Children’s Art Classes, Monday to Friday – 4pm till 6pm
Congratulations to everyone who participated in Ennis Art School Christmas term, once more excellent work was created. The following are examples of some of the work created. This term was predominately a painting term, where the students learned how to draw and paint, dogs, cats, donkeys, Fox’s, Ducks, trees, seascape with a lighthouse, a teddy bear, portraits and of course the famous man himself Father Christmas. In the children’s art classes the emphasis is placed on how to look at all objects in terms of shape. Parents say to me “Did my child really paint or draw what they bring home by themselves” . Now every image can be broken down into shapes.
The above Teddy is just a series of ovals, large oval for the head, smaller oval for the body and two semi circles for the feet. It becomes very easy then for the children to paint anything. All a child needs is to be able to draw a circle, oval, square, rectangle semicircle and parallel lines and practically any subject can be drawn or painted. Everything else after that is tone, but it is very important to get the drawing first.
The students get a choice of at least 7 images from them to choose as to which image that would like to learn how to draw and paint. I believe that it is important that the students choose themselves as in what they would like to learn how to paint, at least then they have an interest, although usually there is always some description of an animal included. The students love drawing all forms of animals, portraits are not a big hit, but it is a very important area and the children need to learn how to draw a successful portrait, although this may take years for this to happen, but it does happen.
The above portraits are created by young children, you can see how as they progress the portraits becoming better, but it is all practice. Like any subject in order to become better you have to practice. If you were a swimmer you would do lengths in the pool to perfect technique, the same applies to art, practice and time makes perfect.
Ashna Raman, displaying her prize winning entry for Texaco 2021
Teenage Art Work, Saturday 9am till 6pm.
The Advanced classes all take place on Saturday, first class beginning at 9am, last class finishing at 6pm. In the advanced classes the execution of the work slows down, the students do not finish in one class but continue into following weeks, so some of the paintings can take up to 3 weeks to complete. The urban scape where the students painted Lahinch, a seaside town in Co Clare, took three weeks to complete as the students had to draw out the buildings, roads, paths, rocks, walls and sea in perspective and than paint the buildings incorporating windows and doors. The students also completed two winter landscapes where they had to learn how to paint deciduous and evergreen trees with snow, water polar bears and deers. We also started on self portraits, as portraiture is the Gold Cup of art and the students will be submitting for The Texaco Children’s Art Competition in February.
Advanced Teenage Class
In the advanced Teenage Class the students can take up to a whole term to finish one painting. The students in this group are can paint, draw and model everything and anything. There technique in painting and drawing is an extremely high level and I recommend them to businesses in town for commercial art work.
The students love to model clay and it is a great medium for the students to learn form, how the face is created and modelled and the over all shape modelling animals.
Once again congratulations to everyone who completed the Halloween Term & Camp, great work once more created. I am posting a collection of the work created, please do not be offended if you are not included as you probably ran out the door before I could photo your work. A lot of work was created during the last term, we concentrated a lot on painting, so the students learned a lot about structure of a painting, how it is broken down into background, midground and foreground. How to paint trees, disappearing points, how to paint leaves on the trees, using different materials. Once more a lot of animals were painted, cows, horses, cats, donkeys and dogs. Learning how to paint animals can be very informative as the students learn all about tone and composition. We also did seascapes, where the students learned how to create disappearing points in the horizon, how to paint waves, sand and rocks. How to draw and paint the human figure was also a large section in this term, the students learned how to break down the figure into easily created compositions of ovals and how the head goes 6 times into the body, which can than be broken up into shoulders, trunk and pelvis with arms and legs.
Halloween Camp – Monday to Friday 9am till 12 noon
All the camps run on a three hourly basis over Monday to Friday. The camps are broken down into the following, Monday – Drawing composition and tone. Tuesday – How to draw a portrait of yourself, Wednesday how to paint a seascape, landscape, Thursday how to model clay, Friday – usually we do a painting and then the students decide what they want to do for the remaining time. The camps are usually themed.
Children’s Classes- From 6 years of age to 12, Tuesday to Friday 4pm till 6pm
Improvers class – Saturday 9am till 11am and Saturday 4pm till 6pm
Once the students understand the concept of tone, composition, how to compose a portrait, how to paint seascapes, landscapes and urban scapes, they are then moved up to the Saturday Improvers classes. In this class the structures of the paintings and drawings become harder and the layering becomes more intense. Once more a lot of work was created and the following are some examples of the work created. The Saturday classes are broken up into 4 categories, Improvers, Intermediate, Advanced and Graduate Levels. The Improvers are at the beginning of their art learning stage while the Graduate Levels, know it all they can draw and paint anything. At Ennis Art School, the emphasis is on technique, so the students learn all about the different techniques in drawing composition and painting, by the time they are finished they are absolutely brilliant artists. The following images are paintings and drawings from Improvers to Advanced Levels.
Here the students start to slow down, and look at composition and layering. The following painting took the students three weeks to complete as they had to work the layers from the front of the painting backwards, so the lillie pods had to be in the foreground the fish had to be in the midground and the pebbles had to be positioned in the background.
How to model Clay, this is a very important area and one that all the students love, no matter what age. Craft is one of the areas on the Leaving Certificate Art Module and Clay is one of the areas represented.
The students in the Graduate Class, have to create their own composition of painting. These paintings have to be of complex, taking in all aspects of design, tone and composition. There is no time limit for completion.
Texaco Children’s Art Competition
We apply for Texaco childrens art competition every year as I do believe it is important that the students realise how good their peers are in the art realm, therefore creating an incentive for them to improve their skills and compositions. This year we had one Highly Recommended, congratulations to Ashna on a great drawing.
Adult class – Wednesday morning
I teach adults on a Wednesday morning. In this class we can do fairly enough anything. All aspects of painting are taught here, everything from Seascapes to Landscapes to Still life.
Once more congratulations to everyone who attended the Summer Art Camps at Ennis Art School. The following is a celection of images taken during the camps. The camps ar five days long and each day a new decipline is examined and practiced.
Day 1. Drawing
For day one we look at form, how an image is can be broken down into triangles, rectangles, ovals, circles and squares. We then proceed to draw the image, we can Freehand draw the images, or we can use scaled drawings. I try to use both areas as it is important for the students to learn both styles of drawing. We primarily draw with chalk pastels, the brand that I use is Inscribe as I find that the quality and colour of the pastels is very high.
The Students choose from an array of images, and they pick which image that they would like to learn how to draw, as you can see the most popular images are dogs, cows, horses and cats.
Day 2 -Portraits
Portraits are a very important area in art, as I keep telling the students, if you can do a good portrait well then you can paint and draw anything. Portraiture wins all the childrens art competitions and if the students want to get a H1 for their Leaving Cert well then Portraiture is the way to go. Why is the Portrait so important, it is because it has every aspect of drawing, it has composition, tone and perspective and this is just a straight forward frontal portrait. as I say to the students if they learn anything is how to do a good portrait. The students learn, facial composition, how their face differs from others, how to draw eyes, nose, mouth, hair and ears.
Day 3 – Painting
Here the students learn, composition of paintings, how they are broken down into foreground, midground and background. How colour works together, how to create tone using colour. When we are starting our painting the most important aspect is to break the painting in to foreground, midground and background and then to draw in the centre character and work from there.
Day 4 – Clay
The students love working with Clay, but here again I teach them how to model the clay correctly as like every aspect of art there is a correct way to do everything. Usually the students learn how to model animals, again it is there choice
Day 5 – Last day of the Camp, for day 5 the students pick what they want to do, usually its painting and clay.
Teenage/Improvers Art Camp
In the afternoon I run Teenage/Improvers Art Camps, these camps are suitable for students who know the basics of all aspects of art and just want to upgrade their skills and create work that they would not have the opportunity to do themselves.
This is an assortment of other paintings created.
So for these camps the students did a painting of a Coke Can, a still life where they personalised their Coke Can’s.
They also did a painting of a charging Elephant in a grassland.
The Animation Camp’s are limited to five students as then they all get to use their own Mac. The programmes that the student’s use to create the animations are Photoshop, Director and iMovies. It is very important for students to learn how to draw electronically on iPads and drawing pads, as everything is designed on the computer. The main electronic drawing tool that is used in these animation camps are Wocem, the software that we use is Photoshop, but Procreate is also used on the iPad. The animation software that is used is Director we use iMovies for photograph and film manipulation.
Drawing – Week One – Children’s Mid-Week Classes Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 4pm till 6pm.
Learn how to draw using one unit of measure, measuring from the eye. Learn how to freehand draw. Learn all about tone and composition.
Congratulations once to all the students, once more great drawings, paintings, and clay models were created.
We always start off drawing, as it is the ABC to all forms of art. You cannot draw you cannot paint, or model..
The students get a choice of 6 images and then vote as to what image they would like to learn how to draw, as you can see they learned how to draw a young deer, dog, donkey, elephant, squirrel, and a cheetah. Drawing is very important as the students learn how to recognise tone, form and perspective.
Painting – Children’s Mid Week Classes
Only some of the work created gets photographed, I do try to include images of all the work, but sometimes that is just not possible.
This is a perspective painting, where the students learned how to paint the sky, grass different types of trees, an adult figure, a child and a dog.
Children love to paint animals, so as you can see we painted a lot of dogs, cows and a couple of coffee drinking cats. The students learn form, how the drawing of an animal is created by breaking it down into shapes and then finally how to tone it using colour.
Portraits are extremely important, as I keep saying to the students if you can draw and paint a good portrait, everything else is easy. The students learn how to breakdown the face into units, using the eye as the unit of measure, then they learn how to paint an eye, nose, mouth, the shape of the face, perspective on the neck and how to paint hair.
The students learned how to paint trees using a pallet knife, how to paint a waterfall using a fan brush, how to paint background trees using a wet wipe and how to paint the foreground water using a flat brush.
How to paint a foreground Panda, with a background landscape of trees, fields and a house.
Painting of a fox with a background forest.
The students love modelling clay, we use air drying clay and the older students can model whatever they like, the younger students I show them how to model in a class room situation, we all sit around the one table and I show them how to break the animal into first a visible form and then how to fine model the face and body. Dragons, cats, fish, fairy houses and dogs were the theme this term, once more the students pick what they want to learn how to model.
The last two weeks of the term the students pick themselves what they want to do, as you can see mask making, paper mache, clay modelling and stone art are a big hit.
Improvers Class – Saturday 9am till 11am
We started off drawing and the students choose to draw a side profile of a horse. Here we used the eye as the unit of measure and the students created the drawing using this unit, then it was just tone.
Portraits, breakdown of the eye, nose, mouth, ears and facial composition.
We then continued on our drawing project by looking at the eye composition, pupil, iris, upper and bottom eyelids, tear duct and eye lashes.
Full face composition with side perspective in the eyes.
Full figure drawing with an emphasis on drawing the hands.
The Students also did Seascapes, Landscapes, Urbanscapes, Waterfalls, paintings of cows and dogs. The last two days of the term, the students pick themselves what they want to do. A lot of the students pick clay modelling, they younger students picked masks, spray painting and stone art.
Every class I give the students a selection of images and they choose by the majority vote which image they want to paint. As you can see we paint a large range of subjects from landscapes to seascapes to urban settings, portraits, cows and dogs. The students use Oil paints, chalk pastels and spray paints to create their images. I have more images to load, the computer is just toooo slow today.
EASTER ART CAMP 2021 – Learn how to paint basic Landscapes, Seascapes, Portraits, draw animals and portraits and model animals, in one week
Once more congratulations to all who participated in The Easter Art Camp 2021, you all had a marvelous creative camp. There were two camps a childrens camp and a teenage camp. The first set of photos is from the Children’s Art Camp. All the work is not on show as sometimes the students leave without me getting a chance to take a photograph. The age of the students is from 6 years up to 12. I often get queries from parents asking if they can sent the 6 year old in with the 12 year old and my reply is always, that the student will work to their own capabilities, so it does not matter. Now if the student is coming to art class on a weekly basis and I believe that they are up to more challenging work, I will suggest that they go into the teenage/improvers camp.
We always start off the camp drawing, to get the students back into units of measure and tone, we drew horses, dogs, giraffes, and cats .
Day 1 – Drawing,
Black & white tonal drawings and full colour scaled drawings using Chalk pastels.
Day 2 – Portraits.
The students are instructed in how to breakdown the portrait using the eye as. the unit of measure, they are instructed in how to draw the eyes, nose, mouth, skin tone and the shape of the head.
Day 3 – Painting how to paint a Landscape & a Seascape
The students were instructed in the use of pallet knives, fan brushes and ordinary brushes. They were shown how a painting is divided into background, mid ground and foreground, how to paint mountains, trees, leaves, a house and how to paint a road with a disappearing point. For the seascape, how to paint clouds, horizon, wave turning, rocks and a wave splashing off the rock and the sand.
Day 4 – How to paint a cheetah cub.
The students were instructed in how to breakdown the drawing using the eye as the unit of measure and how to use colour tone.
Day 5 – How to model clay.
The students are instructed in how to model clay and how to create form, how tone is created using undercuts, how to model eyes, nose, mouth and legs.
These are other images of work created during the camps.
This was a big painting camp, the students would have to be in my class for a minimum of two years in order to come to this camp. this is just a selection of the work, as some of the students were out the door before I had a chance to photograph what they had done.
Day 1- detailed drawing of the eye,
Which progressed into a detailed painting of the eye, as the eyes are very important in a portrait, so is the nose and the mouth, we started this project drawing the eyes, nose and mouth in different prospectives.
Day 2 – Self Portraits
I took photos of each of the student and then gave them a print out, they then had to break down the photo themselves using they eye as the unit of measure and then select a style of painting that they liked, from classical, contemporary to using bold colour for tone.
Day 3 – Landscapes
Here the students painted a forest scene, with large deciduous trees leading back into the forest path, creating a disappearing point. For the trees the students used pallet knives, the grass was applied using a fan brush and the path was applied probably using their fingers.
Day 4 – Seascapes
How to paint a lighthouse with a large crashing wave. To create this painting the students used a range of materials, from oils to acrylics. We also used spray paint to create the splash. This painting was created using a small paint brush, wet and dry wipes and the students also used their fingers to create a smooth finish on the water. The lighthouse was painted using a very small brush.
Day 5 – This is the students days, so they finished off any paintings that were not finished.