Events

On: 29 Feb 2024 To: 28 Mar 2024

Mark Making & Mixed media with Catherine Weld: Abstracting from Life
Maximum 8 participants.
Thursdays 10:30 to 12:30
29 February to 28 March 2024

Booking directly with Catherine on 0858308918 or catherineweld@gmail.com

With the introduction of many new exercises, these sessions will be suitable for those who have attended my courses before, as well as first time participants of all levels of experience.

In addition to individual and group mark-making and drawing exercises that will enable you to explore and develop your individual visual language, we will work from life to find the key elements – shapes, line and tone - that are the building blocks of composition, structure, rhythm and, through these, expression. As always, the emphasis will be on process - it will be an opportunity to practice letting go of ideas about outcomes or finished work and to enjoy using the materials and being in the moment. At the same time you will be learning skills that can be applied to your work outside of the class, regardless of medium or style.

The size of the group (6 - 8 people) will ensure mutual support and trust. The short coffee breaks each week will be an opportunity for discussion around art themes, sometimes using a short art film as a starting point, and chatting about shared ideas and experiences related to art and life, which is always inspiring and enriching. The aim is that the course overall provides time away from everyday life and concerns, to dedicate to creativity and enjoyment with like-minded people.

About the facilitator

Catherine Weld’s creative career began in the UK as a social documentary photographer, followed by seven years as facilitator of a hospice-based project making books and films with people at the end of life. A graphic design degree followed but finding commercial work restrictive, she moved to West Cork in 2012 and committed fully to life as a painter, which offers the solitude, risk and freedom to which she is temperamentally best suited.

Alongside painting, she loves life drawing and teaching adults mark-making at West Cork Arts Centre and from her studio. She also enjoy the challenges of exhibition curation and has been involved in several environmental campaigns through the arts.

She has exhibited widely including at the RA Summer Show in London, the RUA in Belfast, and the Vue Art Fair, RHA, Dublin. Paintings are in the OPW and Cork County Council art collections as well as in private homes in Germany, Switzerland, the U.S.A., the U.K. and Ireland.

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