Busy summer arts schedule for Laois

THE Arts Office have a busy schedule of events for both adults and children this summer. Already they enjoyed a very busy month with lots happening throughout the county for Bealtaine.

THE Arts Office have a busy schedule of events for both adults and children this summer. Already they enjoyed a very busy month with lots happening throughout the county for Bealtaine.

The Arts Office will run a week of art workshops at the Arthouse in Stradbally with artist Stefanie Bruning titled “Clam Tree, Big-Eyed Fish and Wooden Bird”. It will run from July 29 to August 2 – from 11am to 1pm for ages 7-9 and from 2pm to 4pm for ages 10-12, costing €30.

The workshops will include creating exotic landscape sceneries and fantastic animals with the techniques of frottage and collage. Exploring different materials and their surfaces/textures, using objects from our shared environment and a technique of transferring relief patterns to paper by rubbing with a pencil. The collection of these frottage pieces will then be the main material for the creation of colllages.

Booking is essential and booking forms are available from the Arthouse or can be downloaded from the website www.laois.ie or by contacting the Arts Office at 057 86 64033/13.

Following on the successful Spring Art Course run by Gemma Guihan in the Arthouse recently, she is conducting one commencing this Wednesday June 5 from 11am to 1pm in the Library, Stradbally. Gemma will lead the students in the techniques of oil painting, acrylics and drawing. It is suitable for beginner and more advanced adult students. The fee for the 6 weeks is €120 and participants are to bring their own materials. The course will conclude with an exhibition at the Arthouse Gallery.

Gemma Guihan is a full-time practising artist based in her studio at The Arthouse, Stadbally Co. Laois. She has exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy Summer Exhibition and Eigse Open Submission Carlow. She has had several solo exhibitions at The Molesworth Gallery Dublin and The Dunamaise Theatre and Centre for the Arts Portlaoise. Her work is in private and public collections in Ireland, England, Finland, United States and Austrailia.

For more information and to book a place contact The Arthouse at 057 86 41740 (Tues—Thur 10am and 4pm) or email: vmcnicholas@laoiscoco.ie or the Arts Office in the Council.