SUMMER CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS BRISTLE: HAIR AND HEGEMONY JULY AND AUGUST 2017
26 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
Children's Workshop in motion. Image by Jenny Matthews
Venue: Upper Gallery
Sponsor: Louth County Council/ The Arts Council
Admission: EUR6.00

Wednesday 26 July 11.30am - 1.00pm Observing, Considering, Mark Making

Led by artist and gallery invigilator Yvonne Byrne, children attending this workshop will explore ideas around observational drawing, the process involved in making an abstract drawing, and the mark making involved in drawing. Inspired by the work of exhibiting artists Alice Maher, Cristina Bunello and Andrew Folan, and focusing on tone, light and shade, and mark making, children will first make observational charcoal drawings of hair. The second part of the workshop will involve investigating abstract mark making using feathers (hair) where children will be encouraged to use the materials in a free and creative manner.

 

Thursday 27 July 11.30am - 1.00pm Big Wigs

Led by artist Claire Halpin, this tour and workshop will look at the range of historic and contemporary hairstyles and hairdos across the exhibition, considering both women and men, and across world cultures; the old fashioned, the intricate, and the weird and wonderful will be used as a starting point to creating alternate self-portraits through drawing and wig making to transport ourselves to another self.

 

Friday 28 July 11.30am - 1.00pm High Hairstyles; Powdered Poufs, Periwigs & Pastel Portraiture of the 18th Century

Led by facilitator Julie Duhy, this workshop exploring ideas in the exhibition Bristle: Hair and Hegemony begins by exploring its title; hair in relation to culture, society, identity, and ethnicity, and concepts of hairstyles, the history of Coiffure, from Marie Antoinette and Washington to Marge Simpson and Donald Trump to other artist’s work that depicted hair through the centuries. Children will work with soft pastel on their very own portraits, using cotton wool to achieve the huge hair! Mixed media will be introduced including diamonds and feathers to decorate the drawn pouffes!

 

Wednesday 2 August 11.30am - 1.00pm Drawing with Wool

 
Led by artist and gallery invigilator Yvonne Byrne, children attending this workshop will work together in collaboration to create a large-scale drawing with wool. Looking at work in the current exhibition Bristle: Hair and Hegemony, from artists like Jane Giffney, there will be a discussion about materials that have had a previous life, being re used to create something new, an artwork, with layered ideas and meanings, and in the case of this workshop, wool, which is made from animal hair.
Through this workshop children will experience and understand the process of discussing and sharing ideas, collaborating and creating something together, and ideas of temporary and permanent. https://youtu.be/QaetbebV0so

 

Thursday 3 August 11.30am - 1.00pm Good Hair Day Bad Hair Day

Is it going to a good hair day or a bad hair day? Could it be both?! In this workshop, which focuses on the current exhibition, Bristle: Hair and Hegemony, and led by artist Claire Halpin, children will look at some of the hair portraits, and self-portraits in the exhibition and focusing on artist Niamh McGuinne’s Wilgefortis which uses the idea of exquisite corpse, or exquisite cadaver (from the original French term cadavre exquis) or rotating corpse, is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule or by being allowed to see only the end of what the previous person contributed, create revolving mash up portraits, hair transplants and body transplants all mixed up.

 

Heritage Week Workshops:

Wednesday 23 August 11.30am - 1.00pm Branch Weaving/Plaiting

 
In this Heritage Week Workshop, led by artist and gallery invigilator Yvonne Byrne, where hair is the focus of the current exhibition Bristle. Hair and Hegemony, children will explore the use of hair in art, whilst incorporating National Heritage Week's 2017 theme of biodiversity. Weaving is an ancient art form that represents cultural and personal identity. Looking at the works of Stephen Lau and So Yoon Lym and using branches as a frame/loom, children will create a structure using animal hair such as wool, feathers and other natural materials in their own creative way.

 

Thursday 24 August 11.30am - 1.00pm Hair Dos and Hair Don'ts

Knotted, plaited, curled, twisted, scrunched or straight; in this workshop, which focuses on the current exhibition, Bristle: Hair and Hegemony, and led by artist Claire Halpin, children will be using the descriptions hairstyles as a starting point for some experimental drawing, mark making and 3D constructions.

 

Friday 25 August 11.30am - 1.00pm High Hairstyles: Quiffs & Quilling

Led by facilitator Julie Duhy, this workshop exploring ideas in the exhibition Bristle: Hair and Hegemony begins by exploring its title; hair in relation to culture, society, identity, and ethnicity, and concepts of hairstyles, the history of Coiffure, from Marie Antoinette and Washington to Marge Simpson and Donald Trump to other artist’s work that depicted hair through the centuries. Children will use the art technique of filigree (quilling) to make huge hair.

 

About Children’s Workshops at Highlanes Gallery

Workshops are for children aged 5 - 13yrs, and charged at €6 per child, with booking essential.

Workshops at the gallery are process-based and explore basic concepts and ideas with children as they are looking. The emphasis is placed on understanding the ideas surrounding the objects. Making objects forms part of that process but is not the only goal of the workshop.

For further information, please telephone Siobhan and Hilary on T 041-9803311 or email info@highlanes.ie Booking www.eventbrite.ie

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