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Summer Art Camp at Ennis Art School 2022

30 Aug, 2022

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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