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Wed, 17 Apr


Sea Cadets Hall

WORKSHOP - Ronnie Ireland - Creating Abstract Forms from your Imagination

Ronnie will be using music to help us get inspired using drawing, painting and mixed media.

WORKSHOP - Ronnie Ireland - Creating Abstract Forms from your Imagination
WORKSHOP - Ronnie Ireland - Creating Abstract Forms from your Imagination

Time & Location

17 Apr 2024, 10:00 – 16:00

Sea Cadets Hall, Camperdown Terrace, Exmouth EX8, UK

About the event

Join Ronnie in an interactive workshop, creating abstract forms from your imagination with the emotions that spring to mind from listening to different pieces of classical music that we probably haven’t heard before.

Spaces limited to 15, £36 per person - please book to save your seat: 

Nearer the event, we will advise you what materials to bring to make the most of the day.

Ronnie was born and educated in Glasgow. He has a degree in drawing and painting from Glasgow School of Art, a Teaching Diploma and a BA (Hons) from The Open University.  He says "I can’t remember when I wasn’t drawing. As a child I was ill quite a lot and spent a lot of time in bed, so drawing was always something I could do – later, art school was just obvious. I taught in schools for a while but at that time didn’t enjoy it. While always continuing drawing and painting, I then moved into organising music and events as a main career, eventually running my own company. I also performed a lot, doing a lot of singing from classical, to rock and finally jazz. When I emigrated to England, I focused completely on my art. I now teach my own classes, give lectures, run demonstrations and workshops for art societies, and finally reached the Parnassus of The Guildford Institute."

Ronnie also finds time to create his own art.  He says "My own work has developed very slowly, and seemed to always be going in different directions with many competing interests. It took me a long time to realise that underneath all of these seeming differences, it was always concerned with investigating identity. Mainly of people, singly or in relationship to one another and their situation. This same interest goes through landscape, abstract and still life work too. It is often allegorical with an implied narrative, but it is never defined – that is the viewer’s role. If the image is strong enough, it will engage the viewer and they will arrive at meaning(s). It is always fascinating what other people see in the work, often not something that I had been aware of, which adds to its richness.

"My main influences are particular artists – Rembrandt, Titian, Velasquez, El Greco and Caravaggio. Plus some selected aspects of many contemporary figures, especially Bacon and Giacometti. Alongside that, there is the look of photographs and film noir. Greek mythology has also been a lifelong interest.

"As for teaching, the most challenging and rewarding aspect of art is to develop creativity; to open it up while being able to focus the results more and more precisely. That is why making art is endless – it is of course impossible! But one little breakthrough, where you have managed to surprise yourself – that’s what keeps you coming back for more torture. Teaching technical aspects is relatively easy as there is a right and a wrong to the result, for example objective observation drawing. If you teach the method properly, anyone will improve."

It will certainly be an engaging and interesting session!

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