Sunday 23rd July 2017 Dublin Sketchers will be sketching at Trinity College grounds between 2PM and 4PM. Coffee 4PM at Centra, Westland Row (downstairs).
Consider sketching at the Museum Building, Trinity College, a beautiful Venetian Byzantine style palace built in 1857.
There is a connection to sketching here because the carvings on the exterior are by the O’Shea brothers from Ballyhooley, Co Cork who as young boys at school sketched plants, leaves and flowers as part of their education. This early beginning must have had some influence because they later excelled at free style stone carving working directly on the stone in the building. They didn’t make models first and then copy and carve them in a workshop, they picked wildflowers on the way to work, stood on a scaffold and worked directly from these.
They famously carved monkeys, parrots and owls at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History using live animals in cages but are rumoured to have got in to trouble when some of these had a certain resemblance to certain individuals associated with the university.
If you want to see some of their carved monkeys in Dublin go to Alliance Francaise on Kildare Street (Kildare St Club) where you can see them playing the same game of billiards since 1860 at the base of the columns on the front facade of the building.
The Trinity Museum building has capitals of shamrock, acanthus, oak, daffodils and lilies with half hidden cats, snakes, birds, squirrels and frogs. Here too are Aesops Fables and maybe one that relates to Darwin’s theory of evolution.
To work free like this had to be fun but it was also fearless. They must have maintained their sense of wonder and excitement since they were little boys sketching in a field in rural 19th century Co Cork.
The Museum Building is only a suggestion, there are many other exciting sketch locations and opportunities within the grounds of trinity waiting to be discovered
If it’s your first time out and you can’t spot anyone who looks like a sketcher at 2pm, just choose something to draw and get stuck in. Keep your eyes open for anyone carrying a sketchbook and say hello. New people come along almost every week so don't be shy about introducing yourself. It's a nice friendly gathering and you'll get know us over coffee from 4pm. Don't worry if you're late, some of us usually are! You need to bring your own paper and pens/pencils etc.
Hope we’ll see you there.
4PM coffee at Centra, Westland Row (downstairs).
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