Taking Chances : Experimental Drawing
 October 7-12
This drawing workshop will utilize various materials to realize work from quick studies to fully developed pieces. The class emphasis is on experimentation, expressing personal vision, and taking chances while creating. Exploration of
northern Mayo will work as jumping off point with ideas of how mythology, poetry, and language can come to inform visual work.
Students will work with various methods and materials such as encaustic medium, tape, charcoal, graphite, pastel, acrylic paint, peat, tea, monotype printing, plaster, cardboard and whatever else can be imagined to develop work that
echo’s each participant’s aesthetic interest and vision. The class will incorporate powerpoint presentations that explore how drawing is used by contemporary artists as well as exercises that promote creative thinking. Students will explore
areas around Ballinglen for found materials that can be incorporated into drawings. There will be a small materials fee and more information on materials list soon. 
The 4-day workshop is being taught by artists Amy Metier and Jeffrey Hirst, each of whom are teaching classes at Ballinglen before and after this workshop.

This Workshop takes place from the 7th - 12th of October 2021. The cost is $1,200 which includes tuition, shared cottage with private bedroom for 5 nights, lunch/dinner/dessert/tea/coffee, collection/delivery to the bus/train stations in Ballina, full use of the Ballinglen Library & facilities 24/7. Participants arrive on the 8th and depart on the 13th (The workshop is for four days with arrival and departure day making it six days). Please contact Una Forde on for availability and booking form.

Amy Metier resides in the United States. She has an M.F.A. in Fine Arts and is a former professor of painting for Metro State University in Denver, Colorado. Metier has led painting workshops in Giverny and Mandelieu La Napoule in France. She has been an artist in residency at the American Academy in Rome, the Klotts International Foundation in Brittany, France, The Vermont Studio Centre and the La Napoule Foundation. Her work is in private and public collections in Europe and United States, to include the Denver and Kirkland Art Museums. She exhibits at the William Havu Gallery in Denver. 

Jeffrey Hirst earned an MFA from Louisana State Univeristy in 1990 and has worked as an artist since then. Hirst has been showcased at venues around the U.S. and Europe and is represented by galleries in Chicago, Illinois and Columbus, Ohio.  Hirst has been a visiting artist at universities around the United States conducting encaustic and printmaking workshops. He owns Hirst Printmaking in Chicago which is a printshop specializing in experimental printmaking and mixing painting and prints.
The recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, his work is in numerous public and private collections.
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Ballinglen: USA/Ireland Workshop
@ The Ballinglen Arts Foundation
Taking Chances : Experimental Drawing with
Amy Metier & Jeffrey Hirst 8th - 13th Oct 2020
    Class from 9th - 12th Oct 2020 
TOTAL $1,200
Registration is open now, booking forms must be received by May 1st 2020. First come, first serve basis.
A $500 booking fee applies & is non refundable payable by cheque or credit card.  Final payment must be made before the 31st August 2020, please email for details re payment, booking forms will be accepted online.  A small fee will apply for materials provided.  We will email you a receipt once we receive a payment or booking.  Payments are non-refundable 2 months prior to the class.  Class participation constitutes an agreement to our Health and Safety Policy.

Accommodation available from 8th with departure on the 13th. Collection at train/bus in Ballina is also included. Please contact Jeffrey Hirst with any questions on the class directly on email

All other queries : Úna Forde, Managing Director, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Main Street, Ballycastle, Co Mayo, Ireland. 
T : +353 (0) 96 43184,
E : BallinglenArtsFoundation ​

Image of work from Experimental Drawing workshop. Artist Rosemarie Langtry