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Artist: Eamon Colman

Course Date:  16th – 18th October 2023 
Medium: Acrylic, oil, pigment and gouche paint
Participants: Maximum 8
Course level: All levels welcome
Course Cost: €370

Eamon Colman (b. Dublin 1957) is a member of Aosdána (Academy of Creative Arts in Ireland) since 2007 in recognition of his major contribution to Irish culture. His career spans from 1979, presenting over 40 solo exhibitions nationally and internationally.  He has held two major mid-term retrospectives of his work: Panorama: A Review at The Strule Arts Center, Omagh, NI in 2013 curated by Terry Sweeney and Post Cards Home at The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, IRE in 1996 curated by Ciaran MacGonigal and Josephine Kelliher. He won First Prize Painting – Eigse (2001) and First Prize Painting – EVA (1989). He is represented by Solomon Fine Art, Balfe Street, Dublin 2 where he held his latets solo show in February 2020.

Course concept

The aim of this three-day workshop is to develop individual colour recipes inspired by and applicable to the landscape around us, to create a sample repertoire of tonal glazing techniques that will be developed into larger works.

Using Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours as a foundation, we will explore his tonal colour applications in the natural environment, organic and found ‘weathered’ objects from nature will be brought into the studio.

We will explore the colour pallet by working with the layering of complimentary and contrasting colours to create tonal ranges applicable to the selected natural item – looking at how both natural and artificial light changes and affects this tonal range.  Working from the sample index, glazing and tonal techniques will be put into practice through the creation of a larger [still life / nature] composition.

During the workshop, I will discuss the mix of traditional techniques and their contemporary application within my art practice – using pigment, oil and water based paints – through demonstrations, examples and group work, time will be given to work with each participant individually.

* The course takes place in Artform modern light-filled seaside studio with 24hr access for each visiting artist, and runs from 11am to 5pm on the first day and from 10am to 4pm on the subsequent days. Cost does not include accommodation, on request Artform offers artist accommodation options. Details on art materials and safety will be provided after signing up to the course. Artform operates Health and Safety studio policy in keeping with updated national guidelines (for further information please see here https://www.artform.ie/covid-19/).

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