We want to make your visit with us as comfortable, easy, educational, and fun as possible. Here are some of the questions we answer frequently, but if you have more questions, please fill out the form at the bottom and we will contact you by phone or email as soon as possible.
Are you classes open to everyone?
Classes listed below are open to everyone to attend regardless of what school you attend.
How are you classes run?
1. Places are available on https://bookwhen.com/fionasartclass
2. Payment is for the term each term varies.
3. I cannot facilitate ‘pay as you go’ .
4. Please try to be on time.
5. Trial classes will not be available this term, if your child is joining the class for the first time and decides the art class is not for them I will refund you the balance of the term.
6. There may be places available during the term please go on the waiting list. https://bookwhen.com/fionasartclass
How much do you charge?
I charge €15 per class each term varies in length.
How long are your classes?
Each class lasts one hour. Normally students attend one class per week.
Can I join your classes at any time during a term?
Yes you can join the classes at any time if there is a space.
Can I make up missed days?
spaces are limited during covid.
Do you do pay as you go?
I don’t do pay as you go.
What if my child has special needs?
I am here to try to support your child’s learning process.Any information you provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.
I am available for a private chat after art class to discuss your child’s needs and I will connect with you if I have any concerns.
If you are willing to share even the smallest observation about how your child is doing especially if they are stressed or sad, we can support.
I have experience with learning difficulties.
Having dyslexia myself and struggle through my childhood when dyslexia was not recognized I understand personally the difficulties your child may be experiencing.
Just by being an artist almost assures you have a unique learning style!
I have studied behavior psychology, education kinesiology, and therapeutic yoga I have worked closely with children with learning differences.
It helps us enormously if you note specific learning differences/preferences which minimize confusion and guessing on our part, and it allows your child more direct immediate support.
Do I need to have any experience before taking a class?
If a class is intended for advanced students, it will be noted in the class description.
However, most of our classes are designed for students with any level of experience, including no experience at all.
My classes are designed to teach from basic drawing to advanced.
On every journey there is always the first step.
Is it just drawing?
The focus is learning to draw we also teach paint, pencils, markers, watercolor, acrylic, pastels, coloring pencils, charcoal.
When can I move to senior class?
It’s up to the individual, sometimes I will suggest that a child is ready to move to the next level and sometimes the student knows themselves.
Which clothes are best for making art?
It’s always a good idea to have some special art clothes to wear to class—we all love to get as messy as possible! Some folks like to keep an old t-shirt in the car for easy transition from school clothes. I do have some large old T-shirts in class available to children just ask me and I will give you one.
We do use Artist Quality supplies. Their awesome quality tend towards permanence AND permanent stains.
When will my art student bring something home?
In junior class we do a project per class you child will take their finished work home on the day.
At senior and intermediary level we teach lots of technique when exploring each new medium, and we encourage our artists to take their time and savor this beautiful process. Some projects last 2-4 weeks, and you will have something lovely for your walls when we’re done.
What do I do with all this art work my children bring home?
There are lots of apps out there to photograph and share art work. I find it’s easier to just take a snap as soon as you pick your child up from class on your phone and save the art work to a dedicated folder.
This is what I use in class to store images in our library I buy them at mr price. All the work the children produced is a4 size and will fit into these folders.
A4 40 POCKET DISPLAY BOOK
It’s a good idea to buy a few frames from ikea and rotate your children’s work from the fold.
If your children are attending my classes all their art will fit into the Ribba frame from ikea at a cost of 7.00 euros.
These frames make great gifts for family and friends.
How can I help my child practice at home?
Setting up a dedicated art area at home can be the best way to encourage practice. This area should be private, free from prying eyes of adults or hands of younger siblings, and quiet, with the option of music playing in the background. Access to a clean drawing surface, art supplies, and inspirational magazines, books, and art materials are enormously helpful. Setting aside a specific time for art-making can help, as well. Every family is different. Do what seems to work for your child. Don’t press too hard to have finished artworks in front of you. Students’ work at home will almost never match the work done in class. The important thing is that they are doing SOMETHING. Encourage that. Try to avoid corrective comments about specific details in the work. Instead, simply describe what you see, and let your child know that you are proud to have an artist in the family.
Where can I buy art supplies in Dublin?
Terenure office supplies
Evans art supplies
Art and hobby
Are classes mixed ?
All classes are boys and girls and are also mixed ability.
Can I see examples of students work?
Click the link below to see the student gallery.
Why do you sometimes touch up students’ art to finish it up?
This is a form of hands-on learning. We have found that the best way to teach a visual subject is by providing a visual example, and this even extends to the very end of a painting. Without it, students form the artistically harmful habit of seeing their finished artwork partially done, so that’s what they learn.
There is parking in the grounds of the school.
Who can attend?
Public classes are available to all students.
What about bad weather days and holidays?
We follow primary school closings and holidays. Check our Facebook page for updates on the weather. We will text you to cancel if there is time.
Can I purchase Art Classes as a gift voucher?
For sure! You are welcome to purchase lessons on behalf of someone else provided they are willing and able to participate in all related activities. Just get in touch via email, phone, or the website contact form and I can organise a Gift Voucher to be sent to you or the recipient.
The class I’m interested in is listed as “on waiting list” what does that mean?
It means that a class is full or waiting for increased enrollment and you will be placed on a waiting list. As soon as a spot becomes available you will be notified and you will be able to join. Or as soon as enrollment numbers are met you will be notified. Please call or email me to double check because we might be able to accept you into a class.
What will my child learn?
We provide instruction based on each student’s age and skills. First, we work on helping a student improve their drawing skills by focusing on the use of shape, volume, perspective and shading. After a student has mastered these concepts, we continue our instructional focus by developing drawing and painting skills using different media (pencil, charcoal, watercolor, pastel and acrylic) based on the student’s feedback and preferences. Measurable results can be achieved by each student after 12 weeks of continuous instruction.
Where will I find news and announcements?
Announcements and news will be posted on our website. We also encourage our families to join our Facebook page and follow the updates we post.click link below for our Facebook page.
Can I attend Presentation primary after school classes?
The classes are taught by me but run by the parents association in presentation primary school Terenure.
All questions should be directed to the parents assocation. firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a different fee structure for these classes and different rules and regulations for how the classes are run.
The classes are only available to students attending presentation primary school Terenure.
Registration is twice per year through the parents association only, they will publish dates through the school.
I can not register students for these classes please contact the parents association for information.
You can ask to put your name on a waiting list the parents association may run more classes if they have the numbers and demand.
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