Damien Flood – Finding a way to look anew
11 to 12 February
This is a two-day abstract painting masterclass with artist Damien Flood. Flood creates abstract paintings that challenge our preconceived ideas about the world around us. He is known for his deftness with oil paint and his multiple approaches to the medium. The two-day masterclass will be divided into four exercises, each one introduced by a practical demonstration. These demonstrations will show the participants different techniques and ideas they can incorporate into their paintings. A core focus of the two days will be experimentation with different painting techniques, grounding the canvas, grey tones, colour mixing and viscosities. On the morning of the first day Flood will briefly discuss supports and materials, explaining how they affect the outcome of the work. Each of the two days will end with a group discussion led by Flood about the work produced.
Application Deadline: 27 January
Joy Gerrard – Shot Crowd
Joy Gerrard archives and painstakingly remakes media-borne crowd images from around the world. Her RHA exhibition marks the latest development in this project, presenting an abstract film work alongside large monochrome paintings and drawings of the Arab risings of 2011, anti-Trump demonstrations and ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests from 2016. Water based ink on canvas is a volatile substance, with a completely different character and finish to oil paint. Gerrard will teach different methods of applying black Japanese water based ink to different grades of canvas.
Dates: Public Talk 9 March, Masterclass 11 March
Application deadline: 17 February
Pat Harris ARHA – A Language of Mark Making
5 to 7 May
Painting is essentially a mark making activity carried out on a flat surface. This is not exactly a mind-boggling revelation, this is something we know, and in most cases accept. However, when we stand in front of a Rembrandt, Bacon or Tuymans it is something we may often forget. When we are confronted with a striking painting that moves us to tears, anger or dismay, it may be difficult to realise that we are merely looking at paint on a flat surface. Nothing less and nothing more, just paint and our perception of it. It Pat Harris’ belief that accepting this fact: A Rembrandt is merely a canvas layered with marks made from oil paint, that we can fully explore the power of paint and its ability to convey great vision and emotion. Using simple still-life as subject matter this course will explore the difficulties and possibilities of translating three dimensional objects and the spaces they occupy, into marks on a flat surface. During this masterclass, you will paint and explore this language of mark making and its ability to carry within its surface; a sense of time, ideas and emotion.
Dates: Public Talk 4 May, Masterclass 5 to 7 May
Application Deadline: 31 March
HOW TO APPLY
Artists interested in participating in any of the masterclasses listed, should apply by completing the application form on the RHA’s website rhagallery.ie/school. The application should include:
• A short CV (Word or PDF documents only. Maximum file size 500k)
• Up to three low-resolution images of their work (JPG format only. Maximum file size 500k)
RHA SCHOOL ACCESS PROGRAMME
As part of the RHA School Access Programme, two free places on RHA School Workshops, Courses, Life-drawing sessions and Masterclasses will be offered. One to an artist currently enrolled at any of the third level art colleges in Ireland. The second free place will be offered to an artist of merit at any stage of their career. This additional free place has been made available through the generosity of an anonymous donor. The total number of free Access places available will be announced with each course, Artists and art students who wish to be considered for these places should include a CV, three images of current practice and a cover letter providing a short statement indicating how they would benefit from attending any of the RHA School activities as part of their online application.
Queries about any of the RHA School masterclasses should be forwarded to the Academy Co-ordinator, Kate McBride: 01-6612558 / firstname.lastname@example.org