CLOSING DATE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS: 23rd of May
This three-day workshop will cover a wide range of technical and intuitive processes involved with encaustic paint: surface preparation; in-depth additive and subtractive techniques and tools; opacity and translucency plus compatible drawing media. Over the three days, the elements of time, layers and history will be explored to build towards complexity in painting.
There will be plenty of painting time with a balance of demonstrations, discussion, presentation and one to one support. Equipment and health & safety will also be reviewed. This class functions well for a variety of levels of experience. The workshop is supported by R&F Handmade Paints.
The workshop will deepen student’s conversation with the materiality of this paint and fine- tune personal visual language. Creative exercises and experimentation will expand vision and approach. Participants will explore advanced techniques (with fusing, scraping, use of translucency) involved in controlling what can seem, at times, a rather uncontrollable paint medium. Design and colour theory fundamentals will be reviewed throughout.
Joanna Kidney’s practice is a quest for the non-material, what is not visible and concrete, considering the sensory, holistic and temporal aspects of being human. Her work is an enquiry of the mark and the line through drawing, painting and physical space. She has exhibited in Solo and Group Exhibitions in USA, France, Germany and Ireland. Selected Solo Exhibitions include: List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Philadelphia (upcoming); The LAB, Dublin (upcoming); Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin; Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre; Galway Arts Centre and Mermaid Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow. She is the recipient of Arts Council of Ireland and Wicklow County Council funding; a Royal Hibernian Academy Studio Award; a Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship and a Dublin Institute of Technology Award of Excellence. International residencies include Swarthmore College, Philadelphia (upcoming), Kiðjaberg, Iceland and Brigham Young University, Utah. Her work can be seen in the collections of Allied Irish Banks; The Permanent Collection, The Ballinglen Museum of Art; The Central Bank, Dublin; Office of Public Works, Ireland; University College Dublin and the Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland. She teaches in Ireland and Internationally at Colleges in the USA and The Netherlands. She is an annual presenter and tutor at the International Encaustic Conference and Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo. Her Encaustic Painting Workshops are supported by R&F Handmade Paints, USA.
As part of the RHA School Access Programme, two free places on RHA School Workshops, Courses, Life-drawing sessions and Masterclasses will be offered. One to an artist currently enrolled at any of the third level art colleges in Ireland. The second free place will be offered to an artist of merit at any stage of their career. This additional free place has been made available through the generosity of an anonymous donor. The total number of free Access places available will be announced with each course, workshop or masterclass. Artists and art students who wish to apply should include a CV, three images of current practice and a cover letter providing a short statement indicating how they would benefit from attending any of the RHA School activities as part of their online application. An application for an access place must be stipulated for within a cover letter.
1/2: Joanna Kidney, Yutori, 2020-2021, encaustic and oil on panel, 40cm x 40cm. Photo credit: Gerry Blake, © Joanna Kidney
2/2: Joanna Kidney, Small big joys, 2020-2021, encaustic and oil on panel, 15cm x 15cm. Photo credit: Joanna Kidney,© Joanna Kidney