Fledgling: CCAC Student Show 2020

CCAC’s first exhibition of the year is a student show, drawing on work from Clonakilty School of Painting, as well as classes by Pauline Walsh and Lesley Cox. As the exhibition title suggests, many of the exhibitors have never shown work before, whilst others are showing work in a medium they haven’t tried before. It is a rare exhibition, in that it transcends age; the youngest participants being under 10 and the oldest, retirees, with every age in between. This is a testament to a healthy and inclusive range of classes being offered by artists at the Clonakilty Community Art Centre.

Pauline Walsh, well known for her textured tree-scapes, teaches acrylic and oil painting on a Thursday night. Her students’ work reflects her love of texture and abstraction, arresting the gaze with bold colours and strong expression. The work shows an interest in nature, portraiture and abstract expressionism.

Lesley Cox teaches the fundamentals of drawing on Wednesday evenings 6-7.30pm. Her students’ work reflects a realistic graphic development as well as exploration of media and style. Studies in perspective and portraiture are prevalent in the display.

Clonakilty School of Painting, run by James Waller, presents a selection of student paintings and prints, including linocuts, drypoint etchings, monoprints and oil paintings. The prints come from the Junior and Senior Cycle Program, Homeschool Program and Adult Printmaking Program. The bold and colourful work reflects the programs’ emphasis on experimentation, imagination, process and observation. The oil paintings are drawn from the school’s Wednesday and Friday classes and present a mixture of master copies (studies of ‘old master’ paintings), landscape, still life, portrait and animal studies. They reflect the program’s focus on observation, composition and realistic development.

‘Fledgling’ is running at the Clonakilty Community Art Centre from January 11-31, Tuesday to Saturday, 11am-5pm. For student enquiries contact: lesleycox0@gmail.com (Lesley), pbyrne503@gmail.com (Pauline), starfugue@gmail.com (James). Online: paintingschool.jameswaller.org |

paulinewalshart.com |  lesleycoxart.com

for a full listing of classes being run at the art centre please visit clonarts.com

ABOVE: Drypoint etching by Joya Hatchett

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