An introduction Workshop     Upcoming dates…

10am – 5pm Saturdays – Postponed.. New dates to be announced a.s.a.p. 

Strictly limited to 8 students…….  Please contact me to book…. Early booking advisable to avoid disappointment.

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ECO FRIENDLY ART – what is it?

‘ECO’   –          Connected with the Environment, Greek Origin, meaning ‘home’.

‘FRIENDLY’  –  Used at the end of words to mean ‘not harmful’.

‘ART’           – The CREATION of something whose purpose is to bring PLEASURE to people through their ENJOYMENT of what is BEAUTIFUL and INTERESTING, or things often made for this purpose such as paintings, drawings and sculpture.

Recently I accomplished a first in a Level 9 Certification in ‘Creativity & Change’ in the wonderful Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork.  This course changed and inspired my thinking in more ways than I can describe here and has brought me to a place of increased consciousness about the materials I am using to create art and the impact those materials have on our environment especially during their production and life cycle.

So whilst I’ve been using some Eco-Friendly materials in my work for years now,  I feel that it’s important for me to extend this aspect of painting and start introducing the concept into our workshops.

So what will we be using?

This design of this workshop is a ‘work in progress’ for me so it will be evolving in structure and content further as I’m learning more through my research, but here is a flavour of what is to come!

I’ve been using Hahnemühle Bamboo & Cotton Rag Paper for many years and it is by far my favourite paper to use in my own art and workshops and it’s actually the best value for money that I have found in the market so far.  I have also been using unusual painting media on an ongoing basis with wonderful results such as ground coffee (gorgeous sepia and ochre tones), beetroot, tea, chalk, charcoal, egg tempera, sand and more…

I am adding my own experience to my new learning and ongoing research (I’m currently reading ‘The Organic Artist’ by Nick Neddo). I am increasingly excited about the creative possibilities of using nature-based media alongside re-used and recycled materials.  I love all aspects of my own practise, from fine and flowing works on paper including collage and mixed media to my heavily textured impasto works on canvas.  Anything goes when making art!  All that is needed to take part in this workshop is an openness to your own creativity and a willingness to give it a go…

So read on if you want to experience something very different, if you’re ready to make a small change or if you just simply like the sound of this one….

Award-winning artist and teacher Denise Hogan has a wealth of experience in both teaching and in her own practise of painting.

In Denise’s one-day workshops you will find yourself in a welcoming atmosphere of learning and fun in which you can relax and absorb your new knowledge.

Start at the very beginning under her professional guidance and encouragement.  Learn how to choose a suitable image to work from (or ideally, bring your own – whatever it is you love looking at will be the easiest subject for you to paint), how to easily create that image and bring the whole painting to life – simply, easily and whilst having the most fun.

Like Denise’s regular weekly classes you will learn how to look at Art, how to read Art and how to communicate with your materials. No experience is necessary.  All are welcome from complete beginners to experienced painters, the only requirement is your willingness to ‘give it a go’,  your openness to your own creativity and your sense of fun!…. Your teacher will help & advise you, but will also encourage your learning by ensuring you create your own finished piece…. Please do adjust your expectations of the day according to your level of experience…. enjoy where you are in your journey wherever that is… Everyone will be working on their own image at their own pace so there is no pressure to keep up with anyone but yourself!

All the materials you will need are provided, including paints, brushes, paper/canvas, sketching materials and image library.   You are encouraged to bring your own image to inspire you or you may choose from our small library of art books and lessons here at the studio.

The workshops run from  10am – 5pm with refreshments available all day. There is a break at midday to enjoy a home cooked lunch.

Book your place early to avoid disappointment.

Next Workshops:Galway City (Roscam)

10am – 5pm  Saturdays

Saturday 9th May ’20                       – 6 Spaces available

Saturday 7th November ’20          – 8 Spaces available

Strictly limited to 8 students…….  Please contact me to book or to join our short waiting/cancellation list…. Early booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.

Introductory Price €110.00

 Please contact me if you are interested in taking part in future workshops and I will place your name on this specific mailing list to receive details of new workshops early.

How to book: Simply contact me and send a deposit* of €50.00. The balance is payable on the day.

*Please note that due to very small class sizes, deposits and payments are non-refundable or transferable unless the workshop does not go ahead.