Embark on your own creative journey, guided and supported by artists Cilla Wagner and Sharon Kelly who will introduce you to materials and processes that will develop not only your skills, techniques and confidence, but also encourage exploration and enjoyment of the creative process.
You will work with various drawing media, ink, watercolour and collage, and even create your own sketchbook.
You will use still life subject matter, imaginative elements, a life model and sessions of working outside as the spring and summer progresses.
Cilla and Sharon aim to enthuse and nurture a friendly and inclusive atmosphere where you are able to try a range of art processes and approaches with guidance and support.
This course is suitable for beginners and anyone wishing to embrace a creative challenge and focus.
About the tutors
Sharon Kelly RUA is a practicing artist with 30 years experience, exhibiting nationally and internationally.
She gained a BA (Hons) Fine Art, 1986 and MFA, 1989 from Ulster University and was co-founder of Flaxart Studios, Belfast 1990 and Paragon Studios / PS2, Belfast, where she was co-director from 1993 – 2016.
Her practice gravitates around drawing, but has incorporated moving image, drawing animation, painting, print and collaborative ventures with writers, dancers and choreographers.
Sharon has many years experience teaching drawing, life drawing, painting and portfolio preparation in The Crescent, encouraging an exploration of the creative process using traditional and experimental modes and approaches. She has been visiting Lecturer at Ulster University, Queens University and institutions across Ireland. Sharon was commissioned by CCEA in 2016 to develop and deliver a series of experimental drawing workshops for A Level art teachers.
She is currently the ‘virtual’ artist in residence with St Patrick’s primary school, Crossmaglen, as part of a long-term project, 'Virtually There', placing art at the heart of enquiry-based learning.
In 2014 she set up Wide Skies Sketching to promote outdoor creative activities and organises and co-facilitates the summer Walk & Sketch sessions for the public in Belfast city parks.
Cilla Wagner followed the traditional route of Art Education; a degree in Fashion & Textiles followed by a postgrad in Graphic Design.
Her career has included teaching and graphic design and illustration in England, Canada and here Belfast.
Her journey with drawing and mark making really intensified in 2009 when she began experimenting with Urban Sketching, which progressed to facilitating Sketching Groups and tutoring drawing and life drawing sessions.