Friday, 9 September 2016

Welcome to Creative Ardagh's Elements of Art Course

Creative Ardagh are delighted to announce this exciting art course which runs on Thursdays in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre, Ardagh, Co. Longford from 4 to 5pm. The class is open to all ages, €7 per person or €50 for 8 weeks. Contact us if you would like to arrange a course near you.

This site is designed to showcase the art produced at the classes and share extra resources to enhance the course for those attending and allow others who can't join us physically to participate too. For primary school teachers who may want to follow the course with your class we will provide curriculum linked lesson plans soon (see the For Teachers tab above). To get started click on the Line page above. If you do take part from a distance please let us know how you get on and feel free to email us pictures for display here: creativeardagh@gmail.com.

The pictures (left and below) show that the elements of art are all around us, but sometimes we need to stop and look closely to notice them. In the photo on the left we can see line in various forms, straight thick lines dividing the boards, thin meandering lines in the pattern of the wood, short dashed lines in the grass. These lines add pattern and texture to the picture. There is shape in the shadow of the leaves and the angle of the lines going away from us help define the picture space. There is not a lot of colour in either picture here, but we can pick out the subtleties of tone that let our eyes process the 3d forms in the images, especially in the roundness of the unusual mushrooms spotted in our woods. Here you can also see line in the twigs and pattern and texture in the foliage. As you can see all the art elements work together to create the picture but highlighting them individually can give a better appreciation of the whole work. That is what we aim to do with this course, while also integrating art with other aspects of life, our history and heritage, art in various cultures, science and nature and maybe even some maths. The emphasis will be on the process of creating, rather than the finished products so the course can help everyone build their art skills whatever their age or level of experience. 
Keep checking back here as content will be added under the tabs each week and don't forget to check our main website www.creativeardagh.com and www.facebook.com/creativeardagh to see what else we offer groups and schools and for updates on all that is happening in Ardagh Heritage and Creativty Centre. Enjoy!


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