We currently run 6 classes a week for around 80 students. The classes range from printmaking, figure drawing, professional practice to open studio sessions. These programmes have originated from research pilot projects carried out by Spark Studio in 2007 - 2009, funded by the Tertiary Education Commission. Spark Studio is now a creative space offering innovative art programmes for people of all abilities, with particular care given to ensuring those with diverse needs are provided for Our current programmes include: Printing off the Wall: This is the fourth year Spark Studio has offered a printmaking programme; this year students are learning techniques and processes of observational drawing, printmaking, and screen printing through exploring subject matter of personal interest, and developing a personal iconography and style. They are creating potentially saleable items such as handmade cards, mounted prints and silk screened cushion covers. From term 2 artists will progress from individual to collaborative works, examining common and individual themes and ideas, and a final collaborative installation of the work is planned for later in the year. Professional Practice: Students work towards individual goals such as collating a body of work for solo or group exhibition, moving on to further education with mainstream providers or creating small publications. Tutors will assist students to develop CVs and portfolios and to write artist statements about their work. Figures in Place: A pilot programme which will further develop the knowledgebase and technical skills of artists in drawing and painting the human figure with an emphasis on the placement of the figure in the landscape / environment, incorporating other aspects such as still life, objects and symbols or personal icons. Individual interpretation and personal expression will inform the content of the work. Open Studio: Where an open, organic approach to learning is held. Tutors move amongst artists, coming alongside and assisting them by suggesting ideas, demonstrating techniques - encouraging them to try out new and different ideas and mediums, sometimes exposing them where appropriate to artist models or other references. The tutors regularly take the lead from the artist, encouraging them to be self directed where possible.
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