Jennifer Cunningham School of Art is established over ten years and classes take place Monday to Wednesday mornings 10.30 a.m- 12.30, evenings 7-9 pm in Newcastle and Cregal Art.
The standard and diversity of artwork from the students are of exceptional quality, including traditional landscapes, seascapes through to contemporary art using various techniques and a range of mediums. A special drawing and portfolio preparation course takes place every Wednesday evening perfect for developing your technique leading to finished paintings or creating a portfolio for the third level.
Saturday full day workshops are available throughout the year catering for all levels of ability
How to book:
Simply contact me and, on confirmation of a place, send a deposit of €50.00. The balance is payable on the first class.
Please note that due to very small class sizes, deposits and payments are non-refundable or transferable unless the class or workshop does not go ahead. However, should you have to miss any classes we try to provide an extra service by allowing students to avail of vacancies in other classes, subject to availability and strictly within the same term. Please also note that it is not always possible to avail of this service so please try to attend your booked class to get the most out of your term.
Although the class year is divided into 10-week courses, many students continue from course to course and have a preference on booking. Occasionally, places do become available and to this end, Jennifer maintains a short waiting list on a first-come basis.
Students can join classes at free places at any time during the course. The price will be proportional to the number of weeks remaining.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is taught?
Oil and Acrylic, Still life, Portraits, Landscape, and abstract/conceptual work can be taught. Drawing skills can also be taught in a variety of media including pencil, pen and ink, chalk, pastel and mixed media as well as portfolio preparation and preparation for the Leaving cert still life exam. Materials can be provided, I am a working artist with plenty of art materials to hand, so if you wish to try out a new medium without the expense of investing in all the materials necessary you can do so at no extra cost.
Absolute beginners generally start off with painting a landscape that they chose themselves. I have plenty of images to chose from or they can also bring along an image. They learn about composition, colour mixing and colour theory. Intermediate and advanced students work on their own projects, learning about glazing, scumbling and other painting techniques.
What is the atmosphere like?
The studio is a calm and relaxed place where you can immerse yourself in your work or enjoy fun and natural banter that goes on. It has excellent natural light in a south facing the room with Velux windows. I have plenty of my own works to hand to show various techniques and examples.
Where are the classes and workshops run
The classes and workshops are quite centrally located in Galway.They are run in Newcastle, Galway, just across the road from NUIG. There is also a class in Cregal Art in Mervue on Wednesday mornings. Classes generally run year round.
Who teaches the workshops?
The workshops are taught by Jennifer Cunningham a native Galwegian and a professional artist who paints in oils, acrylic and watercolour. She has won multiple awards for her work including the Henry Higgins Traveling Scholarship and the Taylor art award.
She has many years teaching experience and has taught in the National Gallery, in IADT and NCAD in Dublin. She really enjoys teaching and passing on knowledge. She exhibits regularly with the Royal Hibernian Academy recently had a solo show in the Ashford Gallery.
She is also a printmaker and is a member of the Black church studio in Dublin. She graduated with Masters in fine art from NCAD in 2008 and a first class honours degree from GMIT in 2002. She exhibits nationally and internationally and her work is in several public collections including the OPW and ESB
Feedback from Students.
This was a most enjoyable class and I found the whole process very relaxing and fun. Jennifer was a most wonderful teacher who gave lots of positive feedback and was so affirming right from the start.
Loved the relaxed atmosphere, Tutor was gentle and encouraging, We were encouraged to experiment. Would like more along this line