The capital of Nothern Ireland has nothing to be shy about when it comes to art. In fact, Belfast is thriving with galleries, museums, and art workshops and course.
If you are looking to learn how to draw, paint or even sculpture, there are dozens of galleries and studios ready to help you.
If you are going to start taking art classes the first reason should be because you want to.
You might be looking to explore your creative side or bread down the monotony of your weekly routine with some painting or drawing, you should most and foremost be motivated.
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Activities like painting, sculpting, illustration, and photography are unwinding and rewarding hobbies that can lower your stress level and leave you feeling much more mentally grounded and calm. Creating art provides a diversion, giving your brain a well-deserved break from your everyday train of thoughts.
The average person has around 60,000 thoughts per day which is about 40 thoughts every single minute of the day. But about 95% of them are exactly the same day in, day out!
When you get completely immersed in a creative activity, you may find yourself in what artists refer to as “the zone” or a state of “flow.”This state close to meditation focuses your mind and momentarily pushes aside all your worries.
Leonardo da Vinci once said that “Painting embraces all the ten functions of the eye; that is to say, darkness, light, body and colour, shape and location, distance and closeness, motion and rest.”
Creating any form of art trains you to concentrate on details sometimes very small and pay more attention to your surroundings and environment. In this way, it acts like meditation. A very popular art and business trend for stress relief are adult colouring books.
Unlike math, there is no one correct answer in art. Art stimulates creative thinking and lets you come up with your own novel solutions.
Out-of-the-box thinking also spurs your brain to grow new neurons. Contrary to popular belief, artistic thinking does not mean using the right side of your brain. Creativity involves getting both regions of your brain to interact with each other.
The notion of left-brain right-brain dominance never had a strong footing in science in the first place, and now this theory has been totally demystified.
It also supports the stereotype that you can’t be both logical rational and analytical as well as creative, artistic and imaginative, which is obviously not true. Some of the greatest minds of all time, including Leonardo da Vinci and Albert Einstein, were concurrently analytical and creative.
The most complex functions that humans display, such as thinking creatively, learning a language, or playing or listening to music, all require different parts of your brain to communicate with each other.
The Crescent is a vibrant, lively and active community arts centre and cultural hub where everyone can experience the dynamism of the arts and expand their creativity as we lead the way in artistic evolution and performance.
The centre provides chances for people to meet, be inspired and encouraged, as well as experience and engage in a wide range of art forms and their offering is simple! Each week they have a whole throng of live events, they offer a various learning programme and provide spaces for expositions.
This space is great for those wishing to meet passionate tutors and join in a various range of classes that will help you build your skills either in drawing, painting, experimenting arts and crafts, do your own jewellery or even felt making.
Paintbrushes and other painting accessories are still something that needs to be budgeted for!
Set in small classes in pretty traditional drawing and painting – watercolour, oils on canvas, portrait sketching, portfolio arrangement, life drawing and illustration. From beginners to advanced, these classes welcome everyone.
Julie Douglas’ courses teach every student to draw much better than they ever have before, through a series of short exercises designed to help students learn what they are doing, and feel in control. You will learn to enjoy drawing, which will enhance your paintings, and Julie’s infectious energy and enthusiasm will see you reaching new heights you thought were beyond you.
Weekly classes and weekend seminars, offering a variety of topics and mediums to stretch you, from beginners to advanced level. If you want to really learn how to be the best at it this is a great place to begin.
Classes are kept small to keep the atmosphere friendly and accessible. Watercolour painting, oils on canvas, portraiture sketching, portfolio prep, life drawing and landscape illustration.
All the classes and workshops led by Dawn Crothers are held at the Whalley Fine Art. There, students will create high-quality interesting art allowing them to develop basic skills in a fun and inspiring way.
Dawn has found over the last few years that by educating the children to get back to the fundamentals of drawing, painting or sculpting can really help them in becoming more self-confident and imaginative in their thinking in everyday life.
Most of all Dawn will make her student’s experience enjoyable and it is always a chance to meet new friends as well as paint with an established artist and experience a studio and gallery typesetting! A great activity for Saturday morning during the holidays!
Dawn Crothers is one of the few fortunate Irish artists to hit the ground running in the early days of her career. With her very first solo exhibition in 2008 being such a huge ‘sell-out’ success, she’s quickly confirmed herself as a household name in Northern Ireland.
In fact, as Dawn’s reputation has grown her impact on a much higher level is beginning to be felt. Now, it seems every one of her complete paintings naturally achieves collector status.
The aim of these art courses is to provide students with the abilities and skills to realise their creative and artistic goals.
Novices are taught the basics elements of drawing and painting including lines, tones, shapes, forms and colours with lessons given in the technical skills of the main forms of media e.g. oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolour, gouache, charcoal, collage etc.
Learners are encouraged to explore and form their own style. The groups are open to people of all level of skills and are set in a friendly, informal and classes allowing one-to-one tuition.
Rosie McClelland has been involved in the art education sector since 1976 and has been running private art groups and art workshops since 1991.
After having completed her Foundation Studies at the Belfast College of Art in 1970, McClelland graduated in 1973 from Manchester Polytechnic, Faculty of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion and Textile Design.
From then she studied Fashion Illustration at the St Martin’s School of Art in London. She then worked as a fashion designer and illustrator in the in London until leaving Britain in 1981 for Germany where she lived for 18 years drawing, composing and running art groups.
Since her return to Ireland, Rosie has been painting and exhibiting her pictures throughout the area. She also runs her own art clubs, classes and drawing holidays.
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Young at Art in Belfast is home to Northern Ireland’s flagship international arts and cultural event for children, the Belfast Children’s Festival occurring in March every year.
Young at Art engages with children and adults alike through a host of engagement presentations:
Creative Child – arts-based engagement programme working with preschool and primary school youngsters, their teachers and parents.
Creative Writing: “Fighting Words Belfast” – a centre for artistic writing, giving free workshops to classes and youth groups, plus weekly Write Club, and other special schemes.
Visual Arts and Families – special participant-led meeting projects plus supporting more families to experience visual arts.
A social action agency ‘Young at Art Events’, offers unique and unforgettable theatre and arts events to children and their families, with extensive events schedule, including arts workshops, Baby Rave, Culture Babies, and much, much more. In fact, Baby Rave was developed by Young at Art in 2005 for its own international festival.
Since then it has appeared regularly in Northern Ireland with a growing appearance internationally. Young at Arts can also create bespoke events and undertake commissions for a range of activities from training programmes to large public events like the 2012 Land of Giants spectacular.
In addition, Young at Art offers expert training, special ticketing schemes for schools and youth groups, support, and assistance for developing theatre for young audiences.
If any of these do not appeal to you you could always look for a private tutor on Superprof. There are dozens of registered art teachers ready to give you one on one lessons in most art media.
You just need to choose what you want to learn, either painting, drawing, sketching, colouring and find a private tutor that suits your needs, goals, budget and location.
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