Drawing MasterClass with Dutch artist Arno Kramer, 14th – 22nd May 2016

With the on growing attention over the last years for drawing in art colleges, as in national & international exhibition as well, it is a good moment to pay more attention to this discipline in a specific Masterclass Drawing. Last year Arno Kramer worked with nine professional artists very successfully on the development of each participants works on paper. The idea of working & talking about everybody’s personal drawings did have a big impact. The results of the whole week was presented in a show with an enormous amount of recent works. Every participant did his own work, most of the time in his or her own tempo, but very much focused on development. Arno Kramer & The Ballinglen Arts Foundation are thinking that a new chance of participating in a Masterclass Drawing would be good. Professional artists can send an application with documentation from their drawings. The basic idea for offering a Masterclass Drawing is to focus on already existing works from the participants, which means that every artist should take at least 15 recent drawings to Ballycastle, so that these works can form the beginning of critic & debate. Arno Kramer will give critic on the works & if possible make suggestions how to continue making drawings from a hopefully new & interesting perspective. It does not matter what the specific content of the drawings is. Every subject or object as starting point for work is welcome. The main focus will be if the drawing has an autonomous quality & be an original piece of art & not a sketch for a painting or sculpture. The autonomous and developing drawing is nearly a new phenomenon. You can think about it not only in content, but also in several techniques, collages & even in the size of the works.

Arno Kramer works as a visual artist & curator in the Netherlands & Ireland. In 2015 he was awarded the Netherlands Artists of the Year, in the older artists category. In 2005 he curated Into Drawing Contemporary Dutch Drawing, this show travelled to 5 European countries. In January 2009, he curated Into Irish Drawing, which began a travelling exhibition in The Netherlands, it then travelled to France & N Ireland. For 20 years, he was a teacher at the AKI Akademie voor Beeldende Kunst en Vormgeving (Academy of the Visual Arts and Design) in Enschede, the Netherlands, & has been a guest lecturer at art colleges in Ireland, England, Scotland & USA. He publishes on the visual arts & also writes poetry. He is currently the first curator of the Drawing Centre Diepenheim in The Netherlands. Recently, he co-curated, with Diana Wind director of the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, All About Drawing.100 Dutch Artists, an overview of 50 years of Dutch drawings, presented in the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. His own work has been displayed in the Netherlands, Ireland, England, USA, Sweden, & Germany & is in private & public collections in these countries. Collections include; the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Teylers Museum Haarlem, Rijksmuseum Twenthe Enschede, Van Reekum Museum Apeldoorn, Fries Museum Leeuwarden, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, the Model Arts & Niland Gallery Sligo & the Limerick City Gallery of Art Limerick.

Dutch Artist Arno Kramer in studio.

Dutch Artist Arno Kramer in studio.

Drawing by Arno Kramer

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