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Ignite the Spark!
JCT with Kevin Mc Dermott, author of ‘In Pieces’ and ‘Mary’s Shadow’
Terry McDonagh, dramatist and poet, ‘Echolocation’ and ‘Boxes’
This workshop focuses on writing as a process. Develop skills to assist your
students through the process of initiating writing, developing a piece, editing, redrafting, refining and polishing for publication. This workshop will focus both on poetry and prose forms. Through a combination of one-to-one and group feedback you will develop your own written work and experience a variety
of ways to help your students to develop as writers. Places are limited.
JCT with Dr Orla Lehane,
Education Director at Fighting Words.
Scintillate! - Are you interested in developing your writing practice? Would you like to experience an approach to collaborative writing of a range of texts, including visual, and the creation of a culture of creativity in your school?
A Workshop for all Junior Cycle teachers who wish to develop a culture of creativity and confidence in writing and related arts. You will experience the Fighting Words approach to writing, how other teachers have included Fighting Words in their schools and how the Fighting Words approach can support the Junior Cycle Framework (2015).
An introduction to Animation
JCT with Rory Conway, Cartoon Saloon
This elective workshop will provide teachers of any subject or discipline with an opportunity to gain an insight
into the processes and methodologies employed by an award winning professional animator. Participants will be introduced to and use stop motion animation techniques and principles to create their own animations through the use of digital technology.
Rory Conway is a layout and background artist with multiple Oscar nominated studio Cartoon Saloon. A graduate of Ballyfermot College of Further Education BCFE, Dublin, Rory holds a BA Hons degree in Animation and has received a number of international awards for his short film ‘SHOOT’. He has worked on many animation films and TV productions including
‘Song of the Sea’ and ‘The Breadwinner’. He is currently working on Cartoon Saloon’s new feature movie ‘The Wolfwalkers’.
Exploring Portraiture through Photography with Veronica Nicholson and JCT
This practical workshop will give participants the opportunity to examine the art of photographic portraiture through the lens of visual culture and appreciation and media. The workshop will explore traditional and contemporary portraiture, with a particular focus on using digital devices to experiment with lighting, composition and mood.
Veronica Nicholson has a Diploma in Professional Photography from the Dublin Institute of Technology and a Masters degree from the National College of Art and Design. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been teaching photography for 20 years. She moved to Offaly in 2010 and was one of the artists in ‘A Grand Experience’ documentary in 2012, and her book ‘Observing Offaly’ was published in 2016, both commissioned by Offaly County Council.
JCT with John Langan ,
School of Design and Creative Arts (GMIT)
Explore a range of materials to make drawings in two and three dimensions in this hands-on practical workshop. The focus will be on using primary sources to play with media to develop work influenced by visual culture and appreciation stimuli.
John Langan is a visual artist and educator. He has exhibited and been commissioned both in Ireland and abroad. He graduated with an honours degree in Fine Art (Sculp) from Limerick School of Art and Design and holds a Master of Arts by research in Art and Design Education. John lectures on the M.A in Creative Practice and B.A. in Contemporary Art at the Centre for Creative Arts and Media, GMIT.
Hoards & Conglomerations JCT with Joe Caslin
Participants will consider practical approaches to building a culture of selecting and using a range of primary source stimuli, in the Visual Art classroom. An opportunity to experiment with the art elements and design principles, with a particular emphasis on creating repeat pattern, to develop ideas will be the focus of this workshop.
Joe Caslin is an Irish street artist, teacher and activist. His art practice primarily focuses on social advocacy through the installation of temporary large-scale drawings in the urban and rural environments. Caslin holds an MFA in Illustration from Edinburgh University and studied also at LSAD, NUI Galway and NCAD. His ‘Finding Power’i nstallation in the National Gallery of Ireland is one of his notable works to date.
Drawn In, Drawn Out JCT with Helena Grimes
Engage with a range of drawing processes as a method of observing and discovering the world around you. In this workshop, participants will explore various traditional and contemporary approaches to drawing. The focus will be on exploring and experimenting with a range of media, concepts and approaches.
Helena Grimes is a graduate from Limerick School of Art and Design with a BA (Honours) in Fine Art specialising in Printmaking & Contemporary Practice. An artist and illustrator based in Limerick, originally from Longford, her work has been exhibited widely both nationally
and internationally including in the UK, Netherlands, Egypt, Turkey and USA. Her process focuses on drawing as a form of meditation and purpose.
Her work ‘Every Soul has a Dark Forest’ was commissioned and purchased by the University of Limerick.
Wired - Exploring drawing through etching with Mary Murphy and JCT
The workshop will give participants the opportunity to experiment with drawing and mark making through the print etching process. The workshop will explore the possibilities of drawing from primary sources, with a particular focus on idea generation and using an etching process which is suitable for the classroom.
Mary Murphy, a native of Armagh, graduated from the University of Ulster, Belfast in 1988 with BA Hons. in Fine Craft Design, Jewellery. A member of The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland’s education panel, Mary is particularly interested in the design processes and experimenting using a wide range of mediums including print.
Co. Leitrim, Rep. of Ireland