It's nice to be getting some of our own art work done again during the summer break. Plus, there were so many worthwhile exhibitions on during the Galway Arts Festival that we wanted to make time for. We introduced our five year old to the world of art exhibitions, and brought the baby along in the sling. We loved the George Grosz exhibition at the Galway Museum, a great insight into a fascinating moment in time, Germany between the World Wars. What we loved best was David Mach at the Absolut Exhibition Space at the shopping centre, so inspiring. What vision. And here is one of our own, Susanna's Burren View Late on a Summer's Day (not thta we got many this year). She is continuing her series of Burren View pastel paintings. Classes are back the second week in September. Until then, enjoy what remains of the summer!
Galway Art Schools' first summer camp 'Arty Kids' is just finished now. The camp was running for one week. It was for eight to twelve year olds, and we did drawing, watercolour painting, acrylic painting, and printmaking as well as learning about art history, about Van Gough, Toulouse Lautrec, and Cezanne, their lives and their work. We had regular dance breaks and trampline sessions, and there was a daily treat of cookies. The highlight was painting on canvas, after developing the design through a variety of different media. A lot of fun and a lot of creative work in a 22 hour week. Here is some of the feedback: What would you like more of next time? was the question. "The dancing was really fun." "Cookies and dancing." "I would love this camp to go on forever and ever!" "Galway Art school is great, I have met a really nice group and I loved it, can't wait for next year." The print shown here is by 9 year old Ella Rose. It is a monotype on top of an acrylic painting, "King Octopus is holding court." A2 size. an ambitious piece of work that took a lot of preparation. A good start at summer camps, and we will go again next year! In September we will be back to art classes for children.
The last few days I have been feeling like I am on a roller coaster. We started Galway art School in January last, and have been on the go since with new projects every week, and most of the time I don't really reflect on how this has changed our lives, but every now and then it does hit me. The last few days I have been or rather all of us have been suffering from a lack of sleep due to a sick baby, and that is probably what's bringing it up- it made me stop, take a breath, and think about everything we have worked on and achieved since January. Just to name a couple of things, we have had and still have some building work to finish off, I have built a new website for us in the last three weeks and am educating myself about internet skills, every week we have classes to prepare and materials to check out many of which we haven't worked with before, we have had to learn about financial management and accountancy and business marketing and all sorts. Being a small start up business keeps you going 24/7, literally! So, to stop my head from spinning, it was really nice today to get my hands in the soil and spend some time with my five year old son planting a new bed in the driveway. The bed had been planned for a long time. The idea is that it will create lovely Feng Shui for the house as the Chi will be slowed down by it and can circulate a bit before arriving at the house. Thank you Gods for a lovely morning.