Category: Courses/Workshops/Training

Portrait Painting – Lessons From The Russian School at Block T

Exhibiting in Dublin for the first time, Block T are delighted to invite Russian artists Natalyia Ermine and Elena Leontieva to teach a 2 day Portrait Painting workshop with us this September. Both artists are graduates from the Moscow Academy of Fine Art, where they specialised in portraiture. This workshop is a unique opportunity to learn from their approach in the Russian realist tradition.

This weekend workshop will be focused on exploring the elements of form and learning how to achieve the illusion of three-dimensions. By better understanding the importance of form, participants will gain new insight into value, colour and likeness.

During workshop students will:
– See a step by step method of working on portrait from life based on the Russian realism tradition;
– See and learn the main face and head proportions as well as basic facial anatomy;
– Find out how to capture likeness, individual character;
– Learn what to focus on when you areworking on a portrait;
– Learn methods and techniques that will make work on the portrait easier.
– Do small compositional studies;
– Create an oil portrait (head and shoulders)

Dates: Saturday September 9th and Sunday Sep 10th
Times: 11:00 – 17:00
Fee: €135
Location: BLOCK T Studios, Dublin 8

An Introduction to Oil Painting with Nicholas Robinson at Block T

A practical 6 week course in oil painting from life, introducing the most basic principles of observing nature, using materials and rendering form – all presented in a simple step by step manner.

The course involves working on 4 paintings in a series of weekly exercises of slightly increasing complexity with a final 2 week painting of the nude figure from life. Each exercise involves painting from life to understand light, form, space and simple colour, going from a initial 2D block-in to a final 3D effect. This course is ideal for both beginners and painters who want to do a refresher on the most important basics of painting in oils.

About the Tutor: Nicholas Robinson attended the Florence Academy of Art, Sweden, under the tutelage of the Swedish painter Joakim Ericsson – winning 2 awards during his time here. He is now exhibiting nationally, and works and teaches out of his studio in Dublin

Dates: Starts Friday morning, September 8th
Times: 10:00 – 13:00
Fee: €220
Location: BLOCK T Studios, Dublin 8

An Introduction to Drawing from Life Course at Block T

Drawing is often considered the most important skill in art and working from life is regarded as the best way to develop your ability. This 6 week course in drawing from life introduces the concept of design as observed in nature simply and clearly. Through a series of weekly exercises simple methods of drawing will be highlighted and in the final 2 weeks we will work from a life model. This course is tailored to suit beginners in drawing from life and more experienced artists who want to brush up on the basics.

About the Tutor: Nicholas Robinson attended the Florence Academy of Art, Sweden, under the tutelage of the Swedish painter Joakim Ericsson – winning 2 awards during his time here. He is now exhibiting nationally, and works and teaches out of his studio in Wicklow.

Dates: Thursday morning, September 7th
Times: 10:00 – 13:00
Fee: €195
Location: BLOCK T Studios, Dublin 8

Watercolour Demonstration with Gill O’Shea, Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny   Recently updated !

Friday 18 August, 2pm to 4pm.

Would you like to learn more about achieving a loose style of watercolour painting? The Newpark Hotel and Vogue in the Afternoon artist Gill O’Shea are hosting an exclusive watercolour demonstration followed by afternoon tea with Gill. Gill will be sharing her technique and be available to answer any questions on the medium of watercolour.

Tickets €35 (includes the demo and afternoon tea).

Contact Newpark reception to book – 059 7760500
Newpark Hotel, Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny

Blacksmithing and Willow Weaving Weekend at Mourne Creative, Co. Down   Recently updated !

Don your leather apron to take part in this exciting new experiential workshop in Blacksmithing with Andrew Smyth Blacksmith. Andrew will guide you through the basic tool making skills required for blacksmithing and then you can use your very own tools to create an axe or Blade to take home ready for the winter fuel harvest.

Andrew’s Blacksmithing workshop will take place on 23rd September over at the stables at the cottages from 10-4pm with lunch in meelmore cottage from 1-2pm

Willow Weaving has to be one of the most tactlle and theraputic crafts around. Clive lyttle is a master weaver who works under his own brand of Welig Heritage Crafts Basketry, Chair seating and countryside skills will guide us through the weaving process to further produce a platter (Skib) to take home.

Clive’s Willow Weaving workshop will take place on Sunday 24th Septmenber from 10-4pm with a break for lunch to the cottages from 1-2pm

No experience is needed for either workshop.

Fee: Both Workshops and an overnight stay at the cottages to include all home made meals cost £200
An overnight stay and one workshop costs £155
OR £90 for the Blacksmithing Workshop and £70 for the willow weaving workshop
Location: Mourne Creative at Tory Bush Cottages, Co. Down, Northern Ireland

Pottery and Cyanotype Printing Weekend at Mourne Creative, Co. Down   Recently updated !

Thomas Powell is coming back to the Mourne Creative workshop on Saturday 16 September to guide participants into this unique experience. You will get to throw your own pots on the wheel and also learn a few other Pottery techniques that Thomas will demonstrate.

On Sunday you will create your own unique and beautiful photograms with Alice Burns Artist in an exciting method of printing called Cyanotype. Cyanotype is a heliographic sunlight printing process, which produces stunning blue print on fabrics and paper. It actually predates photography.

No experience is needed for either workshop.

Dates: 16th and 17th September 2017
Times: 10-4pm
Fee: Both Workshops and an overnight stay at the cottages to include all home made meals cost £185
An overnight stay and one workshop costs £135
OR £60 each for thr Pottery and Cynaotype Workshops
Location: Mourne Creative at Tory Bush Cottages, Co. Down, Northern Ireland

Glass Art Course at KCAT Art and Study Centre, Co. Kilkenny   Recently updated !

Experience a range of different types and techniques of glass art making, with artist Maria Stafford, getting hands on practice with tools and materialswhile discovering artistic possibilities.

Dates: Starts 4 September
Times: Monday Evenings 6.30- 9.30pm
Fee: €220
Location: KCAT Art and Study Centre, Mill Lane, Callan, Co. Kilkenny
Booking: 056-7706863/056-7755115 or, or fill in our Online Application Form

Bronze Casting Workshop with Helle Helsner at h2studio, Cork

This 2 day intensive casting workshop will cover wax modelling, mould making,( including inexpensive rubber mould technique) bronze casting and small scale foundry techniques. The participant will create and cast a bronze piece using a combination of ancient and modern technology. This is a great course for developing an understanding of the bronze casting process and small scale foundry techniques.

Cost includes all materials , tea/coffee/snacks

Dates: September 16-17
Times: 10 am to 4pm
Fee: €250
Location: Kilbrittain, Co Cork
Booking: – 0863256689

Water Beasts Workshop with Mary Conroy at Ormston House

Ormston House will become a makers’ studio with artist-in-residence Mary Conroy for this Water Beasts workshop. Using clay mined from the Shannon riverbank, we will model three-dimensional tiles and sculptures based on images, descriptions and sightings of mythical water beasts.

Materials and tools will be provided. Suitable for ages 16+
As places are limited.

Dates: Saturday 19 August
Times: 2-4pm
Location: Ormston House, 9-10 Patrick Street, Limerick

Creative Code/Digital Art Clinic with Robin Price

Do you have a creative code / interactive / digital art project you are stuck on? Can’t get your code to compile or perhaps you have an idea but don’t know where to start? Bring it to our digital clinic where we will help your project along.

Book a place on this workshop and submit the details of your idea / project / problems. At the first day’s workshop artist Robin Price will assist you to develop a list of tips and code examples to help you finish in your own time. Two weeks later there will be a follow up session to answer any further questions.

Dates: Saturday, 26 August and 9 September
Times: 10am – 5pm
Fee: €50 for both days
Location: RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

Invisible Ink Painting with Eilbhe Donovan at Cork Photo Gallery

Inks have come on a lot recently and now you can get an amazing extent of colours and interesting shimmering effects due to small pieces of metals which are suspended in the ink solution – this makes for fabulous effervescent looking images. These super inks also come with an ink dropper, so we employ the ink dropping technique, where after ‘invisible painting’ your design with water, using large traditional Chinese calligraphy brushes, you then drop the ink onto the water and watch it spread out all over the wet area.

All inks and brushes will be provided.

Eilbhe Donovan
Eilbhe has been working in the arts for over 20 years. She qualified with a degree in Illustration from West Wales School of the Arts. Her work has ranged from small illustration to large scale public mural works. She has participated in many exhibitions and shows both in Ireland and overseas, with a solo show scheduled for 2017 in Switzerland. Eilbhe also trained as a teacher of Art in Crawford college of Art & Design and spent a number of years teaching overseas, in places as far flung as Burma, SE Asia. She now works from her Fine Art and Print studio in Timoleague, West Cork where she runs a number of fine Art & Print courses and workshops.

Dates: 14th September
Times: 7pm – 9pm
Fee: €35
Location: Cork Photo Gallery, The Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, Fitzgerald’s Park, Cork City

Photography at Dawn with Marcin Lewandowski at Cork Photo Gallery

Set your clock a few hours earlier to meet with photographer Marcin Lewandowski for a photography at dawn workshop. Some of the most magical light conditions happen during this time, from the blue and golden hours through to sunrise. The workshop will include an intuitive session of editing, discussion about light and photography.

We will gather at 5am for a brief introductory chat and then begin our walk as dawn approaches. Marcin will be on hand to assist you, while guiding you through different lighting conditions. He will share his knowledge and provide some tips and tricks for shooting during this time. The photo walk with be followed by light refreshments in the gallery. Marcin will then lead an intuitive editing and Q&A session using your images, covering technique, approach, camera settings and basic post production.

You will also receive a brief follow up email with tailored feedback.

Workshop requirements:
Digital camera
Tripod (If you prefer to photograph free hand with high ISO you are more than welcome to do so.)
After booking you will be requested to email 5 images that represent you as a photographer to allow Marcin to familiarise himself with your work.
Booking deadline 31st August.

Marcin Lewandowski
Marcin is a photographer born in Poland, living and working in Ireland since 2004. Marcin specialises in visual storytelling, documentary and editorial photography. He works on assignments in a variety of fields from film and television through theater and stage to architecture and corporate.

Dates: Saturday 9th September
Times: 5am – 1pm
Fee: €85
Location: Cork Photo Gallery, The Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, Fitzgerald’s Park, Cork City

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: Wednesday 4, 11, 18 and 25 October 2017
Times: 6pm – 9pm
Fee: £150
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at

Using Your Digital Camera: Stage 1 Workshop at Belfast Exposed

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 6, 13, 20 and 27 September 2017
Times: 6 to 9pm
Fee: £150
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at

Papier Mache Workshop with Tom Campbell at Berckley Gallery, Co. Kilkenny

This is a full day intensive workshop where you will learn techniques to make a solid sculpture using newspaper and card.Tom has worked for years in papier mache and facilitated ‘The Dog Project’ where over 100 dogs were made (you can make a dog).

All materials will be provided. Participants are asked to bring images of the idea or object or animal they wish to make.and newspaper if they have them and pliers.

This workshop will accompany Tom Campbell’s exhibition in The Mill.

Dates: Sunday the 20th of August
Times: 10-6pm
Fee: €50, some concessions are available.
Location: Berckley Gallery, Canises Mill, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Booking: 087 6102142 or

Intermediate Digital Photography Course with Kate Nolan at BLOCK T Studios, Dublin 8

Intermediate Digital Photography, a 6 week course with photographer Kate Nolan.

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, August 22nd
Times: 19:00 – 21:00
Fee: €100
Location: BLOCK T Studios, Dublin 8

Stop Motion Animation, Foam and Latex Puppet Building Workshop at TBG+S

This is a 2 day workshop where you will learn how to:

  • Build detailed wire armature.
  • Design and create a stop-motion puppet from liquid latex.
  • Design and learn how to paint onto latex and colour your puppet.
  • Learn how to create small rigs for your puppet which will enable them to run and jump.
  • Animate your puppet.

This is a great weekend workshop for anyone wanting to learn how to create a more advanced puppet that can be easily animated as well as learning skills of designing and creating clothes specifically for animation puppets which can be used time and again.

All equipment and materials are included, no need to bring anything. This workshop is very hands on with each participant benefiting from one to one tuition throughout the weekend. You will leave with a complete professional puppet as well as a short clip of your animated puppet and the skills to create more puppets for future animations.

Dates: 19 and 20 August
Times: 10-5
Fee: €150 – €170
Location: Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 5 – 9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Photogram Workshop with Brian Cregan, Kells, Co. Kilkenny

Taking inspiration from plant hunters, botanists and early photographic pioneers, this workshop will involve participants creating their own photogram artworks. This is a camera-less process that involves capturing the shadow of their composition on photographic paper.

You can bring along small objects and photographic negatives that can be combined with gathered flowers from the area around the Mill, to create your own unique photogram.

This photographic technique is a fun, educational tool that enables engagement with the local environment and your own identity without the need for a darkroom or chemicals. As we move into the digital age the workshop also give participants a chance to reflect on some of the technologies that have preceded this digital revolution.

Dates: 27th August 2017
Times: 2pm – 3.30pm
Fee: €10 / €15
Location: Mullins Mill, Kells, Co. Kilkenny

Bookbinding Workshop with Read That Image, Co. Kilkenny

During this workshop run by Read That Image, participants will be taught two book binding techniques: the Singer stitch and Japanese stab binding.

Making use of these techniques, you will create your very own handmade notebooks. Participants will have a choice of different card stocks and coloured threads to make their books truly one of a kind.

Suitable for complete beginners, from artists to zinesters to journal keepers and scribblers.

Price includes all binding materials.

Dates: 25th August 2017
Times: 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Fee: €35
Location: Mullins Mill, Kells, Co. Kilkenny

Lost Wax Casting in Glass Course at Schoolhouse Glass, Co. Down

In this weekend workshop you will create a piece of three dimensional cast glass. On the first day you will make a shape with wax which you wish to recreate in glass. During the next day we will cast up and steam out the wax and prepare the mould for firing. On the third day, after firing, the mould will be broken away (divested) and you will have time to cold work your piece. Each stage of this process will be discussed and explained. Some experience with glass would be preferable, though not essential.

Lunch and refreshments provided each day. Class numbers limited to 4 persons.

Dates: Saturday 16th, 17th and 23rd of September
Times: 10am-4pm
Fee: £300
Location: Schoolhouse Glass, 36 Comber Street, Saintfield, Co Down, BT24 7AZ