Welcome to Grennan Mill Craft School

Established in 1981

Grennan Mill Craft School is located in the converted grain lofts of the Island Mill, an old flour mill, dating from the 18th Century, on the banks of the River Nore in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny.  Spacious and well equipped craft studios and also gallery areas for exhibitions have made their homes in the lofts.

Grennan Mill Craft School is funded by Grennan College and the Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board (KCETB).  It provides a Post Leaving Certificate Course with Grennan Mill Craft School Certification and also QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) Certification in Art, Craft and Design at Level 5 and Art at Level 6, at the completion of the 2 year course. The school is now established as an important centre for the study of crafts and attracts students from all over Ireland and further afield.

The aim of the course, under the guidance of specialized teachers, is to equip students with skills to enable them to make a decision about a possible future in craft. 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, Woven Textiles and Drawing. Courses are practical and coincide with the abilities of the individual. From the outset, Grennan Mill offers a person with talent and a genuine desire to learn, a unique opportunity to explore many types of media.

Grennan Mill Craft School may well provide the opportunity and impetus for progressing to Art College, an apprenticeship in a particular craft or a craft-based career. It is also hoped it will provide an enriching experience in the learning of crafts, an introduction in the use of a variety of tools of individual craftsmen and a conducive environment in which to learn, share experiences and make new friendships.

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Grennan Mill's set up in the Green Crafts Village at Electric Picnic this year was featured in the highlights video! Check it out.
We look forward to being there again this year-come see us!
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Are you ready to do all of this again in September? The first acts for Electric Picnic 2017 will be announced the week of 20th March.

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Applications now open for our two year course, and also our range of summer courses. Heres a little taster of what to expect! ... See MoreSee Less

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Grennan Mill Craft School - SUMMER COURSES 2017

• METALCRAFT & JEWELLERY
suitable for Beginners & Improvers
Thursday 8th June – Sunday 11th June / 10am-5pm (Sunday 10am-4pm)

This is a 2 part course.
Part 1 - Thurs and Friday. Students will learn all the basic skills in metalworking from preparing the copper or giilding metal, cutting, filing, forming, soldering, finishing & enamelling in a kiln, to make either a decorative bowl in copper & enamels, or a decorative box with fitted lid.

Taking these skills into Part 2, on Saturday and Sunday students will move onto silver and make at least one piece of silver jewellery, adding bezel-setting a stone to their repertoire.

Minimum 6 – Maximum 8 persons
Course Fee €260
Materials Fee €20 - (includes 7 gms silver*, copper for test pieces, copper or gilding for box or bowl within required specifications **

*Silver can be purchased from NN Enterprises, Dublin at a rate of approx €1 per gram inc VAT (depending on daily market rate) or from myself at the going rate. If you would prefer to use only what you need on the day we will weigh the finished products and the rate payable per gram will be €1.50 to allow for wastage.
We do not have the facilities to melt down and re-use old jewellery. If you require gold I will need a week’s notice and exact measurements.
** Excess copper will also be available for purchase at a rate of €5 per 250mmm x 250mm x 1mm

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

• INTRODUCTION TO POTTERY WHEEL THROWING suitable for Beginners & Improvers
Friday 16th June – Sunday 18th June / 10am - 4pm

3 day course learning the art of pottery making on the wheel including decorative slip techniques

Minimum 6 – Maximum 6 persons
Course Fee €200
Materials Fee €20

• INTRODUCTION TO HAND BUILDING POTTERY
suitable for Beginners & Improvers
Friday 23rd June - Sunday 25th June / 10am- 4pm

3 day course learning traditional hand building 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***

• WEAVING
suitable for Beginners
**DATE TO BE CONFIRMED**
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
Class size: Minimum 6 - Maximum 8 persons
Course Fee €260
Materials Fee €10

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

• LIFE DRAWING
suitable for Beginners & Improvers
Friday 30th June - Sunday 2nd July /10am-5pm
3 day course - where you 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***

• DRAWING
suitable for Beginners & Improvers
Saturday 8th July - Sunday 9th July / 10am-5pm
2 day course – Participants will learn the basic approach to observational drawing of nature, architecture and still life using the laws of perspective as well as experimenting with different drawing stiles.
Minimum 6 - Maximum 8 persons
Course Fee €140
Materials Fee €10 (materials include paper & charcoal). If you prefer to use other drawing media, please bring them with you, as well as A3 size sketchbook for outdoor sketching.

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

For all summer courses:
Application Forms available from Grennan Mill Craft School, Island Mill, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny

• There is a train and bus service to Thomastown
• Completed application form and full course fee required by: Friday 26th May for ALL courses
• Cheques made payable to ‘’GRENNAN COLLEGE’’
• 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

For further details:
• Please see individual tutors telephone and email details
www.grennanmillcraftschool@gmail.com / 056 7724557
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