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.
How to Paint a Forest Scene using Oils, Acrylics or Poster Paints with this Free Online Video.
Level of Difficulty 2
Oils: White & Black, Prussian & Cyan Blue, Cadmium Red & Cadmium Yellow, Chrome Green Light, Veridian Green, Burnt Sienna Brown, Orange
Acrylics: White & Black, Prussian & Cyan Blue, Cadmium Red & Cadmium Yellow, Burnt Sienna Brown, Chrome Green Light, Veridian Green, Orange
Poster Paint: White & Black, Blue, Red, Brown, Light Green, Dark Green, Orange and Pink.
Canvas or Paper, Pallet Knife, Wet and Dry Baby Wipes and Kitchen paper, small brush.
Hi everybody this is the first of the videos. It’s more suitable for the older students but you can all try it out. I would like your feed back as I am in the process of making a load of documentary videos during this lockdown. If you have no oils just use what you have, you will however need a pallet knife. When you are finished just email me on your work and I will load it onto this page. Take your time, you have all painted trees, people walking away and dogs, remember anything you walk on has to go left to right.
The hardest section of this is the walking figure and dog, if you get stuck just go into the blog as there is a section there on how to breakdown and draw the figure, but its easy.
Small Children Friday 4pm till 6pm – Congratulations to everyone who attended the classes, once more great work was achieved. This is only a selection of the work, hopefully everybody gets included.
The small children’s class is specifically designed to teaching art to young children. I try to create an atmosphere of fun and creativity, teaching the children form, colour, perspective, painting techniques and drawing techniques. I love the small childrens drawings and paintings as they have a great feel of creativity and individuality.
We always start off the term drawing, in this project the children learn how to create form using shape, how to create the shape using a scaled drawing and how to create tone using colour. After this we went onto learning how to paint a dog, using the techniques once more looking at shapes and creating the painting using a paint brush flicking technique. Then we drew, foxes, cows, birds, donkeys, snowman with bird, portraits with hand and flower and cats. The students pick what they want to learn how to draw and paint., each projects lasts 2 hours.
Children’s classes – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 4pm till 6pm
This is my biggest group of children, spread over 4 classes. Here the children learn once more form in drawing and painting. How a drawing is broken down into foreground, mid ground and backgrounds, how to use different paint brushes and pallet knives to create different marks. How to be versatile in their brush application. The colour spectrum and how to different colours using the primary colours. We covered, seascapes, landscapes, still life, how to draw and paint animals and birds and portraits.
The first five weeks is fairly structured with me giving the children a range of drawings and paintings, which they can choose from. The last two weeks of the term the children choose as a class usually what medium they would like to create art in, usually it is spray painting, crayon art and modelling clay.
Congratulations to everyone who attended the classes, once more great work was achieved.
Advanced childrens class – Saturday morning from 9am till 11am.
This class was created for children, who are improvers. I created this class so that the students who are improving can be pushed onto the next level of painting, drawing and modelling.
We covered a variety of subject matter here, we always start off with a still life drawing, this time its an apple. How to create a simple seascape, how to paint trees using pallet knives and fan brushes. Portraiture is always a big area, but now the students are learning how to draw in perspective, how to draw and paint teeth, how to draw and paint hands in different perspectives
Teenage Class Advanced – Saturday 1:30 to 3:30
This is my most advanced class, here the students start to fine tune their painting and drawing techniques. In the seascapes the waves are turning and there is a splash against the rocks and the water can be seen flowing onto the sand.
At this stage the students understand the process of portraiture and understand perspective and skin tones. Portraiture is one of the hardest of the areas in
Landscapes are created using pallet knives and brushes, using disappearing points to create perspective. The students have now come to a point where they are becoming creative and start to use and understand their creativity in creating their own art.
Congratulations to everyone who attended the classes, once more great work was achieved.