Category: Courses/Workshops/Training

Glass Painting Workshops with Naomi Whan, F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Co. Down   Recently updated !

4 March 2017, 10am to 4pm | Price: £25 including Materials
F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio, 200 Newry Road, Banbridge, Co. Down

Glass Painting with Naomi Whan. In this workshop you will use luminous glass paints that air-dry to make the effects of stained glass
You will learn a number of glass painting methods including sponging, adding embellishments and mixing colours as well as techniques for brush painting and how to use outliners and peel – offs. Please bring along any glass items of your choice. Limited to 10 spaces

Booking Essential: Please contact 028 4062 3322

Watercolour Workshop, The Schoolhouse for Art, Co. Wicklow

4 and 5 March 2017, 10.30 to 4.30pm | Cost: €180.00
The Schoolhouse for Art, The Square, Enniskerry Village, Co. Wicklow

Tutor: Noël O´Callaghan. 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.

Materials required are:
Basic set of watercolours
Three watercolour brushes (small, medium and large)
Five A4 sheets or a pad of medium weight watercolour paper, if possible in a mix of ‘rough’, ‘hot-pressed’ and ‘not’; five A4 sheets of cartridge paper.

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Abstract Painting Course with Damien Flood, School House for Art, Co. Wicklow

Starting 1  March, Wednesdays for 4 weeks, 7 to 9.30pm | Cost: €120
School House for Art, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow

Abstract painting with Damien FloodIn this course you will gain an understanding of abstract painting and learn how to create abstract images of your own. Abstract painting is all about learning how to see the world differently. Through practical exercises each student will learn how to turn everyday objects and images into abstract paintings.
We will start with a simple still life exercise and gradually explore different working methods, while experimenting with a range of painting techniques, approaches and colour palettes.

This course will be taught in a supportive, fun and friendly environment dedicated to enjoying learning in a stress free class room. An Introduction to Abstract Painting is suited to beginners and people who would like to learn more about abstract painting. The class sizes will be kept small so each student can avail of one to one tuition.

Intermediate Darkroom 4 Week Course, The Darkroom, Dublin 7

Wednesdays – 1, 15, 22 and 29 March 2017
Course Times: Morning classes: 11am-2pm | Cost: €195
Evening classes: 6.30pm-9.30pm | Cost: €195

This intensive course affords students the opportunity to develop more advanced techniques utilised in the making of Exhibition Printing. You will learn split-grade printing, which will bring details into your highlight and shadow areas resulting in a fine art black and white print. You will also learn dodging and burning. This course is for those who have a basic knowledge of printing.
The Darkroom will provide all chemicals needed for the duration of the Course and paper for the first 2 weeks. The cost of the course includes one free 3 hour session in the darkroom, which can be taken after the courses is finished.

Students must have completed Course DPD01 or have a basic knowledge of developing film and black and white printing.

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Introduction to Film Photography at The Darkroom

25 February and 4 March
Times’s from 10.30am to 16.30pm which includes an hour for lunch

This course is a introduction to photographing using film cameras and to the Black and White Darkroom. It is aimed both at beginners and those who want to rediscover manual settings, providing a comprehensive introduction to analogue photography learning or recapping on aperture stops, shutter speeds, ISO settings, exposure, depth of field and composition. Process your own film and print your own black and white images.

A full compacted 2 days
In the morning we will go through your cameras, Aperture and shutter setting as well as exposure and composition. In the afternoon we will go for a guided photo walk, where you will shoot your black and white film. On the following Saturday you will process your film, make contact sheets and select images for printing, then you will make your own photographic prints.
The Darkroom will provide all chemicals & paper for the duration of this course.

Cost: €205

The Darkroom
32 North Brunswick Street
Dublin 7
T: [+353] 087 226 9525

Art of Photography Course at The Darkroom

The Art of Photography is a mentorship based course aimed at those who want to advance their photography skills, pursue a certain project or create a photographic portfolio to showcase their work. The course is suitable for people with a good understanding in the basic principals of camera exposure in digital or analogue photography.

The course provides students with the technical skills, facilities and creative environment to explore and develop their ideas to produce a substantial body of work be it for an exhibition or portfolio. Course tutors Mella Travers, Louis Haugh & Mandy O’Neill work along side students to elevate their practice to the highest possible level through classes, one-to-one tutorials, group critique sessions and technical workshops. At the beginning of the course for the first few classes students will attend a lecture in photographic theory and practice, do a recap on basic/intermediate photography skills and look at the rules of composition – and how to break them. And be introduced to Adobe Lightroom workflow.

The course runs over a three to four month period and is made up of seven evening classes and four full day classes. Throughout these months, students will participate in different workshops; Portrait and landscape photography, large and medium format cameras, film processing/black and white printing, studio lighting, fill in flash, scanning negatives and digital printing. Advanced post-production using Adobe Lightroom and an introduction to Photoshop will also be covered. As well as continuous group critique sessions and one-on-one tutorials.

The course takes into consideration participants work schedules and the tutors are respectively flexible in arranging workshops and tutorials.

Cost: €645

Course runs over 3 – 4 months for 7 Thursday evenings and 4 Saturdays
March 2nd, 11th, 16th, 25th, 30th
April 8th, 13th, 22nd, 27th
May 4th, 8th

Thursday Evenings 18.30 – 21.30, Saturdays 10.30 – 16.30

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Book Binding 101 with Éilís Murphy at Loughrea School of Art

Hosted by Loughrea School of Art, In this one-day workshop, participants will create a variety of folded books – no stitching required. Starting with a simple concertina book, we will build up a collection of books: alternative accordion books, hot dog books, flag books and more.

Participants will also gain knowledge of how to use basic book binding tools and the principals of bookbinding including grain direction, gluing and folding tips.
Participants are encouraged to bring along any ideas, decorative paper and found objects that they would like to incorporate into their books.

Participants need to bring:
Stanley knife/scapel, cutting mat, ruler, pencil.

All other materials will be supplied.

Materials provided by Éilís:
Bonefolers, awls, paper, book board, card, glue, brushes, coverpaper.

Material costs: Charge per head of €6 for materials.

Fee: €80
Max number: 8 people
Provisional Date: Saturday 8 April, 2017 (subject to sufficient number of participants)
Time: 10 – 4 with 1 hour break at lunchtime

Loughrea School of Art
58A Main Street,
T: (091) 841 886

Quilting Demonstration by Loose Thread Quilters

Saturday 18 February, 10.00am to 12.30pm

Come along to see a quilting demonstration by Loose Thread Quilters. This is a free event. This will also be an opportunity to see the temporary exhibition ‘Our food, so good’ by Loose Thread Quilters. The exhibition is on display from Friday 27 January until Tuesday 28 February and features quilts inspired by Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink 2016.

Larne Museum and Arts Centre,
2 Victoria Road, Larne, Co Antrim, BT40 1RN
T: 028 28 262443

Cléa van der Grijn Masterclass at The Model, Sligo

Saturday 25 February, 10.30am to 4.30pm

Artist Cléa van der Grijn will lead a masterclass taking place at The Model. The class will start by discussing the concept and process behind her exhibition. This will be developed to create a mixed media piece based on the reconstruction of memory.

Reconstructing Memory is a multifaceted experiential and textured exploration of the societal disparities in approaches to death in Mexican and Irish cultures. Film, photography, sculpture, painting and installation are all sensitively utilised in this rich, beautiful and considered exhibition

Participants are advised to book early as places will be limited to 8.
The cost is €70 / €60 concession.

The Model, The Mall, Co. Sligo
T: 071 914 14 05

Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills and Design Course with DCCoI

Closing date for applications is Monday 13 March

The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland’s (DCCoI) Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills and Design Course is a unique programme designed to equip graduates with the practical skills needed to develop careers in the jewellery industry in Ireland and internationally.

This intensive two-year programme is located at the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s headquarters in Kilkenny. Now in its 22nd year, the DCCoI Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills and Design course specialises in the tradition of precious metals and gemstones, covering design, quantity production techniques and manufacture. Specialist subjects such as engraving, enamelling, gemmology, stone setting and silversmithing are taught by tutors who are trained experts from within the jewellery industry in Ireland and abroad.

Design and Crafts Council of Ireland,
Castle Yard,
T: +353 (0)56 7761804

Creativity and Change Workshops, CIT Crawford College of Art and Design

CIT CCAD’s Creativity & Change programme is about creativity and its power to ignite empathy, passion and learning about our interconnected and interdependent world. It is about imagining more humane, just and viable ways to live in the world.

  • Art/Transformation/Citizenship

Sheelagh Broderick with input from Declan MacGonagle
3 March

A day of inputs, explorations and conversations about the potential of the artist as a citizen contributing to change in the world.
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Sheelagh Broderick will lead this day of interaction exploring the practice of a range of socially engaged artists who are making a significant contribution to thinking critically about deep questions that challenge our world. She will introduce work of contemporary artists such as Tania Bruguera and Jonas Staal whose work is concerned with themes of power, control, propaganda and citizenship.

Declan McGonagle will input the day with reflections on the artist citizen and the potential of arts to nurture empathy.

  • ​Connect/Imagine/Create

Susanne Bosch
4 and 5 March

Connecting to imagine and create a better future for our world through meaningful dialogue: Who, what and how? A two day Toolbox.
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How does change and transformation come about? This workshop explores the HOW of how moments and spaces of change need to be set up. We will use the 2 days to experience formats of meaningful social encounters on eye level. We will look at tools and methods that allow for decision-making, generating input or finding common ground on a broad basis. But also looking at the I within the WE, the WE within the I. Based on techniques of art as well as “Art of Hosting”, dialogue circles and social presencing theatre/ Arawana Hayashi, we will make practical experiences with some of these approaches and the techniques.

With various artistic experiments and formats we will explore the nature of our interdependence and what every individual brings to the table. These 2 toolbox days offers an experimental format of approaching a human, societal or globally urgent topic. The days offer open space between workshop, practice, constructive dispute, action and re-action.

Creativity and Change
​Department of Art in Health and Community Practices​

CIT Crawford College of Art and Design
The Lough, Cork

Ten Week Watercolour Course with Ronan O’Reilly at The Complex

Wednesdays from March 1st, 7.30 to 9.00pm

In this course students will explore a range of both traditional and experimental techniques to apply watercolour, and different ways to construct a picture. And serve as an introduction to the versatility and possibilities of watercolour paint. Suitable for beginners and intermediates.

Brief lesson plan:

  • Block colour, Line,
  • Overlaps and layers of colour,
  • How to compose a picture
  • Expanded experimental applications of watercolour

Ronan O’Reilly is an artist working in The Complex practising Fine Art. He specialises in watercolour painting, and graduated with a BA Fine Art in 2015. Since then he has won several awards, has shown in the RHA annual exhibition, and had his first solo exhibition in Origin Gallery, Dublin in November 2016.

Fee: €250
20% Discount for students/unwaged
To book contact or call (01) 544 6922.

The Complex
15 Little Green St,
Dublin 7
T: (01) 544 6922

Glass Terrarium Making Workshop at Block T

3 week workshop, 8 to 22 March, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Learn how to make a glass terrarium from scratch and plant it. The workshop will involve cutting individual pieces of glass and by using the copper foiling technique – you will assemble the terrarium. On the last week of the workshop a selection of plants, soil and gravel will be provided for you to bring your terrarium to life.

No experience is required. The class does involve using lead solder so for safety reasons pregnant woman should not attend.

Any questions please email

To book visit:

Block-T, 8 Basin View, Dublin 8

Traditional Clay Sculpting Techniques at Pulse College, Dublin 7

4 April to 11 May 2017, 6 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6.30 to 9pm
Total Cost: €550, Deposit: €100
Pulse College, Games/Animation Campus, ‘The Market Studios’, Corner of Halston St. & Mary’s Lane, Dublin 7

Learn the skills required to create beautiful sculptures with master sculptor Bruno Carv.
In this course, you will learn how develop life like sculptures, with both fantasy themes and realistic details. Bruno will introduce you to the skills needed to bring your own ideas to life in highly detailed sculptures. With focus on anatomy and detailing as well as creativity and imagination, this course will allow you to take your art to another level.

This course covers several key areas following the entire creative process from Concept to Publication. This course is entirely hands on, however over the duration of the classes you will be introduced to such skills as: Bust Study, Geometric Blocking, Human Reference

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April Workshops at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim

– Traditional Printmaking Relief/Block Printing Workshop
Sat 1 and Sun 2 April
Tutor: Deirdre Nolan
Participants: 6
Cost: €150

– Welding Workshop
Sat 1 and Sun 2 April
Tutor: Michael O’Hara
Participants: 6
Cost: €190

– Vernacular Carpentry Workshop
Sat 22 and Sun 23 April
Tutor: Niall Walsh
Participants: 6
Cost: €130

– Stone Carving Workshop
Sat 29 and Sun 30 April
Tutor: Jackie McKenna
Participants: 7
Cost: €180

– Sand Casting In Aluminium Workshop
Sat 29 and Sun 30 April
Tutor: Kate Oram
Participants: 6
Cost: €130

Please email or call 0719855098 to book.

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Leitrim Sculpture Centre
Manorhamilton, North County Leitrim

Visual Artists Cafe: Artists’ Media Toolkit, Derry

Thursday 2 March
12pm to 4.30pm

VAI/DAS Members – Free
Non-Members – £5

In this practical workshop, Sharon Adams will be looking at what information you have available online about you and your work, that can be used by curators and galleries for research or exhibitions. We will help you be in control of the message that you are making public, and give you practical advice to help your relationship with galleries and curators as smooth as possible.

In our second session, photographer and videographer, Simon Mills, will be looking specifically at promo videos. They are one of the best ways to help get your work out there, they are easily shared, and can make a big impression when done right. We will offer tips for making high quality videos on a tight budget and look at some of the uses these videos have.

For more information and to book visit:

Void, Patrick Street, Derry, BT48 7EL Northern Ireland
T: +44(0)28 7130 8080

Will Nathans Spring Painting Courses, Dublin

– Portrait Drawing in Dry Media from Life I
Wednesdays, 8 March to 12 April
6pm to 8.30

– Portrait Drawing in Dry Media from Life II
Tuesdays, 7 March to 11 April
6pm to 8.30pm

– Copying the Masters
Mondays, 6 March to 11 April
6.30pm to 9pm

Classes run over 6 weeks and are conducted in the Will Nathans private Art Studio at:
12 Harcourt Street,
Dublin 2

For more information and registration on classes call 0862209102 or email

Animation Workshop with Pawel Kleszczewski and Kasia Zimnoch at Courthouse Gallery

Saturday 4 March, 11am to 5pm

As part of the forthcoming exhibition ‘Broken Tale; Work from Pawel Kleszczewski and Kasia Zimnoch’ (opening on 3rd March), The Courthouse Gallery and Studios and Clare Arts Office are delighted to present a one day stop-animation workshop aimed at professional practitioners, taught by Pawel and Kasia. The artists will be working with Adobe Photoshop (optionally Dragonframe) and Adobe After Effects.

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity for professional artists who wish to learn more about specialised animation techniques and approaches from two award winning animation artists. With backgrounds in Visual Arts and Art History, Pawel and Kasia create animated works based on mythology, folklore and legends.

Their current project, ‘Broken Tale’, was shortlisted for the final competition at the International Visual Arts Festival in Spiracje in Szczecin, Poland (2016). It also qualified for the 28th International Film Festival in Girona, the Stockholm Fringe Festival STOFF (2016), and for 34th Ale Kino! International Young Audience Film Festival, Poznan, Poland.

Fee: €12. Includes lunch and some materials. Please bring a DSLR Camera if you have one.
Booking Link:

The Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
T: 065 707 1630

Art and tech workshop: Hack your Handbag, Hack your Hat at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery

Saturday 18 February, 3pm
Cost: €5
Duration: 45 mins
Booking required : To reserve a place please email

Hack your Handbag, Hack your Hat: a fashion-forward workshop for paranoid conspiracy theorists. Are you worried about how your smartphone data is monitored and recorded? Do you get the sneaky feeling someone is watching you? Ever get a buzzing feeling in your brain when you suspect a satellite is passing over your home? This workshop validates your paranoia and presents methods for taking action about your deep-rooted concerns regarding government surveillance, corporate tracking and other state-sponsored violations of your privacy and freedom.

Don’t get caught wearing an outdated tin-foil hat, bring your own stylish beanie or fedora and build a Faraday Cage inside it (tin-foil hats actually amplify potential mind-hacking signals). Use radio frequency shielding material to build a barrier inside your handbag, wallet or pocket to prevent hacking of your devices, credit cards or whatever you need to hide from whoever is out to get you.

This event is presented by Aideen Quirke, the curator of MEANWHILE, and discusses some of the themes of the exhibition along with practical and impractical approaches to dealing with internet-induced anxiety.

Booking is essential for this workshop due to a limitation on space and materials and also to ensure the non-attendance of government spies. Materials are provided however you are welcome to bring a small item to hack, such as a hat, wallet, handbag, clothing etc.

Book here:

CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery
Wandesford Quay, Clarke’s Bridge, Cork
T: +353 21 4335210