WORKSHOPS & MASTERCLASSES

The aim of the LSC workshop programme is to advance skills and knowledge across all the main traditional and contemporary art making disciplines by focusing on the material processes connected to the Centre’s resources.

The demystification of ‘technique’ brings new communities into the centre whilst supporting artists in the development of new ideas and processes. An integrated structure ensures workshops are connected and the movement between courses is both possible and encouraged. The more advanced levels attract artists in search of new combinations of materials and approaches as well as their application within diverse artistic or social contexts.

To book a place on any workshop, download a Booking Form and send it in to us with payment. If no price is displayed for a workshop, please email us and we will book you a place and send you the details closer to the time.

WORKSHOP PROGRAMME 2017 - Download PDF

JULY
Sat 8 & Sun 9 July 2017
Speed Painting - Approaches To Abstract Painting Master-Class
Tutor: Mary Theresa Keown. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 7. Cost: €140
This course will include a lecture giving examples of contemporary approaches to new formalist painting practice. The lecture is designed to encourage the student to consider news ways of using the medium and understand formalist concerns. After preparing the canvases a speed painting workshop will be demonstrated with the interaction of participants. This process encourages one to think about aesthetic and historical conventions and contemporary concerns of abstract language, where composition, palette, balance, surface and mark become the focus of the success of a painting. The two days will begin with a short presentation of contemporary modes of formal painting, looking at artists who use the medium in unusual ways. We will then all participate in making four paintings on different formats and discuss the conventions and problems with trying to compose expressive abstraction on these formats. We will also be preparing individual canvases for day two. Day two involves assembling and priming our canvases, building the surfaces if necessary and then experimenting with abstract approaches, using different techniques for wet on wet painting. We will be using the paint quite expressively so please also wear appropriate clothing. Participants are requested to bring their own paints and brushes though some basic materials will be provided.  We have rooms to rent at €25 per night.
Mary Theresa Keown was born in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, N. Ireland 1974. Lives and works in Co. Leitrim. She has been exhibiting consistently since 1997 internationally and nationally and has won several awards and residencies. Her work is in many private and corporate collections.www.marytheresakeown.com

Sat 8 & Sun 9 July 2017
Vernacular Carpentry Workshop
Tutor: Niall Walsh. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 6. Cost: €140                  
Participants will use locally sourced hazel and willow to construct simple stools and benches. Walsh will lead the group through the process of locating the raw materials and using hand tools to make furniture in the style of the ‘cottage’ tradition. This is a workshop in sustainability and will outline how the skill taught can be used to make a range of furniture and forms from the locality. Students come with: sturdy boots for walking in the wood. We have rooms to rent at €25 per night.
Niall Walsh is a fellow co-founder of Leitrim Sculpture Centre and has worked with wood in a range of different contexts from 2d to3d, in gallery contexts, public commissions and sculpture symposiums in Ireland and around the world. www.niallwalsh.ie

Saturday 15 2017
Mouldmaking & Plaster Casting Of Head Workshop
(Stage 2 after participants have done the Modelling The Head In Clay Workshop)
Tutor: Jackie McKenna. Duration: 1 Day. Participant: 6 Cost: €80

AUGUST
Sat 5 & Sun 6 August 2017
Stone Carving Workshop
Tutor: Jackie McKenna. Duration: 3 Days. Participants: 7. Cost: €190
Students will be introduced to the principles of stone carving and design, the identification and uses of different stone and the use of hand tools. Each student will design and carve a simple form that they can take home with them. Students should come with sturdy boots. For beginners to intermediate. We have rooms to rent at €25 per night.
Jackie McKenna is a fellow co-founder of the Leitrim Sculpture Centre and a driving force for establishing a Centre for excellence in stone in Ireland. McKenna has completed many public commissions and is an expert in the use of stone in both public space and as a fine art practice in Ireland and abroad.

Sat 5 & Sun 6 August 2017
Welding Workshop
Tutor: Michael O’Hara. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 6 Cost: €200
The module was designed to introduce the student to Metal Crafts, which they can apply to their own requirements. Introduction to cutting and grinding techniques and uses of hacksaw; files; drills; hammers; grinders; chop-saw; sanders. Demonstrated competence in MMA/Arc welding including different weld joints – butt weld, lap weld and T-fillet. Students also attempt similar joints through the TIG welding process. They are shown how to measure and cut steel accurately. Focused upon working through projects set and realizing ideas from concept, design and articulation. Students come with: sturdy boots. Beginners to intermediate. We have rooms to rent at €25 per night.
Michael O’Hara is an artist and lecturer in sculpture at Dublin Institute of Technology. O’Hara has shown extensively within Ireland and is a well-known expert in metal fabrication techniques.

Sat 5 & Sun 6 August 2017
Photopolymer and Photo-etching Print Techniques (Foundation)
Tutor: Johnny Bugler. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 6. Cost: €190
Photopolymer printmaking utilises a light activated printmaking plate that is etched without the need for acid and produces results similar to the 19th century photographic process of photogravure. You will use ready-made Japanese 'Solarplates' that are exposed to an image and the image is 'etched' into the plastic layer and developed in a mild soda solution. In addition photopolymer film from the roll can be used as a photographic etch resist allowing a photographic image to be etched into a plate (steel, zinc or copper) using various acids. Plates are inked up by hand and printed on the press in the traditional manner. The course offers basic foundation skills in both approaches and will be of particular interest to those working with photographic images as well as hand-drawn artwork. We have rooms to rent at €25 per night.
Johnny Bugler studied at Crawford College of Art, Cork and received a Masters in Fine Art Printmaking from The University of the Arts, London with the aid of an Arts Council Award. Work from the Burren series was included in "4+1" an exhibition of leading Irish printmakers at The Factory Space, Dublin in November 2008. He has exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad, most recently in The Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Currently he is technician at Cork Printmakers studio in Cork, Ireland. Johnny would like to acknowledge the continued assistance he has received from Cork City Council Arts Office.

SEPTEMBER
Sat 16 & Sun 17 September 2017
Sand Casting In Aluminium Workshop
Tutor: Kate Oram. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 6. Cost: €140
Discover the ancient technique of sandcasting, see examples of what you can make, learn how to make a master pattern and then cast it in aluminium and then how to finish it. Advice on suitable patterns (flat-backed or two-part, with no undercuts) will be emailed to you.  Everyday and found objects (bones, shells, nuts, household items) can lend themselves nicely to moulding, as well as your original sculpted patterns. You will be working with aluminium all weekend but working with other metals such as bronze will be discussed. This course will teach you the techniques required for bronze sandcasting. You would be able to return to hire the Sculpture Centre facilities to cast bronzes. Patterns can be made in a 3D printer next door at the FabLab, to be used in this course – contact them directly - http://www.fablabmh.org. Students come with: sturdy boots, a simple pattern (no undercuts). Beginners to intermediate. We have rooms to rent at €25 per night.
Kate Oram received a degree in Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics from Brighton University in 1991, specialising in metal and wood.  She has run her design workshop for 20 years, working in copper and bronze as well as aluminium, silver, steel, wood, perspex, concrete and stone.

Sat 16 & Sun 17 September 2017
Vernacular Carpentry  Workshop
Tutor: Niall Walsh. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 6. Cost: €140                  
Participants will use locally sourced hazel and willow to construct simple stools and benches. Walsh will lead the group through the process of locating the raw materials and using hand tools to make furniture in the style of the ‘cottage’ tradition. This is a workshop in sustainability and will outline how the skill taught can be used to make a range of furniture and forms from the locality. Students come with: sturdy boots for walking in the wood. We have rooms to rent at €25 per night.
Niall Walsh is a fellow co-founder of Leitrim Sculpture Centre and has worked with wood in a range of different contexts from 2d to3d, in gallery contexts, public commissions and sculpture symposiums in Ireland and around the world. www.niallwalsh.ie

Sat 23 & Sun 24 September 2017
Stone Lettercutting Workshop
Tutor: Seamus Dunbar. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 8. Cost: €130
Cutting inscriptions in stone is an important part of the stone-carvers craft that has been elevated to an art form in its own right. This module teaches calligraphic and typographic design in combination with precise sculptural skills. Participants will learn to identify and understand the tools required for stone cut lettering, gain an appreciation of basic letter proportions and layout and a will cut a name or short inscription (12 characters maximum) in stone. Students come with: sketchpad and basic drawing/writing materials. They should think about a monogram, name or (very) short inscription. Bring sturdy boots. Beginners to intermediate. We have rooms to rent at €25 per night.
Seamus Dunbar is a fellow co-founder of the Leitrim Sculpture Centre and has exhibited throughout Ireland. Dunbar lives and practices in Manorhamilton and recently completed a Masters degree at Ulster University

OCTOBER
Sat 7 & Sun 8 October 2017
Images On Glass  - Print And Glass Workshop
Tutor: Alison Lowry. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €220
By combining the silk-screening procedure with multiple print runs (a different run for each colour), it is possible to create elaborate and multi-coloured works of art. By using glass enamels instead of traditional screen-printing paints, it's possible to use the screen-printing process to print on glass. In this in-depth and informative two-day master-class you will learn how to create images on glass using screen-printing and other image transfer methods. No experience is necessary. Participants should come with a selection of black and white imagery. Original line drawings, text, or maps etc. will work best. Please do not bring images downloaded from the internet as they are generally pixelated. Remember to dress for mess! We have rooms to rent at €25 per night.

NOVEMBER
Sat 4 & Sun 5 November 2017
Jewellery Making And Small Scale Metal Fabrication Workshop
Tutor: Fiona Mulholland & Soraya Ricalde. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 5. Cost: €160
This jewellery and small-scale metal/mixed media fabrication course will be an opportunity to work in precious and non-precious materials. The course will explore a wide variety of jewellery making techniques in metal and including other materials such as acrylic and re-cycled will be facilitated. This course is designed for students who are interested in learning basic jewellery techniques and for those with some prior knowledge who want to improve existing skills.
The course covers essential techniques such as metal preparation/manipulation, soldering, forming, piercing, small hollow form construction including some basic surface textures such as metal hammering, mill-roll printing, and enamelling. Students will work through the design and execution of a piece/s of j7 and/or small-scale metal works with technical guidance. Materials such as copper sheet & wire, silver sheet & wire will be supplied. Students should come with sketchbooks and source material for design ideas. We have rooms to rent at €25 per night.
Fiona Mulholland has worked in the creative sector for 20 years. Employing several disciplines, primarily sculpture; she often uses a variety of media in her practice. She has realised several large scale public artworks, as well as participating in over forty group & solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally. She has recently returned to her roots and has developed a collection of small scale wearable works.
Soraya Ricaldeis a goldsmith/jewellery designer from Spain with an established jewellery business for the last 14 years. She supplies a number of outlets throughout Ireland and abroad. Soraya is living and working in North Leitrim and has a studio at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre.

Sat 18 & Sun 19 November 2017
Modelling The Head In Clay - From Life Workshop
Tutor: Jackie McKenna. Duration: 2 Days. Participant: 6 Cost: €180
This module is open to beginners and those with some experience in clay modelling.
Students will learn to make an armature and model a head in clay from life.  We have rooms to rent at €25 per night.
Jackie McKenna is a fellow co-founder of the Leitrim Sculpture Centre and a driving force for establishing a Centre for excellence in stone in Ireland. McKenna has completed many public commissions and is an expert in the use of stone in both public space and as a fine art practice in Ireland and abroad.

DECEMBER
Sat 9 & Sun 10 December 2017
Mouldmaking & Plaster Casting Of Head Workshop
(Stage 2 after participants have done the Modelling The Head In Clay Workshop)
Tutor: Jackie McKenna. Duration: 2 Days. Participant: 6 Cost: €190
We have rooms to rent at €25 per night.

 

Accommodation & Food
McKenna's House - We own a house that is available for room rentals at €25 per night. It is self-catering with a shared kitchen and bathrooms. Most people on workshops would stay together here. For two nights or more, go to http://www.airbnb.ie to book and pay.  Just search for Manorhamilton and put in your dates and you will see if anything is available. If you want to stay for one night only, please email us and we can book you in, as there is a two-night minimum on bookings through AirBnB.