Roscommon School of Art was founded on Saturday, September 30th, 2006, taking its first children’s classes. The school was founded by Stephanie Cuddy Cullen, BFA ANCAD, an Honours Fine Art graduate of The National College of Art and Design.
Roscommon School of art caters to a wide demographic: Students preparing portfolio for entry to Art College, Adult Painting and Drawing students, children’s classes and camps and groups with other specific requirements such as adult learners with special needs.
The portfolio class of 2012 has had outstanding results. The results for the current academic year are as follows: Five students have been accepted for the National College of Art, Dublin, eight students for Limerick College of Art, one for Visual Communications in Athlone. I.T., two for G.M.I.T. and 2 at IADT Dun Laoghaire School of Art. That is a 100% success rate.
These students have come from Roscommon, Waterford, Galway, Mayo and from Co. Clare and are secondary students and mature students. An element of distance tuition has been introduced with regular tuition time for students who travel long distances. These students are looking forward to careers in Visual Communication/Graphic Design, Fashion, Fine Art, Textiles, and Architecture etc. Allowing our children to lead happy and fulfilling careers, in areas of creativity that they have passion for, is a great gift indeed.
Roscommon School of Art guarantees a positive fulfilling experience for the students, where the aim is to draw the very best from each individual. Tuition takes the form of small groups and one to one tutorials.
School leavers have an advantage over p.l.c. students of approximately 100 points when applying for The National College of Art. So it is advantageous to prepare portfolio while in school, students can join at any time throughout the year. In a recent Irish Times survey many counties in Ireland are shown to be unrepresented at the National College of Art, which has traditionally a high proportion of students from the capital, in attendance. Roscommon however is consistently producing young artists of the highest calibre, who with few exceptions, are coming through the Portfolio Preparation Course at Roscommon School of Art under the tutelage of Stephanie Cuddy Cullen.
The school offers complimentary tuition to students taking Art at Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate level and many students opt to take art as an extra subject at the Art school, consistently achieving excellent results.
A week-long portfolio preparation course will run from Monday 20th-Friday 24th of August, during which students are introduced to Portfolio Preparation. They get an opportunity to indulge their creativity on a daily basis, giving students a mini taste of Art College.
Adult classes are run throughout the school year, students use oils, acrylics and watercolours. The teaching method is based on the idea that everyone can paint. Students are given one to one attention with the only obstacle to progress, being belief. Stephanie uses painting exercises which instil confidence.
The atmosphere is relaxed and students learn to grow in confidence very quickly, nurturing their creativity. The class opens up a world of awareness where students enjoy and appreciate the environment around them and revel in the therapeutic benefits of painting.
A week-long adult painting course will run from Tuesday 7th-Saturday 11th of August. Students usually aim to complete one or two paintings to take home on the final day of the course.
The Children’s Art camp promises to be the best ever run at the school, with full details published in accompanying advertisement.
Roscommon School of art is a very good news story set up in boom times and growing from strength to strength. For details on these and other classes please contact Stephanie on 086 8753633 and remember to visit the facebook page at facebook/Roscommon school of art.
Issue dated: 08 June 2012
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