Category: Courses/Workshops/Training


Using Your Digital Camera: Stage 1 Workshop at Belfast Exposed   Recently updated !

This practical, hands-on course is designed both for beginners and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge.

You will get an introduction to your camera’s manual controls and will get to know the potential of your camera as well as taking the hit-and-miss out of picture taking. This course will also enable you to apply a practical and theoretical knowledge to help you use a digital camera effectively and creatively.

What You Will Need
– A digital camera with manual controls.

What You Will Learn
– How to work your camera in full manual exposure mode.
– How to use ISO, shutter speed and aperture to create the correct exposure for a given photograph.
– What white balance and metering settings to use in various situations.
– Exposure compensation and good composition– what makes your images interesting and how to get great creative camera effects.
– Histogram and file formats (RAW + JPEG) explained.
– A basic overview of focusing, flash, lenses and filters.

Tutor: Chris Barr
Dates: Wednesday 7, 14, 21 & 28 March 2018
Times: 6pm – 9pm
Fee: £150 / £135
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at training@belfastexposed.org
Website: belfastexposed.org/


Funding and Resources Event with Laois Public Participation Network

27 February, 5.30 to 8.00pm

Laois Public Participation Network are holding a Funding and Resources Event for all Community Groups in Laois in Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise .

This will be an exhibition style event with different organisations providing information on grants, funding opportunities, training, insurance, advertising etc.

Workshops on how to complete a successful grant application and fundraising ideas will also take place – To book a place in the workshop please email ppn@laoiscoco.ie.

This event is free and open to all.


Electronics for Creative Projects Workshop with Make Create Innovate, Dublin 8

A maker approach to art and interactivity for artists, makers and educators. Ever wanted to make copper sing? Or use water to activate lights? Are you looking for creative ways to connect Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths (STEAM) subjects?

In collaboration with The Digital Hub, Make Create Innovate offer this hands-on, jargon-free two day workshop that will introduce you to physical computing using conductive materials, MaKey MaKey and Arduino with some basic sensors. Our artist-maker-educator approach is all about tinkering with art, electronic and everyday materials to learn through experimentation and discovery.

By the end of the weekend you will have a basic understanding of the principals involved in easy-to-make light and sound responsive systems and the materials required. You will also have collaborated with other workshop participants to create an electronically triggered soundscape or an interactive environment/artwork.

This workshop is for creative people (professionals and non-professionals) and educators, who want to do something different; whether it’s programme a touch-activated sound effects on the theatre stage or design a cross-curricular STEAM project at school. It is especially suitable for anyone involved in engaged arts that support arts participation and/or invite audience interaction.

Dates: March 24th and 25th
Times: 10am – 4pm
Fee: €60 – €120
Location: The Digital Hub, Dublin 8
Booking: goo.gl/et3QBA
Website: makecreateinnovate.ie


Introduction to Silkscreen Printing at Damn Fine Print, Dublin 7

This four-week course is an excellent introduction to silkscreen printing. Beginners will learn the history of the art form and gain guided hands-on practice in the process of screenprint making from start to finish.

You will practice the photo-stencilling technique and learn how to prep your own black and white artwork (a photograph, digital artwork or perhaps some handdrawn sketches ) for the medium of screenprinting – coating and exposing your own screen, handling screen printing equipment and tools, setting up your workspace, working with water based inks and producing your very own limited-edition print run.

You will learn to print, troubleshoot and experiment with colours, blending and over printing techniques – and come away inspired for your next edition.

Damn Fine Print will provide all printing supplies, film positives, inks, aprons and safety gear and a limited supply of paper but we advise you to BYO paper for your final prints or you can purchase our in-house stock from the studio. (Coloured and patterned paper can produce great results also). Some old cloth rags always come in handy too.

For more information please email kim@damnfineprint.com / Subject Title – SCREEN PRINTING
Limited number of Participants (6 maximum per course).

Dates: Monday 9, 16, 23 and 30 of April
Times: 6:30pm – 9:15pm
Fee: €240
Location: Damn Fine Print, 32 North Brunswick Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7
Booking: damnfineprint.com/


Performance Workshop with Áine Phillips at MART, Dublin

In this two day workshop Livestock will explore ‘the activist body’ in theory and in practice. Participants will engage in a series of exercises and games to enable the creation of a new performance art works relating to the topic. The outcome will be a live simultaneous group performance of new devised work on the street/ public spaces adjacent to MART for one hour on Sunday afternoon.

Day 1: Áine will present a wide range of examples of contemporary activist performance and explore the concept in discussion with the group. Other topics explored will be socially engaged practice, social justice and the social body in relation to art and experimental/ applied theatre.The group will physically and creatively engage with a series of performance exercises, with the aim of enabling the development of new ideas for a live public Performance work. By the end of Day 1 each participant will have a plan and homework to prepare for the public performance on Day 2.

Day 2: Áine will facilitate a group discussion where each participant presents their idea and plan to create a performance. Everyone will gain an overview of the public event, a collaborative purpose and an investment in making it a success both for the participants and the public who will witness or become involved. She will help organise and present the live simultaneous group performance that will take place from 3 – 4pm in the streets and spaces adjacent to MART.

Dates: Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March 2018
Times: 11am – 4pm
Fee: €50/ €25 for students
Location: MART Gallery and Studios, Rathmines, Dublin 6
Booking: info@livestock-art.com
Website: facebook.com/events/


Handbuilding Pinch Pots, Ceramics Workshop with Anna Donovan, Belfast

Join Anna Donovan and create 3 clay forms using a technique that is one of the oldest developed and used for 1000s of years throughout the world, for both practical use and storytelling, worship etc.

In one day, under Anna’s guidance, you will have 3 small earthenware pots pinched and decorated with coloured slips. Each piece will be unique in shape, texture and colour.

Everyone’s work will be glazed and fired in the electric kiln on site by Anna to be collected at a future date.

Dates: 24th March 2018
Times: 10.00am – 15.30pm
Fee: £40 fee covers clay, decorative slips, glazing and 2 kiln firings
Location: Top Floor, New Mill, Conway Mill, 5-7 Conway Street, Falls Road, BT13 2DE Belfast
Booking: Please contact Anna Donovan via her email – annadonovan176@hotmail.com or her Facebook page
Website: facebook.com/annadonovanart/


Focus On: Black and White Film Photography Course at Belfast Exposed

With our photographic history being built on black and white film, Belfast Exposed recognise the importance of this medium and how these skills link to digital photography, from picture taking to post production and the final print.

This course will be run over 3 x three hour sessions starting with picture taking, through to the editing and processing, and finishing with high quality printing. We also look at composition and taking images in full frame capturing the entire scene and obtaining correct exposure and metering techniques. The image taking skills are mirrored by our post production learning.

What You Will Need
– No requirements. We provide all of the equipment and materials. Though, you can bring your own camera.

What You Will Learn
– Understanding the composition, focusing, metering and exposure when picture taking.
– How to correctly process a roll of black & white film.
– Choosing the correct film for the correct picture taking.
– Looking at ISO levels and grain in film and how to use them.
– Looking at various types of paper, from graded fibre based paper to multigrade resin coated paper.
– How to print in tonal ranges and grade levels, and techniques such as pre flashing paper and split grade printing.
– How to produce exhibition quality prints.

Tutor: Mervyn Smyth
Dates: Thursday 12, 19 & 26 April 2018
Times: 6pm – 9pm
Fee: £135 / £120
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at training@belfastexposed.org
Website: belfastexposed.org/


Focus On: Pinhole Photography Workshop at Belfast Exposed

img class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-196746″ src=”http://visualartists.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Promotional-Image12.jpg” alt=”” width=”270″ height=”270″ />This unique workshop will bring you right back to the roots of photography. The workshop has been devised using the Ilford Obscura Pinhole Camera Kit using both paper and sheet film techniques to take your images.

You will gain technical knowledge in how to use a traditional pinhole camera to take images from street scenes to portraiture.

Each participant will then get to keep the Ilford Obscura pinhole camera kit (R.R.P £69.99) they have been using to put their new skills into practice at home.

What You Will Learn

Gain technical knowledge in how to use a traditional pinhole camera.
How to load and use both paper and sheet film techniques to take your images.
How to calculate the correct exposure.
How to process the paper and film in the darkroom.
Experiment with a variety of themes from street scenes to portraiture.
Get to keep the Ilford Obscura pinhole camera kit (R.R.P £69.99)

Tutor: Mervyn Smyth
Dates: Saturday 31 March 2018
Times: 11am – 4pm
Fee: £110 / £100
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at training@belfastexposed.org
Website: belfastexposed.org/


Basic Techniques for Drawing and Painting with Tadhg McGrath at BLOCK T, Dublin 8   Recently updated !

This course is suitable for those who want to return to drawing and painting after a gap, or for those who have had limited experience and now want to approach basic skills in a way that will assist their transition into a better experience of making artworks. The course includes demonstrations and workshops, where students will participate in set exercises and practical activities. Subjects covered include: drawing from observation, life drawing, basic colour theory and paint mixing, painting from life, understanding basic composition; and other technical aspects of painting and drawing.

Week One:
Fundamentals of drawing from observation- what kind of thing to draw with, and how you should hold it; How to look at drawn objects. Combining drawings into simple compositions.

Week Two:
Basics of drawing from the figure; simple exercises in capturing the figure from life. Mixing flesh tones and painting from observation.

Week Three:
Shapes and dimensions of the head for portraiture- full face and three quarters view. Expressiveness in painting- evolving your way of doing things.

Week Four:
Alla Prima painting- working from the figure in drawing or painting mediums. Making a painting from life in one session.

Week Five:
Revisiting exercises from the course- finishing paintings and drawings – making your own finished work.

Date: Monday, February 26th for 5 weeks
Cost: €170
Time: 18:30 – 21:00
Location: BLOCK T Studios, Dublin 8
Booking: www.eventbrite.ie/e/basic-techniques-for-drawing-and-painting-5-week-course-tickets-41168642518


Introduction to Bookbinding Workshop at Galway Arts Centre

In this day-long bookbinding workshop, participants will create a variety of folded books – no stitching required! Starting with the concertina book, we will build up on this binding to create mutant books including a Japanese accordion book, a blizzard book and much more. The objective of this course is to explore the potential of basic book structures, building up on them to create unexpected handmade books.

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 or decorative paper that they would like to incorporate into their books.
Participants need to bring: Stanley knife/scalpel, cutting mat, metal ruler, pencil. All other materials will be supplied.

Dates: Saturday 24th February
Times: 10:30 – 4:30
Fee: €75
Location: Galway Arts Centre, Dominick Street, Galway city
Booking: email Eilis at eilis@foldedleaf.ie or pay now through Paypal: paypal.me/IntroToBinding/75
Website: foldedleaf.ie/introduction-to-bookbinding/


Bold and Wild Mark Making Workshop at PrintBlock Studio, Dublin 8

A playful day at PrintBlock studio with textile print artist Liz Nilsson. Experiment with different types of materials and techniques to make bold and wild marks. Expect to use unconventional drawing and printing methods, experiment with large scale marks and unusual drawing tools. The outcome of the workshop will be black and white sketches and ideas which can be developed into art pieces or designs at a later stage. The most important outcome of the day will be to relish the process of creativity, and to just to enjoy the moment.

Dates: Saturday 24th February 2018
Times: 10.30-4.30
Fee: €90 including materials and light lunch.
Location:
PrintBlock Studio Collective,
107, Cork street,
Dublin 8.
Booking: liznilsson@me.com
Website: printblock.com


Introduction to Creative Photography with Kate Nolan at Block T

This 6 week beginners class in creative photography is an ideal way to learn how to get the most out of your camera. Each week develops a new photographic skill, with an introduction to contemporary photography and the visual elements you need to improve your 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

Course fee: €170 * Deposit of €100 secures your place, with the remainder due on the first night of class.
Date: Starts Tuesday, February 20th for 6 weeks
Times: 19:00 – 21:00
Location: BLOCK T Studios, Dublin 8
Booking: www.eventbrite.ie/e/introduction-to-digital-photography
Website: blockt.ie/introtocreativephotography


The B-Movie Cut Workshop with Mhairi Sutherland at Void, Derry

As part of our exhibition featuring Belgian artist Johan Grimonprez ‘Every Day Words Disappear’ Void’s Engage education programme are running a series of workshops with artist facilitator Mhairi Sutherland called ‘The B-Movie Cuts’. This is an engagement programme based on Johan’s work at the gallery.

Taking as a starting point the artist’s working method of montage, juxtaposing footage from a range of film, video, and broadcast sources.

The B-Movie Cut programme will take place over 4 sessions and participants can sign up for either two or four. The programme will include:

– An introduction to the exhibition films, guided tour and group discussion
– Storyboarding and themes
– Footage search and rough cuts
– Fine cut and compilation of short video

Dates: 17/24 February and 3/ 10 March
Times: 12-2pm.
Fee: £60/£45 unwaged or student
Location: Void Gallery, Patrick Street, Derry, BT48 7EL
Booking: hello@derryvoid.com
Website: derryvoid.com/johan-grimonprez-1.php


SketchUp Workshop with Mark Clare at RHA

SketchUp is a 3D modelling tool for a wide range of drawing applications. It can be used in a variety of ways such as modelling for potential sculptures, to create simple but effective animations or produce 3D models of interior spaces, useful in the designing and layout of exhibitions.

Over a 2-day workshop students will be introduced to:

■ The layout of the programme.
■ How to create a 3D object.
■ How to create a 3D interior space.
■ How to create an animation from your models.

Day One: Will consist of introducing students to the programme, its layout, the numerous templates to choose from and the tools necessary to create drawings. Time will be given to exploring and familiarising students with the layout, templates and tools and their various uses and possibilities. Students will create a 3D environment and learn how to navigate the space from a variety of angles.

Day Two: Will consist of creating a 3D interior and laying out objects in that space. Students will be introduced to colour and textures that can be introduced to create specific surfaces. Students will be shown shortcut techniques useful for large-scale models. Finally, students will be shown how to create and export an animation of their models.

Please note that a free Access Programme place will be offered on this course – please include a cover letter with your application to apply for this free space.

Dates: 24th and 25th March 2018
Times: 10am to 4pm
Fee: €150
Location: RHA School, Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2, D02 A213
Booking: For more information on this workshop, please contact Kate McBride. Email: kate@rhagallery.ie | Tel: 016612558
Website: hrhagallery.ie/workshops/sketchup-workshop/


Focus On: Lightroom Beginner Course at Belfast Exposed

This technical course is aimed at beginners to Lightroom and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge. The course will cover the basic Lightroom features and techniques that you can use to adjust, correct and enhance your photographs, and how to catalogue and organise your library of images.

What You Will Learn

Basic overview of the display, interface and controls of Lightroom.
Working with images in the RAW format.
Adjustments such as levels, curves, colour correction, lens correction etc.
Printing and publishing your photographs covering sizing, colour management and watermarking.
Manage your workflow through cataloguing, archiving etc.

Tutor: Mervyn Smyth
Dates: Saturday 24 March 2018
Times: 10am – 4pm
Fee: £80 / £70
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at training@belfastexposed.org
Website: belfastexposed.org/


Focus On: Photoshop Beginner Course at Belfast Exposed

Photoshop Beginner
This technical course is aimed at beginners to Photoshop and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge. The course will cover the basic Photoshop features and techniques that you can use to adjust, correct and enhance your photographs.

What You Will Need
– No requirements. We provide iMac computers with Photoshop for you to use during the course.

What You Will Learn
– Basic overview of the display, interface and controls of Photoshop.
– How to use and work with layers.
– Adjustments such as levels, colour correction etc.
– How to use tools such as clone stamp.
– How to save your photographs for web use.

Tutor: Mervyn Smyth
Dates: Saturday 14 April 2018
Times: 10am – 4pm
Fee: £80 / £70
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at training@belfastexposed.org
Website: belfastexposed.org/


Focus On: Photoshop Beginner Course at Belfast Exposed

Photoshop Beginner
This technical course is aimed at beginners to Photoshop and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge. The course will cover the basic Photoshop features and techniques that you can use to adjust, correct and enhance your photographs.

What You Will Need
– No requirements. We provide iMac computers with Photoshop for you to use during the course.

What You Will Learn
– Basic overview of the display, interface and controls of Photoshop.
– How to use and work with layers.
– Adjustments such as levels, colour correction etc.
– How to use tools such as clone stamp.
– How to save your photographs for web use.

Tutor: Mervyn Smyth
Dates: Saturday 3 March 2018
Times: 10am – 4pm
Fee: £80 / £70
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at training@belfastexposed.org
Website: belfastexposed.org/


Develop and Review Your Photography Practice: Stage 2 Workshop at Belfast Exposed

This course is aimed at people wishing to further develop their knowledge and practice of photography. Participants will experience, and learn techniques in, studio photography, street photography, print preparation and more.

What You Will Need
– A basic knowledge and experience in photography is required to participate in this course. We would therefore recommend participating in one of our ‘Stage 1: Using Your Digital Camera’ courses first.

What You Will Learn
– Experience practical sessions on studio and street photography.
– Technical skills that you can use during a photo shoot to produce a high standard of photography.
– Techniques for better composition and ideas for expanding your practice and research.
– How to prepare high quality prints from digital files.
– An introduction to digital darkroom techniques, exploring exposure, contrast and colour control.



The final session (4th week) includes a one-to-one session for each participant, allowing you an opportunity to get a review of your work from the Belfast Exposed tutor team. This session, as well as giving an insight into themselves as a photographer, will also provide you with feedback to enable you to explore your interests and skills as a photographer and help you identify the areas of photography that you wish to develop in the future.

Tutor: Chris Barr / Jim Maginn
Dates: Saturday 3, 10, 17 & 24 March 2018
Times: 2pm – 5pm
Fee: £150
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at training@belfastexposed.org
Website: belfastexposed.org/


Using Your Digital Camera: Stage 1 Workshop at Belfast Exposed   Recently updated !

This practical, hands-on course is designed both for beginners and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge.

You will get an introduction to your camera’s manual controls and will get to know the potential of your camera as well as taking the hit-and-miss out of picture taking. This course will also enable you to apply a practical and theoretical knowledge to help you use a digital camera effectively and creatively.

What You Will Need
– A digital camera with manual controls.

What You Will Learn
– How to work your camera in full manual exposure mode.
– How to use ISO, shutter speed and aperture to create the correct exposure for a given photograph.
– What white balance and metering settings to use in various situations.
– Exposure compensation and good composition– what makes your images interesting and how to get great creative camera effects.
– Histogram and file formats (RAW + JPEG) explained.
– A basic overview of focusing, flash, lenses and filters.

Tutor: Chris Barr
Dates: Saturday 3, 10, 17 & 24 March 2018
Times: 10am – 1pm
Fee: £150 / £135
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at training@belfastexposed.org
Website: belfastexposed.org/


Design + Crafts Council of Ireland Jewellery + Ceramics Skills Courses Open Day, Kilkenny

14 February 2018, 10am to 4pm

The DCCoI Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills + Design Course and Ceramics Skills + Design Course will hold their annual open day on Wednesday 14th February 2018.
Booking for Jewellery tours – education@dccoi.ie / 056 7796134. No booking required for Ceramics Open Day

Further information on each of the skills and design courses is available here: www.dccoi.ie/

Jewellery Open Day:
Castle Yard
Kilkenny

Ceramics Open Day:
Island Mill, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny