantasy House Portraits

Date:Saturday April 25th
Class Length: 9.30 am – 4pm
Skill Level: All Levels
Instructor: Staci Swider
Fee: €70

Description: Always wanted a beach house? An english garden? Starting with your own
photo, we use collage, painting and illustration to create depth and detail. I will teach
you my own gesso technique to make seamless transitions between reality and fantasy.
Simply bring a photo and let s get started!
Students Should Bring: 8×10 photo or larger of your home, can be b&w or color.
Assorted soft bristle brushes, something in which to rinse brushes, drawing supplies
which may include but are not limited to: colored pencils, water color pencils, colored
sharpies, gel pens, etc, house and gardening magazines to cut up and share,
decorative papers for collaging.


Flowers of The Wild Atlantic Way

Date:  Sun 21st May & Mon 22nd May
Class Length: 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
Skill Level: All Levels
Instructor: Pam Goode
Fee: €200

This workshop will focus on capturing a few of Ireland’s 900 native species in glass, from the humble clover pictured to the bodacious fuchsia that grows wild in hedgerows along the narrow lanes. Topics covered in the two-day workshop will include selecting, sizing, and altering images for mosaic; preparing substrates; specific cutting and laying techniques for that Irish “windblown” look; and selecting and combining colors for greatest effect. Students will select photos before the class meets, and the suggested material for this workshop is stained glass. Instructor will Provide: Prepared 8” x 8” Substrates, Prepared Images, Adhesive, Some Glass, Glass Grinder Students will Provide: Some Stained Glass, Tools

About the artist: Pam Goode is a mosaic artist based in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. As a creator of fine and functional art, installations, and community projects, she works with a variety of materials, including Italian and Mexican handmade glass, stained glass, porcelain, stone, and found objects. Known for her sense of whimsy and color, Pam’s mosaics transcend the subject at hand and go straight for the heart. “My goal is to bring a sense of joy, wonder, or peace to viewers. Her work has been selected for inclusion in Mosaic Arts International four times, and has appeared twice in Mosaic Art Now, a publication featuring mosaic art across the globe. Immersed in mosaics since 1999, Pam founded Ciel Gallery in 2008 in an effort to provide exhibition opportunities for mosaic artists across the globe. Now an art collective focusing on local artists working in every medium, Ciel continues to present juried exhibitions, classes, and special events. An avid traveler, Pam is most inspired by being in unfamiliar surrounds where every sight, every thought, is new. “I see everything differently — feel everything differently — and the ability to communicate my own transformation through art thrills me.” In 2012 Pam founded Mosaic Art Retreats, offering international art tours and workshops.

Only 1-2 Places remaining, please enquire before registering!

www.pamelagoodemosaics.com


The Lively Lights of Listowel

Date:  Sun 21st May
Class Length: 2 – 3.30 pm
Skill Level: All Levels
Instructor: Jean Cauthen
Fee: €28

Grab your sketch journal (unlined sketchbook approx. 5 x 8”) and let’s wander the lovely streets of Listowel. Using a waterfast felt or gel pen, learn the technique of contour line to depict the whimsical shop fronts of Listowel. Add a touch of colour and a bit of collage to complete your impressions. Then, of course, let’s duck in for a tea and scone. Rain or Shine. Optional for those wanting to experiment with watercolour: Bring along any portable watercolour kit or purchase: http://a.co/cg3kmmZ A brush pen is included in this set. Instructor provides instruction on line drawing and assists in proportions.

About the Artist: Jean combines her two passions, painting and travel and is excited to share techniques on travel sketching. You may spot her around Listowel during the month of May, in a floppy hat, painting landscapes of her favourite Irish town!

Supply List: Sketchbook approx. 5 x 8″, pencil and eraser, glue stick, fine felt tip pen Waterproof Pens: Pitt Faber-Castell or any artist grade waterproof pen (no Sharpies), recommended: portable stool. Optional for those wanting to experiment with watercolour: Bring along any portable watercolor kit.

www.jeancauthen.com


Mosaic Workshop, Fluid Double Reverse Method

Date:  Sat 17th & Sun 18th June (optional Mon 19th)
Class Length: 9.30 am – 5.30 pm daily
Skill Level: All Levels
Instructor: John (Solly) Sollinger
Fee: €280 – 2 Day/3 Day plus €140

This workshop will be a demonstration and hands-on experience rather than presentation, and the focus will be on process rather than product. You will practice my techniques, and I will share my thought processes and approach to handling problems, making choices for glass colors, tones, size & shape, placement, etc. You will build one 5 x 7 inch (~13 x 18 cm) mosaic (not grouted, framed or ready to hang)

About the Artist: Using a process of my own design, I make mosaic wall-hangings that have received international acclaim. I bring my teaching skills, honed from years in classrooms and labs, into the mosaic workshops, which I now offer in the US, Europe, Middle East and Australia.

Supply List: You will bring 1) a color and black & white image , 2) substrate, 3) art or stained glass, 4) tools and 5) packing materials to take your mosaic home safely, and 6) camera to check your work-in-progress’ tonal qualities. I will supply the adhesive and other necessary tools and materials. 1) Image: You will mosaic directly over the color image and use the B&W image for tone and composition reference). I suggest simple geometric designs or other abstractions. If you wish to attempt realism, consider the 3-day option; if you render a photo, keep it simple and small. The size of your images should be no larger than 5×7 inches. If you work quickly, have simple designs and work with smaller images, then you may produce more than one mosaic. 2) Substrate: It can be any board (5x7inches or larger, if you want to use it as part of the frame) that does not warp, but a clear sheet of glass is my first choice; it allows you to visualize the hue and tone effect, since its underside can be painted or adhered to colored substrate. 3) Glass: When choosing your art and stained (more transparent) glass, bring first choices and alternatives in shade/tone and hue. Bring more than you expect to use, for you may wish to do some trading with other participants. 4) Tools: Bring 2-wheeled glass cutters, a glass cutter, running pliers, eye protection, and any other tool that you may already use, such as tweezers.

http://roguemosaics.com


Beginning Oil Portraiture

Date:  Thurs 10th Aug
Class Length: 6 – 8 pm
Skill Level: All Levels
Instructor: Emily Andress
Fee: €25

Supply List:

Canvas 11″ x 14″ or larger. Oil colors: Titanium white, Burnt Siena, Cadmium red medium, Chromium oxide green, Naples yellow, French Ultramarine Blue, Mars black. Any other favorites. Acrylic colours for underpainting: Any favorites. Assorted brushes


Precision Mosaic Jewellery

Date:  Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd Sept
Class Length: 10 am – 4 pm
Skill Level: All Levels
Instructor: Margo Anton
Fee: €220 & €40 material fee

The ability to make mosaic jewelry is a fantastic skill that can result in many gifts and sales! Learn how to create high end, precisely laid mosaic jewelry in this two day workshop. The first day begins with a comprehensive lecture and slide show on jewelry base selection, adhesive choice, and suitable tesserae, followed by a examination of design for jewelry and how it differs from standard mosaic design. Precision cutting, the key to fine mosaic jewelry, will be discussed, demonstrated, and practiced. Jewelry laying techniques will be thoroughly covered, and students can expect lots of great tips! Class participants will receive lots of individual attention as they work on silver plate mosaic pendants using mosaic gold, smalti, filati, semiprecious stones, dichroic glass, and millefiori. On the second day, participants will hone their newfound skills in precision mosaic making while working on a more challenging second or even third project. A comprehensive handout will be provided, and participants should expect to depart with the knowledge and skills to create precision mosaic jewelry on their own. This workshop should particularly benefit participants of all levels who are wanting to learn to cut material more precisely, who want to add high end mosaic jewelry to their repertoire, or who are interested in learning to work in small scale mosaic.

About the Artist: Margo Anton has been working as a professional mosaic artist for over a decade, creating fine art mosaics, mosaic jewelry, and teaching classes. She has exhibited her texture focused art work in her native Canada, the USA, and Italy. When not creating mosaics, she shares her knowledge and love of the mosaic medium by teaching, from regular classes in Canada, to workshops in the USA, to artist residencies abroad. In 2009, she created the Mosaic a Day project, creating a small mosaic everyday; her exceptionally precise jewelry was one of the by-products of this enterprise.

Supply List: Wheeled nippers Protective eyewear Disposable gloves (2 pair) Magnifying eyewear if desired.

Wheeled nippers and protective eyewear will be provided for those who need them, please let us know in advance.

www.margoanton.com


Bend, Fold and Undulate – making dimensional substrates

Date:  Sat 9th Sept
Class Length: 10 am – 5 pm
Skill Level: All Levels
Instructor: Marian Shapiro
Fee: €110 & €20 materials fee

Want to move beyond the flat? In this practical, hands-on workshop you will discover how to make your own lightweight, dimensional, hand-formed substrates (mosaic bases) suitable for indoors or outdoors. The day kicks off with an inspirational presentation giving examples of Marian’s work plus that of students who have taken this course. Then, working with fiberglass mesh and cement-based adhesive, you will create two small (max 40 cm sq) wall-hanging substrates of your own design. The first is flat, folded, or undulating (or a combination of all three). The second substrate is hollow, such as a mask or torso, and is created by using sand to make a mould (sand-casting). Both these substrates are made in two stages, so you make the first stage during the workshop but need to complete it in your own time afterwards. Sufficient material will be provided to take away and finish the substrates started in class. Marian will demonstrate the finishing process and each student also gets a half-made substrate and finishes it off in class so that you feel fully confident to complete your own substrates at home. The aim of the class is to give you the knowledge and confidence to make your own substrates using Marian’s methods. The substrates made in class are small so that they are achievable during the class time and easy to take away afterwards. There is no actual mosaicking in this class. However, discussions of design concepts as well as issues to be taken into account when applying mosaic to a 3-D form are an integral part of the day. Participants are actively encouraged to ask questions. Full, illustrated course notes are provided. Although suitable for all levels, this workshop will particularly benefit those who wish to extend their mosaic practice by moving beyond the flat surface.

About the Artist: Australian artist Marian Shapiro is well known for her use of three-dimensional hand-formed cement substrates, often giving the illusion of flowing material. Originally trained in art and theatre in the UK, she became fascinated by the possibilities of the ancient art of mosaic and by the creative tension of using ancient techniques and traditional materials to make modern art. She has been a full-time working artist since 2003. Shown and collected nationally and internationally, she has been commissioned by many private clients in Australia, the UK, USA and Canada and has several public and commercial commissions in Sydney. Her work has also been featured in numerous books and magazines and on television. She is a sought after teacher and speaker.

Supply List: Essential -A pair of sharp scissors, An apron, or alternatively wear clothes that can get dirty but be aware that the materials we are using don’t wash out. A camera (phone is fine) A plastic container to mix adhesive – large takeaway food size or ice-cream container * A dust mask. Four pairs disposable gloves. A couple of cardboard tubes from the inside of foil, toilet rolls etc. Two boards or pieces of stiff cardboard about 40 x 40 cm sq (to support the work while being made) Optional – some soft mesh from the back of vitreous glass tiles if you have any. All other materials will be provided.

www.dariandesign.com.au


Putting it all Together – exploring andamento, colour theory and value
Date: Sat 23rd & Sun 24th Sept
Class Length: 10 am – 5 pm
Skill Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Marian Shapiro & Margo Anton
Fee: €220 & €10 materials fee
Feel you need to expand your skills? Want to take your work to another level? This course will give you a practical understanding of the grammar of mosaics and the effects that can be achieved. We will look at both traditional and modern ways of laying material, and explore how you can use colour theory and an understanding of value (tone) to make your mosaics as effective as possible. Day one is theoretical and consists of presentations and exercises on paper. No drawing skills are necessary. On day two you will have the opportunity to put the theoretical skills you learned on day one into practice by making a small (20 x 20 cm) mosaic. Students who attended Marian’s Bend, Fold and Undulate course on the 9th September are welcome to bring the small substrate completed at the end of day 1 to work on. Otherwise, a small substrate will be provided. You will also get full course notes. This is an intermediate/advanced course and aimed at people who already have a solid grounding in mosaic making but wish to improve their knowledge of basic art principles plus enhance their understanding of classical andamento in order to make their own work more effective and harmonious to the eye.
About the Artists: Margo Anton has been working as a professional mosaic artist for over a decade, creating fine art mosaics, mosaic jewellery, and teaching classes. She has exhibited her texture-focused art work in her native Canada, the USA, and Italy. When not creating mosaics, she shares her knowledge and love of the mosaic medium by teaching, from regular classes in Canada, to workshops in the USA, to artist residencies abroad. In 2009, she created the Mosaic a Day project, creating a small mosaic everyday. Australian artist Marian Shapiro is well known for her use of three-dimensional hand-formed cement substrates, often giving the illusion of flowing material. She has been a full-time working artist since 2003. Shown and collected nationally and internationally, she has been commissioned by many private clients in Australia, the UK, USA and Canada and has several public and commercial commissions in Sydney. Her work has also been featured in numerous books and magazines and on television. She is a sought after teacher and speaker.
Supply List: A pair of sharp scissors. A pencil. Coloured pencils. A couple of sheets of A3 paper or a sketchbook. An apron, or alternatively wear clothes that can get dirty but be aware that the materials we are using don’t wash out. A camera (phone is fine). A couple of plastic containers to mix adhesive – small yoghurt pots or plastic cups. A dust mask. A small metal artist’s palette knife Design ideas for a 20 x 20 substrate (or your substrate from Bend, Fold and Undulate). Mosaic materials sufficient to cover a substrate 20 x 20 cm (Bring more than you think you will need) students will be encouraged to swap and share. Tools to cut them with 2 pairs disposable gloves. All other materials will be provided

 

 It’s Good to Be Queen

Date: Sat 9th Dec
Class Length: 10 am – 2 pm
Skill Level: All Levels
Instructor: Jen Walls
Fee: €75

This class is for all levels of painters. Students will create a layered mixed media piece using acrylic paint and collage materials.

About the Artist: Mixed-media artist and mark-maker Jen Walls is often inspired by mythology, folklore and stories of indigenous peoples. Self-taught, her art is the result of disciplined studio time, a regimen of exploratory and experimental projects and a good dose of magic. Her whimsical characters invite the viewer to explore the transformative nature of fairytales…entering the woods at night, conquering our fears and emerging on the other side as stronger, more compassionate versions of ourselves. Jen considers storytelling to be the primary finishing medium in art, and provides an introspective blog piece for each painting. Her workshops explore personal storytelling and archetypes in art, along with a bit of quirky whimsy. Her first collaborative book, Blue Wild, was published in 2016, and features paintings “illustrated” by the haiku poetry of kindred spirit and writer Mary W. Cox. An advocate for doodling in the classroom, the waiting room and the board room, she lives in Florida with her husband, son and assorted mischievous wildlife.

Supply List:  All materials will be provided by the instructor.

www.jenwalls.weebly.com


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