Editing Workshop with Jenny Brady at IMMA

In Jenny Brady's editing workshop in IMMA's Studio 5, participating students re-engaged with the video artwork they previously created with artist Clodagh Emoe, as part of 11 week project 'Everything is in Everything' at their school - Hartstown Community School, Dublin 15.

Shot by Jenny, this moving-image artwork was developed in collaboration by the students and Clodagh; using choreographed movement, objects, scriptwriting and performance - to explore themes of causality and regret in modern life. The purpose of Jenny's workshop was to facilitate the students to make editing decisions and to give direction to Jenny on how to edit the final draft of this film, using found footage harvested from YouTube; considerations of script, text, sound, imagery, and how best to communicate themes...
#unsungartofediting #waltermurch  #meaningincontext #movingimage #foundfootage

Drawing all around, with Beth O'Halloran

In her drawing workshop for Junior Infants at Bracken ETNS artist Beth O'Halloran and the children looked at how drawing and line can be seen anywhere, when one takes time to look...

Children looked at 'drawings' made by planes, spiders, snails, raindrops...Beth introduced them to the idea that animals might make drawings with their bodies. She read them the story 'The Snail and the Whale' by Julia Donaldson, where a humble little snail writes (or draws) an important message for his whale friend.  Following this they went into the garden and together used magnifying glasses to explore the surfaces of the garden, and locate such incidental drawings. They then made drawings of their own, using both usual and unusual methods and materials such as lemon juice, feet, hands, markers and seeds. #drawingallaround #childrenarenaturals

Animations by Aideen Barry and 4th Classes

Take a look at the amazing work 'Animating Nature & Animating Architecture' created by 4th Classes and artist Aideen Barry, at Bracken ETNs, Balbriggan.....

'My favourite moment was when we watched our cartoons. It made me feel like a real artist.'

- 4th Class student, 9

#magicmagicmagic #thestudiothathasnoroof 

The Chase! With Amanda Coogan

In these workshops at Bracken ETNS, performance artist Amanda Coogan and participating children used costume, props, music and gesture to create wildly imaginative performances that took place in the garden.

Amanda started her workshop by showing the children some images of her work, bringing attention to the use of costume and props to create character. She told the children how she made these costumes and props herself. She introduced the idea of gesture or 'action' through 'dabbing', a move that all the students knew well. She then played Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in D minor and asked them what kind of scenes the music evoked in their imagination. Themes of jeopardy and pursuit emerged: animals being chased by a king who wanted to eat them, animals running from the pound, the titanic; witches, wizards, ninjas, fairies, robbers - all chasing through the forest. Within the classroom and garden each of the two classes alternatively created an installation of a mountain and a river; and a series of vivid costumes. #freeplay #musicandimagination #artandthebody #wearableartworks  #amazingimaginations

Animation magic with Aideen Barry

In Aideen Barry's workshops at Bracken ETNS she invited participating 4th Class children to make individual drawing animations and a collaborative stop-motion animation. For her drawing animation workshop she showed the students some of her own animated work including Levitating - a work where she appeared to be hovering above the surface of the ground as she went about her day. She told the children that it took 12 images to make one second of an animation. Giving them 12 sheets of animation paper each, she asked them to close their eyes and imagine something happening in the garden that they could turn into an animation - ants battling, spiders spinning, flowers growing, worms wriggling.... In her next workshop she and the class made a collaborative stop-motion animation using cardboard boxes as props. #stopmotion #drawing #movingimages #artmagic #thestudiothathasnoroof

Animations coming soon! 

Superfolk workshop at Bracken ETNS

Superfolk's workshop gave consideration to what animals we share our locality with, as well as to seeing the intriguing traces they leave behind, visible when we take close inspection...

'Fur, feathers, crumbs, footprints, skin shedding, nests, dens, droppings, smells...' The workshop included a hunt for animal prints hidden throughout the garden, some detective work discovering identity of prints and, back in the classroom, the creation of individual stamps and a collaborative print. #animaldetectives #observing #natureallaround #artimitatingnature #thestudiothathasnoroof

New short film....The studio that has no roof

This short film features some of the workshop programme highlights from The studio that has no roof project from June - October 2016. Featuring short clips from wonderful workshops with artists Stephen Brandes, Dragana Jurisic and Atsushi Kaga. Film by Jenny Brady. Still image by Dragana Jurisic. 

Playtime Symposium at VISUAL, Carlow

Superprojects and partners zero-degree machine will be presenting the Studio that has no roof project at VISUAL Carlow, as part of their Playtime Symposium - 'a day of talks and workshops on play, its relationship to culture and the arts. and a child's right to play and access to the arts and culture. Through a series of keynotes, workshops and panel discussions we will consider, play in the urban realm and play as part of our cultural institutions.'

Happening from 10am on Thursday 4th May.
More info here


New 10-week project with Clodagh Emoe has begun

Having worked at Hartstown Community School and Fingal Arts Office with the Waves project in 2016 we are back once more with artist Clodagh Emoe. In this 10-week project Clodagh and the 4th year students will create a collaborative artwork. Decisions such as the type of artwork and where it will be situated will be reached by the students themselves. The project has two phases - the first is characterised by focused artistic research and philosophical enquiry (current phase). The second by artistic experimentation and production. During a trip to IMMA today they viewed the work of artist Jac Leirner and the piece I reached inside myself through time by Dennis McNulty. In these works, the use of everyday materials - airplane tickets, rulers, building materials, coloured gels - opened up a world of artistic possibilities for the visiting students. In next week's workshop writer Sue Rainsford will visit the school to do a workshop that will focus on script-writing within contemporary art. 
#IMMA  #thestuffofeveryday  #trivialnottrivial  #jacleirner  #dennismcnulty  #soundinart



Ships Passing in the Night video artwork at The Hugh Lane Gallery

The beautiful video artwork Ships Passing in the Night by artist James Ó hAodha, made in collaboration with children from the Dodder Sea Scouts and Dublin Sikh community, is available to see at The Hugh Gallery, Parnell Square. Until the end of March. 

For more information: Hugh Lane
For more information on project: Ships Passing in the Night

#morsecode #beaconing #signsandsymbols #communication #identity 

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CoisCéim BROADREACH have been doing excellent work with younger and older audiences in Ringsend, Irishtown, Sandymount and Pearse Street, as part of Dublin's Culture Connects' project ALIGHT! (project managed by Superprojects' Cleo Fagan). Centred around themes of journeys, the project has its very own orange double-decker bus, designed by visual artist Vanessa Daws in collaboration with St. Patrick's NS, Ringsend and Talk About Youth, St Andrew's Resource Centre. Project artists choreographer Muirne Bloomer and performer Hugh Brown have been working with various community groups in Ringsend, Irishtown, Pearse Street and Sandymount to produce exciting TOURS that include include storytelling and performances and also include connecting with cultural institutions The Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, The National Gallery, as well as The James Joyce Museum, Sandycove. #dublinscultureconnects  #BROADREACH  #community  #nationalgallery #hughlane #jamesjoycemuseum

Film on Ships Passing in the Night now online!

Jenny Brady's documentation film (just over 5 minutes in length) captures some of the story and processes of the Ships Passing in the Night project with artist James Ó hAodha and children from the Dublin Sikh community and Dodder Sea Scouts. Take a look! This project is one of a set of projects with Dublin's Culture Connects

A snippet from the Ships Passing in the Night project...

This very short film on the Ships Passing in the Night project shows some of the work artist James Ó hAodha and participating children made on their most recent (and final) session together. Their final collaborative artwork will be a moving-image piece that ties together the varied strands of the project and uses light and darkness as a medium... This film will be screened at The Hugh Lane Gallery in late January 2017. Ships Passing in the Night is part of Dublin's Culture Connects - a city-wide community based arts project run by Dublin City Council. 

I was here! by Atsushi Kaga now installed...

Atsushi Kaga has completed three permanent artworks for the school garden at Bracken ETNS, Balbriggan. In his neon work 'I was here!' he elevates the commonplace scribble often seen on the exterior of copybooks to a large and permanent position on the wall of the garden. The style of the text is based on the 5th class children’s own handwriting.   #thestudiothathasnoroof #atsushikaga #brackenetns

Self-portraits, selfies and making images with Dragana Jurisic

In Dragana Jurisic's workshop yesterday at Bracken ETNS, Balbriggan children were introduced to the basics in photographic seeing and visual storytelling through portraiture. Dragana presented to the children images of work by famous photographers throughout history - Vivienne Meyer, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon - and asked the children what they thought was being communicated when they looked at the images of these works.  They discussed the phenomena of a ‘selfie’, and the difference between a selfie and a self-portrait.  Dragana presented to the children the idea that a selfie is about how we look, as opposed to how we feel, and asked if the selfie could be re-formatted in order to become about how we feel. The children readily grasped the concept of constructing and making a photograph and they eagerly worked in teams to embrace the roles of both artist and subject. Part of The studio that has no roof project, this workshop is one of a programme of workshops with the entire school. #thestudiothathasnoroof #draganajurisic #brackenetns

James Ó hAodha and Sikh community children do morse code

After working with the Sandymount Dodder Sea Scouts yesterday, artist James Ó hAodha went out to meet and practice the basics of morse code with a group of children from the Dublin Sikh community. Activities included children spelling out their names in morse using stamps, ink and paper. For the 'Ships Passing in the Night' project James and the children from these two groups are working together to explore themes of communication and connection. This is week 2 of this 10 week Dublin City Council project, part of the city-wide initiative 'The National Neighbourhood'. #DCCLight #dccneighbourhood #shipspassinginthenight #jamesóhaodha #sikhcommunitydublin

James Ó hAodha and Sandymount Dodder Sea Scouts do morse code

Today, artist James Ó hAodha worked with the Sandymount Dodder Sea Scouts to practice the basics of morse code. Firstly, children spelled their names in morse using stamps, ink and paper. This progressed to creating morse code words in the shape of the things they spelled. Finally, the children practised their new knowledge as James sounded out words. For Ships Passing in the Night James and the children are working together with maritime signalling systems to explore themes of communication and connection. This is week 2 of 10 week Dublin City Council project, part of the city-wide initiative The National Neighbourhood.  #DCCLight #dccneighbourhood #shipspassinginthenight  #jamesóhaodha  

Atsushi Kaga artworks installed today

Brand new and beautiful bronze artworks by artist Atsushi Kaga were installed today at Bracken ETNS, Balbriggan. These curious creatures who live amongst the plantlife will be discovered by the school's children tomorrow... A part of The studio that has no roof project, Atsushi's neon work will be installed this week too, completing his commssion for the school.  #thestudiothathasnoroof #atsushikaga #brackenetns

The National Neighbourhood project launch

Hopping, fun launch last night of Dublin's Culture Connects: The National Neighbourhood project at The Mansion House. Very exciting to be working (as project manager) with CoisCéim Dance Theatre; visual artist James Ó hAodha; communities in Sandymount, Irishtown, Ringsend and Pearse Street; The Hugh Lane Gallery and The National Gallery; on 'Light Waves' - one of 5 different Dublin City Council community-based art projects across Dublin. Watch this space for more on forthcoming artistic happenings...