‘The Magical Tree’ collaborative mosaic unveiled

The official unveiling of ‘The Magical Tree’ mosaic took place in Saint John of Gods school in Waterford city recently.

School Mosaics

Well done to the 268 kids involved and all the teachers and staff at the school. The project was facilitated by artist Sean Corcoran of The Art Hand.

This was a very special project, thank you all.

Magic Mosaic Teamwork

More photos of the finished artwork can be seen HERE.

Further details of the projects we facilitate in schools can be seen HERE.

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‘SISTERS’ film premiere in Dublin

The world premiere of the film SISTERS took place in Dublin recently at the Trinity College Technology and Enterprise Centre. The film was filmed at The Art Hand and along The Copper Coast.

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It stars the extremely talented Victoria Hamersley, a 16 year old native of Bunmahon.

Film Production, The Copper Coast. Waterford, Ireland

The film was written and directed by Sean Corcoran and produced by Angela Mulcahy. Keith Currams was the cinematographer and editor. Our friend Dónal O’Flynn attended the screening with us.

Film Production, The Copper Coast. Waterford, Ireland

Rachel Stern (from Those Sensible Shoes) created a humming voice-over as a haunting soundtrack. Orlaith Hamersley looked after costumes and props. The film was devised and created within a one month period as per the criteria of the March on Film Festival.

Find our more about our Film Productions HERE.

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The WORDS Event. Have you say…

The WORDS Event in Fenor

Here’s the poster from the last WORDS event which was held in at Mother McHughs pub in Fenor the udder night. Well done to all who attended this very special event.

The next WORDS event will take place at The Art Hand on May 4th and we will be at The Copper Coast Geopark Visitors Centre in June. Please spread the word, we’re a nice bunch and we won’t force you to perform! The WORDS event takes place in different locations along The Copper Coast on the first Wednesday of every month.

Further details of The WORDS Event can be seen HERE.

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‘SISTERS’ film goes to Dublin

We are delighted to announce that the film ‘SISTERS’ has been selected for screening at the March on Films Festival which will be held in Dublin in ATRL (part of Trinity College School of Drama, Film and Music) on April 23rd.

Film Production, Waterford, Ireland

The film was filmed at The Art Hand and along The Copper Coast. It stars the extremely talented Victoria Hamersley, a 16 year old native of Bunmahon.

Film Production Waterford, Ireland

The film was written and directed by Sean Corcoran and produced by Angela Mulcahy. Keith Currams was the cinematographer and editor. Rachel Stern (from Those Sensible Shoes) created a humming voiceover as a haunting soundtrack. Orlaith Hamersley looked after costumes and props. The film was devised and created within a one month period as per the criteria of the March on Film Festival.

For more information about our film productions please have a look HERE.

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ROCK ART RELAYS with The Art Hand…

An exciting new group activity is available on Tramore Beach and along The Copper Coast. ROCK ART RELAYS consist of making large designs with rocks in the sand by passing rocks from one to another like a relay race!

Beach Art Workshop

Teamwork is central to these fun and rewarding workshops with artist Sean Corcoran. There is also a unique piece of art to show for all the exertions, even if it is only temporary!

Sand Art, Sean Corcoran, Tramore, The Copper Coast, Waterford, Ireland

These activities suit everything from family reunions, birthday parties and school tours to business outings and corporate team building events.

Beach Art Workshops

Have you seen the incredible large drawings Sean makes on beaches with a rake? You can even commission him to create something unique. Got something to say? If Sean likes your idea he’ll do it in epic scale! A memento of these events is often captured with photographs, video and time-lapse although the tide claims all in the end.
So if you fancy something different just contact us on 051 292919 or check out our webpage here; www.thearthand.com/beach-art

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Batik Lampshade Weekend Workshop with Miranda Corcoran

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Design and Create your own Batik Lampshade with artist Miranda Corcoran. Bring colour and warmth to your living space!

Miranda has worked in Batik for over 20 years, creating fabrics, wall hangings and lampshades. She has won many awards for her interiors. 542A4356The next Batik Lampshade course takes place on the weekend of January 30th and 31st here at The Art Hand in Waterford. 20151205_144318

Full details of this weekend course are here; http://wp.me/P1sOG5-Pi

 

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OM KALI Sand Art and Mantra Film

This film features Sand Art by Sean Corcoran and a Sanskrit Mantra by Cheryl Beer. It was filmed on Bunmahon Beach at the heart of The Copper Coast in Waterford, Ireland, on November 25th, 2015. This was the full moon and the lowest tide of the month.

This collaborative project brings together the therapeutic and ephemeral nature of sand art with the meditative and spiritual qualities of Mantra. The drawing in the sand depicts a creature with eight intertwined arms, an octopus of sorts. The drama of the sea and sky are evident throughout the film as is the inevitable tide reclaiming the beach. The Mantra was specially recorded in Wales and is based on a track from Cheryl’s live album ‘Apples in the Rain”.

As is the tradition within Sanskrit Mantra particularly with Tibetan Monks we have not applied a pre-ordained meaning to the soundtrack or indeed to the sand art. Instead we ask you to experience the film openly and to gain your own connection with the work.

Sean Corcoran is an Irish Visual Artist based at The Art Hand in Waterford. It’s an art school that runs group workshops and events in Beach Art, Stained Glass, Mosaic and Batik. Sean works with communities and schools around the country and is an award winning film maker.

Cheryl Beer is a renowned Singer Songwriter based in Wales. She is also a qualified Sound Healing Therapist. Her ground breaking and award winning work with people with Dementia has recently earned her a prize for Outstanding Contribution from the University of South Wales and a Wales Care Forum National Gold Award. Her work is now recommended as best practice in social care via the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Sand Art by Sean Corcoran
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Assisted by Jim Corcoran and Manolo Froelich

Sanskrit Mantra by Cheryl Beer
Recorded and mixed by Jeff Beer

Cinematography by Keith Fitzgerald and Sean Corcoran
Edited by Sean Corcoran

This film was released on New Years Day at 12 noon (UTC) in 2016. Please view at the higher quality setting of 1080p HD (Settings cog on bottom right of screen).

This film is dedicated to the memory of Denis Whelan.

This film was created to support elderly people living with Dementia.

You can help by downloading Cheryl Beer’s CD ‘Apples in the Rain’ here; https://cherylbeer.bandcamp.com/album…

Or by donating to the Sound Memories project here;
http://www.soundmemoriesproject.blogs…

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New Creative Hub on The Copper Coast…

We are delighted to announce that the WORDS event is spreading it’s wings to new locations along The Copper Coast throughout 2016. The next one will take place at the Gealach Gorm Theatre which is located in the Kill Community Centre. This is a wonderful hidden gem of a theatre and it’s right at the heart of the community. Thanks to Mareike Eccleston and Angela Mulcahy and their team for facilitating us. This special event will take place on Wednesday, February 3rd at 7.45pm.

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This is our first step in developing a Creative Hub which will showcase some of the great venues in the area and expose a wider audience to amazing talent while encouraging participation. The WORDS event is a monthly event that takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. It’s a performance night that brings together a diverse group of poets, playwrights, comedians, song writers, novelists and people who can tell a good story. Literature lovers are also welcome to attend and there is no obligation to perform.

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Matilda performing at the January 2016 WORDS event

Stay tuned for further details closer to the time or if you would like to receive an update by text please text your name to Sean Corcoran on 087 2524657. The event has been running since July 2013, check out a photo archive of previous WORDS events  HERE.

The Kill Community Centre Facebook page is HERE.

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NEW COURSE; Batik Lampshades with Miranda Corcoran

Batik Lampshades by Miranda (72)xDesign and create your very own Batik Lampshade using hot wax and dyes on cotton. All materials supplied. Refreshments are provided throughout the weekend and a homemade lunch on Saturday in our adjoining home.

The next scheduled Lampshade Course is;

  • The Weekend of December 5th and 6th, 2015

The cost of this course is €120.

Full details are HERE.

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Slip Spiral Beach Art on Bunmahon Beach

Here’s a little video of the latest Beach Art by Sean Corcoran on The Copper Coast.Slip Spirals on Bunmahon Beach was created with a rake by Sean Corcoran of The Art Hand in Waterford on October 25th, 2015.Slip Spiral Beach Art Bunmahon Beach

Fancy giving it a try? The Art Hand runs environmental art workshops on The Copper Coast or can come to a beach near you. So whether it’s a family get together or a business outing why not try something different. For further details of Beach Art Events and Workshops please visit; www.theArtHand.wordpress.com/beach-artSlip Spiral Beach Art Bunmahon Beach

The Art Hand and Bunmahon Beach are located at the heart of The Copper Coast in County Waterford. It’s one of Ireland’s most spectacular coastal regions with lots of beaches and coves nestled between high cliffs and rugged landscape.Slip Spiral Beach Art Bunmahon Beach

Music in the video is courtesy of www.BenSound.com

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Adult Art Weekend Courses

A full range of adult art weekend courses are now available at The Art Hand including Stained Glass, Coloured Glass Window Boxes, Mosaic, Batik Lampshade Design and Collage. Learn a new skill in an enjoyable and creative atmosphere.

Coloured Glass Mosaic Window Boxes

Full details are HERE.

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Amazing Beach Artwork in Waterford launches Cycle Against Suicide

Well that’s the headline in the Irish Examiner this week….We’re delighted that national media are picking up on the message we’re trying to spread.

Beach Art by Sean Corcoran, Waterford, Ireland.

The Waterford artist Sean Corcoran along with 28 volunteers created the drawing on the beach in Tramore to celebrate the great work carried out by Cycle Against Suicide. The temporary artwork in the sand was 300 metres long and took 3 hours to complete before the tide claimed all. The photograph by Mick Malone of Deise Aerial Photography has also made Photo of the Week in the News and Star, has been covered by BreakingNews.ie and has been shared virally across the internet.

Sean had the following to say; “I’m delighted with how the crew embraced the event so positively, there was a fantastic atmosphere and people said they found it very therapeutic. As an artist I’m so happy that a collaborative artwork like this has touched the hearts and minds of so many people and my hope is that it might have helped even just one person with how they are feeling.”

Sean and his wife Miranda run an art school called The Art Hand which is located at the heart of The Copper Coast in County Waterford. They facilitate projects in Environmental Art, Stained Glass and Mosaic at their custom built facility as well as in the community and in schools around the country.

Click below to view the article and photo in The Irish Examiner. http://www.irishexaminer.com/examviral/real-life/amazing-beach-artwork-in-waterford-launches-cycle-against-suicide-360379.html

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Confessions of a Beach Artist

Our artistic director Sean Corcoran has a confession to make…

“I’m currently consumed by beach art. When I can help it I live by the tides rather than by the time or day. Low tide is such a wonderful thing. My fascination for beach art began in April 2013 when I observed and photographed a Sand Circle created by a Racehorse and his Trainer on Kilmurrin Cove”.

Beach Art by Sean Corcoran, Waterford, Ireland.“Since then I’ve studied the work of great sand artists including Andres Amador from California, Samuel Dougados from France and Andy Coutanche from Jersey. I even managed to bring them to Tramore for The Promenade Festival for which I am the artistic director. I eventually took to the sand myself and I really love it. I find it invigorating. There is a strange sense of time standing still; self-conscious worldly woes are left behind, as if there is no past or future, just the present. Apart of course for the inevitable tides approach”.Beach Art by Sean Corcoran, Waterford, Ireland.“I love seeing the reaction from passers-by who might not be exposed to art too often. I have to admit I like to be an anonymous spectator when the artwork is complete and have conversations with anyone who comes along. The conversation is never as honest if they know I’ve made it and some of the comments are priceless!”Beach Art by Sean Corcoran, Waterford, Ireland.

“Collaborative art has become a very important part of my art and life. I love the challenge of trying to connect with a large group of people through art. I find creating beach art with groups to be very rewarding. Participants often say that the experience is uplifting and therapeutic on many different levels. The fact that the tide will wash it all away creates a poignant atmosphere yet the unity of purpose makes it a joyous occasion. People can connect with themselves and others in a very simple way”.Beach Art Waterford Ireland Sean Corcoran

“It’s good exercise too, running around in the fresh sea air whatever the weather! Have a go yourself, bring a rake to the beach or join me on one of our group workshops or community events. Most of my beach art is created on the Copper Coast and in Tramore but if you’d like to commission me I’d be happy to take on a challenge at your local beach”.Beach Art by Sean Corcoran, Waterford, Ireland.

To find out more about my beach art please visit our beach art page here; https://thearthand.wordpress.com/beach-art/

Here’s a slideshow of images that show a wide variety of my beach art from sand drawings to rock art as well as our collaborative environmental art projects.

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Film and Animation summer camp for kids…

Sean Corcoran of The Art Hand was recently commissioned to facilitate a Film and Animation summer camp for kids at the Gealach Gorm Theatre in the Kill Community Centre. The practical activities throughout the week included flip book animation, a storyboard workshop, chalk animation, time-lapse and stop-motion.

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We also conceived, wrote, rehearsed, shot and edited a live action movie called Villains and Heroes which we premiered at the end of the week to friends and family of the cast and crew. We turned the theatre into a pop up cinema for the week and screened Wallace and Gromit, early Mickey Mouse movies and a series of Miners Movies made by Sean and Angela Mulcahy.

Everyone got to try out the equipment and there was plenty of opportunity for brainstorming and discussion and we looked at lots of new film creation software and apps. A lovely bunch of kids from 7 to 12 years of age who worked excellently together and achieved some great results.

Here’s 5 of the films that were made during the Film and Animation Summer Camp…

EXPRESSIONS…Animated People Workshop; https://youtu.be/2oVlcdUi5jU

Chalk Animation; https://youtu.be/AoMHcLau0Tk

Monster Mash Remix! (Kids stop-motion short film); https://youtu.be/xBtNeveXM_A

She’s Alright! (Kids stop-motion short film); https://youtu.be/we-eydS7vU4

Villains and Heroes… https://youtu.be/I2vTzQ_njD0

Sean is available to facilitate these kinds of workshops in Primary Schools around Ireland and for private groups. Full details are available on the following page of The Art Hand website; https://goo.gl/lJmZU7

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Stained Glass Courses

The future of the Stained Glass industry is in safe hands with these 4 talented students from Dublin, Athlone, Cork and Waterford who recently took part in an intensive weekend course with Sean Corcoran at The Art Hand.

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Each made a very unique and colourful panel and they each plans to set up a home studio under Sean’s guidance. Watch this space!

The next scheduled course in Stained Glass will take place on September 4th, 5th and 6th, 2015. Space is limited to a maximum of 4 participants and booking is now open. Full details are here; https://thearthand.wordpress.com/adult-courses/learn-to-make-stained-glass-with-sean-corcoran/

 

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The Promenade Festival

Happy Birthday to us! The Art Hand celebrated it’s 3rd year in business on Saint Patrick’s Day. No rest though as we spent the day on a guerrilla marketing campaign for The Promenade Festival for which Sean Corcoran is the Artistic Director. Promenade Festival Tramore

It takes place in Tramore on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of July and promises to be packed with good old fashioned seaside fun!

The WORDS performance event will also celebrate its 2nd birthday this July. It takes place on the first Wednesday night of every month. All are welcome and we have a few special guests lined up too.

Congratulations to the 20 teachers who recently completed Part 2 of our art training course “Get Creative and Pass it on!” in association with the Waterford Teacher’s Centre.

A big WELL DONE to our 30 young art students who completed the Creative Reuse series of workshops in association with Recreate, Dublin. Classes for 4 to 12 year olds return on April 21st for juniors and on April 23rd for seniors.

Meanwhile Sean and Miranda are busy completing major book and mosaic projects in primary schools. For adults the Saturday Art Club recently included Batik, Painting on Glass and Mosaic.

Check www.thearthand.com for further details or stay tuned to our Facebook page.

Thank you all for your support over the past three years.

Check out some photos from our day in Tramore HERE;

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SAFE SPRAY PAINT

Safe Spray Paint

A simple, effective and safe way to teach colourful spray painting. Loose your inhibitions, it’s fun! Ideal for Tags, Stencils, Large Collaborative Pieces or Graffiti.

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We have introduced this technique to our Kids Classes and Teacher Training workshops.

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Don’t panic! It’s perfect for busy classrooms and not as messy as you’d think!

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Our Kids Classes return on April 21st for juniors and April 23rd for seniors. Details HERE.

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Our next Teacher Training workshop is due to be announced by the Waterford Teacher’s Centre shortly (www.wtc.ie).

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Teachers Art Training Workshops

Below are some pictures from a recent Teacher Training workshop in full swing here at The Art Hand. We have now extended the popular ‘Get Creative and Pass it on’ course with a Part 2 workshop which covers a completely new range of art topics for primary school classrooms. The Part 2 course is available to all teachers not just those that have completed Part 1. You can always return to do Part 1 at another stage. Topics covered in Part 2 include Clay Sculpture, Self Portraits, 3D Objects and Art in the Outdoors.

The photos shown here are from a recent Part 1 course in progress which included Collaborative Art to Music, Printing with Polystyrene, Foam Mosaic and Map-Making. These courses take place at The Art Hand with Sean and Miranda Corcoran sharing the role as main tutor.

All of these workshops are currently booking on the Waterford Teacher Centre website here; www.wtc.ie

Teacher Training

Below are some of the kids workshops we have developed using materials from Recreate Ireland. We will be introducing teachers to the concepts of Creative Reuse at an upcoming workshop in the Waterford Teachers Centre. Sean Corcoran of The Art Hand will join forces with Louise Osborne, the Arts Administrator of Recreate Ireland to bring you The ReCreate Revolution Arts Workshop “MAKE ART NOT WASTE”.

The workshop will take place on March 12th, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. This is a great opportunity for teachers and is currently booking on the Waterford Teacher Centre website here; www.wtc.ie

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Creative Reuse and Clay

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Below are some pictures that will give you an idea of the interior of The Art Hand. It’s a compact but practical space consisting of a main art room for most of our workshops, a tool room for our stained glass and mosaic projects and a tech room for our film editing and office admin. The place is full of sample artworks and a vast array of art supplies. It is often described as an inspirational place. We cater for kids up the age of 12 as well as running adult and teachers courses.

Interior of The Art Hand

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Spoken Word Event

Open Mic Performance event

It’s time for our monthly celebration…Join us tonight tor the WORDS event from 7.45pm. Have your say or sit back and be transported to exotic places! All are welcome but booking is essential (by texting 087 2524657). Further details are here; www.thearthand.com/words

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Stained Glass and Mosaic Courses

The dates have been set for the next Stained Glass and Mosaic courses for adults here at The Art Hand. Places are limited so early booking is essential…

Learn to make Stained Glass with Sean Corcoran

Stained Glass by Sean Corcoran, The Art Hand

This is 3 Day Intensive Weekend Course at The Art Hand where you will learn how to design and make your very own Stained Glass panel A3 in size. You will draw a template, cut out the glass and join them together with lead in the traditional way.

The Weekend of April 10th, 11th and 12th, 2015.

Cost for the course is €330 including all materials and lunches on all 3 days.

Full details of this course are HERE.

Previous Stained Glass Courses can be viewed on our Facebook page HERE.

Also Booking; Coloured Glass Mosaic Window Boxes with Sean Corcoran

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Embellish a window in your home with your very own Coloured Glass Creation in this 2 day course with tutor Sean Corcoran. You will design and create a coloured glass mosaic in a freestanding wooden frame.

May 23rd and 24th, 2015.

The cost for this course is €180.

Full details are HERE.

Photos of Window Boxes can be seen on our Facebook page HERE.

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The Magical Forest; Mosaic and Book Project by Sean Corcoran

The Magical ForestHere’s the NEW WEBSITE for Sean Corcoran’s commission by the Department of Education to facilitate the creation of a large mosaic and an accompanying book for the new Gaelscoil that is being built in Carraigpherish on the outskirts of Waterford city. Sean will engage with all the students and teachers of the Gaelscoil in the creation of the 3 metre wide mosaic that will be installed on a prominent internal wall in the new school.

In addition to the permanent artwork a special story book will be created that is linked to the mosaic and will feature drawings by the kids. The mosaic and book are to be called The Magical Forest. The mosaic itself will depict a lush and vibrant forest, full of trees, flowers, animals, a stream and a pond. The idea for the book is to create a new Irish fable. A fantasy fairyland, folklore of the future.

Sean had the following to say about The Magical Forest commission; “I’m very excited about this project. It’s a fantastic commission and it will take until next June to complete. The story of The Magical Forest is based on a bedtime story that I have made up for our 2 kids. Alfie aged 5 and Matilda aged 8 have kept the story alive by insisting on hearing what happens next every night. I have also tried out versions of the story on kids that take part in our weekly activities here at The Art Hand. It’s not conventional storytelling in that the kids get to add characters and ideas to the story while it is being told. I’m delighted that the story will now be published in a colourful new book”.

www.themagicalforest.wordpress.com

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Saturday Art Club for Adults

The Saturday Art Club for adults returns this weekend (Jan. 31st, 2015) with Tactile Painting…Loose your inhibitions and get back to basics with paint, sand, salt and yes your fingers and hands! Followed by Miranda’s Tapas in our adjoining home.

Adult Art ClassesThe cost is €30 including lunch and it takes place from 11am to 2pm. Please book as soon as possible. Image shows Finger Painting by Sean Corcoran 2014.

Previous Saturday Art Club sessions can be viewed here; https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.929553043728572.1073741893.309854549031761&type=3

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Film Premiere, Saturday Art Club, WORDS Event, Recreate, Kids Art Classes, The Magical Forest, Mosaic and Book school projects.

News Update; The world première screening of our documentary ‘Spraoi Unseen’ has been scheduled for Saturday 21st of February at 8pm in Garter Lane Arts Centre. Tickets are FREE but are in short supply. We are advising people to put their names on a reserve list by ringing Garter Lane on 051 855038.

The Saturday Art Club for adults takes place every two weeks from January 31st with a range of exciting arts and crafts projects from Map-making to Mosaic. The WORDS performance event takes place on the first Wednesday of every month, next one February 4th. A very entertaining night, all are welcome.

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The Art Hand have teamed up with ReCreate to offer a brand new range of art classes for kids using Creative Reuse, starting on January 27th. Based in Dublin, ReCreate re-distributes surplus stock from businesses for creative activities. We will create all kinds of wonderful 3D Sculpture including Lanterns, Dragons, Masks, Hats and Sun-Catchers. Classes for 4 to 7 year olds will take place on Tuesdays from 4pm to 5.30pm starting on January 27th. Classes for 8 to 12 year olds will take place on Thursdays from 4pm to 5.30pm starting on January 29th.

Sean has began work on a new Mosaic and Book project called The Magical Forest for the new Gaelscoil in Waterford. Plans are at an advanced stage for The Promenade Festival in Tramore this July for which Sean is the Artistic Director.

Miranda has started work on another collaborative school mosaic, this time in Killrossanty, County Waterford. Miranda will facilitate the creation of an external mosaic at the school entrance with tiles, glass, buttons, jewels, gems and personal mementos from the children and staff.

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Our footage featured on RTE TV in “Oíche na Gaoithe Móire” (The Night of the Big Wind).

"Oíche na Gaoithe Móire" (The Night of the Big Wind)Check out “Oíche na Gaoithe Móire” (The Night of the Big Wind) which will broadcast on RTÉ TV 1 at 10.15pm and BBC Two Northern Ireland at 11.20pm (Tuesday 6th January). Footage shot by Sean Corcoran from The Art Hand is featured in the programme. The programme was made by Lagan Media Productions in Belfast.

Sean had the following to say; “It’s my first time on the BBC! I’m really delighted. The footage was shot over the course of a few days back in January when Storm Christine hit Ireland. My friend the photographer Keith Fitzgerald and I braved the elements together, we had great fun, I love storms. The rugged stretch of The Copper Coast from Bunmahon Beach to Boatstrand Harbour is featured in the footage. My Canon G15 camera hasn’t worked since, but it was worth it!”

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Creative Reuse Art Classes for kids

The Art Hand have teamed up with ReCreate to offer a brand new range of art classes for kids using Creative Reuse, starting on January 27th. Based in Dublin, ReCreate is a national social enterprise that re-distributes surplus stock from businesses for creative activities in schools and art groups around the country. With this vast range of materials at our disposal we plan to create all kinds of wonderful 3D Sculpture including Lanterns, Dragons, Masks, Hats and Sun-Catchers. The classes will be run by artists Sean and Miranda Corcoran at The Art Hand.

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Sean had the following to say; “We are delighted to announce this new partnership agreement with Recreate which will make it possible for us to offer exciting new opportunities at our Art School. Plans are already underway to set up Teacher Training workshops specially designed for recycled materials too.”

Miranda had the following to say; “The ReCreate warehouse in Dublin is a treasure trove of possibilities, we can’t wait to get started. We’re delighted to be able to bring these truly unique workshops to our students. We’re very excited about the potential of this project.”

Classes for 4 to 7 year olds will take place on Tuesdays from 4pm to 5.30pm starting on January 27th. Classes for 8 to 12 year olds will take place on Thursdays from 4pm to 5.30pm starting on January 29th. The 8 week terms costs €80 per child. The cost for two or more children from the same family is €70 each.

For further info on ReCreate please visit their website HERE and their Facebook page HERE. The ReCreate mission is to inspire and influence creativity, curiosity and lateral thought, so this seems like a marriage made in heaven! Please watch this space!

Places are limited to 12 participants on these courses so early booking is suggested. Please ring Sean or Miranda on 051 292919 to reserve a place.

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Great News from The Art Hand

Both Miranda and Sean Corcoran have been accepted on the Education Panel of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland. Miranda had the following to say, “It’s a great honour to be selected for inclusion on this panel alongside some of the greatest artists and craftspeople working in Ireland today. It’s lovely that what we are doing here at The Art Hand is being recognised in this way. This accreditation gives us a fantastic opportunity to further develop our outreach programme in schools around the country”.

News from The Art Hand

We are delighted to announce that Sean Corcoran has been commissioned by the Department of Education to facilitate the creation of a large mosaic and an accompanying book for the new Gaelscoil that is being built in Carraigpherish on the outskirts of Waterford city. Sean will engage with all the students and teachers of the Gaelscoil in the creation of the 3 metre wide mosaic that will be installed on a prominent internal wall in the new school. In addition to the permanent artwork a special story book will be created that is linked to the mosaic and will feature drawings by the kids. The mosaic and book are to be called The Magical Forest. The mosaic itself will depict a lush and vibrant forest, full of trees, flowers, animals, a stream and a pond. The idea for the book is to create a new Irish fable. A fantasy fairyland, folklore of the future.

Sean had the following to say about The Magical Forest commission; “I’m very excited about this project. It’s a fantastic commission and it will take until next June to complete. The story of The Magical Forest is based on a bedtime story that I have made up for our 2 kids. Alfie aged 5 and Matilda aged 8 have kept the story alive by insisting on hearing what happens next every night. I have also tried out versions of the story on kids that take part in our weekly activities here at The Art Hand. It’s not conventional storytelling in that the kids get to add characters and ideas to the story while it is being told. I’m delighted that the story will now be published in a colourful new book”.

Meanwhile Miranda starts work in the new year on another collaborative school mosaic, this time in Killrossanty, County Waterford.  have commissioned Miranda to facilitate the creation of an external mosaic at the school entrance. The vibrant mosaic will contain tiles, glass, buttons, jewels, gems and personal mementos from the children and staff. It will be made in 4 separate panels and will signify the St. Bridget’s Cross.

Storm Footage shot by Sean Corcoran will be aired on RTE 1 and BBC Northern Ireland on January 6th. It will be part of a programme called “Oiche na Gaoithe Móire” that was made by Lagan Media Productions in Belfast. Sean had the following to say; “It’s my first time on the BBC! I’m really delighted. The footage was shot over the course of a few days back in January when Storm Christine hit Ireland. My friend the photographer Keith Fitzgerald and I braved the elements together, we had great fun, I love storms. The rugged stretch of The Copper Coast from Bunmahon Beach to Boatstrand Harbour is featured in the footage. My Canon G15 camera hasn’t worked since, but it was worth it!”

In further film news The Spraoi Unseen documentary made by Sean Corcoran and Dónal O’Flynn will be premiered on January 17th in Waterford city (venue to be announced). Spraoi Unseen is a feature length documentary that takes a look behind the scenes of the Spraoi Festival and Parade with revealing interviews with the management, performers, volunteers and members of the public.

A 10 week term of kids art classes will return in the new year on Tuesdays for 4 to 7 years olds (from January the 13th) and on Thursdays  for 8 to 12 year olds (from January 15th). The classes run from 4pm to 5.30pm. Our kid’s art parties are proving very popular so if you’d like to celebrate your kids special birthday in a memorable way booking at least a month in advance is now advised.

For adults we are working on some exciting new techniques for The Saturday Art Club which will start again on January 10th and every fortnight after that. For teachers we will be running further training courses through the Waterford Teacher Centre. Our WORDS performance event returns on the first Wednesday of every month starting on January 7th.

We would like to sincerely thank everyone that has supported us throughout the year. We have nearly 5000 fans on our Facebook page now, thank you all for following, liking and sharing. Thanks also to all the local newspapers for generously sharing our news throughout the year. We look forward to welcoming you to The Art Hand in 2015, in the meantime have a great Christmas.

Sean and Miranda Corcoran.

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Mosaic, Teachers Art, Stained Glass, Film, New Books…

Here’s all our Latest News…We are putting the finishing touches to two mosaics here at the moment. Firstly The Shooting Star Mosaic which was created with over 60 teachers and is for the Waterford Teachers Centre (view it HERE). Secondly The Promenade Mosaic which was made with hundreds of members of the public during The Promenade Festival and is due to be installed in the National Beachguard Training Centre on the Prom (view it HERE). All they need is their final polishing and grouting before their separate installations.

Stained Glass, Mosaic, Film, New Books.

Teachers Art Training is back here from Monday November 17th with ‘Get Creative and Pass it on!’ The Saturday Art Club continues from strength to strength every fortnight, next one is November 15th. We also have lots more options for schools and teachers which can be seen on the newly updated Schools page of our website HERE. The final Stained Glass Course of 2014 takes place from December 5th, details HERE.

On the film front, our documentary Spraoi Unseen will be premiered on January 17th, venue to be announced (check HERE). Also in January Sean Corcoran’s footage of Storm Christine is due to be shown on RTE and the Canadian TV episode of Boogeymen is due to be aired for which we were Production Co-ordinators as well as being featured in. We’ve updated the Film page on our website with full details HERE.

Last but not least a huge CONGRATULATIONS to two regular participants of our monthly WORDS performance event on their forthcoming publications, Upon your Agony by Matty Tamen and Butterfly Barn by Karen Power. We’re proud of ye! Matty’s launch is this evening and Karen’s launch is next Friday. See ye all there. The next WORDS event is on Wednesday, December 3rd. Further details about the WORDS events can be seen HERE.

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Adult Art Courses and Events

Here’s some of the courses and events that are available for adults here at The Art Hand;

Adult Art Courses and Events

Full details are available HERE.

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Coloured Glass Mosaic Window Boxes

Fancy a creative weekend? Design and create a coloured glass mosaic in a freestanding wooden frame that will embellish a window in your home. This is a 2 day course with tutor Sean Corcoran this October 25th and 26th. Full details are HERE.

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Stained Glass Window Boxes

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Stained Glass Course

Here’s a selection of the Stained Glass panels that were created by participants of our Stained Glass Courses throughout the year. Fancy doing a weekend course? The dates for the next one are December 5th, 6th and 7th. Maximum 4 participants per course. Full details are on our website HERE.

Stained Glass Course

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Adults Art Courses and Events

We have a new range of Art Courses and Events available for adults including the Saturday Art Club, Weekend Art Courses, a Mosaic Course, a Stained Glass Course, The WORDS Event, Adult Art Parties and Teacher Training.

Full details are available on this page HERE.

Saturday Art Club

Some recent participants of the Saturday Art Club above.

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Here’s some of the people who attended last months WORDS event.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to The Art Hand!

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What’s On at The Art Hand? Saturday Art Club, Spoken Word, Stained Glass, Mosaic, Film, Teachers Workshops, Kids Classes,

We have lots of new Autumn Art Classes and Activities to choose from. We’ve never had as many options for adults; Every fortnight we have the Saturday Art Club from 11am to 2pm. A different arts and craft project each time and a beautiful homemade lunch included for €30 per session. On the first Wednesday of every month we have the WORDS event, join in or sit back for an eclectic mix of poetry, prose and comedy. On Culture Night, Friday September 19th we are hosting a unique spoken word event called WORDS goes WILD! It will be held in an undisclosed outdoor location on The Copper Coast. Meet at The Art Hand at 6pm for this wild and wilderness themed event as part of the Comeraghs Wild Festival.

The Keys to the UniverseIn October we have more options for adults, a weekend stained glass course, a mosaic course and a film editing course. For teachers we are offering a night course called Get Creative and Pass it On! Check the Waterford Teacher Centre for more info on this.

If your in town check out Sean Corcoran’s contribution to the Thirty exhibition in Garter Lane Arts Centre until November 1st. Sean and Donal O’Flynn will also be revealing details soon of the premiere screening of their behind the scenes documentary about the Spraoi Festival. Stay tuned!

What about the KIDS?!

Well the 10 week Autumn term of Kids Art Classes returns next week on Tuesdays for kids up to age 7 and on Thursdays for 8 to 12 year olds. Classes are from 4pm to 5.30pm. Check out the News section of our website or our Facebook page for further details on any of these activities for kids or adults or give us a ring on 051 292919. We look forward to welcoming you to The Art Hand.

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News Update; Performance, Stained Glass, Mosaic, Clay Sculpture, Film, Festivals, Kids Art Classes, Art Parties and Environmental Art…

There are some great Adult Art Classes and Events coming up at The Art Hand in September and October. On September 3rd, starting at 7.45pm the monthly WORDS performance night takes place.

Words Writers Group Performing at The Art Hand

WORDS goes WILD on Culture Night, September 19th, as part  the Comeragh Wild Festival. The evening will be different from the groups usual events in that it will take place at an undisclosed outdoor location on The Copper Coast and will have a ‘Wild’ and ‘Wilderness’ theme. 6pm start from The Art Hand for this one.

WORDS goes WILD on Culture Night!

WORDS goes WILD on Culture Night!

We have 2 places available for the next Stained Glass weekend course with Sean Corcoran which takes place on October 3rd, 4th and 5th. Details of an exciting new Mosaic workshop using coloured glass will be announced shortly and will also run in October.

Stained Glass

The Saturday Art Club this week is Clay Sculpture and Sausage Stew! From 11am to 2pm. Picture below shows Henry Moore at work in his studio. Each fortnight exciting and effective arts and crafts projects are devised for adults including Mosaic, Batik, Collage, Clay Sculpture, Decorative Mirrors, Artist Trading Cards and Digital Art. The Saturday Art Club is run by Sean and Miranda Corcoran and the cost per session is €30 including materials and lunch. 

Henry Moore Clay Sculpture

Meanwhile Sean Corcoran and Donal O’Flynn are editing a behind the scenes documentary film that they shot during the Spraoi Festival. Stay tuned for details of it’s Premiere Screening coming soon.

Donal O'Flynn and Sean Corcoran Film-Makers

Plans are already underway for next years Promenade Festival in Tramore which this year attracted an audience of over 30,000 people. As the artistic director Sean Corcoran is putting together an ambitious line up of attractions.

The Promenade Festival

What about the Kids? A 10 week term of kids Art Classes for 4 to 7 year olds returns on Tuesdays at 4pm from September 23rd. Classes for 8 to 12 year olds returns on Thursdays at 4pm from September 25th. Bookings for these classes are now open. We are also available to travel to schools across the country with all the equipment and materials needed to develop interesting, fun and educational art projects. Has your kid got a big day coming up? We host super cool Art Parties. We design each Art Party to suit your kid’s age and interests. Art Party Group

We also do one-off group packages of Environmental Art and Mosaic on the Beach. For more details please ring us on 051 292919.

Environmental Art on the Beach

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Learn to make Stained Glass with Sean Corcoran

The dates have been set for the next Stained Glass Course with Sean Corcoran for the weekend of October 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2014.

Stained Glass Course with Sean Corcoran

Stained Glass Course with Sean Corcoran

This is 3 Day Intensive Weekend Course at The Art Hand where you will learn how to design and make your very own Stained Glass panel A3 in size. You will draw a template, cut out the glass and join them together with lead in the traditional way.

The class size is limited to 4 participants and 2 places are already gone so early booking will be essential for this.

Full details of this course are HERE.

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Words goes Wild on Culture Night

A special spoken word event will take place on Culture Night, Friday, September 19th at 6pm by The Words Writers Group as part of the Comeragh Wild Festival.

The evening will be different from the groups usual monthly event at The Art Hand in that it will take place at an undisclosed outdoor location on The Copper Coast and will have a ‘Wild’ and ‘Wilderness’ theme. This event will proceed regardless of the weather so come prepared!

WORDS goes WILD on Culture Night!

WORDS goes WILD on Culture Night!

Proceedings begin from The Art Hand at 6pm sharp and will run till after 10pm. We are looking forward to showcasing our performance skills to a wider audience in an unusual setting so we are really encouraging new people to come along and check out what we’re doing. This will be a unique event, not to be missed. Don’t be frightened, there’s no pressure on anyone to perform. Get up and say a few words if you feel like it! It’ll be fun!

For your information The Words Writers Group meets and performs on the first Wednesday of every month at The Art Hand, in Bunmahon, County Waterford. It’s an intimate performance night with an average of between 30 and 40 participants at each event. WORDS brings together a diverse group of literature lovers and writers from the traditional to the alternative, including spoken word, comedy, poetry and Prose and it’s is an opportunity to perform, share your knowledge and get some inspiration.

Curious? Booking is essential on 051 292919 or text your name to Sean Corcoran to reserve a space on 087 2524657. All are welcome and there is no obligation to perform. Children can attend but will need to be strictly supervised. Check The Art Hand Facebook page for further details of Words goes Wild closer to the time.

To find out more about the monthly words event that takes place on the first Wednesday of every month please have a look HERE.

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Pointillism and Pasta!

The Saturday Art Club gets together this weekend (and every fortnight) with an exciting adult art workshop of Pointillism on Canvas followed by a light pasta lunch in our adjoining home.

Pointillism Painting

Sunrise Flower Meadow by Miranda Corcoran

Each fortnight exciting and effective arts and crafts projects are devised including Mosaic, Batik, Collage, Clay Sculpture, Decorative Mirrors, Artist Trading Cards and Digital Art.

The Saturday Art Club is run by Sean and Miranda Corcoran and takes place every second Saturday from 11am to 2pm. The cost per session is €30 including materials and lunch. For more information please have a look HERE.

 

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Mosaic and Tapas!

The Saturday Art Club for adults this week is a lovely fun Mosaic workshop on Circular Cake Boards with Tapas for lunch! 11am to 2pm. The cost is €30 including all the materials and lunch. Booking is essential. Full details are HERE.

Here’s an example made by Sean Corcoran; Mosaic on Circular Cake Board

Here’s some of the participants at a recent painting workshop;The Saturday Art Club

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Words Bash, Promenade Festival, Mosaic, Saturday Art Club, Stained Glass and more…

It’s been a rollercoaster ride here at The Art Hand over the last few weeks. The recent Words Bash was an overwhelming success with record attendance for our 1 year birthday celebration of the performance night. The next Words event is on August 6th at 7.45pm. Plans are also under way to create a themed open air event called Wild Words which will take place during the Comeragh Wild Festival in September.

Thank You by the Jersey Sandman, Andy CoutancheSean Corcoran was the artistic director of The Promenade Festival that entertained over 30,000 people all around the town of Tramore. 8 international artists and over 40 Irish artists and performers took part. Plans are already underway for an even bigger show next year. Thank you all for taking part, picture shows a thank you note from sand artist Andy Coutanche. Miranda Corcoran and Ann McGrath facilitated the creation of a colourful circular mosaic at the festival with the help of hundreds of members of the public. Would you like to be part of the finishing team by helping Miranda put the finishing touches to it? Learn a new skill and it’s free! The completed artwork will be permanently displayed in the new National Training Centre for Beach Guards in Tramore.

The Saturday Art Club for adults has started under the guidance of Sean and Miranda Corcoran. An exciting art project every fortnight from 11am to 2pm with lunch included. A Stained Glass weekend course with Sean Corcoran starts on July 18th. Design and make your own piece of colourful glass to hang in your home. We are taking bookings from small groups for Environmental Art and Art Parties. For further details on any of these projects please check our website, Facebook page or ring 051 292919.

 

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The Saturday Art Club

We’re delighted to announce the introduction of a brand new art class here that will give adults the opportunity to create some wonderful artworks under the guidance of professional artists Sean and Miranda Corcoran at The Art Hand every second Saturday starting from this July 12th (from 11am to 2pm).

Adult art classes at The Art Hand

Exciting and effective projects will be devised for each workshop including Mosaic, Batik, Collage, Clay Sculpture, Decorative Mirrors, Artist Trading Cards, Digital Art and lots more. Demonstrations and tuition will be provided by Sean or Miranda Corcoran throughout each workshop.

The cost per session is €30 including basic materials and a light lunch which will be served in our adjoining home.

Full details are HERE.

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Stained Glass Course with Sean Corcoran

Our next Stained Glass Weekend Course will take place on July 18th 19th and 20th. Maximum 4 participants and booking has now opened. Full details of the course are below; 

https://thearthand.wordpress.com/adult-courses/learn-to-make-stained-glass-with-sean-corcoran/

Stained Glass Course

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Festival, Cafe, Mosaic, Kids Art, Words and Zine…

News from The Art Hand

Sean Corcoran has been appointed as the Artistic Director of an exciting new arts and entertainment festival for Tramore called The Promenade Festival that takes place this July 4th, 5th and 6th. The festival is being organised by Tramore Tourism in association with The Art Hand and celebrates the work of the emergency services. Check out the Facebook page for all the details; HERE

Sean has also been busy working on the concept, design and decor of an exciting New Café in Waterford city opposite the old cinema on Patrick Street. We can’t say any more about it but all will be revealed in the coming days.

The Memorial Mosaic we are working on in a school in Dublin is coming on nicely. Thousands of items that were donated by the kids in the school were stuck onto the backing boards last week. Over 500 people have been involved so far including the 465 kids, 20 staff, 14 volunteer parents and the family and friends of Caroline Dwyer-Hickey who the artwork is in memory of. A blog has been set up by the school that follows the progress of the Mosaic; HERE

Caroline's Memorial Mosaic

The Words writers group performing @ The Art Hand took place last week with a great variety of performances. A night full of surprises! Submissions are now being taken for the 4th copy of The Words Zine. Previous copies can be downloaded for free at HERE and are in stock at Waterford City Library. The next Words event is on May the 7th (the first Wednesday of every month). Non-writers are also welcome.

Our next term of Kids Classes return on Tuesdays from April 27th for 4 to 7 year olds, on Wednesdays for Toddlers and Parents from April 28th and on Thursdays from April 29th for 8 to 12 year olds. Bookings are now being taken. Places are limited. Full details on our webpage www.theArtHand.com/kids

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Super Hero Art Party

Happy Birthday Alfie

Happy Birthday to Alfie who celebrated his big day with a Super Hero Art Party.

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We teach Art and Photography in Spanish…

Art Classes in SpanishA photography class in the Spanish language was just held at The Art Hand by the talented Alma Perissinotti Visualarts & photography for our Argentinian students. This is a multi-lingual art school! Enseñamos el arte en El arte de la mano en Español e Inglés! (We teach art at The Art Hand in Spanish and English!).

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News Update, Toddlers, Kids, Film Editing, Art Parties, Writers Group, Zine, Publications…

Calling all Toddlers! We’re delighted to announce that we are now running workshops for kids under the age of 4. Toddlers @ The Art Hand takes place on Wednesday mornings from 10 to 11.30. A Parent or guardian attends and participates in the workshops. The activities are facilitated by artists Sean and Miranda Corcoran of The Art Hand. For enquiries or bookings please ring 051 292919. Full details are HERE.

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Meanwhile the Spring Term of kids @ Art Hand has officially began. We cater for kids aged 4 to 12 in separate groups. On Tuesday last we created Coloured Tin Foil Collages on black card. Well done all, the results are super. On Thursday we created Foam Board Mosaics, a challenging but rewarding workshop, well done guys. Full details are HERE.

Film Editing Course

Got a load of video footage and don’t know what to do with it? Our Film Editing Courses with Anthony Kelly have begun. Learn how to professionally edit your own footage on this 2 day Course using Adobe Premiere. This course is designed for a maximum of two participants so you will receive practical training that is specific to your individual requirements. Full details are HERE.

Art Party Birthday Princess

Best wishes to Hannah, Chloe and Alfie who each celebrated their birthdays recently with an Art Party here at The Art Hand. From butterflies to super heroes, you name it, we design the event to suit the interests of birthday kid. Details of our Art Parties are HERE.

Big thanks to Mary Bird who is helping us with the kids art classes and to Alma Perissinotti who is teaching photography with us in the Argentinean language!

The next Words writers group performing @ The Art Hand takes place on Wednesday February 5th. Don’t forget that The Words Zine is now quarterly and there is an addition to the submission guidelines; Something you heard at one of the WORDS event that you think should be included in the next Words Zine? Please let us know. Also send in your own submissions. Deadline is Friday February 7th for the next issue…Email to roisin_ph@hotmail.com Full details HERE.

Words Writers Group performing at The Art HandWhat do the publications in the above photograph have in common? Well all these Novels, Poetry Collections and Zines were all created by participants of the WORDS writers group performing at The Art Hand. From left to Right; Waterford in Pictures and Verse by Jackie Elger and Tom Power, Love is the East Bit by Mary Grehan, Where the Music Comes From by Pat Galvin, Songs of a Stargazer by John Daly, Dry Tears by Matty Tamen, Windmills of the Mind by John Daly, The Mysterious John Grey by Tom Power and The Words Zine issue 1 and 2. Hope to be adding some more items to this collection in the not too distant future. Well done all, be very proud.

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News Update from The Art Hand…

We’re back in full swing with a variety of creative activities for all ages from kids art classes and performance to film editing and stained glass.

Kids; Looking forward to welcoming all our young students who start back next week with an exciting new term of Art Classes. Each Tuesday @ 4pm is for kids aged 4 to 7 and each Thursday @ 4pm is for kids aged 8 to 12. Full details HERE.

Words; The WORDS writers group performing @ The Art Hand held its first event of 2014 this week. The audience was captivated by some outstanding performers including Karen Power, Matty Tamen, Belle Walsh, Pat Galvin, Mary Power and Bernadette McCann. We also witnessed some live performances via Skype from Luck Library in Wisconsin USA and from Roisin Power Hackett in Spain. The next event is the first Wednesday of February (the 5th). Full details of the event and the Zine are HERE.

Zine; Don’t forget that The Words Zine is now quarterly and there is an addition to the submission guidelines; Something you heard at one of the WORDS event that you think should be included in the next Words Zine? Please let us know. Also send in your own submissions as normal. Deadline is Friday February 7th for the next issue. Email to roisin_ph@hotmail.com

Storm Christine; Now, we’re not all work and no play…We took the day off on Monday last and Keith Fitzgerald and Sean Corcoran spent the day recording Storm Christine. Unpredictable waves and a huge salt laden wind. Check out our YouTube video of ‘Storm Christine on The Copper Coast’ filmed in locations such as Stage Cove, Bunmahon Head, Tankardstown, Bunmahon Beach and Boatstrand Harbour. Click HERE to see it.

Storm Christine on The Copper Coast
‘Storm Christine on The Copper Coast’ by Sean Corcoran taken from Boatstrand Harbour.

Film Editing Course; Got a mountain load of videos and don’t know what to do with them? Learn how to professionally edit your own footage on this 2 day Film Editing Course with Anthony Kelly using Adobe Premiere. This course is designed for a maximum of two participants so you will receive practical training that is specific to your individual requirements. Full details HERE.

Stained Glass Course; This is 3 Day Intensive Weekend Course at The Art Hand where you will learn how to design and make your very own Stained Glass panel, A3 in size. You will draw a template, cut out the glass and join it together with lead in the traditional way. Bookings for this are now being taken for the Weekend of March 14th 15th and 16th. Full details of the Stained Glass Course are HERE.

Did you see us on National TV on RTE Nationwide the other night? A repeat of the episode about the making of the Miners Films here on The Copper Coast. There’s a link to a You Tube video of it HERE.

Happy Birthday to Hannah who is holding a butterfly mosaic art party with us here this weekend. Can’t wait! Details of our Art Parties are HERE.

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An Taoiseach presented with Map by Sean Corcoran of The Copper Coast

An Taoiseach Map

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny was recently presented a Map of The Copper Coast that was created by Sean Corcoran of The Art Hand. Image courtesy of Fotofitz.

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Film Award for Down the Ladder

Down the Ladder

Sean Corcoran and Angela Mulcahy above receiving the award for ‘Down the Ladder’ as the overall runner-up best film at the Waterford Film Festival from Festival Director Stephen Byrne.

Down the Ladder

The film was made by Copper Coast Productions @ The Art Hand and tells of a day in the life of a copper mining family. It’s an emotional film presented as a silent movie. Set in Ireland in the 1800’s.

Michael Heath

We are also honoured to have received this message today from New Zealand film director Michael Heath (pictured above) on seeing ‘Down the Ladder’ for the first time; CONGRATULATIONS SEAN and ANGELA, MOOK and ALEX and all cast & crew- for a most sensitive, and touching film. I was so happy to see it at last. How glorious to see the sad past re-created in such simple imagery and story-telling- that took one back a long time ago…and you have achieved a little miracle in its naturalistic style in both performance and use of land and seascape. The final scene of the boy and the dog and the boat going out to sea is beautiful, and I was immensely moved…..

 

 

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Film Editing Course

Delighted to announce that we are now are running 2 day Film Editing Courses in Adobe Premiere with Anthony Kelly.

Film Editing Course

Learn how to professionally edit your own footage on this 2 day Film Editing Course using Adobe Premiere. This course is designed for a maximum of two participants so you will receive practical training that is specific to your individual requirements.

 

Full details are HERE

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The Words Zine, Film News, Kids Art, Copper Coast Map and Guide, Stained Glass Course…

This weeks News Update;

The Words Zine; Our new zine is being unveiled next Wednesday, November 6th at the Words Writers Group performing at The Art Hand. It’s a self published small circulation of original work by performers from the group that will feature prose, lyrics, comedy, reviews, scripts, letters etc. Copies will be available on the night. All are welcome, doors at 7.45pm. Try it out, full details on our website HERE. Best of luck to Roisin Power Hackett, one of the founders of Words who has embarked on an overseas adventure.

The Keys to the Universe

The Keys to the Universe

Film News; A film screening of Down the Ladder and the full Copper Coast Miners series took place in Greyfriars Municipal Gallery during the Imagine Festival with a talk by Tina Keating, Angela Mulcahy and Sean Corcoran. Next screening is during the Waterford Film Festival on November 9th in the Granville Hotel at 8.30. Full details and Tickets are now on sale for the event on the Waterford film festival website HERE.

Kids Art; We recently judged the Fun for Life T-Shirt Art Competition for the Solas Centre South East Run for Life held in the Peoples Park in Waterford. Our Halloween workshop for Kids @ The Art Hand was a Halloween themed Silhouette Collage workshop undertaken in UV Light! Spooky fun in the glowing darkness. Edible Art? We made pizzas during a recent Kids Workshop for the Imagine Festival in Tramore.

UV Kids Halloween Art Workshop

UV Kids Halloween Art Workshop

Map and Guide; Thanks to all the people who submitted iconic photographs of The Copper Coast for the Map and Guide being created by Sean Corcoran that will be printed by the Metal Links Project at the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre to promote the area to visitors.

There is a weekend Stained Glass Course coming up on the 29th of November. Full details of this are HERE.

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The Words Zine, Down the Ladder, Stained Glass, Imagine, Map and Guide

This weeks update from The Art Hand

The next event for the WORDS writers group performing @ The Art Hand is November 6th at 7.45pm. On the night we will unveil the first issue of THE WORDS ZINE, a self published small circulation of original work by performers from the group that will feature prose, lyrics, comedy, reviews, scripts, letters etc. Full details HERE.

We’re looking forward to the screening of the ‘Down the Ladder’ film at the Imagine festival on the 26th of October in Greyfriars Gallery at 2 pm and in the Waterford Film Festival in the Granville Hotel on the 9th of November at 8.30 pm. Hope to see you there. We’ve also just released a behind the scenes film about the making of the film which you can find on You Tube HERE.

Full details of our next Stained Glass weekend course with Sean Corcoran are now available. It takes place on the weekend of November 29th, 30th and December 1st. Full details are HERE.

We are doing a kids art workshop in Tramore on Saturday the 26th of October at 2 pm as part of the Imagine Festival. The event is designed for 4 to 8 year olds and will be held in Talbot Street (behind the library). Admission €7 (family rates available). Places are limited so please book on 087 1411442. Full details on the Imagine Festival website HERE.

In the meantime we are busy with our regular kids classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Art Parties (check this page HERE). Happy Birthday Martha! Also stay tuned for details of a new Map and Guide of The Copper Coast that Sean Corcoran has been commissioned to make.

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