New term, new canvas at Eden Place Arts Centre

Raymond Cassidy photographed painting during a recreational art class at Pilot's Row, Eden place Arts Centre. (1004lm22)

Raymond Cassidy photographed painting during a recreational art class at Pilot's Row, Eden place Arts Centre. (1004lm22)

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Eden Place Arts Centre is offering budding artists the chance to try their hand at ‘something a little different,’ this Spring term.

The centre has for many years provided Derry’s amateur and professional artists the opportunity to learn and showcase new skills and new works. This semester in addition to quilt making, sewing courses, which includes a ten week sewing course aimed at young adults, introduction to Internet and Email and a healthy cooking course for adults, for the first time there will be classes in stone carving, stick making and masterclasses in photography skills and techniques and charcoal and pastel sketching. The workshops are a one off opportunity allowing local arts enthusaists to try something different.

The recreational art class on offer at Eden Place Art's Centre are open to all age groups. (1004lm57)

The recreational art class on offer at Eden Place Art's Centre are open to all age groups. (1004lm57)

A sepia toning masterclass will be offered on Tuesday May 22 (7.30-9.30pm). A spokesperson for Eden Place Arts said: “This is suitable for black and white photography enthusiasts. Participants should bring black and white negatives to which they would like to apply sepia toning techniques.”

While the Sepia class is targeted to established amateur photographers, the remainder of the classes are suitable for beginners and improvers alike. At a cost of £40 the stone carving two day course on May 17 and 18 (10am-5pm) will see participants use hand held chisels and malletts to carve low relief or 3D sculpture in white limestone. Again tools and materials will be supplied. If you find wood rather than stone a more suitable canvas then don’t miss the ‘traditional stick making class’ on 24th and 25th May (10am-4pm). In this two day workshop students will be introduced to different styles of traditional stick making and will produce a cardigan stick of their own from either Yew or Sycamore.

On Tuesday May 22 (10.30am-3pm) Pilots Row hosts a charcoal and pastel masterclass. Tutors will allow for a rapid and multilayered interpretation of a subject. Sketching and blending techniques will be explored as will blending techniques in both mediums.

Most aspiring artists will be interested in the two day Creative Thinking/Creative Doing Course, May 10 and 11 (10am-4pm). This two-day workshop will look at how our thinking impacts creativity. By delving into how inner thought processes impact creative approaches participants will learn to be more active in creating.

Enrolment for all Spring semester art classes is on Tuesday April 17. Materials are supplied for some classes. For more information contact Pilots Row on (028) 71269418.