Life Drawing: Media and Approaches

When: Semester One. Starts Wednesday 21st September 2022, 6.30pm - 9.00pm 

Course Registration Opens: 1st August 2022

Course Fee: €300

Tutor: Holly Walsh

What is the course about?

This course is suitable for those with little experience of drawing and for those who are more experienced. The course explores traditional and contemporary drawing. It aims to expand the students’ knowledge of drawing using the life model as subject along with other observational drawing exercises. The course involves drawing with various media, including pencil, ink, and charcoal as well as basic techniques such as perspective, anatomy, proportion, tonal understanding and mark making. It also introduces the participant to visual research and to sketchbook practice. Some work outside of class-time is expected and the course is suitable for those who wish to add to their drawing practice.

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Tutor Profile

Holly Walsh is a visual artist based in Waterfall, Cork, known especially for her large scale inks on canvas. Graduating from CCAD in 2016, Walsh has been awarded several awards and residencies, including 4 solo exhibitions, 2 residencies in Iceland and Cill Rialaig, and voted last year as one of the 8 top emerging artists under 40 in the Irish Arts Review. Her work was recently purchased by the OPW and features in many collections national and international.  Walsh is passionate about immersive drawing practices, and since studying life drawing in college has gone on to create and teach contemporary drawing, believing that drawing is a skill which can transform ones life outside of the studio as well as within.


These part-time, evening courses provide students with an opportunity to experience the potential of visual arts practice, through sustained engagement with materials, techniques, processes, research and art contexts.  Each course is an accredited module (5 credits) on the National Framework of Qualifications, where 60 credits equate to the workload of a full-time academic year on a degree programme.  It may be possible, therefore, to use these credits as part of one of our full-time programmes in the Department of Fine Art and Applied Art.  Students interested in pursuing this option should contact and bear in mind that they would need to submit work for assessment at the end of the module.


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