Category: Courses/Workshops/Training

An Introduction to Figure Painting with Nicholas Robinson at Block T

Painting the figure has always been a staple exercise in learning the craft of oil painting. This week long daytime course is ideal for those looking to start their exploration into the art of Figure Painting, or even for the more experienced artist who wants to improve their fundamentals.

Nick Robinson (Florence Academy prize winner 2012 + 2013, Art Renewal Center finalist 2016) will instruct in the visual method: translating what we observe from life into oil painting on the canvas. The first class will explore the materials involved, some theory and preparation for the model. The rest of the course will be comprised of working from the nude in one 18 hour painting.
Canvasses and most materials will be provided (with the exception of paints). A materials list will be sent to each participant.

Dates: Monday July 31st – Friday August 4th
Times: 10:00 – 16:00
Fee: €250
Location: BLOCK T Studios, Dublin 8

Intermediate Digital Photography with Kate Nolan at Block T

Learn how to build on the camera skills you already have to make more creative, imaginative images. Over 6 weeks you will work on a photographic project that will help you combine your imagination with newly learnt technical skills, creating a visual narrative that will showcase your new skillset.

Week 1 – Intro to photography: Overview of art photography. Review of technical elements
Week 2 – Photo Project: Introduction to various photographic projects. Discuss ideas for project
Week 3 – Composition: Breaking down an image into parts. Feedback on photo project and images
Week 4 – Light: Show different lighting techniques. How to work with natural light and flash
Week 5 – Review techniques: Achieving correct exposure through shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Feedback on photo project and images
Week 6 – Outcome and review: Review technical and creative skills learned over the previous weeks. Discuss project created over 6 weeks. Show outcomes for work; exhibition, book, instillations

Dates: Starts Tuesday July 18th
Times: 19:00 – 21:00
Fee: €170
Location: BLOCK T Studios, Dublin 8

Introduction to Digital Photography with Kate Nolan at Block T

This 6 week course is tailored towards beginners, and those looking to improve their photographic skills. Learn the fundamentals of digital photography to make the most out of your camera and produce better, more professional images. This course is the perfect introduction to contemporary digital photography, using visual elements and practical tips to help you make better photographs.

Week 1 – Digital Photo Basics: Intro to photography. Cameras, camera components, lens types. Shutter speed – what are the skills needed to capture movement?
Week 2 – Aperture: Depth of Field. Exploring semi-manual mode
Week 3 – Portraiture: Lighting – how to make the most of lighting conditions. Using aperture to create different portrait styles
Week 4 – Landscape: Composition. How to break down an image into sections
Week 5 – Exposure: Exploring exposure and ISO functions. Achieving correct exposure through shutter speed, aperture and ISO // Using camera in fully manual mode
Week 6 – Re-cap: Review technical and creative skills learned over the previous weeks. Discuss images created over 6 weeks

About the tutor:
Kate Nolan is an Irish visual artist focused on extended photographic stories that examine the nature of identity. In 2014 her artist’s book ‘Neither’, looking at the dreams and fears of young women in Kaliningrad, Russia, was published. She received her BA (hons) Documentary Photography from the University of Wales.

Dates: Starts Monday, July 17th // 19:00 – 21:00
Times: 19:00 – 21:00
Fee: €170
Location: BLOCK T Studios, Dublin 8

Acrylic Painting and Drawing Course at In-spire Galerie, Dublin 2

Receive professional tuition on painting and drawing from art classes run by a highly experienced, practicing artist.
Meet other like-minded people in a nice relaxing atmosphere and improve your skills in a quick and easy way.
Join our practical lessons to develop your own unique style and get confidence with expressing yourself in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

The course contains:
Still life (perspective, proportions…) – drawing
Theory of colors – painting
Acrylic mediums – painting
Acrylic painting techniques – painting
Facial proportions – drawing
Body proportions (1min exercises-skeleton) – drawing

Small groups of 5-6 students insure individual attention to each student progress. As places are limited, book early to avoid disappointment.

Dates: Thur 20th July – Thur 24th August 2017
Times: Every Thursday, 6.30-8pm / 6 week course
Fee: €200
Location: In-spire Galerie, 56 Lwr Gardiner St. D1
Booking: Sofia at (+353) 894895096

Autumn Courses at the RHA School

Foundation Drawing Term 1:
A 15-week course in drawing that provides a skill based approach to the development of individual drawing practice. The course provides the basic technical, material and observational skills for drawing. Course content ranges from sight size observation, spatial organisation to in-depth anatomical study. Wednesdays 2.00 – 5.00, 6 September – 20 December 2017


Foundation Painting Term 1:
A 15-week course that provides basic technical skills to underpin a painting practice. Students will learn how to prepare and create a variety of grounds and surfaces, best practice in relation to materials, the physical and chemical rules for the application of paint, advanced colour theory, tonal value and glazing. Wednesdays 9.30 – 1.00, 6 September – 20 December 2017


Mentored Drawing:
This 15-week term will be organised around three 5-week blocks in drawing led by experienced tutors. There will be a tutored session each morning. Participants will work from live observation and each afternoon there will be a life drawing session facilitated by Colin Martin School Principal working from the life model and applying learning from the morning session. Thursdays 10.00 – 5.00, 7 September – 21 December 2017


Self-Directed Life Drawing:
The Friday Self-Directed Life Drawing Course offers an opportunity for professional artists and students to practice working directly from the live model in order to maintain a high skill-level and practice drawing. These are self-directed sessions and there is an opportunity to work for extended day long poses and shorter gestural poses. Fridays 10.00 – 5.00, 8 September – 22 December


Fee: €450 per course
Location: RHA School, Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2, D02 A213
Booking: To apply for any of these courses, please complete the relevant online application form:
All application deadlines: 11 August 2017

Physical Computing + Electro Acoustic Strategies Workshop at the Dock, Co. Leitrim

This workshop weekend with Ed Devane will cover the basics of using Arduino, an electronics prototyping platform. Participants will learn how to make MIDI controllers to interface sensors and actuators with software such as Ableton Live. Also covered in the workshop will be various methods of amplifying and processing sound using Ableton Live, speakers, pickups and other items.

This weekend is open to adult participants from cross artform backgrounds and no programming or electronics experience is required. It is essential that participants bring a modern laptop to be able to run Arduino software and Ableton Live (demo).
Ed Devane is a sound artist, interaction designer and educator. He has created interactive sound installations, musical performances, instruments and workshops all over Ireland, most recently in Science Gallery Dublin, NerveCentre Derry, NCAD, LSAD and UL.
Date: Saturday 22 + Sunday 23 July
Time: 11am –  4pm
Price: €75
Location: The Dock, St. Georges Terrace, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim
Tel: 071 9650828

Beginners Modern Calligraphy Workshop, The Lab, Dublin 1

Sunday 9 July 2017
Morning Session: 11am to 1.30pm
Afternoon Session: 2.30 to 5pm
Studio 1, The Lab Gallery, 1 Foley Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

Come down to one of our workshops where you will learn everything you need to know to get started on your calligraphy journey. Our relaxed setting and small class sizes ensure that there will be plenty of time for one on one guidance and advice. We will also provide all the materials you need to get started and refreshments to keep you going.

Our beginner calligraphy workshop covers everything you need to get started on your calligraphy journey. The class will cover how to use a dip pen, mark making, letterforms, word formation and simple flourishing. All calligraphy materials (yours to keep!) and light refreshments will be provided.

Closer | School Of Machines, Making + Make-Believe, Berlin

Virtual Reality is a medium compelling us to explore artistic creation, storytelling, and interactivity. The goal of this program is to approach VR as a creative platform to address social issues, imagine new forms of social engagement, and create social experiences that engage multiple users at a time.

This course will introduce individuals to Unity 3D, 360 cameras, creating AR and VR experiences, and much more. All our classes are taught by professional artists in an open and welcoming enviornment. No previous experience needed.

€1250 (artists/students/freelancers)
€1450 (professionals)
Includes materials, use of space and professional mentorship

For more information see:

Body/Landscape Workshop with Frank van de Ven, Beara Peninsula, Co. Cork

An intensive 7-day workshop on the Beara Peninsula, Co. Cork, Ireland

Body Weather – Body Landscape. Body Weather is a comprehensive training and performance practice that investigates the intersections of bodies and their environments. Bodies are not conceived of as fixed entities but as constantly changing through an infinite and complex system of processes occurring in and outside of these bodies. Taking Body Weather into the landscape the aim is to explore and develop consciousness of the body as an ever-evolving landscape within a greater surrounding landscape.
Frank van de Ven is a dancer and choreographer who spent his formative years in Japan working with Min Tanaka and the Maijuku Performance Company. In 1993, with Katerina Bakatsaki, he founded Body Weather Amsterdam, a platform for training and performance.

Dates: September 4-10
Times: Fulltime Residential Course
Fee: €320, concessions €280
Location: Bothar Bui, Cleandra, Ardgroom, Co. Cork
Booking: Contact Séamus Dunbar at

Bronze Casting Workshop with Helle Helsner at h2studio, Cork

h2studio is pleased to announce they are back running bronze casting workshops and are starting off with this 2 day bronze casting workshop/introduction to small scale foundry work.

Throughout the 2 days the participants will be introduced to wax working, mould making , bronze casting and finishing processes as well as an understanding of what is required to set up a small scale foundry. The techniques used are a combination of ancient and contemporary methods.

Dates: July 8th-9th
Times: 10 am to 4pm
Fee: €250
Location: Kilbrittain, Co Cork
Booking: – 0863256689

Creative Climate Leadership Training Course, Koper, Slovenia

Deadline: 31 July 2017

The five-day intensive course (8-14 October 2017) will enable artists and cultural professionals to explore the cultural dimensions of climate change, and take action with impact, creativity and resilience.

The week will:

Explore the role of culture and creativity in responding to climate change and environmental challenges;
Bring together a range of expert guest speakers to share case studies, research, approaches and practical solutions for environmental sustainability in the cultural sector;
Enable each participant to develop their leadership and ideas;
Prepare participants to apply their learning and new skills when they return home, and support ongoing learning and exchange through an alumni network.

The course is aimed at artists and cultural professionals and we welcome applications from all creative disciplines and art forms. We will also consider applicants from organisations that work directly with the cultural sector, such as networks, associations, funding bodies and policymakers.

Cost: The course costs €750. This fee includes tuition, accommodation and food. Participants are expected to pay for their own travel.

Financial support: There are a limited number of free places and travel grants available for freelance (self-employed) applicants. Applicants should indicate on the application form whether they would like to be considered for this support.

For more information see:

Focus On: Printing Your Black and White Negatives Course at Belfast Exposed

Learn how to get the best out of your previously taken black and white negatives in a full-day hands on session aimed at understanding the potential of black and white photographic printing.

This course is designed both for beginners and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge.

What You Will Need

– You must bring your own 35mm processed negatives.

What You Will Learn

– Process your roll of film to contact sheets.
– Produce an edit from your contact sheet.
– How to achieve the correct exposure and tonal range of your print and how to enhance certain aspects of the image.
– Set the correct printing grade and split grade.
– Pre-Flashing the paper and printing on different papers (e.g resin, coated, single grade, multigrade and fibre papers)
– Gain knowledge of printing with traditional black and white darkroom techniques.

Tutor: Mervyn Smyth
Course Duration: 1 x Six Hour Session
When: Saturday 29 July 2017
Time: 10am – 4pm
Number of Places: 6
Location: Belfast Exposed, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2FF
Cost: £80
Earlybird £70 – Expires 29th June
For more information contact Conor at

Atelier Programme Funding Workshop with Maeve Mulrennan, Athlone

Luan Gallery is delighted to announce the next installment of the Atelier Programme with facilitator Maeve Mulrennan. The first workshop taking place on July 29th & 30th is an introduction to funding streams for visual artists focusing on local authority funding, Arts Council funding, foundations & trusts and International funding programmes.

A follow-up one day intensive workshop will take place on August 12th focusing on the budgeting sections of grant applications. As part of the Arts Grant application form, a budget for the proposed activity must be provided. Participants will be provided with the information needed to consider the financial viability of their proposed activity and complete a detailed budget.

Workshops are suitable for professional visual artists. As this course caters for a small number of participants only, early pre-booking is essential.

Dates: July 29th, 30th and August 12th.
Times: 11 am to 4 pm
Fee: €15 / €7.50
Location: Abbey Road Artists’ Studios, Athlone, Westmeath

Ceramics Evening Course with Adele Stanley, Co. Waterford

Learn about ceramics and explore your creativity through clay in a fun, relaxed, positive environment. Adele Stanley will introduce you to a range of hand building and decorating techniques.

All levels and abilities are welcome.
All finished work will be fired in kiln.

Adele Stanley studio is located in the beautiful surroundings of Crough Woods, at the foot of the Comeragh Mountains.

Dates: Tuesdays From July 4th – 25th
Times: 7pm-9pm
Fee: €80, includes all materials and firings
Location: Crough Lodge, Mahon Bridge, Lemybrien, Co. Waterford
Booking: Contact Adele on 0857447323 or, booking is essential as places are limited.

Watercolour Workshop with Noel O’Callaghan at Schoolhouse for Art, Co. Wicklow   Recently updated !

This watercolour workshop which is energetic and bold in direction, takes inspiration from fauvism and expressionism, and artists such as Turner and Emile Nolde. While using classical techniques and concepts such as washes, layering, perspective, figure, foreground and background, the emphasis will be on embracing the dynamic nature of the material, enjoying its sensuality and fluidity rather than academicism.

Noel O ́Callaghan will give a brief demonstration and talk, and then students will create their own pieces while receiving personal attention and instruction.

We will explore aspects of paper, colour theory and colour recipes, mark-making, and negative space; and practice exercises which take the fear and nervousness out of making a watercolour.

We will concentrate on striking the balance between delicacy, strength and intensity which makes for a vibrant, lively and modern watercolour, whether landscape, figure or still life. We will also look at ways of rescuing ‘failed’ works in what is often considered an unforgiving medium.

At the end of the workshop all students will have made a successful watercolour which they will want to frame.


Dates: Sat/Sun – 8th/9th – July – 2017
Times: 10:30am – 4:30pm
Fee: €180
Location: Schoolhouse for Art, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow

Softday 4th Annual Acouscenic Listening Intensive, Burren College of Art, Co. Clare

Softday (Sean Taylor and Mikael Fernstrom) decamp to stunning setting of the Burren College of Art, to host their annual one-day Acouscenic Listening Intensive. This intensive will focus on the study of listening, creative soundwalking and the mindful meditative practices of Tai Chi and Qigong.

The intensive is intended to enhance participant’s perception of sound and silence, offering a unique approach for situated soundscapes, as well as offering movement/sound/and listening improvisations and strategies. These strategies are designed to enhance our skills in mindfulness, listening, and attuning to place, body and voice as instruments of creativity and well-being. Participants will practice techniques that help to release stress, and to quiet and nurture themselves through energy exercises and sonic meditations. There will be time and space for individual and group creativity, playfulness and improvised performance to emerge. The intensive is designed for participants to have the opportunity to be with oneself and to also have the support and camaraderie of the group.

This workshop is open to all cultural producers and members of the public who are interested in exploring Acouscenic Listening as a creative tool.

Dates: 19 August
€50 Waged
€30 ono Unwaged/OAP/Student
Lunch provided.
Maximum 14 places.
Phone: 0868930919

July Workshops at Gallery of Photography, Dublin

Introduction to Black and White Photography
Our Introduction to Black and White Photography course is a one day intensive course led by an experienced creative professional. The course will teach you about camera functions, choosing the correct type and speed of film, shutter speeds, and working under differing lighting conditions and introduce you to the basics of film processing and printing techniques. Each participant shares an enlarger with one other person. This ensures that you get plenty of hands-on experience while also giving you the opportunity to learn from your fellow students.

Dates: Saturday 1st July 2017
Times: From 11:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m
Fee: €120 Non Members / €100 Gallery Members


Framing and Mounting Workshop
This workshop will demonstrate custom alternatives to buying readymade frames. Using equipment and materials that are widely available it will show you how to measure mounting board accurately, how to cleanly cut a passepartout, and how to make a frame. Pete will also pass on the many tips he has gained from his years of experience, as well as discussing different framing styles, and different ways of hanging pictures. Alternatives to conventional framing such as diabond and acrylic mounting will also be explained.

Dates: Saturday 24th June 2017
Times: From 11:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m
Fee: €30 Non Members / €10 Gallery Members


Introduction to Digital Photography – Absolute Beginners
This one-day, hands-on workshop, led by international photographer Tristan Hutchinson, will introduce the absolute beginner to the world of Digital Photography. It is aimed at, and most beneficial for, those who have no previous experience in digital photography. There is an option to further develop your skills and confidence with a follow-on 3 day photography workshop.

This workshop will provide participants with a basic grounding in DSLR photography. The workshop will help you understand
– your camera equipment (lenses, sensor and memory cards)
– basic camera functions (camera menus, automatic and manual shooting modes)
– exposure (how your ISO, shutter speeds and aperture interact with each other)

All of this is taught with the students own equipment in mind. You will be given the chance to shoot in the streets around the gallery, followed by a review of your work with the course tutor.

Dates: Saturday 29th July 2017
Times: From 12:00 p.m to 5:30 p.m
Fee: €90 Non Members / €70 Gallery Members

Location: Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Introduction Day to Encaustic Painting with Isabelle Gaborit, Co. Clare

Isabelle Gaborit will host a day long introductory workshop, learning the ancient art of encaustic Painting in her studio located on the beautifully scenic shore of Lough Derg, close by Williamstown Harbour, an ideal backdrop for creating atmospheric artworks in a relax and inspiring environment.
During the workshop you will have the opportunity to discover the fascinating art of Encaustics, an ancient painting process using molten beeswax, resins and natural pigments.
Date: 1 July 2017
Time: 10 to 4 pm
Cost: €120
Location: Whitegate, County Clare
More information: Please email Isabelle at: or call: 0872793819

Neckpiece Workshop with Siobhán Daly Designs at The Hunt Museum

In this workshop, participants will create their own personalised neckpiece. Siobhán will give expert guidance and direction, and will support each person to develop their own design incorporating a variety of materials. Basic sewing skills required. Basic materials will be supplied but to achieve a personalised piece, participants are encouraged to bring along broken jewellery and other trimmings.

12 workshop places only (8 participants minimum to be viable)

Cost: €50 per person.
Booking and advance payment required. Call 061 312833, email, or pay online.

Dates: Saturday 17 June
Times: 10am – 1pm
Fee: €50 per person
Location: The Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick
Booking: 061 312833, email, or pay online