This Workshop is focused on developing ideas, content and meaning through the medium of encaustic paint. There will be an emphasis on expanding your conversation with the paint and developing your personal vocabulary and vision. Studio time will combine plenty of painting time, demonstrations, discussion, presentations and a strong focus on individual support for wherever you are at. Field trips soak up the extraordinary North Mayo landscape – it’s light, history, archeology and folklore – to feedback into the work.
The course content will include a review of techniques and tools (for adding/subtracting/manipulating layers) and media compatible with encaustic paint (R&F pigment sticks, oil bars and various drawing media). We will revise fundamentals to inform the focus of your work – elements and principles of art, colour and composition. We will explore the generation and development of ideas through the field trips, drawing exercises and notebook work. There will also be a review of encaustic studio-set up and studio visits to Ballinglen Artists in Residence. All this in the welcoming, professional Ballinglen Arts Foundation environment. Joanna’s teaching style, based on professional experience, nurtures the artistic mind and each student’s relationship to personal vision. She encourages an experimental and intuitive approach to materiality and the use of drawing for recording and transforming experience and also as a way into subtracting paint.
The cost is $2,000us which includes tuition, shared cottage with private bedroom for 8 nights, lunch/dinner/dessert/tea/coffee, collection/delivery to the bus/train stations in Ballina, full use of the Ballinglen Library & facilities 24/7. The Workshop is for seven days, arrival on the 3rd and departure on the 11th November. A fee of €140 is payable at the start of the course to cover all materials (panels, paint, tools and a wide range of mixed media). This workshop is supported by R&F Handmade Paints. Please contact Una Forde on email@example.com for availability and booking form.
Joanna Kidney was born in Dublin and currently lives in Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Through drawing, painting and installation, her work reflects on ideas of temporality and the interrelationship between all living matter. It seeks to make some sense of life- how complex, vulnerable and tiny it is whilst at the same time, how vast and infinite the universe is. Upcoming Solo Exhibitions include: The LAB, Dublin (2020) and List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Philadelphia (2020). Recent Solo Exhibitons include Wexford Arts Centre (2018), West Cork Arts Centre, Uillinn (2018), Galway Arts Centre (2017), Mermaid Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow (2015), RHA Atrium, Dublin (2013) and The Drawing Project, Co. Dublin (2012). She has exhibited widely in group shows in Ireland, France, Germany and the USA.
She is the recipient of Arts Council of Ireland and Wicklow County Council funding, an RHA Studio Award, A Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship and a DIT Award of Excellence. Residencies include: Brigham Young University, Utah; Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo; The Guesthouse, Cork with the Tellurometer Project Collective. She is a founding member of Outpost Studios, Co. Wicklow. Her work is included in the collections of AIB, The Central Bank, OPW, UCD and Dept of Environment, Northern Ireland.