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URBAN SKETCHING:
Wexford Library, 11am, Saturday 28th July. Open to all Adults and Juniors 12yrs+
A presentation by Singapore artist Alvin Mark Tan about his work, showing the how and why of Urban Sketching. Sketchpads and pens will be provided. Fill your pad during the festival and maybe win a prize at the Festival Exhibition.
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VLOGGING FOR ARTISTS:
Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford. Sunday 5th August, 11AM. Open to all Registrants.
A presentation by Singapore artist Alvin Mark Tan about his use of video as a means of promotion.
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Vincent Crotty
David Diaz
Nikki Heenan
Paul O'Kane
Antonin Passemard
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Haidee Jo Summers
Keiko Tanabe
Alberto Valentini
Dave West
Stewart White
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Vincent Crotty

Vincent Crotty is an Irish-born artist living in Boston. Regarded for his landscape and figurative paintings, he paints with fluid brushstrokes, sensitive color, and a remarkable understanding of light-transforming everyday subject matter into images that are memorable and moving.
Vincent has been exhibiting his work for over 30 years, primarily in the US and Ireland. His paintings been recognized with awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the John Stobart Foundation in Boston, and many plein air competitions internationally. Recently he won First Place, Overall in the April/May 2017 PleinAir Salon Art Competition.
Vincent has given workshops and demos in Colorado, New York, Wyoming, Nova Scotia, Wexford (Ireland), and throughout Massachusetts, and he teaches weekly classes at the New Art Center in Newton, Massachusetts. His paintings have been presented as gifts to former Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn and to former President of Ireland Mary McAleese. His portrait paintings been commissioned by the Boston College Burns Library, the Irish Cultural Center of New England, and the Michael J. Quill Cultural Centre in New York.
In addition, Vincent has created set designs for theater companies and touring productions including Atlantic Steps, the Cork City Ballet, the Huntington Theater Company, Kieran Jordan Dance company, the WGBH Christmas Celtic Sojourn, and his paintings were used on the set for the Clint Eastwood movie Mystic River.

Workshops:
Wednesday, 1st August 10.30am, Clonegal.
Thursday 2nd August 8.15pm, Wexford Town (Nocturne)



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David Diaz

David is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association (MAPAPA) with a focus on regional and international subjects. He actively participates in juried plein air painting events througout the Mid-Atlantic area and Ireland and served as President of MAPAPA for two years. He is also active with the Maryland Federation of Art, serving as President & Co-Chair of the Exhibition Committee for the 50th Anniversary celebrations. David is the 2014 winner of the Visual Arts Award, the top award presented to artists in Anne Arundel County and 2015 winner of the Mayoral Award, the top award at Ireland's 'Art In The Open', Europe's largest plein air painting festival.

'Even as a young student I was fascinated with trying to show depth and form with just a pencil. As color was added it became even more of a challenge. Academic study in college shifted my interest somewhat away from the old masters to the Impressionists and their color choices, particularly Renoir, Degas, the earlier Monets, Sisley, Morisot, and the exactness of Caillebotte.
I also retain a strong affinity for Vermeer and his play of shadow and light, which I try to capture on my canvases. And I think, to this end, you get the brightest light by painting outside in the open air.
In all of this I find it difficult to label my work as one style or period. I think a more realistic approach for a practicing, evolving, painter is to let the work speak for itself on whatever level, or to whatever emotion the viewer is attracted.'

Workshops:
Wednesday, 1st August 2pm, Clonegal.



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Nikki Heenan

Nicki is a landscape painter living in the Cotswolds, UK. Nicki works mainly in watercolour or oil and cold wax to create paintings that are unconventional and dynamic. Many years of study and experimentation have gone into developing her unique methods including a degree in Chemistry which has formed the basis for her contemporary exploratory techniques. She has worked closely with Steven Quiller, Watercolourist and Rebecca Crowell, Cold Wax. She has been published in the Cold Wax Book by Jerry McLaughlin and Rebecca Crowell and in 2016 was selected to appear on Sky Landscape Artist of the Year Heat 5. Nicki was awarded a Fellowship at Ballinglen Foundation for the Arts in 2016 and in 2017 appeared in the Watercolour Magazine as one of five 'Ones to Watch in 2018'. Her work is collected extensively and she has been exhibited at Mall Galleries in London with the Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Institute of Painters in Oil, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, New English Art Club and has had numerous group and solo shows worldwide. For all the accolades Nicki is a down to earth approachable painter with an enthusiasm for teaching as seen from her active Facebook profile.

Monday 30th July, 10.30am. Duncannon
My enjoyment of painting the Sea and the environs has led me to explore different way of translating this into paint. I will be using a coloured pastel primed board which has a gritty texture and perfect for capturing the rough surfaces of sand and rocks. The under layers are blocked in using acrylics and the final painting is finished off using oil and cold wax (if the underpainting is dry so this depends on the weather!). The techniques I use are unconventional so come and see me using rollers, cake scrapers and tape to create paintings that are expressive and contemporary. I will be bringing pastel primer for you to try. There will be loads of ideas to take away with you from this workshop.

Thursday, 2nd August, 2pm. Rosslare Harbour
Catching the light on the water and seeing the relationship of sky and water will be the focus of this demo. I will be using acrylics and later oil and wax to express colour and atmosphere. As Cezanne said 'to paint from nature is not to paint the subject but to experience the feeling'. By Searching for layers within the landscape we will divide the space up into planes of colour to create dynamic and contemporary paintings. You will need to include in your kit a 1ft ruler for this workshop. I understand this may be challenging but if you are up for it i can guarantee you this way of seeing will bring excitement into your work.


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Paul O'Kane

Born in 1953 in Belfast. I am a semi-retired architect who paints en plein air for pleasure. Ireland in the warmer seasons, Europe at either end. Oil is my preferred medium when painting locally. Watercolour when travelling. 2018 will be my tenth year at AITO. "Fun, Friends, Guinness, Prizes, Awards, See you there!".
Describe your art "The more old, ugly I get, I take my revenge by painting with more colour". Van Gogh. Me too Vincent. Whatever the medium, I'm only ever interested in light and colour. The subject doesn't matter. So long as it's in a good light and I thoroughly enjoy the trip. A good result? That comes with lots of plein air practice.

Sunday 29 July. 2pm. Oil Workshop. Wexford.
A Brush with Light and Colour.

This is an Oil Workshop beginning with a landscape demo. Students can then paint or watch as I do small oil sketches with individuals to focus minds on abstracting the essentials of a subject. Beginners welcome. Please bring along your painting gear. Subject matter will be provided.

Thursday 2nd Aug. 2pm Watercolour Workshop. Rosslare Safe.
Keep it Bold. Keep it Simple.

This is a Watercolour Workshop with landscape demos. Each demo will be composed in advance, then executed with brevity and intensity. The focus will be on simplifying a subject into abstract shapes and colours. Students can then paint or watch as I give individuals attention which will include smaller watercolour sketches. Beginners welcome. Please bring along your painting gear. Subjects will be plentiful on-site.


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Antonin Passemard

I got my training at the Beaux Arts School in France and Repin school in Saint Petersburg Russia. I paint things that are around me, things that belongs to my everyday life. My goal is to capture the atmosphere of the scene and my emotions towards it. To do so, I paint a lot plein air or on the spot. I feel that I can grasp the big sense of reality better doing so. When I go paint somwhere I like to take my time so I start to belong there. I feel that my work is accomplished when I can transmit my feelings to you.

Workshops:
Monday 30th July, 2pm. Duncannon
Be bold!

The wide open space of Duncannon will allow ourselves to focus on taking the big relationships. This will help you to capture the atmosphere of the scene. I will help you to approach it in a bold manner full of emotion. Being bold in a painting is based good technique and an academic knowledge. Most importantly, boldness is about having a strong message and passing this message in a pictorial way, knowing what to take away and what to emphasize. I will give you personnal tips on approcahing your canvas fearlessly!

Friday, 3rd August, 2pm. Bunclody
Draw with the light.

The village of Bunclody will give us the opportunity to develop an architecture through the study of light. Shapes and silhouettes next to each other create lines or lose them. We will study how to identify the quality of each shape. Is it dark in front of light? Shadows?... Even in a grey day those principals apply. This knowledge will help you to capture the big relationships to give the character and atmosphere of the scene.


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Haidee-Jo Summers ROI ARSMA

Haidee-Jo's work features fresh and vibrant brushwork coupled with keen drawing and observational skills which result in lively celebratory paintings that glow with light and sing with colour. Well known as a plein air marine and landscape painter she also develops favourite themes in the studio and is an avid sketcher. Elected a full member of the Royal Institute of Oil painters in 2016 and an associate member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists her work is now very popular with a wide buying public. Having often appeared in The Artist magazine her first book on oil painting 'Vibrant Oils' was published in 2017.

Tuesday 31st July 2pm Artramon Estate
Impressionist Oils.

How can we make our paintings more painterly? How can we hold drawing to the utmost importance and yet not create a painting that looks as though we've coloured in a flat design in a colouring book? Which edges can we afford to lose and which shapes do we need to keep? "A fine suggestion, a sketch with great feeling, can be as expressive as the most finished product." Delacroix There will be a talk and demo for around an hour and a half, then I will be around to help on an individual basis. This workshop is best suited to intermediate and advanced painters. Bring your oil paints if you wish to paint, I recommend a small panel around 8" x 10" or 10" x 12" size. The most important thing is that you dress warmly and are already practised with how to put up your easel/carry your own equipment.

Thursday 2nd August 10am Rosslare Safe
Capturing the Essence.

We'll be exploring the themes of simplicity and economy in figurative painting - what is important to include and what can we leave out? How do we capture the essence of the subject rather than saying too much? If we want the viewer of our painting to feel engaged with the work we need to leave a little to the imagination, not describe everything in such detail that there is no room for interpretation. "Say what you need to say in the painting then get out. There is no use chattering on after you have made your point." There will be a talk and demo for around an hour and a half, then I will be around to help on an individual basis. All levels are welcome. Bring your usual materials if you wish to paint, I recommend a small panel around 8" x 10" or 10" x 12" size. The most important thing is that you dress warmly and are already practised with how to put up your easel/carry your own equipment.

Equipment list for a plein air oils workshop, Haidee-Jo Summers ROI ARSMA
These are guidelines as to what to bring, but by no means should you have to buy things specially, just bring an equivalent item. Read more...


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Keiko Tanabe

A Japanese watercolor artist living in California, USA. Full-time painter since 2005. Her work earned many awards and recognitions and was also featured in numerous art publications. A sought-after tutor, she has completed close to 200 workshops and live demonstrations worldwide since 2011.

Being outside makes me feel I am part of the scene and therefore helps me find out the evocative quality that may be overlooked otherwise. I just have to be acutely aware when it speaks to me. I think my painting is a mere response to that.

Demonstrations followed by Workshops
Wednesday 1st August 2pm Clonegal
Friday 3rd August 2pm Bunclody and Newtownbarry House
Capturing light and atmosphere

All are welcome (previous watercolor painting experience recommended). I do a demo and students will paint after that.
Materials required: watercolor paper 12"x16" or bigger (such as Arches, Fabriano, Saunders, Bockingford, Winsor & Newton), watercolor pigments in a palette (5-10 colors of your choice but include one red, one blue, one yellow), brushes (your choice but include one soft brush such as Isabey squirrel mop brush and one stiff brush such as Escoda Perla), water container, towel, anything that is necessary to paint outdoors.


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Alberto Valentini

Alberto Valentini was born in 1955 in Sora (Fr), Italy, but spent his childhood and youth in Toronto, Canada. After five years of training in the art of drawing and painting, he decided to return to his homeland in 1984, where his journey of discovery as an artist really started. He studied at the Verona Academy of Fine Arts until 1987 and then resided / lived in various countries, including Italy, the USA, Canada, Mexico and Spain, finally to settle in The Hague, Holland in 1997. His travel experiences serve him as a permanent, rich source of inspiration. Alberto is fascinated by the mystique of the creative process. In order to allow his creativity to unfold, he surrenders himself as openly as possible to the flow of the creative intelligence which is in infinite supply. In this process technique becomes necessary as a means to realize his goal. His creations are positive, strong and direct.

When I was 24, I decided to delve into art in a serious way. I learned a lot of techniques through workshops, evening training and a two-year art education in Italia. From years of Read more...

Demonstrations
Monday 30th July 2pm Duncannon Beach
Tuesday 31st July 10am Artramon Estate

Demonstrations only, however you are welcome to paint. I will be working on a XL panoramic format (approx 25 x 150).


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Dave West

Originally from South Wales Dave studied at the Carmarthenshire College of Art & Design and recently gained a degree in Art History. In addition to numerous solo exhibitions he has also exhibited widely in group shows including the RHA, RUA, RBA, ROI, and The New English Art Club. Awards received include the Schminke Award at the UK pastel Society and the Mayoral Gold Award at Art in the Open in 2017.

Dave works across a wide range of media including charcoal, pastel, oil and print and in common with many artists - light and colour are his main inspiration. Nocturnal settings have been a recurring theme in his work, ranging from colourful sunset and dusks to darker urban subjects cast under the neon glow of streetlights.

Friday 3rd August 10.30am Bunclody and Newtownbarry House
Pastel Drawing Workshop - Suitable for all levels. (pastels & Pastelcard)

Nocturne, Thursday 2nd August 8.15pm, Wexford Town.



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Stewart White

Workshops:

Sunday 29 July, 2pm. Watercolour Workshop. Wexford.

Tuesday 31st July 2pm. Watercolour Workshop. Artramon Estate

Participants will learn how Stewart approaches watercolor painting from beginning to knowing when to stop. Learn how to create moods, temperature and fresh washes in watercolor working en plein air.


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