Plein Air MasterClass with internationally known Artists/Professors Randall Exon & Jeffrey Reed, 18th June – 2nd July 2016

An opportunity for a select group of artists to spend two weeks in rural Ireland painting, drawing, and printmaking with renowned artists Randall Exon & Jeffery Reed. Both Randall & Jeffrey will provide individualized instruction and criticism. Plein air excursions and varied studio methods/workshops will provide the format for an intensive learning experience. Accommodation, meals, use of The Ballinglen Facilities, backup of staff, use of a shared studio, art library, Archive Collection of over 500 works by International artists who have come on residency to Ballinglen.
Professor Randall Exon is the Sara Lawrence Lightfoot Professor of Studio Art at Swarthmore College, Philadelphia, USA. He shows at Hirschl & Adler Modern on 5th Avenue, New York. He was granted a fellowship and residency at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in 1998 where he returns each year. He is inspired by the mysterious coastal areas of Ballycastle, County Mayo, Ireland as well as the rapidly disappearing farmhouses dotting the Pennsylvania countryside where he now lives, Exon’s evocative landscapes and moody interiors depict actual places infused with memories from his childhood spent in the vast spaces of the Midwest.
Professor Jeffrey Reed is an Associate Professor of Art at the Community College of Philadelphia. He shows at Gross McCleaf Gallery on Sixteenth Street, Philadelphia. Jeffrey Reed received his MFA at the University of Pennsylvania  and  his BFA at the Maryland Institute of Art.  He was granted a fellowship and residency at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in 2000.  Reed has mastered the art of handling light and atmosphere within his delicate, lyrical compositions.  when he is painting on site he feel a connection with the familiar and a sense of discovery at the same time.  he paints in the same locations multiple times allowing him to focus on changes in the light and atmosphere.  typically reed works outside for two to three hours on a painting until he get the essence of a particular landscape.  then back in the studio, the work is focused on developing the forms and trying to resolve the design of the painting.

Working in the Irish Landscape

Working in the Irish Landscape

Abstraction Workshop with Nuala Clarke, 27th October – 4th November 2016

Immersed in this unique environment, delve into the real unseen.

This is a painting workshop focused, not on a particular technique, but on exploring the world of abstraction. Ballycastle & the surrounding rural area is steeped in history, mythology and natural wonder. An immersed experience of it all enriches creativity. Abstraction, as a form, allows for the expression of a myriad of situations and energies. To step into this unknown territory we will gather sensory information, loosen up the hand and get inspiration flowing.The requirements are curiosity and openness to experimentation. It is especially useful for those in transition, those facing a creative block, anyone who would like to expand horizons or those, like me, truly passionate about abstraction!

Daily assistance will be given in the execution of work in the form of morning group sessions. The aim of the week is to create a situation in which you gather/unearth precious internal resources, prompted by the working & outside environment, the impetus for a lifetime of work. There will be an emphasis on collection of information, flights of fancy, profound realisation. The resulting work can take any form; painting on paper, notebook work, drawing and basic mono printing will be encouraged as starting points. The week will be comprised of morning meetings, working trips out into the extraordinary coastal areas, copious time to work in studio and communal dinners.

Nuala Clarke is an Irish artist who lives & works between New York City & Co.
Mayo. Educated at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin. In 2007 she received a fellowship to The Ballinglen Arts Foundation. Nuala is represented by Boltax Gallery in New York, has exhibited in Dublin, Europe & the US. Recent shows include Amid a Space Between: Irish Artists in America at the SFMoMa Artists Gallery, San Francisco (March 2012) & in 2013 a Yeats inspired show at the Hamilton Gallery, Sligo & invited to show at the RHA annual exhibition. In 2014, FIND, a temporary public art project, Castlebar, Co. Mayo and Blink, Westport Arts Festival.
Nuala taught at the New York Open Center, the Interdependence Project and to small groups of painters in NYC. Her teaching style, based on professional experience, focusses on strengthening the students relationship to personal vision.

Workshop Leader Nuala Clarke

Workshop Leader Nuala Clarke Photo credit Deborah Meehan

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