To celebrate biodiversity week, Kerry Visual Artist in Residence Lisa Fingleton will be hosting a free drawing workshop at 9.30 on Friday 21st May for artists and adults interested in drawing. We will be focusing on our native biodiversity, so take some time this week to observe the hawthorne blossoms, the ferns, butterflies, bees and the general unfurling of summer! What is the biodiversity in your local area? At a time when we are facing the extinction of so many species it has never been more important to observe and protect our local biospheres. As artists we have an important role as guardians and protectors of the earth.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
The workshop will focus on becoming present with nature and using drawing as a meditative tool to really see what is around you. Ideally if you can sit outside in nature (or in your pollytunnel) for inspiration that would be perfect.
Otherwise, create a calm space for yourself and bring in some inspiring pieces of nature that you find during the week such as feathers, stones, branches or flowers. If you are picking something alive, remember to ask permission from the plant or tree before you do so! Have your drawing tools ready (pencils, pens, paper and a board to lean on). Remember to experiment.
We will start with a short grounding exercise and share some tips about drawing with nature. Then you will have time to observe and draw. There will be space at the end to share, only if you wish to do so. Please note that this is a shared, creative experience not a class. You don’t need any particular drawing skills. just and openness to the experience.
NOTE: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from firstname.lastname@example.org containing information about joining the workshop. Please share this to your calendar so you get a reminder!
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Lisa Fingleton is Kerry County Council’s first Visual Artist in Residence. She is particularly interested in using the opportunity to connect people with their local biodiversity and ecology. The residency is supported by Creative Ireland, The Arts Council and Kerry’s Arts Office. For more information on the Visual Artist in Residence programme and to register expressions of interest please email to the Arts Office, at email@example.com
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