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Youth Art Workshops at the National Gallery of Ireland

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Youth Art Workshops at the National Gallery of Ireland

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 

Youth Art Workshops at the National Gallery of Ireland

This summer, the National Gallery of Ireland are offering students aged 14 – 18 the opportunity to spend a full day at the Gallery with a recognised artist.

Three separate day-long workshops have been designed for teens with a demonstrated interest in art in the areas of:

  • Textiles (11th July with Fiona Harrington)
  • Illustration (15th August with Declan Shalvey)
  • Printmaking (25th July with Elaine Leader)

They are tailored to allow participants to expand their existing portfolio for college applications and to improve skills while studying art.

The workshops will allow time for discussion and also investigation of a number of skills, techniques, tools and materials within each discipline. They will also provide suggestion and advice for developing work further.

Workshop Schedule: (all materials provided by NGI)

10.30 -11.30 Morning session

11.30 – 11.45 Break (provided by NGI)

11.45 – 1.00 Morning Session continued

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 – 4.00 Afternoon Session

Workshops will run from 10.30am – 4.00pm at a cost of €20. For more information including booking details click here.

Explore Ireland's Art, Craft and Design Sector and see what our sector experts have to say ...

Some interesting statistics

The craft sector is valued by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland at €498m, with €373.5m of business in the domestic market and €124.5m attributed to exports.

Nearly 6,000 people are employed in Irish craft and design with over 2,000 craft enterprises, large and small, officially registered.

There are now more than 800 annual craft events in Ireland

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