There's a video of the artist going through his sketchbook - amazing!

Trinity Arts Workshop - News!

Trinity Arts Workshop have announced details of their first term of classes, which will be starting the first week of October. Details follow below.

We have two large studios where we hold regular classes in life drawing, figure sculpting, acrylic painting, ceramic sculpture and pottery, given by talented and experienced instructors and designed for all levels and abilities.

Goldsmith Hall : Entrance to the Ceramic Studio is from Cumberland St behind the Pearse St. Dart Station(look for a sign for Pottery).

Ceramic Sculpture Monday (from 7 to 9)Carving, modelling and casting in clay.(5/10 euro)contact Agnieska at 085 738 64 05

Pottery Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (from 6 to 7.30 and 7.30 to 9) and Saturday (from 11 to to 12.30 and 12.30 to 2)Learn how to work at a wheel and a diverse range of hand building and glazing techniques.Instruction, firing kiln and all materials provided (5 euro)contact Patrick at 087 280 70 27view Patrick's work at

191 Pearse St : Life Drawing Tuesday from 7 to 9 Model only. Hone your observational skills with dynamic models and expressive poses.(4/8 euro) starting 6th October

Life Drawing Thursday from 7 to 9 Instruction - exercises to get the synapses firing and bring differing perspectives on the activity. Drop in class starting 1st October (4/8 euro)contact Fergus at 087 9456735.

Life Modeling in Clay Wednesday from 7 to 9 10 week course starting 14th October (60/120 euro)contact Andrew at 087 650 9510

Introduction to Painting in Acrylic Friday from 7 to 9 10 week course starting 23rd October (60/120 euro) Contact Niel at 086 338 0469 More details can be found on the website on the blog:

Tom Thompson Book

Hi all, I'm looking for a missing book on Tom Thompson (Tom Thomson: An Introduction to His Life and Art by David P. Silcox) and I'm wondering on the off chance wheter I lent it to anyone?
Probably not, but just in case could you let me know, thanks.

Water Colour Society Exhib. Free demos Sat.3rd.Oct.

The Watercolour Society Exhib. in the County Hall in Dunlaoghaire is on for 2 weeks. There is a free demo morning on Sat. 3rd Oct. from 11am to 1pm. Here is the link:

Another sketch from Sunday.

A very rough watercolour. Painting in the open air needs lots of practice!

Edvard Munch

There are bunches of Munch's prints in the National Art Gallery at the minute. It costs a fiver to see the exhibition but it's great. Yeah. :)


Tickets & Information
€5 Full price/€3 Concessions*
FREE all day Monday
*Concession rate applies all day Thursday
€4 P/P Group Rate (groups of 10 and over)
€12 Family Ticket (2 adults + 3 children)
Admission is free for pre-booked primary and secondary school groups
Tickets available on the day from the Information Desk in the Millennium Wing, Clare Street, Dublin 2, or telephone
(01) 663 3513.

More from todays session
Top left by Susan
Another rose from Sally
Two from Jessica including a list of sounds she heard whilst sketching - check it out it's a pretty cool idea and you could take it even further if say you were to colour in each sound bubble and maybe make them into different shapes etc...there's some interesting potential here, perhaps something to think about next time we out maybe...

Sketches from Saint Annes Park

St.Annes was a really lovely park and a first visit for some of us. We will return. Good suggestion Stephen.
The Pics from top left down are some roses by Sally
Some trees by James
Next is a view by Veronika
Two views by Stephen

St. Anne's Park, Clontarf - Sunday 27th

Ok guys, I'm going to go with St. Anne's Park for this Sunday. Just checked the weather forecast and there's a 20% chance of precipitation, but a temp. of 17 degrees.. so hopefully will be nice. If not, there are bandstands and places to take shelter. Also, Clontarf is a stroll away, which is another opportunity for sketching in itself.

We will meet at 1pm, at the entrance on the corner of James Larkin Road and Mount Prospect Avenue. (see map in link)

St. Anne's Park is amazing, here is a link to a layout plan of it - showing the walled gardens, different arboreteums, the red stables, a model car track and much more!!

The Park should have a nice atmosphere too with the Vampire Cloak race which Stephen pointed out!

Hope to make it out, happy sketching!!


Trinity College

*Phew* got this in before we start a new sketching adventure on Sunday! I finished this at home.

Suday Suggestion

The race will take place around St. Anne's Park.

There's loads of other stuff in Clontarf too :)


This Sunday

Unless someone has a better idea, maybe we could go back to Veronika's suggestion - Howth if the weather allows, or Heuston/IMMA if not? (If anyone is in touch with God or a weatherman, let us know what the prospects are, please)

Trinity College

Good location, we should go there again. Very good for people and architecture sketching.

Sketches from Trinity College .

Sketch of sculpture "Sphere with Sphere" drawn by Veronika.

An ink sketch by Maura.

and another ink sketch which I did in the grounds of Trinity College.
A great day was had and the sun even shone, no shortage of subjects so we could visit again!

Sunday 20th September

Hey dudes,
Trinity College has been suggested for this weekend's artistic romp. There is a lot to see and sketch on campus. Mostly the architecture and there could well be stuff happening on the green outside the Pav. Anyway, sure we'll meet at the main gates at 1:00 on Sunday. I'll have a sketchpad out :) Hope to see you there.

I'm not gonna call a meeting point for the 3:00 coffees afterward as I'm likely to be ensconced in a pub somewhere attempting to restrain certain parties from shouting too energetically at the television. There appears to be some sort of All Ireland thingie on. I hear Kerry are playing ;)

Right then, see you then,

Suggestion for sketching venue

Can I suggest Trinity College as this week's venue? The weather should be ok for outdoor, it's easy to get to and there's lots to sketch (statues, architecture, tourists & students). No shortage of coffee shops either.

Stephens Green

I chickened out of the dance action sketching and found a very large guy wearing a very colourful jacket who looked like he wasn't going to move anytime soon and sketched him and then sketched a few more non-movers.

More Lindy Hop sketches from the Shed.

Sketches done by Lizzie.

Dublin Lindy Hop exchange sketches and photos

Sorry to have missed the sketching session in the park with the dancing on the bandstand but I did get in some lindy hopping dance sketches along with Liz and some other artists in the ams of Sunday morning at an art club venue known as The Shed

Some photos aswell

Sunday 13th Sept - alternative to Farmleigh

Hi Guys,

Meant to post about this earlier in the week, so maybe Stephen and Farmleigh pipped me to the post, but..... on Sunday 13th Sept between 1pm and 4pm a bunch of my dancer friends will be dancing on Stephen's Green Bandstand. I thought this might make a fun sketching opportunity. So, if anyone doesn't fancy the Farmleigh thing, then Stephen's Green is an alternative. People will be swing dancing, and I think it will be quite colourful for sketching.


Sunday 13th further suggestions

There's a great FREE drinks festival coming up in Dublin. It's called SeptemberFest and this is its second year. It will take place in Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, on Saturday 12 th and Sunday 13 th September, from 11.30am to 6.30 pm each day.

All the drinks companies are independent Irish producers who make their drinks here in Ireland; some of these you may have heard of (The Porterhouse, Messrs Maguire perhaps?) but others which are less well known such as (Galway Hooker and White Gypsy). There'll be cider, whiskey, liqueurs, mead and even Poitín there
too in case beer is not your thing and delicious Irish apple juice if you're not a drinker (or if you're under 18).

Lots of food will be on offer, all from artisan producers, with crepes, burgers, hot dogs, ice creams, pies, tea & coffee all on site..There'll also be lots of Irish farmhouse cheese in the beer tent...and if all that isn't enough then you can always pop across to the Food Market which is also on at Farmleigh that weekend. You will not go hungry..!

There'll be plenty of entertainment for all the family including a variety of bands and musicians, circus acts and street performers. And there'll also be related talks on both days including cocktail-making sessions from the Bartenders Association of Ireland, Guided Cider tasting and talks on Irish beer and whiskey.
And, embracing these recessionary times, the Irish Craft Brewers (many of them passionate home-brewers) will be present for the duration of the event to demonstrate the brewing you can learn lots too!

All in all, it should be a great day out ..And it's all free. so I really hope you'll come along and please do pass this on to all your friends and tell them to come too!

Information is available online on (this will be updated with the entertainment and talks programme in the run up to the event).
You can also invite friends to come via Facebook (Bord Bia- Irish Food Board page)

I hope to see you all there!


Photos for Shamak & Jonathon

Hi guys,

As promised, photos from CHQ... don't forget to post up finished sketches, they looked great on the day :-)


next Sunday, 13th

Might as well throw a few suggestions up early: yesterday Veronika suggested either Howth (if the weather suits; its not a good location for a rainy day) or Heuston Station/IMMA. I like Howth, and it would be best to go soon because it'll soon be cold and windy, though its quite far for some people. Its up to you guys...

And I might as well post an art-related link while I'm at it; an inspiring little (big) project by artist Zak Smith, which involved drawing an illustration for every single page of Thomas Pynchon's super-dense 760 page magnum opus Gravity's Rainbow :

Sunday 6th Sept - Docklands south

Hi all

The location for this weeks sketching session extraordinaire is the Ringsend dockland's area. We will meet in or at Il Valentino's (location map here) at 1pm as usual. I'm going to start off around the CHQ area, as there are some sketches I'd like to get done there first, but I'll mosey down and meet ye all for 3pm. Or ye can mosey up CHQ-way and check out the fringe fest if you like. We'll figure it out on the day!

Sarah Bo

Life-drawing news, anyone?

I have walked by the TAW window yesterday, but there wasn't anything yet....

Sunday 6th Sept - suggestions

Hi - am getting in early this week and suggesting the docklands. I know this was done fairly recently but my reason for suggesting same is two-fold. Firstly, the fringe festival is on, so there'll no doubt be lots of interesting sights and sounds. Secondly, a great op for anyone interested in entering the Luas competition to do some studies and seek inspiration, since the theme this year is the docklands. Does this grab anyone?

On a another note, a big congrats to fellow sketcher Ciaran Farrell who's composition "Spirit of the Sea" was debuted today in the NCH. I was lucky enough to be able to pop in and see it being performed at lunchtime, and it was really brill. We're proud of ya here at Sketchers Ciaran, well done!!