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  • Tutor: Jackie McKenna
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Participants: 6
  • Cost: €320

This four day masterclass is ideally open to those with some experience in stone carving and with a special interest in developing their own art work. Students will be introduced to the principles of design for stone and the techniques applied in contemporary stone art. Tuition is tailored to suit individual requirements and needs. Each student will bring a design in the form of a model and /or drawing that can be free form or an architectural feature to carve. Assistance will be available for specific projects with advance notice. Participants are requested to contact the tutor at least 2 weeks prior to the masterclass outlining specific project proposals.

We maintain a low student to teacher ratio with no more than six students per course. Each student’s design can be tailored to their ambition and skill and ensures that they receive plenty of one to one tuition, technical support and guidance.

Materials and tools will be provided. Students come with: sturdy boots. Personal protective equipment will be provided, but individuals with respiratory issues should provide their own specialist dust mask. As much of the tutoring is on a one-to-one basis supporting different levels of experience and needs the workshop is also able to accommodate participants with only limited experience working stone.

Jackie McKenna is a fellow co-founder of the Leitrim Sculpture Centre with forty years experience as a professional artist and tutor. She works full-time as an independent visual artist with a strong focus on sculptural practice both through commissioned and site specific public works in Ireland as well as gallery exhibitions. Her practice extends across various disciplines and contexts where she has also developed a series of socially engaged and long-term projects with various community groups locally and abroad. McKenna’s interests are connected to geology and landscape and experimentation with locally sourced clays and stones at different stages through her art practice. This interest has prompted her to research the properties and potential of these materials to discover new methodologies of working. McKenna has completed many public commissions and is an expert in the use of stone in both public space and as a fine art practice in Ireland and abroad.