What to expect

The Grennan Mill Craft School experience

Over the course of two years students will develop their skills in all the crafts plus drawing. They will gain an understanding of the design process and how their work might be marketed and sold. The student will keep a notebook for each craft and will produce a collection of craft work, most of which is displayed at the end of their two years study at the annual Graduate Show, which is open to the public for seven days, usually the last week in May.

Thomastown itself is a bustling town renowned for its many artist’s, crafts-people and musicians, making for a varied and lively social scene. The multitude of exhibitions and events that take place in Thomastown during Kilkenny Arts Festival is a testament to the love for the arts in this area.

Students visit many craft studios, exhibitions and other places of interest and inspiration throughout their time at the mill. There are also opportunities for workshops in additional techniques such as basket-weaving, paper-making, natural dyeing to enhance skills-set of all students.

Annual Summer Courses, Evening Classes and some short workshops are offered for those who wish to study on a part-time basis, separate from the two main certified courses.

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