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Recent creative workshops

after Paul Henry
after Frank Eggintonafter Nathaniel Hone, the younger
after Jack O'Hare
after Martin Quigley
after James Humber Craig
after Maurice McGonigalafter harry Kernoff
after Kenneth Webb
after Sean Keating


Waterford City Council Transition Year Art Programme 2013

Facilitated Art Workshops in Waterford City Secondary Schools

Waterford City Council logoIn autumn 2013 local 2nd Year students from Mt Sion, de la Salle and Preseantation Convent, took part in a Waterford City Council funded programme aimed at promoting participation in and understanding of arts processes and practice. Students were encouraged to express themselves creatively, reflect on their experience of painting and drawing, and to view their work in relation to that of their peers. The programme culminated in an art exhibition at Index Gallery, central Library.

The workshops referenced landscape inspired paintings, exhibitions at the local art galleries, and selected works from the Waterford City Municipal Art Collection. Participants visited Waterford Municipal Art Gallery and Theatre Royal where they viewed and discussed artworks from the Municipal art Collection. The workshops were grant aided by Waterford City Arts Office.


"Drawing: movement and line"

Moving On, pen on watercolour paper, cobs 2013Garter Lane Arts Centre 2pm Saturday 23 February, 2013

Artist talk and creative workshop took the inspiration behind 'Origin', 'Waiting' and 'Moving On' as a starting point and used the theme of movement: in space; time; memory; life; to explore the work by 20ten and guests: Willemien Koelink, Magdalena Karol, Kate-Bowe O'Brien and Andrea Caulfield. The 30 minute talk and tour was followed by a creative exploration of the theme. more info here ->


Respond, Waterford Cheshire, October 2012

Relaxing Creative Evening: featuring a fun introduction to painting and pottery

A two hour fun workshop designed to inspire. The class began with simple step-bystep instructions on painting a landscape, including: mixing colours; colour washes; composition; and perspective. The second half saw an opportunity to have fun with self drying pottery clay.


Waterford City Council Transition Year Art Programme 2012

Facilitated Art Workshops in Waterford City Secondary Schools

Waterford City Council logoIn autumn 2012 local Transition Year students took part in a Waterford City Council funded programme aimed at promoting participation in and understanding of arts processes and practice. Students were encouraged to express themselves creatively, reflect on their experience of painting and drawing, and to view their work in relation to that of their peers. The programme culminated in an art exhibition at Soma Contemporary Art Gallery.

The workshops referenced landscape inspired paintings, exhibitions at the local art galleries, and selected works from the Waterford City Municipal Art Collection. Participants visited Waterford Municipal Art Gallery and Theatre Royal where they viewed and discussed artworks from the Municipal art Collection. The workshops were grant aided by Waterford City Arts Office.


WATERFORD CULTURE NIGHT , 2012

Take Another Look

6.30 to 7.30pm at Theatre Royal, The Mall, Waterford. www.culturenight.ie
Guided tours of Waterford Municipal Art Collection on permanent display at the Theatre Royal


Tramore Coastguard Arts CentreHave Fun Exploring - Bealtaine Festival 2012

Beginners painting workshops designed to guide participants through the creative process over six weeks between April 18th & May 23rd 2012. at the Tramore Coastguard Arts Centre.


Tramore U3A: Art Workshop, Tramore Coastguard Arts Centre, March 2012

Exploring your Creativity

The two hour fun workshop was designed to meet the needs of novice and experienced painters. The class began with a fun warm-up exercise. This was followed by simple step-bystep instructions on painting a landscape, including: mixing colours; colour washes; composition; and perspective.


WATERFORD CULTURE NIGHT 23rd September, 2011

reading the Landscape GreyfriarsREADING THE LANDSCAPE

7.30pm at Greyfriars' Municipal Art Gallery, Greyfriars Street, Waterford. www.culturenight.ie
An exploration of the creative process through works from the Waterford Municipal Art Collection


Waterford City Council Transition Year Art Programme 2011

Facilitated Art Workshops in Waterford City Secondary Schools

WCC TY ProgrammeThe art workshops ran over six weeks in the autumn and adapted to the needs and scheduling of the participating schools.
The participants explored their creativity by engaging with visual art processes. The workshops referenced landscape inspired paintings, exhibitions at the local art galleries, and selected works from the Waterford City Municipal Art Collection. Participants visited Waterford Municiapl Art Gallery and Theatre Royal where they viewed and discussed artworks from the waterford Municipal art Collection.


Other recent workshops

Summer Solstice in the Foret des Maures - June 2011

forest rainbow with butterflys - with Leo
wave energy - with Leo, Felix and Chanti
being creative - with Leo
www.ambiosonic.org


Have Fun Exploring - Bealtaine Festival Waterford City Library 2009

Hosted by Index Gallery, Central Library, in collaboration with Ardkeen and Brown's Road Library. Participants were encouraged to explore art as a means to express thoughts, feelings and dreams …

  • discover choices made when drawing & painting
  • explore creative ways of interpreting landscape
  • access local arts facilities and resources

Bealtaine is the Irish national arts festival celebrating creativity in older age. It takes place each May countrywide and involves hundreds of events in every art form. Taking its name from the ancient Celtic festival celebrating springtime, Bealtaine celebrates renewal, creativity and growth in ageing. Bealtaine is co-ordinated by Age & Opportunity - the national agency working to promote greater participation by older people in society. www.bealtaine.com


MA Arts and Heritage Management (hons)

Thesis: "Exploring Creativity in the Library: the sustainable use of local resources for local needs"
The research explored the impacts of art workshops on creativity and critical thinking on the arts.

 
  © Chris O'Brien Shanahan 2006- 2014, all images, paintings, photographs © Christine O'Brien Shanahan