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Artist: Mick O’Dea

Course Date:  5th – 8th September 2022 
Medium: Oil, acrylics and mixed media
Participants: Maximum 10
Course level: Some previous experience would be preferred
Course Cost: €460

Mick O’Dea is a painter and sculptor living and working in Ireland. Past President of the Royal Hibernian Academy, a member of Aosdána, an Honorary Member of the Royal Scottish Academy, a Fellow of the Anatomical Society, Chairman of the Stamp Design Advisory Committee for An Post, a past member of the Board of Governors and Guardians of the National Gallery of Ireland, and a former lecturer at NCAD. His work is featured in a number of Public and Corporate Collections in Ireland and abroad including The National Gallery of Ireland, Cēsis History and Art Museum, Latvia, Glucksman Ireland, House New York University, Government Buildings and Leinster House, Belfast City Hall, The Arts Council of Ireland, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation. In addition Mick’s work is featured in many private collections in Europe, the United States and Asia.

Course concept

The emphasis over the four days will be to work directly from observation. Participants will be encouraged to have two to three paintings running side by side simultaneously by day three.
Weather permitting we will work painting outside for a day or two.
Participants will be invited to construct a composition, working inside, to include an interior and exterior perspective.
We will have a clothed model for a day or two depending on the weather, who will sit for us. The model may feature in the composition Mick will ask participants to undertake.
The main thrust of the exercises will be to encourage flexibility and adaptivity in one’s studio practice.

* 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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