If you didn’t make it to art camp at the Academy, I have something for you.
Below are the step by step for drawing and painting a portrait of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Enjoy trying it at home and make sure and ask an adult to send me a picture of your work: firstname.lastname@example.org I’ll be dying to see it. Have fun.
Need inspiration? Here are some paintings of Frida by the art camp artists
Happy St. Patrick’s Day guys 🍀☘ Enjoy a bit of pre Easter art camp drawing.
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Happy pancake Tuesday.
Pancake Tuesday reminds us that Easter is on the way. I will host an Easter Art Camp this year in the Harold’s Cross Community Centre. I have popped a copy of the leaflet below. There are 12 spots on each course. Looking forward to seeing your artist there.
I know I’m an adult but I love, love, love the Late Late Toyshow hosted by Ryan Tubridy. So for the night that’s in it, I made a quick sketch of the Toyshow mug. They are on sale in Penneys, along with a full range of Toyshow merchandise. Raising funds for Temples Street Children’s Hospital and Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin. Drinking hot chocolate from a cute, owl mug watching the Toyshow is the nicest charity endeavour ever.
I used coloured pencils from Faber Castell and the Uniball gel pen in white. Oh also a Derwent charcoal pencil, which is fast becoming a favourite of mine. To create your own drawing check out the step by step process pics below:
As an artists and/or art teacher I believe that it absolutely imperative that we are the perpetual learner. Here in Ireland there are little hidden pockets of artistic gold waiting to be absorbed. I intend to seek these out, enjoy them for myself to build on my artistic knowledge but also share them with you.
One such gem can be found in Block T. Recently I have had the pleasure of completed the realism oil painting course there, under the expert tutelage of Florentine academy multi-award winning artist Nicholas Benedict Robinson. I will share with you my journey on his course in the images below. It being by no means the poster model but it gives you some idea of how I progressed the painting. We worked from direct observation of the live model for 6 Wednesday evenings. Nicholas is an excellent teacher of this method.
The good news is there is another such upcoming workshop so don’t feel you have missed out. There is a full week coming up 31st July – 4th of August. Keep an eye on the Block T website and Nicholas’s website for further courses. You can check how I got on at the last workshop below:
We had such a blast at Art Academy on Tuesday excavating the plaster hand casts from their alginate housing. Having created the casts in last weeks class everyone was ready for the big reveal. So cautiously the seaweed based gel like mould was cut away from the plaster. It’s inevitable a finger will be lost at some point but luckily it’s easily fixed. Any bumps are sanded and fine dental tools are used to mend any imperfections or remove alginate from small grooves. Have a look at some pics from the evening posted below.
I have also included pictures of a personal cast I took of my parents at the weekend. They submerged a hand each together in a bucket to cast both of their hands in one art piece.
Next week we will begin the exciting cast drawing process under controlled lighting. We will keep you posted on the progress. Check back for updates. Anyone wishing to join the class can get in touch for details.
My mam and daddy’s couples cast.
On the 15th of April next, artist William Nathans is opening up his art studio above Kennedys art supply shop to host a life painting oil workshop. I have twice attended previous workshops and found them wonderful.
A small group of artists gather in William’s art studio on Harcourt Street. There is a live model, posed on a stage of drapery and considered, controlled lighting. You arrive with your canvas primed with a medium grey ground. Chose a view point that suits you and prop your canvas on an easel.
Will gives a demonstration on marking out your painting, using the brush and paint as drawing tools. Each artist makes a start. This is a one day workshop, so it is quite a fast pace to work at and you can’t expect any great polish on your piece, just the“Premier-Coup” approach so to speak.
There is a break for lunch, you clean your pallet before and return to begin anew. Will gives another demonstration at this point and lots of pointers throughout the day. It is helpful and interesting to see the other artists approach to the same subject matter and an enjoyable day of painting.
Kennedy’s offer a discount on materials purchased on the day of the workshop. You need to bring your own paints and materials, outside of the easel and they will email you a list ahead of the event.