Discover IMMA through the lens of the ‘Ordinary Extraordinary’. Explore the architecture and history of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the home of IMMA, and use it as a starting point to discover a building of interest near you, where we will create our own architectural drawing focusing on the ordinary to reveal the extraordinary.
As our world shifts and changes around us so too our architecture adapts and changes to accommodate new priorities and functions. This was the case for the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, originally built as a retirement home for soldiers but now housing our national museum for Modern and Contemporary Art
Origins of Royal Hospital Kilmainham
The Royal Hospital Kilmainham (RHK), commissioned by James Butler, the 1st Duke of Ormond and Viceroy to King Charles II, was built between 1680 and 1684 as a retirement home for soldiers. It accommodated up to 250 former British soldiers, some of whom even fought in the Battle of the Boyne. The architect for the building was Sir William Robinson whose other notable works included St Marys Church and Marsh’s Library in Dublin. Based on Les Invalides in Paris, the RHK was the first example of classical architecture in Ireland. Some of the key architectural features include the arcaded colonnade in the courtyard, the clock tower, created in the 18th century by Thomas Burgh and stain glass windows designed by Alfred E. Child, mentor to renowned artist Harry Clarke.
Time to look!
Find a building of interest near you. This could be your own home or any structure that you feel has real character. Before we do any drawing take time to view the building. When we look closely the ordinary can become extraordinary. Look at the different textures on the surface and how various materials like stone or wood differ. Think about what marks you may need to make to recreate this. Think about the perspective of the building. What directions do the lines of the structure go? Follow our links below for more tips on perspective drawing.
Once you feel you really understand the structure it’s time to get down to the drawing. Consider the composition before you start. Will what I want to draw fit on the page. Make some quick preliminary marks to get a rough outline. Be confident in your line and try to complete the line in one stroke. The braver the mark the cleaner the line will be. Practice the various mark making techniques we considered.
If you want to share outcomes of your drawings, make sure to use one of the following hashtags so we can see your art #IMMATeensArtProjects #IMMATeensatHome
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