Friday, January 21, 2011

Restoration of Harry Clarke Windows At St. Mel's Cathedral

In today's Irish Times there is an article which reminds us of the fine stained glass on view in Churches across the country. Arminta Wallace writes ' Over the past quarter of a century the name of Harry Clarke has become synonymous with stained glass in Ireland. But many of the windows we know as “Harry Clarkes” are actually the work of his younger colleagues at Harry Clarke Studios, among them the windows at St Mel’s in Longford, designed by Richard King'. Read the full article HERE.

Here at the college we have our own fine collection of stained glass in the Chapel. Also on display in the college is a piece by Evie Hone who would have been a contemporary of the designer Richard King.

The room dedicated to Stained Glass at the Hugh Lane Gallery also includes the  The Eve of St Agnes by Harry Clarke which was recently visited by a younger member of the greater college community (as seen below).

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Batik by Form II.

Form II have begun work on designing and completing a batik. Working from a chosen theme pupils were required to complete a design suitable for the craft of Batik. The designs must be coloured before the application of wax to the fabric. This will ensure that the correct steps are taken to realise their proposed design.  Posted below are some examples of pupil work  at different stages of the entire Batik process from the design stage right through to the application of wax and dye to the fabric. Batik can be a slow process as it is necessary for the fabric to completely dry out inbetween the application of each colour. Completed Batiks will be posted in the coming weeks. 

Design on Paper by Samual Clarke

Design on Paper with a preliminary sketch on fabric by Marina Pollock

Sophie Lamotte applies wax to fabric to reval her drawing, all the while paying close attention to her initial design

Edward Tottenham's Batik with its first application of wax and dye

Our Ancient Past

Today Form V and Form VI artists will visit the National Museum in Dublin and Newgrange in Co. Meath. There are a number of online resources which pupils can look at to reinforce the experiences from their trip. Suggested sites include the official website for Newgrange, shee-eireEncyclopedia of Irish and World Art, and the Knowth website.  The unique site at Newgrange and its neighbouring Knowth and Dowth  has proven to be a continuous source of inspiration for Historians and Artists alike. Indeed many of the motifs found at these sites have been incorporated into numerous objets d'art that have come to constitute part of our national identity. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Junior Certificate Art Projects

Joon Hee Kim

Ludo Stewart

Leonie Unkiel

Monday, January 17, 2011

Junior Certificate Art Projects

Junior Certificate Projects are well underway but there is still much work to be done. This Hilary Term is longer than usual on account of Easter being so late so it is really inportant that the projects are completed in good time. As in years past there will be no time in the final term for tying up loose ends on the projects. Posted below, and again tomorrow are examples of on-going project work.

Molly Dunne

Sadhbh Sheeran

Louisa Gibbs