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PICTURE BOOK TRENDS 2019

Here are some picture book trends I have been aware of for the past year ot two. What will 2020 bring! Bedtime Stories with a Difference Books like Sleepy the Goodnight Buddy by Drew Daywalt, The Yawn That Wouldn't Stop by Greg Gormley Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems, are great examples of this topic...so whether they’re utterly hilarious, wildly imaginative, or softly soothing,  bedtime picture books are always in demand. The more unusual of them…

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The Artist’s Way with Adrienne Geoghegan

What makes an Artist? Adrienne Geoghegan chats to Nightcourses.com about life, creativity and the joys of being an artist. Adrienne Geoghegan is a familiar name on the illustration scene. She’s not only an accomplished artist but has passed along her knowledge to countless students through her much-loved VISUAL ART BOOT CAMPS. Adrienne is best known for her idiosyncratic collages, assemblages, shadow boxes, and children’s picture books. Her work was shortlisted for the McMillan Prize for illustration at the RCA exhibition and…

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2019 Courses Material List

 ‘SUGGESTED’ MATERIALS LIST DAY ONE ESSENTIALS IN BOLD ITALIC Pencils 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B. Lined notebook for taking any written notes Black fine liner pens, 001,01,1,2 (start with one) Pencil sharpener Eraser A2 pad suitable for Mixed Media at least 250gsm (picture book people) A3 pad suitable for Mixed Media at least 250gsm (illustration people) (available in all good art suppliers as well as Amazon.co.uk) free delivery to Ireland if you spend over €25 – which you will! A4 Sketchpad – for doodles…

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Summer Assignment for 2019 Student Intake

100 DAY CHALLENGE SUMMER SKETCHBOOK ASSIGNMENT  Start now to get ahead of the game!  You can pick and choose from below as long as you add the correct image number to each of your images. Join the conservation with fellow students using the hashtag #Visual123  in your social media, especially Instagram. Enjoy! Using a variety of materials and mediums draw from observation, or in some cases from imagination.  Use a sketchbook with stiff smooth paper. draw the view out of your…

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September Artist of the Month

Meet Picture Book Queen, Sheena Dempsey, our September Artist of the Month. Sheena shares with us a refreshingly honest and insightful journey into her practice as a best selling picture book illustrator. Sheena took my class around 7 years ago as far as I remember....she was an outstanding student. When did you first ‘feel’ like an artist? I don’t usually use the word ‘artist’ to describe myself but I started feeling like a proper illustrator (that is saying it without…

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How My Other Half Lived… The Secrets of a 1980s Knitwear Designer EPISODE TWO

So, roll on to the year 1986.  I began a my own Knitwear Design Company. No training in fashion college, just an instinct and an eye for colour, shape and design.  I subscribed to all the top knitwear design industry magazines, and got my self the woolmark symbol licence.  Lainey Keogh was flying, why shouldn't I? So with a new knitting machine, wool from France, and a head full of designs, I knit my first collection of samples and hit…

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How My Other Half Lived… The Secrets of a 1980s Knitwear Designer

It all began when I was 9. My Mother bought a KH800 Brother Knitting Machine on HP and we all quickly learned the ropes! She took on her first order from Daydream Children's Knitwear, on South William Street in Dublin in 1971. I was with her at the time and I was in shock when she told the boss that she had a dozen knitters lined up. She took an order worth £1,000  with a deadline of 2 weeks...hundreds of…

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Bank Holiday Sunday Morning

This morning I set my desk up in the kitchen. The reason is that I need to keep all  sides of my working and personal life separate: A. All of the daily tasks to do with running a successful private art school, including lesson plans, answering course queries, banking, updating my website, social media, applying for shows, art competitions and call for entries to participate globally in the world of art and illustration. To name but a few B. All…

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August Artist of the Month

Meet Liz Rackard, our August Artist of the Month. Liz shares some insights and secrets of her arts practice. When did you first feel like an artist? I loved drawing and colouring as a child so I decided I was going to be an artist or work in a kennels (I loved dogs too). Do you have a ‘day job’? Yes I work as an art therapist with children mainly but with teens and adults too. If so, does it…

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