Artist Elaine Cunningham has been giving Art classes to adults and children for the past three years in Claregalway under the name of Artelaine. She felt the time was right to take the next step and open her own custom built Art and Craft studio and Gallery space in Cois Chláir, opening this September.
The word Cruthú (Irish) means ‘to Create or Creation’ and we will be celebrating all things creative!
There has been a huge rise in interest in Arts and Crafts recently so along with her already popular Oil painting classes for Adults and Art & Craft classes for Children, she has added more crafty classes, such as Knitting classes for Adults and Children and a Mixed Craft morning class for Adults.
In the Knitting Classes the Children will learn how to knit little stuffed toys, super cool beanie hats or scarfs that they can customise as a complete one off make that no-one else will have. In the Adult class, starting with the basics you will learn how to cast on stitches, make sense of Patterns, and knit or crochet the most marvelous garments and craft items.
The Adult Craft Class is going to introduce you to a variety of crafts such as sewing, needle felting, mosaic, glass painting and others. After the introductory course we hope to continue on a Tuesday morning with a craft group where everyone can work on their chosen piece of craft in a social environment, with expert workshops arranged on occasion.
During the school breaks we are running Art and Craft Kids camps from aged 6–13 and don’t forget to enter our Children’s Art Competition for a free place in one of these camps! The Studio also hosts Meditation classes for those who wish to soothe the mind in comfortable and creative surroundings.
We will be holding weekend workshops in different areas of craft during the year as well as occasional Art or Craft exhibitions. Elaine’s own work will hang on the Gallery walls which she would like to share with the wealth of local talent in the Claregalway area. ‘I hope to showcase art and craftwork from local artisans along the Gallery walls. It will provide a truly inspirational space to work and learn in.’
The Studio and Gallery will be open Tuesday–Friday mornings from 10am to 2pm and then at other times for Classes and Exhibitions. Please feel free to pop in and have a browse.