Category: Courses/Workshops/Training

The Throwing Workshop at Arran Street East, Dublin 7   Recently updated !

A one day workshop at Arran Street East to introduce you to the techniques of throwing pots.
In a small class, you’ll work on a potters wheel to shape clay, and try your hand at some throwing techniques, guided by our expert potters, with the aim of making a simple pot of your own by the end of the day. We’ll help you explore this ancient and meditative craft, and guide you towards finding out which elements you enjoy most.
Each one-off workshop follows the same format, running from 10am to 5pm in our lovely Arran Street East studio in the heart of the Dublin Fruit and Vegetable Markets area.
We’ll provide lunch and all the materials you’ll need. All you need to do is pick a date that suits you and look forward to getting started working with clay.

Photo by Nathalie Marquez Courtney

Dates: 6th May, 20th May, 3rd June, 17th June
Times: 10am – 5pm
Fee: €120
Location: Arran Street East, 1 Little Green Street, Dublin 7

MA Arts Management at Queen’s University Belfast

This MA is suitable for a range of participants; early and mid-career arts managers, who wish to develop their practice and understanding of the background, theories and principles of arts and cultural management, will find this degree invaluable. While there is a focus on the publicly subsidised arts sector, the MA does serve as a strong and valuable route for graduates who are interested in creating their own cultural ventures for self-employment.

The MA consists of the following four core modules and a double Dissertation and Work Placement module:

  • Engaging Audiences
  • Cultural Policy: Its Relationship to Arts Management
  • Managing the Arts I: Thinking Strategically
  • Managing the Arts II: Planning for the Arts
  • Work Placement
  • Research Dissertation

And includes training modules in research and practice, covering a number of the following areas:

  • Work Placement
  • Research Methods in Statistics and Interviewing
  • Engagement with Social Media
  • Advocacy and Lobbying
  • Practical Management Skills
  • The majority of students will take on an independent research project during the course.

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

For more information and application details:

Photo Walk | Digital Photography Workshops with Joseph Carr at Glitch Festival

Join photographer Joseph Carr for an insightful and interesting set of workshops on digital photography. Joseph will go through tips and tricks on using your digital camera and how to get great results. This set of workshops will include time in Rua Red’s Gallery 1, interacting and photographing /Glitch Festival 2017 and will include time outdoors with walks around Tallaght Village. The workshops will capture the dynamic busy environment of an arts centre and also the colourful local community of Tallaght. Places are limited, so please book in advance. Participants must bring their own digital camera, fully charged.

Dates: 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th May
Times: 11am -1pm
Fee: €40 for 4 weeks
Location: Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre
Booking: or book with reception on 01 451 5860

Collage Workshop with Julie Moorhouse at Blackwatch Studio

During this one day workshop participants will learn the fundamentals of colour theory and then they will impliment this knowledge to create beautiful collages from magazines and newspapers. Exploring the subtleties of tone, hue and texture, participants will invent landscapes and examine the natural world.
You will need a cutting board and scalpel. Everything else will be provided.

Tea/coffee biscuits provided, but please bring your own lunch

Dates: Sunday 14 May
Times: 10am to 5pm
Fee: €65
Location: Blackwatch Studio, Freneystown, Clifden Co. Kilkenny
Booking: Vicki 086 837 0205 or email

Introduction to Encaustic Painting with Isabelle Gaborit, Co. Clare

Join Isabelle Gaborit for a day 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.
During the day long workshop, you will have the opportunity to discover the fascinating art of Encaustics, an ancient painting process using molten beeswax, resins and natural pigments. Using an experimental approach to explore technique and manipulate the paint, you will be able to create a beautiful artwork and embellish it using a wide range of techniques.

Subjects covered during the introduction class:

• Safety, ventilation, corrects working temperatures, and proper use of equipment.
• Appropriate supports and grounds, palette, brushes, colors and studio set up.
• Different ways to apply paint, fusing options.
• How to achieve a smooth surface.
• Stencilling
• Collage

Class limited to 4 participants for a personal and intimate studio setting experience.
Dates: 13 May 2017
Times: 10am to 4pm
Fee: €120
Location: Whitegate, East Clare

Business Bootcamp for Photographers with Marc Prüst   Recently updated !

During this workshop series, instead of looking at photographs, the participants will be applying their photography to reach out and attract a market. Marc and the participants will be looking beyond quality and how effective the work is to tell a story and communicate its message. Concepts like Branding, Marketing, the Market Map, will be discussed so that they can be incorporated into a business plan.

Learn how to market your own work by creating demand: bring your works, an open mind and come away with a new perspective on the photographic market and your own place in it.

The workshop consists of two parts, held over the course of two days.
Places are limited to 10, at €100 per person.

Dates and Times: 3rd May: 2-5pm | 4th May: 11am-2pm
Fee: €100
Location: The Library Project & The Tara Building, Dublin 2

Painting Masterclasses with Neal Greig at The Bathouse Studio, Co. Sligo

Drawing and Paintings Workshops at New Bath House Studio on Coney Island Sligo Bay. Learn to paint or perfect your technique by working with Neal Greig, a well known and award winning Irish artist.

The workshops are suitable for professional artists or beginners. Max 6 per workshop. Day Workshops available or Residential Weekend.

Dates: Weekends 19-21 May, 9-11 June, 16-18 June, 23-25 June
Times: 10am – 5pm

Fee: Day Workshop €75. Residential €395.

Location: Coney Island Sligo Bay
Booking: 0876207967 or

printmaking course with Joel Feldman at The Custom House Gallery and Studios

Course will explore and talk about a range of media from found object printmaking, collage, presentation of found objects themselves as ‘art’, drawing, and mixed media. There will be a range of media demonstrations to aid in your investigations. The values from the course are an improved knowledge of how to look and the development of awareness as regards visual consistency.

The tutor suggests that you choose a particular area or aspect from the local surroundings. You have; landscape, urban settings, farms, harbors, and so on. The goal will be to choose an area of interest and to develop, a graphic essay, a short image based book or booklet, a series of images, an installation or some visual presentation not mentioned but appropriate to your conception.

Joel Feldman is Professor Emeritus of printmaking in the School of Art and Design, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Dates: Mondays, 5 to 25 June
Times: 10am to 5pm
Fee: €170
Location: The Custom House Gallery and Studios, The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo
Booking: 098 28735

Intermediate Etching Weekend at Graphic Studio Dublin   Recently updated !

Students will be able to use a series of printmaking methods, creating a line on a copper plate (hard ground and soft ground) and creating tone on a plate (aquatint). As the course develops students can also employ techniques such as sugar lift and spit bite to work further into the image on their plates. It is also a great opportunity to proof, edition or finish plates from a previous Graphic Studio Dublin course, and to learn about colour mixing, printing techniques (eg. roll ups and chine colle), paper handling and flattening.

For Intermediate Students only. This two-day etching workshop is only suitable for anyone who has previously attended an etching course at Graphic Studio Dublin or equivalent.

Tutors: Niamh Flanagan and Clare Henderson
Dates: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May
Times: 10am to 4pm
Fee: €170
Location: Graphic Studio Dublin, Distillery Court, 537 North Circular Road, Dublin 1
Booking: Book online:

Monoprinting Workshop with Debra Bowden at the National Print Museum

Sunday 21 May, 10.30 to 16.30
Fee: €75
Max. 6 people

A Monoprint is a unique, ‘one-off’ print. Participants on this workshop will explore a variety of techniques to achieve a series of painterly prints by inking up on glass slabs and printing by hand with water based inks (Maximum size: A4). Registration allows a build-up of colour and added textures can be achieved with found objects; feathers, leaves, fabric etc. Suitable for beginners and those with some previous experience. All materials are provided, however participants can bring additional textured papers, fabrics etc. if they wish. Participants are asked to bring visual ideas in the form of drawings, photographs etc.

Booking essential:

National Print Museum
Garrison Chapel,
Beggars Bush Barracks,
Haddington Road,
Dublin 4
T: +353 1 660 3770

Screen Printing on Fabric Workshop with Nicola Henley, Co. Clare

Discover the joy of working with silkscreen to create and print your own designs onto fabric. Explore colour mixing and multiple layering through this versatile technique. Over two days you will be introduced to a variety of techniques, to develop your design and print skills.

No experience required – suitable for all levels and any age.
Min 2 max 6 participants.
All materials and light lunch included.

Dates: 21 and 22 May
Times: 10am to 5pm
Fee: €160
Location: Tuamgraney, scariff, Co Clare
Booking: 086 3465684 or email:

Needle Felting Workshop with Naomi Whan at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery

Discover the magic of needle felting in a day. Naomi Whan will teach you the basics of Needle -felting – a dry felt making technique using a special barbed felting needle.

In the workshop you will get the chance to experiment with colour and texture. You will learn all about the tools and materials needed for this craft. Afterwards you will decide if you want to needle felt your very own character, brooch or beautiful picture or perhaps have a go at all three.

Cost includes all materials. Suitable for beginners.

Dates: 13 May
Times: 10:00 – 15:00
Fee: £25
Location: F.E. McWilliam Gallery, 200 Newry Rd, Banbridge
Booking: 00 44 28 4062 3322

May Workshops at Leitrim Sculpture Centre   Recently updated !

Make Your Own Casting Facility Workshop

Participants will learn how to make their own casting facility and areas covered include furnace building, metal sourcing and equipment making. No frills budget casting for the home caster with a big emphasis on safety and good practice.
Nick Hughes is a master foundry man who has worked for many years across all aspects of mouldmaking and casting processes. He lives in Manorhamilton and is based at Leitrim Sculpture Centre.

Dates: Sat 6 May
Times: 10am-5pm
Fee: €60

Wood Construction Workshop with David Spence

Signwriting and Graphics Course at The Cork Training Centre   Recently updated !

This course offers a great foundation for anybody interested in a career in the art of sign making. Set in a modern workshop environment, learners are given expert tuition in both traditional techniques such as hand painted lettering, glass gilding (gold leaf), sandblasting and faux aged signs. The course also covers modern techniques such as computer designed signs, digital graphics, vehicle signage, t-shirt printing, graphic design and sign installation. The course also provides tuition on career planning and job seeking skills, as well as a separate certified module on starting your own business. All materials are supplied for this 25 week course.

8 May to 27 October 2017
Cork Training Centre, Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown, Cork
Admissions : 0214856200 / Email:
For more information please visit:

Decorative Painting Skills at Cork Training Centre

Decorative Painting Skills at the Cork Training Centre is the only course of its kind in Ireland. It is London City and Guilds accredited and is a real opportunity for artists, set designers, decorators and heritage practitioners, to learn important techniques such as, marbling, woodgraining, gilding and colour theory. We are now enrolling for our third course that commences in June.

5 June to 20 October 2017 | Cost: Free
Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown, Cork
Course is Full time
Admissions: 0214856200 or email

One on One Mentoring with Vivienne Dick, Kevin Gaffney or Kathy Pendergast at Wexford Arts Centre

19 May

Age + Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival 2017 is running a limited number of one on one mentoring sessions for artists with Bealtaine Resident Artists Vivienne Dick, Kevin Gaffney and Kathy Prenderast.

To apply, state who you’d like to have a one on one clinic with and why (200 words). Email this along with 5 images of recent work and a statement to by April 21st.

Sessions will last approximately 45 minutes and places are very limited so applying will not guarantee a place.

Artists Vivienne Dick, Kevin Gaffney and Kathy Prendergast have been invited by Bealtaine to take up residence in the beautiful setting of Cow House Studios in Co. Wexford, from 7 – 20 May. This residency will allow this intergenerational group of artists some time to consider their art practice individually and collectively, in the context of these unique rural surroundings. A Bealtaine Residency, made possible with the support of Wexford Arts Office, Wexford Arts Centre and The Cow House Studios.

Wexford Arts Centre
Cornmarket, Wexford
T: (053) 912 3764

Game design for Participatory Arts Workshop, Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre

Closing date for applications: 28 April 2017
7 + 8 May 2017 | Course fee: €10
Playing Potential, Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre

Art manoeuvres (Sheelagh Broderick & Michael Holly) are hosting a 2 day innovative interdisciplinary workshop in game design and play methodologies at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre. The workshop will be led by James Harper who has developed specialist interdisciplinary expertise at the intersection between theatre, participatory arts and creative pedagogy. The objective of the workshop is to develop professional artist capacity in collaborative practice and public engagement through inclusive, accessible, creative and cost effective participatory arts activities.

This professional development training brings novel methodologies to collaborative/participatory arts practice. Artists participants will develop competencies in game design and play through a creative experiential learning process. This workshop will be of interest to artists working in participatory contexts e.g. health, disability, cultural diversity, youth and artists who wish to develop skills of public engagement.

James Harper is an award winning theatre practitioner with a cross art form practice focused on high quality participatory game design and play experiences. See Jamie talk about his Live Action Role Play (LARP) game Washing Machine at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead,UK at the link below.

The training is inclusive, accessible, creative and cost effective. Places are limited and will be allocated in advance. Apply online through the art manoeuvres website linked below. Places will be confirmed by email on May 2nd. |

12 Day Residential Workshop | The Map is Not the Territory, Cow House Studios, Co. Wexford

Application deadline: 30 April

The Map is Not the Territory is an exciting new opportunity open to emerging and mid-career artists, writers and those operating at the intersection of the two art-forms, during which participants work with a dynamic group of facilitators to produce material, both textual and visual, for a collaborative publication and exhibition. This residency is a joint effort between Cow House Studios, writer Nathan O’Donnell and curator Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll.

The curatorial team and project facilitators’ aim is to capitalise on the natural resources of the local area through a direct engagement with the land surrounding Cow House Studios. They take their cue from Alfred Korzybski’s dictum, ‘The Map is Not the Territory’, which points to an ontological gap between lived reality and the mapped or otherwise abstracted models of reality through which much of the world is understood. Following on from this conceptual dichotomy, this residency will explore the geographic location of the studios, unpacking ideas of abstraction, translation, cartography, and other fictions.

Photography Studio Lighting Workshop at Patricio Cassinoni Photo Studio   Recently updated !

In this one day workshop, participants will learn how to work effectively with studio lighting and gain some experience shooting portraits in the studio.

This course is focused on portrait lighting techniques in the studio, for those who wish to start in the world of Studio Photography. The goal of the workshop is to give you the basic knowledge and experience on how a photography studio works,
to give you the confidence to rent and work in the studio environment by yourself.

Attendees limited to 6.

The only requirement for those who want to take the workshop is a DSLR camera and the knowledge to use it in manual mode.

Dates: Saturday 6 May 2017
Times: 10.30 am to 5pm (with 1 hour lunch break)
Fee: €150 (10% off for early bookings until 22nd of April)
Location: Patricio Cassinoni Photo Studio, 65 Capel St. Dublin 1.

Open Studio Workshop at Loughrea School of Art

Whether you’ve always wanted to learn painting and drawing and didn’t know where to start or you’ve always been keen but don’t have the space at home, LSA’s Open Studio Workshop is perfect for you.

Open Studio Workshop starts at 10am and runs to 2pm every Friday. Come at the beginning and stay until the end or drop in when the time suits you.

Learn a new skill and make new friends in a relaxed and creative atmosphere. There will be an art teacher on hand to help you, materials are provided but if you prefer to use your own then please bring them along. Tea and coffee will also be provided.