Using the Castle as your canvas

THE CASTLE grounds will provide a spectacular canvas for this year’s National Drawing Day which takes place this Saturday.

THE CASTLE grounds will provide a spectacular canvas for this year’s National Drawing Day which takes place this Saturday.

People of all ages are being encouraged to come along to participate in this free and fun event where creativity and expression will flow in abundance.

Artists will facilitate a number of workshops which will run throughout the day and everyone is welcome to join in. Caroline Schofiles explained how she would help create a visual of patterns on the landscape using a variety of tools and methods. “People can map out points and stakes and then draw them out using thread and wool and make whatever patterns that they want. Hundreds of patterns will be created and it will be visually beautiful,” she said.

Lead artist Etaoin Holohan explained that the workshops are aimed at a wide range of age groups. “We’re hoping people of all ages will come along and take part. It will be an amazing day and there is plenty to so and do,” she said.

National Drawing Day 2012 will include a host of workshops facilitated by a talented group of artists and dedicated volunteers, encouraging people to explore the Castle Park with new eyes. Participants are invited to investigate the Textures of the Castle Park with artist Renata Pekowska, experience Shadow Drawing, Texture and Felt, visit our Wishing Tree and create “Stained Glass” mobiles. The Michael Warren sculpture will be transformed into a Drawing Garden and look out for our Willow Tunnel Wonders. Why not bring the sun to earth with artist Deirdre Kelleghan in Action Sun or help a sculpture unfold before your very eyes with Spirograph Drawing on the Rise? Those wishing to practise your drawing technique can Explore Negative Space with Alan Raggett at drawing classes held at 12.30pm and 2.30pm, these classes have limited capacity so register early to avoid disappointment.

As part of Bealtaine, Ireland’s festival celebrating creativity as we age, an indoor workshop entitled Silhouette will take place in the Parade Tower. This workshop is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Programme 2007-13. Children and their grandparents, grand-aunts and uncles and grandfriends are invited to drop into this workshop exploring silhouettes and story-telling. Silhouette will be led by artist Gypsy Ray and members of the 5 to 6 Womens’ Art Project.

There will be a registration area near the Castle entrance of the Park where you’ll receive information on the day’s activities. All welcome. No experience necessary. National Drawing Day takes place from 10am to 4pm. Artists are Steve Aylin, Jean Conroy, Julie Cusack, Jenny Dunne, Deirdre Kelleghan, Roisin Leadbetter, Liselott Olofsson, Renate Pekowska, Alan Raggett, Caroline Schofield and Tunde Toth.