Arts Festival Workshop with Phoebe Cope

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Art Workshops and Drawing Marathon at Shankill Castle

Join us in August for a Drawing Marathon led by distinguished artist Phoebe Cope during this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival .

Dates: Thursday 10th, Friday 11th, Saturday 12th, August

 Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th August 2017

Time: 10am-3.30pm

Place: Shankill Castle, Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny

Price:  €35 per day, 10% discount for attendees of 2 days or more


Charcoal and sketch paper are included. Please bring your own paints and watercolour paper, board or canvas or any other materials you will require.

Spend the days drawing and sketching in the serene grounds and studio of Shankill Castle with Phoebe Cope. Increase your confidence, practice your technique, observation skills and perspective by challenging yourself and continually drawing and honing your practice. Phoebe will guide you around the grounds, studio and interior of Shankill to focus your attention on different details in landscapes, still life, figurative, architectural and interior drawings.

Whether you choose to specialise in Drawing or Painting  you will be supported in your chosen field and should reach goal of at least one finished piece of work at the end of each day. You will learn to use perspective and learn how to depict the anatomy of movement in animals and people. We will be roaming the farm, gardens and interior of Shankill Castle to get ideas and inspiration.

Phoebe Cope is an award winning artist who studied at Ruskin School of Fine Art, Oxford University and the Royal Drawing School, London. She has shown in the RA and the RHA. Her latest exhibit is a self-portrait in the Ruth Borchard Prize Collection at Piano Nobile Kings Place, London.

Why  should drawing matter in the digital age we live in when most design can be achieved on a screen?

It is the wibblyness of a hand drawn line that makes a certain mark unique to an individual. This is as fundamental to identity as handwriting or the sound of a voice. All it needs is some practice and encouragement for it to flourish and be able to express the widest range of human emotions.