Welcome to Grennan Mill Craft School

Established in 1981

Grennan Mill Craft School is housed in an 18th century grain mill, The Island Mill, on the banks of the River Nore in Thomastown, County Kilkenny. The grain lofts of the mill have been converted into spacious and well equipped craft/art studios. The location is part of the charm in providing inspiration and a unique ambience to work in. The school was set up in 1981 and has now established itself as an important centre of study in the crafts area and attracts students from all over Ireland and further afield.

It offers a wide range of courses: two Post Leaving Certificate Courses with QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) Certification in Art, Craft and Design at Level 5 and Art at Level 6, both full time from September to the end of May; a range of Evening Classes take place weekly starting in September and January respectively and a variety of Summer Courses are offered in June and July. The school is run and funded by Grennan College and Kilkenny & Carlow Education & Training Board (KCETB).

Students who are accepted for the full-time course will gain experience and intensive tuition in a broad spectrum of crafts: Batik, Ceramics, Metalcraft, Printmaking, Weaving and Drawing. Courses are practical and coincide with the abilities of the individual. From the outset, Grennan Mill offers a person with talent, aptitude and a genuine desire to learn, a unique opportunity to explore many types of media. This hopefully gives every student the confidence to experiment and explore ideas and broaden their perspective on the work involved in all areas. The completion of the course results in an excellent level of competency in the use of the many tools and varied equipment across the craft spectrum at the Mill.

Many students use Grennan Mill Craft School as an opportunity to discover which area of Art & Craft they excel in, and with facilities like the DCCOI Pottery Skills course adjacent to their own premises, and the DCCOI Jewellery Skills course in nearby Kilkenny city, the opportunity to develop these skills into a viable career afterwards is right on the doorstep.

Other students come to Grennan Mill Craft School to develop a portfolio for submission to their chosen degree course either in Irish art colleges or on the UK mainland. Most students usually score extremely highly with their portfolio as this course seems to be the right choice for those traveling on an Art & Design route. The course also welcomes mature students considering a change of career or pursuing a life’s dream upon retirement.

With alumni reading like a Who’s Who of Irish craft, people like Angela O’ Kelly, Seamus Gill, Remco De Fouw and Stephen Vaughan, ignited their passions for craft a few decades ago in Grennan Mill Craft School.

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SUMMER COURSES 2018

• Introduction to Pottery Wheel Throwing suitable for Beginners & Improvers
Friday 8th June – Sunday 10th June / 10am - 4pm
3 day course. Students will learn the art of pottery making on the wheel including decorative slip techniques.
Minimum 6 – Maximum 6 persons
Course Fee €200 / Materials Fee €20

For more details please text / phone Ceramic Tutor
Karen Morgan on 086 1663691 or email karenmorganporcelain@gmail.com

• Introduction to Hand Building Pottery suitable for Beginners & Improvers
Friday 29th June - Sunday 1st July / 10am- 4pm
3 day course. Students will learn traditional hand building skills such as coiling and slab construction, as well as slip decorating techniques.
Minimum 6 - Maximum 8 persons
Course Fee €200 / Materials Fee €20

For more details please text / phone Ceramic Tutor
Karen Morgan on 086 1663691 or email karenmorganporcelain@gmail.com

• Life Drawing Course suitable for Beginners & Improvers

Friday 22nd June - Sunday 24th June /10am-5pm
3 day course – Participants will learn about proportions, measuring and perspective in drawing a Life Model. Participants will use different technical tools and drawing media in order to develop their observational and technical skills.
Minimum 6 - Maximum 8 persons
Course Fee €200 / Materials & Model Fee €50 (materials include paper & charcoal) If you prefer to use other drawing media, please bring them with you

For more details please text / phone Drawing Tutor
Polona Simonic on 083 1819775 or email at polonasimonic@gmail.com

• Weaving Course suitable for Beginners & Improvers

**Monday 11th June – Thursday 14th June / 10am-5pm
4 day course - Following a day in the design studio developing ideas, students will create an individual woven piece on table looms in the weaving room using a variety of textured coloured yarns. Please bring a notebook and colouring materials for designing. Yarn is provided and included in the basic material fee
Minimum 6 - Maximum 8 persons
Course Fee €280 / Materials Fee €10

For more details please text / phone Weaving Tutor
Catherine Ryan on 087 2510586 or email at cryanbain@gmail.com

• Batik suitable for Beginners & Improvers

Friday 6th July - Sunday 8th July / 10am-5pm
3 day course – Participants will learn the traditional craft of Batik decorating the fabric using hot wax and dyes. Bring a few ideas for simple pattern with you, a note book and colouring materials for designing.
Minimum 6 - Maximum 8 persons
Course Fee €200 / Materials Fee €20 (materials include fabric, wax & dyes).

For more details please text / phone Batik Tutor
Polona Simonic on 083 1819775 or email at polonasimonic@gmail.com

• Batik suitable for Beginners & Improvers

Friday 13th July – Sunday15th July / 10am-5.00pm
3 day course – Participants will be introduced to the traditional craft of Batik decorating the fabric using hot wax. It is then dyed, through the process of immersion dyeing - you are welcome to bring along some of your own designs to work from. Students will also create a mandala (various designs supplied) using topical dye.
Minimum 6 - Maximum 8 persons
Course Fee €200 / Materials Fee €20 (materials include fabric, wax & dyes).

For more details please text / phone Batik Tutor
Kiri Tulloch on 0862031679 or email at
kizzodesign@gmail.com

• Silver Jewellery for Beginners & Improvers

Monday 11th June – Thursday 14th June / 10am-4pm
4 day course. Students will learn the basic techniques of silversmithing to make their own designs in silver and, if desired, semi-precious stones. Day 1 students will explore and practice techniques such as cutting, forging, forming & surface decoration on base metals. We will also begin the design process for each individual’s jewellery piece. Day 2 we will finalise designs and begin working in precious materials.
Minimum 6 – Maximum 8 persons
Course Fee €260 / Materials Fee €20 - (includes 7 gms silver*)

For more details please text / phone Silver Jewellery Tutor
Eva Lynch on 087 6210830 or email at evylynch@hotmail.com

• Jewellery making & Enamelling for Beginners & Improvers

Friday 15th June – Sunday 17th June / 10am - 4pm
3 day course. Students will initially explore enamelling techniques and outcomes and begin a design process for an individual piece. Day 2 and 3 we will continue the designs, assembly and finishing of each piece.
Minimum 6 – Maximum 8 persons
Course Fee €200
Materials Fee €20

For more details please text / phone Metalcraft Tutor
Derek Blanche on 086 8540633 or email at derekblanche@gmail.com

• Jewellery making for Beginners & Improvers

Friday 24th August – Sunday 26th August / 10am - 4pm
3 day course. Students will initially explore basic techniques of Jewellery making and basic skills such as laying out a design, measuring, sawing, filing, texturing and forging. We will begin a design process for an individual piece. Day 2 and 3 students will continue the designs, assembly and finishing of each piece.
Minimum 6 – Maximum 8 persons
Course Fee €200 / Materials Fee €20 - (includes 7 gms silver*)

For more details please text / phone Metalcraft Tutor
Derek Blanche on 086 8540633 or email at derekblanche@gmail.com

For ALL summer courses:
• Please contact individual Tutor by email or phone – name & contact details at the end of every course description.
www.grennanmillcraftschool@gmail.com / 056 7724557
• Application and full course fee required by: Friday 18th May at the latest for ALL courses.
• Cheques made payable to ‘’GRENNAN COLLEGE’’ (please note - NOT KCETB).
• Confirmation of booking will be given once full payment is received.
• Class formation is dependent on an adequate number of applicants – minimum 6 persons for each individual course irrespective of craft.
• Should Grennan Mill cancel the course, your monies will be refunded in full.
• There is a limited train and bus service to Thomastown.
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JUST TO CLARIFY.

The upcoming ART MATERIALS SALE is NOT a sale of Grennan Mill Craft School products, tools or equipment. This is an independent Art Materials company that comes to Ireland and goes round all Art Colleges and schools and offers Art tools and equipment, that Students would use personally, at very reasonable prices.
It is going to be held on THURSDAY 25th JANUARY - please see POST of January 15th @ 3.25 pm giving all details.

There is NO YARN for sale.
Everyone is welcome - strictly 2.30pm - 4.30pm
For payment information, it is strictly Cheques or Cash Only. There are no Card facilities.

We look forward to welcoming you all.
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