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Date: 5th – 7th July 2023
Artist:Róisín Curé
Medium: Sketching materials
Participants: Maximum 10
Course level: All levels welcome

Róisín Curé is an urban sketcher, author and teacher. Her books include An Urban Sketcher’s Galway (Currach Press, 2019), The Urban Sketching Handbook: Drawing Expressive People (Quarto, 2020) and Dublin In Sketches And Stories (Merrion Press, 2021). She has taught all over Europe, at international Urban Sketchers Symposia (Porto 2018, Amsterdam 2019), Compostela Ilustrada (Santiago de Compostela 2019, 2021), USk Switzerland (Bern 2021), Clermont Dessine (Clermont-Ferrand 2022) and with many private organisations in Ireland and the UK. Róisín has taught live classes online since the start of the pandemic and now, through Sketch With Róisín, teaches students twice a week from all corners of the globe in a group that is some 300-strong. Róisín shares the fun aspects of sketching on the street – always including practical tips – through the Sketch Therapist podcast, which comes out on Sundays.

Course Concept

Welcome to Artform’s first Urban Sketching course with Róisín Curé! With Róisín, we will be sketching anywhere, any time, always from life, from the magnificent to the mundane, carefully observing to see how to capture the spirit of the moment. In each session, we will address a number of principles. While sketching boats in the harbour, we might look at Reflections (using watercolour-first technique, followed by pen); we will work on Perspective while sketching Dunmore’s thatched cottages (using watercolour-first technique, followed by pen); we will learn how to sketch People over a coffee and croissant in the Bay Café, using a combination of techniques (e.g. ghost people after drawing, and fude 55º pens). Sketching in the park or on the harbour wall, we will bring the sketches of people alive by bringing Storytelling into them with speech bubbles and collage. And on the beach, we will sketch People at Leisure and Big Skies (using wet on wet, and fude fountain pen).
During the course, we will learn about Composition, and how to choose subjects enjoyable to sketch and pleasing to look at. We will practice drawing Accuracy: how to gain in confidence and accuracy, using watercolour-first technique. We will pay attention to Timing, and learn to leave watercolour for the right amount of time, so that it behaves as planed. Róisín will help the course participants to achieve impressive results and get over all kinds of hurdles when it comes to reasons why the sketch might not look as desired. And above all, we will find out how to get the most pleasure and fun from sketching.

* The course takes place in the beautiful Artform modern light-filled studio with 24hr access for each visiting artist, and in the beautiful coastal village of Dunmore East, 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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