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Christine O'Brien

visual art

Facilitated Art Workshops

'Have Fun Exploring' Creative Workshops

'The frameworks I adopt to promote creativity and critical thinking about the arts focus on encouraging students to perceive, recreate and transform visual information; recognise and make distinctions about their own and other people’s thoughts and intentions; engage in formative feedback; use their insights as the basis for making informed decisions - based on their needs and abilities.'
'My aim is to create innovative collaborative programmes that also develop non-academic skills as a means to enhance self-esteem, confidence and motivation. '


Designed to guide participants through the creative process

Beginners and those developing their own style are encouraged to:

Explore their creativity
Develop their own unique style
Work at their own pace in a relaxing fun environment
Enjoy being part of a relaxed group of like-minded people
Engage with the language of art appreciation & visual art processes
Reflect on their personal response to both their own work
Be inspired by art works on display in the Cultural Centre
Soak up the relaxed atmophere created by inspiring music
Discover choices made when drawing and painting
Explore creative ways of interpreting landscape
Have fun trying something new

You can attend a single class or sign up for a series.
To book contact Christine

Student Exhibition - Tramore Coastguard_cultural Centre June 2014
Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centrestudent work exhibited at Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre
Love Lane, Tramore, Co. Waterford. T: 051 391 656


Philosophy:

"Nurturing awareness of our inner creative space."

In her facilitated workshops Christine encourages participants to develop a conscious, mindful approach to their practice; to nurture an awareness of, and respect for, their personal inner creative space. Learning to embrace and enjoy ‘stillness’ - that stress-free zone associated with getting lost in the creative process.

art-workshop_SCG“For me painting is about expressing ideas and revealing the way I see the world around me, and my personal exploration of life on earth. We each have individual, deeply personal impressions of the environment in which we live. There is a duality of shared and private meanings. Common values and similar points of reference can open lines of understanding around even the most abstract of concepts.”

Over a series of artworks shops participants are introduced to the processes involved in painting and given opportunities to explore their creativity; to be aware of the inner dialogue that is part of the creative process. The boundary between personal and shared: the subliminal connection between inner being and communal space.


Guest arts facilitator at Greyfriars Municipal Gallery

I regularly facilitate creative workshops for younger people in response to exhibitions at Greyfriars Municipal Gallery, i.e. '30 years / Artists / Places' in 2016.
Recent collaborative workshops involved artists working in dance, spoken word and sound.
Venues used include public and artist-led spaces, galleries, youth centres, libraries, community halls and arts centres.


2012->2018: Creative Workshops, Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre, Co. Waterford.
2018: artist talk with Senior Cycle students, treelines & skylines, Greyfriars Municipal Gallery
2016: 30 years / Artists / Places, guest workshop facilitator, Greyfriars Gallery / Arts Council.
2015: Invited Response: Culture Night talk on '21 Recent Acquisitions + Abstract & Contemporary Works' from the Municipal Art Collection at Greyfriars Gallery, Waterford.
2015: Anamáit, Creative Workshop, Ambiosonic Festival, Provence, France.
2015: Exploring the: Sacred Grove, Old Markethouse Arts Centre, Dungarvan, Ireland.
2014: Guest speaker Visual Artist Ireland (VAI) 'Get-Together', IMMA, Dublin, Ireland.
2011 & 2014: Slow Art Day, Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery, Waterford, Ireland.
2014: Still Life Jim, but not as we know it, GIY Gathering & Harvest Fest, Waterford City Hall.
2013: Gable End Tours, Avenue Festival, Waterford City Council commission, Waterford.
2013: Pop-Up ‘Common Room’ Café with Visual Artists Ireland (VAI), Waterford.
2013: Capturing Sunshine, Artist-led workshop, Index Gallery, Central Library, Waterford.
2013 & 2012: Slow Art Day, Garter Lane Arts Centre & Theatre Royal, Waterford, Ireland.
2013: Artist Talk, Scattering-Gathering, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, Ireland.
2012: Take another look, Municipal Art Collection, Culture Night / Waterford City Council.
2012: Treeline, Ambiosonic Festival, Forêt des Maures, Provence, France.
2011: Reading the Landscape, Curator's Talk, Municipal Art Gallery, Waterford, Ireland.
2011: Painting the Forest, Ambiosonic Festival, Forêt des Maures, Provence, France.


Artist Talk

'Invited Response' 5.30 - 6.30pm | Culture Night 2015 | Greyfriars Gallery


Workshops

Artist Talk and Creative Workshop during Scattering- Gathering Exhibition, 2013, at Garter Lane
more info here


Waterford City Council Transition Year Art Programme 2013

Facilitated Art Workshops in Waterford City Secondary Schools

Waterford City Council logoIn autumn 2013 local 2nd Year students from Mt Sion, de la Salle and Preseantation Convent, took part in a Waterford City Council funded programme aimed at promoting participation in and understanding of arts processes and practice. Students were encouraged to express themselves creatively, reflect on their experience of painting and drawing, and to view their work in relation to that of their peers. The programme culminated in an art exhibition at Index Gallery, central Library.

The workshops referenced landscape inspired paintings, exhibitions at the local art galleries, and selected works from the Waterford City Municipal Art Collection. Participants visited Waterford Municipal Art Gallery and Theatre Royal where they viewed and discussed artworks from the Municipal art Collection. The workshops were grant aided by Waterford City Arts Office.


"Drawing: movement and line"

Moving On, pen on watercolour paper, cobs 2013Garter Lane Arts Centre 2pm Saturday 23 February, 2013

Artist talk and creative workshop took the inspiration behind 'Origin', 'Waiting' and 'Moving On' as a starting point and used the theme of movement: in space; time; memory; life; to explore the work by 20ten and guests: Willemien Koelink, Magdalena Karol, Kate-Bowe O'Brien and Andrea Caulfield. The 30 minute talk and tour was followed by a creative exploration of the theme. more info here ->


Respond, Waterford Cheshire, October 2012

Relaxing Creative Evening: featuring a fun introduction to painting and pottery

A two hour fun workshop designed to inspire. The class began with simple step-bystep instructions on painting a landscape, including: mixing colours; colour washes; composition; and perspective. The second half saw an opportunity to have fun with self drying pottery clay.


Waterford City Council Transition Year Art Programme 2012

Facilitated Art Workshops in Waterford City Secondary Schools

Waterford City Council logoIn autumn 2012 local Transition Year students took part in a Waterford City Council funded programme aimed at promoting participation in and understanding of arts processes and practice. Students were encouraged to express themselves creatively, reflect on their experience of painting and drawing, and to view their work in relation to that of their peers. The programme culminated in an art exhibition at Soma Contemporary Art Gallery.

The workshops referenced landscape inspired paintings, exhibitions at the local art galleries, and selected works from the Waterford City Municipal Art Collection. Participants visited Waterford Municipal Art Gallery and Theatre Royal where they viewed and discussed artworks from the Municipal art Collection. The workshops were grant aided by Waterford City Arts Office.


WATERFORD CULTURE NIGHT , 2012

Take Another Look

6.30 to 7.30pm at Theatre Royal, The Mall, Waterford. www.culturenight.ie
Guided tours of Waterford Municipal Art Collection on permanent display at the Theatre Royal


Tramore Coastguard Arts CentreHave Fun Exploring - Bealtaine Festival 2012

Beginners painting workshops designed to guide participants through the creative process over six weeks between April 18th & May 23rd 2012. at the Tramore Coastguard Arts Centre.


Tramore U3A: Art Workshop, Tramore Coastguard Arts Centre, March 2012

Exploring your Creativity

The two hour fun workshop was designed to meet the needs of novice and experienced painters. The class began with a fun warm-up exercise. This was followed by simple step-bystep instructions on painting a landscape, including: mixing colours; colour washes; composition; and perspective.


WATERFORD CULTURE NIGHT 23rd September, 2011

reading the Landscape GreyfriarsREADING THE LANDSCAPE

7.30pm at Greyfriars' Municipal Art Gallery, Greyfriars Street, Waterford. www.culturenight.ie
An exploration of the creative process through works from the Waterford Municipal Art Collection


Waterford City Council Transition Year Art Programme 2011

Facilitated Art Workshops in Waterford City Secondary Schools

WCC TY ProgrammeThe art workshops ran over six weeks in the autumn and adapted to the needs and scheduling of the participating schools.
The participants explored their creativity by engaging with visual art processes. The workshops referenced landscape inspired paintings, exhibitions at the local art galleries, and selected works from the Waterford City Municipal Art Collection. Participants visited Waterford Municiapl Art Gallery and Theatre Royal where they viewed and discussed artworks from the waterford Municipal art Collection.


Other recent workshops

Summer Solstice in the Foret des Maures - June 2011

forest rainbow with butterflys - with Leo
wave energy - with Leo, Felix and Chanti
being creative - with Leo
www.ambiosonic.org


Have Fun Exploring - Bealtaine Festival Waterford City Library 2009

Hosted by Index Gallery, Central Library, in collaboration with Ardkeen and Brown's Road Library. Participants were encouraged to explore art as a means to express thoughts, feelings and dreams …

  • discover choices made when drawing & painting
  • explore creative ways of interpreting landscape
  • access local arts facilities and resources

Bealtaine is the Irish national arts festival celebrating creativity in older age. It takes place each May countrywide and involves hundreds of events in every art form. Taking its name from the ancient Celtic festival celebrating springtime, Bealtaine celebrates renewal, creativity and growth in ageing. Bealtaine is co-ordinated by Age & Opportunity - the national agency working to promote greater participation by older people in society. www.bealtaine.com


MA Arts and Heritage Management (hons)

Thesis: "Exploring Creativity in the Library: the sustainable use of local resources for local needs"
The research explored the impacts of art workshops on creativity and critical thinking on the arts.

after Paul Henry
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after Frank Egginton
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after Jack O'Hare
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after Martin Quigley
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What participants said:

"It was most relaxing, encouraging and inspiring"

"Friendly atmosphere, very enjoyable"

"Christine is a very skilled presenter and teacher. I'd recommend her workshop highly."

"It covered a very wide amount clearly in a short time - looking at others art, movement,
innner/outer, individual/group, expression"


BOOK one-off creative workshops
for your group or organisation
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Feedback from
participants

"I loved the venue - Tramore Coastguard Station is a wonderful, peaceful setting
to create in"

"I found the workshop very rewarding"

" The best thing was an excuse to do art!"

after James Humber Craig

after Maurice McGonigal

after harry Kernoff

after Kenneth Webb

after Sean Keating

© Christine O'Brien 2006- 2018 | all images, paintings, photographs © Christine O'Brien