Summer Art Camps at Ennis Art School 2023
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Ennis Art School 2023 Summer Art Camps. Great work was created and everybody had a great time.
The Camps range in age from 6 years up to 12 years of age and each day is dedicated to a different Art Form. The following is a sample of the work created during the camps.
Day 1. How to break animals into different shapes to ease drawing.
For this project, I show the students how to break the animals down into circles, ovals, triangles and rectangles. The students learn how to free hand draw using the above shapes and then they learn how to paint, using tone and using brushes to create a hairy look, or feathers etc.
The students learnt how to draw and paint, dogs, cats, elephants, birds, mice and foxes. The students are shown how a painting is broken down into background, midground and foreground and how tones are vital in creating the illusion of 3 dimentionality.
Day 2 – Portraits.
On day two the students learn how to draw and paint a portrait of themselves. They are taught how to break the portrait down using a unit of measure, shown how the face is symetrical, how to paint eyes, nose, mouth, skin tone and hair.
Day 3 – How to paint a landscape and how to draw the human figure.
The students are shown how to break the landscape into foreground, midground and background. How to apply the paint in different directions using, their fingers, flat brushes, fan brushes and small brushes for painting figures. How perspective is created using disappearing points.
Day 4 – How to paint a Seascape and how to paint figures in the foreground.
The students are shown how important the horizon is to create the illusion of the sea disappearing into the background. The students are shown how to paint a wave and how to paint the splash of the wave. How the wave has to flatten out when it approaches the shore and how to paint rocks and and how to use a disappearing point to create perspective.
Day 5 – How to model Clay.
Day 5, is the last day of the camp so its when we celebrate any students birthday, if their birthdays fall in the week of the camp. Clay modelling is very important as it teaches children form.
Advanced Camp – During the Summer I run an Advanced Camp for the students who attend the Advanced Classes on Saturday. During this camp the students get the chance to share ideas in a three hour class where they can paint anything that they like. This camp ranges from 8 years of age up to 14.
Congratulations to everybody who participated in the 69th Texaco Children’s Art Competition. Ennis Art School, won 1st, 2nd ane 16 Special Merits.
In the 6 years and younger category, the youngest age group in the competition, first prize was won by 6 year old Zoey kennedy for her work entitled ‘JoJo’. Zoey’s piece is described by professor Granville as ‘a wonderful, expressive and affectionate image’
In the 7 to 8 category, 7 year old Sara McHugh won, for her art work entitled ‘The Waterfall’. Sara’s piece was described by Professor \granville as ‘a stunning waterfall using bold colours in a surprisingly effective manner’.
In addition, 16 Ennis Art School students won Special Merit Awards for artworks, which Professor Granville said “were imaginative and displayed high levels of skill and creativity.
Category A – 16 to 18 years of age.
Mahia Rahman for ‘Childhood Wonder’, mixed medium on paper.
Alysha Casey Hanrahan for ‘Orla & JoJo’, mixed medium on paper.
Sienna Duggan for ‘Best Friends’, Mixed Medium on paper.
Category B – 14 to 15 years of age.
Sadie O’Brien for ‘Snug as a Bug’, mixed medium on paper
Julia Swiatkowska for ‘My Sister Lena’, mixed medium on paper.
Category C – 12 to 13 years of age.
Eoin Murphy for ‘Blue Eyes’, mixed medium on paper
Lucy O’Connor for ‘Self Portrait’ Poster Paint on paper.
Category D – 9 to 11 years of age.
Alice Crean for ‘Self Portrait with JoJo’ mixed medium on paper.
Zara Davis for ‘My Uncle Joe’ mixed medium on paper.
Ellie Ryan for ‘Tom Cat’, poster paint on paper.
Riya Mahesh for ‘Self Portrait, Oils on Paper.
Tadhg McGrath for ‘Self Portrait’, Poster Paint on Paper.
Category E – 7 to 8 years of Age.
Ada O’Farrell for ‘Triky’ poster Paint on Paper.
Remi Hill for ‘Bunny’, Poster Paint on Paper.
Aidan Hehir for ‘The Waterfall’, Poster Paint on Paper.
Category F- 6 years and younger.
Toni Christofides for ‘Ted’, Poster paint on Paper.
No stranger to the competition, Aidan Hehir won first Prize in the 7 to 8 years category last year, winning the Special Merit this year in the Higher category. Mahia Rahman has won in the Special Merit Category in 2019, 2021 and 2022.
The Texaco Children’s Art Competition is the longest running sponsorship in the history of arts sponsoring in Ireland, with an unbroken history that dates back to the very first Competition in 1955. It is an invaluable platform for young artists from every corner of Ireland to have their talents recognised and their creativity commended and encouraged.
I have to congratulate everyone who took part in the competition this year. Yes there were surprises that some others were not in the prizes, but that is no reflection on the quality of work that the students submitted, You all did a great job, all winners in my eyes.
Summer Art camps at Ennis Art School all of July and August.
Congratulations to everyone who took place in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition 2023 here at Ennis Art School. An incredible quantity of work was created to a very high level. Some of the students have been working on their submissions since last September and as you will see the standard is very high.
Texaco Children’s Art Competition
With an annual entry of over 20,000 paintings, the Texaco Children’s Art Competition is one that has touched the lives of virtually every family in Ireland at some time or another throughout its 64 year lifetime. In that respect alone, it is quite special.
The judging process is carried out by a panel of independent judges, each one a distinguished figure in the world of art in Ireland. Their work will be completed in April 2023 and the results of the 69th Texaco Children’s Art Competition will then be made available. All one hundred and twenty six artists will be notified individually by post and their winning artworks will aslo be showcased on this website.
There are 7 different devisions in the competition A 16-18, B – 14-15, C – 12-13, D 9-11, E 7-8, F,6, G – Special Needs.
Ennis Art School has won this competition twice, Laurie Hehir in 2019 in Category F, for her Blue Cow.
And Aidan Hehir in 2022 for his Self Portrait, playing computer games
These are the enteries for 2023. Some of the students started their art work in September 2022, as soon as we returned from the Summer Break.
Alysha Casey Hanrahan, with portrait of Orla and JoJo, Age 17, Category A
Mahia Rahman, “Childhood Wonder” Age 17, Category A
Joe MacLear, Art Class on Saturday, Age 17, Category A
Eimear Fitzgerald, “Three in a Tub”, Age 15
Maire Czyaszak, Age 18, Category A
Adam Coote, Age 15, Day Dreaming
Sienna displaying her portrait of herself and her friend, Oils on Canvas
‘My Cousin” Haley Dixon, Age 14, Category B
“My sister Leana” Julia Swiatkovska, age 14, Category B
Sadie O’Brien, Age 14, Category B
Eoin Murphy, Age 13, Category C
Sarah Davis, Age 11, Category D
Lucy O’Connor. Age 12, Category C
Self Portrait of a young girl, Kyma Dillon , Age 8 , Category E
Saorlaith Ryan, Age 12, Category C
Gabija Mickeviciate, Self Portrait, Oils on Canvas
Nikola Paduch, Oils on Canvas, portrait of a friend
Aoibhe Gleeson, Age 10, Category D
Yivanna Price, Age 9, category D
John Tobin, Age 10, Category D
Laurie Hehir, Age 10, Category D
Sarah McDonald, Age 11, Category D
Mella McSweeney, Age 11, Category D
Ellie Ryan, Age 9, Category D
Alice Crean, Age 11, Category D
Riya Mahesh, Age 10, Category D
Hanna Dudek, Age 12, Category C
Lily O’Malley, Age 12, category C
Aidan Hehir, Waterfall, Poster paint on Paper
Lucy Malone, Oils on paper, Age 12, Category C
Sara McHugh, Tropical waterfall, poster Paint on paper, Age 7
Tara Mangan, Age 12, Category C.
Daire Markham, Age 11, Category D, Self Portrait, Oils on Paper
Fionn Coote, Age 9, category D, Poster paint on Paper, Mr Fox
Ailbhe O’Loughlin, oils on paper, self portrait, Age 10, Category D
Younger Student Submissions
Random shots of the students displaying their work.
Summer Art Camp at Ennis Art School 2022
Congratulations to all who participated in Ennis Art School Summer Art Camp 2022, great work created and we all had a lot of fun while creating the work. I try and take photographs of all the work, so hopefully a piece of everybody’s work is on exhibition in the following photographs.
The art camps are run for 5 days, each day we cover a different subject.
Day 1 – How to draw
How to look at form, how to break the drawing into shapes, how to create tone, how important tone is to a drawing. This area is extremely important as the student learns how to create a drawing first by breaking it into recognisable shapes, such as circles, ovals, curves, rectangles, etc. The next big area to the drawing is the importance of tone. What is tone, how to recognise the lack of tone in the drawing. The following are images of the work created by the students. At the beginning of each class the students are shown 10 images and they pick one image collectively that they would like to draw. These are the drawings that they created.
It is very important that the camps are mixed in age, ranging from 6 years of age up to 12 years of age. The students all work to their own age group and ability, so it does not make a difference if the student is 6 or 12.
As you can see we drew loads of cats, horses, dogs, birds and deer. The drawings were all created using chalk pastels.
Day 2 – Portraits
Portraits are very important as it teaches the students all about form and tone. It is the most important area in art education as it contains all the aspects in learning how to draw and paint.
Day 3 – Learning how to paint.
The students learn how to break down a painting into background, midground and foreground. They learn how to use different mediums to apply paint to create effects. They learn how to paint Landscapes, Seascapes, how to paint the figure, trees, rocks, rolling waves, grass, mountains etc. The students create their paintings using Poster Paint.
Day 4 – The Serious Painting
On day four the students apply the techniques that they learned the day before and paint a canvas using these techniques. As you can see once more the subject matter can be seascapes, landscapes, dogs, horses or pandas, they choose.
Day 5 – Modelling Clay
This is the students favourite activity, modelling clay. We use air drying clay and the students pick what they want to learn how to model as a group.
Once more congratulations to everyone who attended the Summer Term at Ennis Art School, again great work created.
Texaco Children’s Art Competition 2022.
The 68th TEXACO CHILDREN’S ART COMPETITION, received close to 20,000 enteries this year. The task of judging these entries was undertaken by a panel of five judges. The Final adjudication was carried out by Gary Granville, Professor Emeritus of Education at the National College of Art & Design and supporting him were a group of preliminary judges, each one a distinguished figure in the world of art in Ireland. Dr Denise Ferran, former President of the Royal Ulster Academy, Eoin Butler, visiting lecturer in Visual Arts, Sean Kissane, curator of IMMA, and Marie Connole, artist, teacher and previous Texaco winner.
This year was a phenomenal success for Ennis Art School. We had one first in Category E
Aidan Hehir won First Prize in Category E, for his self portrait. Congratulations Aidan
We had two Fourths in Category A.
Brian Coughlan and Mahia Rahman, congratulations to you both.
We had two Fourth’s in Category B.
Adam Coote and Eilish Strand, congratulations to you both
We had One Fourth in Category C
Daria Kufa, congratulations Daria.
We had One Fourth in Category D.
Ciara Dee, Congratulations Ciara.
We had 2 Special merits
Mashfika Nice – Category A and Saide O’Brien – Category C, congratulations to you both, great achievement. It gives me great pleasure teaching these young artists. I look at their work and I feel very proud.
Now for a look at what else was completed during the Summer term, we will start off with the older students and work our way down.
Self Portrait as a young girl by Mahia Rahman.
Again a big mix of portraits, the above is a portrait of Mahia as a young girl.
Saturday Classes – Advanced – 9am till 6pm, 4 classes in all.
Saturday from 9am till 6pm, is when I teach the advanced students. In these classes the emphasis is once more on Portraits, but we also do seascapes, landscapes and urban scapes, with a bit of clay thrown in at the end of term.
Wednesday from 4pm till 6pm, Advanced Mid-Week Class.
The Wednesday class is very much like the 4pm till 6pm class on Saturday. In this class the students start to paint portraits trying to attain realism and perspective. This is not that easy to attain, this term we took Harry Potter, Tom Holland and The Rock as our subject matter, the students had to try and get a likeness, seeing how their faces differ from others to try to attain this. Clay is always the last day of term as all students love modelling clay and it is very good for them to use both of their hands, using both sides of their brains.
Mid-Week Classes, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 4pm till 6pm
This are children’s classes and we do a bit of everything, portraits, how to do basic portraits. seascapes, how to paint a starter sea and rocks, how to turn a wave. Landscapes how to paint trees, mountains, rivers using perspective and layers. How to paint animals looking at shapes and tone. Finally for the last day they can model clay. Loads of great work created.
Adult Art Classes, Wednesday 10am till 12 noon.
We do a celection of work on Wednesday
The ladies decide what they want to paint and off we go, its all just good fun.
Congratulations to all who participated at the Easter Art Camp, once more great work was created. These camps are suitable for children from 6 years of age to 12 years of age and run from 9am till 12 noon, Monday to Friday during the Halloween, Easter and Summer Holidays. If there is not an image of you and your work sorry, you must have run out the door without getting a photo taken.
Day One, Drawing tone and breaking the images into easy shapes.
We started off with a tonal black and white drawing of a dog. Tone is one of the most important aspects in all drawing and painting and it is incredibly important for the students to understand tone. Tone creates perspective in the drawing or painting, dark tones pushing the drawing in and the light tones bringing the drawing out. The students also learn how to break down the drawing into easy shapes, such as triangles, rectangles, circles and ovals.
The next lesson was how to paint a deer and a squirrel in a landscape. There the students learned how to break the animals into shapes and how to break the landscape into Foreground, Mid ground, and Background. How to paint deciduous trees and grass with a fan brush
Day two – How to paint a Seascape with a rolling wave.
For this lesson the students learned how to paint a beginners Seascape, how to turn a wave, how to paint the sand and how to paint the sky.
Day three – How to paint a landscape with a Deer.
For this lesson the students learned how to create a disappearing point using a road as the subject. How to paint trees using a pallet knife and how to paint the trees using perspective. How to paint a sky using tone and how to paint grass and shrubs. Finally for the foreground how to paint a path and some students put in a Deer.
Day Four – How to paint a portrait of themselves.
The Portrait is the most important area in art, as it contains all aspects of painting and drawing, tone, perspective and form. I believe it is extremely important for students to learn how to create a portrait so this area is always included in any art camp that I run and in the weekly art classes.
Day Five – Clay Modelling
The students love Clay modelling, and I believe it is a great way for the students to learn form.
The Summer Art Camps will be running all of July and for the two mid weeks in August. Please contact me for more information at 086 8207370.