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Halloween Term & Halloween Camp

1 Nov, 2021

Halloween Term & Halloween Camp

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.

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Children’s Classes- From 6 years of age to 12, Tuesday to Friday 4pm till 6pm

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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.

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Advanced Class

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.

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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.  

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Graduate Class

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.

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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.

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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.

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