Duration: 1 week

Cost: €70 per student

Dates: 3rd July - 7th July 2017

Times: 10am - 2pm daily

Ages: 9 - 15

Places: 22

The summer school would adopt a mindfulness approach to art ensuring a positive mindful workspace. Teaching students how to achieve this in their own working environment and in turn promoting a positive mental health. This would be achieved by relaxing music, quiet workspace and promoting confidence by encouraging positive peer critiques. 

Special Requirements:

This is an advanced art camp aimed at students who have a keen interest in developing their artistic skills. Students must bring a packed lunch including a drink and snack(s) each day. It is advisable that students wear appropriate clothes.

All facilitators are Garda vetted. Courses are subject to change and numbers. 


PAYMENTS: You will receive an electronic invoice at the email address you provided on your booking form, which you can use to pay with a debit or credit card. Your child's place on the course will be secured once payment is received in full. Refunds are available up to 48hrs before the course commences. No refunds beyond 48hrs prior to course starting. Thank you in advance.


Using mixed media students will create a small portfolio of work displaying a new/increased knowledge of the Art Elements. Students will be able to apply this knowledge to create informed and well rendered research to enrich future personal or school projects. 

Students will be encouraged to think creatively by abstracting personal responses to various themes using creative thinking techniques.

Day 1: Creative Thinking

  • An introduction into creative thinking and how an Artist works.
  • Working in teams students will practice the creative thinking techniques.
  • They will then put them into practice themselves by choosing and dissecting a theme.
  • Students will be given the chance to work with primary and secondary research.
  • Students will formulate ideas through sketching.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Collaborate with peers to express and extend personal ideas.
  • Gather and organise primary and secondary research.
  • Formulate and develop ideas through sketching.

Day 2: Line

  • How you hold a pencil… the variations.
  • Blind drawings to improve hand eye coordination.
  • Introduction of the Art elements.
  • Focusing on form and texture add them to their research.
  • Experiment with various marks/lines to create texture.
  • Roulette of object drawing using quick gesture drawings. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognise tactile texture and record it as visual texture.
  • Show an understanding of form through drawing.
  • Apply marks and lines to create texture and form.

Day 3: Colour

  • What is colour and how to make different ones with various mediums.
  • Value both in tonal work and with colour.
  • Create a piece work using tonal variations of one colour to represent value…possibly landscapes or self portraits. (could tie into mindfulness and colour)
  • Gather the research using cameras or camera phones.
  • Picassos blue period as a support study.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Distinguish between colours and the different values of colours.
  • Follow a brief to collect appropriate research to be used in a project.
  • Review the work of Picasso’s blue period and discuss as a group.

Day 4: Space

  • Discussing positive and negative space.
  • Create a cut out shape piece that shows positive and negative space.
  • Introduction to one point perspective.
  • Create a drawing using one point perspective of the schools surroundings drawing from primary source if good weather.

Learning outcomes:

  • Give examples of positive and negative space.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of positive and negative space by creating a cut out piece.
  • Interpret one point perspective from both primary and secondary resources.
  • Recognise and describe how depth was created in an individual piece.

Day 5: Exhibition

  • Pride and presentation of your work.
  • Window mounting of finished pieces.
  • The purpose of a prep sheet and how to present one.
  • Positive peer critiques and presentations.
  • Reaffirming what was learnt during the week.
  • Gaining confidence in presenting their work. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Explain their train of thought using their finished work and research as visual aids.
  • Express their views on their work using the correct vocabulary associated with the Art elements.
  • Participate in a positive discussion of their peers work.