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Drawing Day Workshops: To Look, To See, To Be Seen
Saturday 19 May 2018

Session 1: 12pm to 1.30pm
Session 2: 2.30pm to 4pm

No Booking Required, Drop-in & Free

Drawing pre-dates language and with clapping, dancing and drumming, is one of our earliest forms of expression. Mark-making engaged the minds of pre historic men and women and it remains vi-brantly alive today in the technological era.

In these workshops we will playfully explore different ways of approaching drawing, taking some of the exhibitions as a starting point; from embodied, large scale marks, responding to Frank Bowling’s monumental paintings, to trying our hand at rope drawing, in the fashion of Brian O’Doherty, and finally to more focused and considered observational work, based on the intense scrutiny that Lucian Freud and his subjects experienced. Several locations in the Museum will be the inspiring settings of our work.

These sessions will be facilitated by members of IMMA’s Visitors Engagement Team. The workshops are open to all ages and skill levels. All materials will be provided.

Read more on the IMMA blog from National Drawing Day 2015

This years Drawing Day is part of the Culture Date with Dublin 8 Festival in which venues will be encouraging you to explore the theme Inspirational Settings in D8 throughout the course of your visit. .


About the Artist

Brian O'Doherty b.1928

Brian O’Doherty was born in Ireland and is now based in New York. When he left Dublin in 1957, O’Doherty was a qualified medical doctor and emerging artist, and is now renowned as an artist, writer, critic, television host, filmmaker and educator. One of the pioneering generation of conceptual art, O’Doherty produced many seminal works including Portrait of Marcel Duchamp (1966-’67) and an early ‘exhibition in a box’, Aspen 5+6 (1967). When he left Dublin in 1956, O’Doherty was a qualified medical doctor and emerging artist, and is now renowned as an artist, writer, critic, television host, filmmaker and educator. In his art practice O’Doherty has consistently explored the multiple nature of identity, adopting various personae, most notably 'Patrick Ireland', who was buried at IMMA in 2008. Major retrospectives of O’Doherty/Ireland’s work were held at the National Museum of American Art (1986), The Elvehjem Museum of Art (1993), The Butler Institute of American Art (1994), and Dublin City Gallery, the Hugh Lane (2006) which travelled to the Grey Art Gallery, New York (2007). O’Doherty/Ireland’s art is held in numerous private and public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Centre George Pompidou, Paris; Dublin City Gallery, the Hugh Lane, Dublin; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; National Museum of American Art, Washington D.C.; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA; Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. — View Artist »