Ceramics, Sculpture and Animation at KCAT Callan

Ceramics, Sculpture and Animation at KCAT Callan

As the autumn term rolls in and people begin to enrol in schools and courses, you might be surprised to find that on Kilkenny’s doorstep, a Study Centre is offering a wide range of choices.

Along with the full time, year-long courses in Dance Theatre and Visual Arts, KCAT Art and Study Centre in Callan is offering new Short Courses in Ceramics, Sculpture and Animation. Alice Bennett, Education and Training Co-ordinator said ’Many people can’t for one reason or another attend full time courses in Art but would like to experience a shorter course which exposes them to new skills.’ KCAT has restructured their Sculpture studio and a new kiln has been installed. ‘We are so delighted to have Clare O’Reilly on board to facilitate the Ceramics Course. She will introduce participants to traditional hand building techniques, coiling, slab construction and decoration.’ The Ceramics course is held on a Tuesday Morning from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.

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Another new course which is running from September to December is a Monday Sculpture Course from 9.30am to 4.30pm. ‘Alan Counihan is facilitating this course. Again we are feel so privileged to have an artist of Alan’s standing working with us. His approach to sharing his skills and experience, like all our tutors, is generous and gentle- enabling people with little or no experience to get the most from the sessions. Alan offers the opportunity to create three dimensional works in stone, wood, high density Styrofoam and natural materials.


Traditionally people expect that one has to be very strong to create sculptures, the introduction of new materials opens up new possibilities.’ Alice said that several of the existing students at KCAT had shown a natural flair and interest in Animation. ‘Because of this we are running a five session Basic Introduction to Animation skills with Ale Mercado. Although this course is very short it will allow students to develop ideas for stories, explore imaginative settings and create backgrounds for characters. Each participant will draw sequences to create a short original piece of work.’ The Animation course is held on Friday mornings between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm.

Alice explained that many people think KCAT is exclusively for people who have disabilities but that is not the case at all. ’In fact, what makes KCAT so unique is that it is inclusive of people of ALL abilities.’ Alice is available to discuss courses with anyone who is interested. You can contact her on 056 7755115 or email her at

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