Artist establishes new Naas school

NAAS native John O’Connell is setting about establishing a new art school in Naas.

NAAS native John O’Connell is setting about establishing a new art school in Naas.

“Our vision is to establish a space for creativity in Naas that encourages individuals to use their initiative in finding their own creative voice, our long term aim is to offer day, week and weekend courses to all age groups, “ Mr. O’Connell told the Leader. Mr. O’Connell, who attended the CBS primary school in Naas and Newbridge College, lives at the Mill House, by the canal beside the old Odlums flour mill, which will also be the location for the art school.

He has had workshops at the Hugh Lane Gallery, the National Gallery of Ireland and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.  He will work with Joe Coveney also studied painting at the National College of Art and Sculpture at Winchester School of Art, England, and whose work has been widely exhibited. 

Mr. O’Connell also holds a Masters in Sculpture from the Royal Collage of Art in London and has been working as a professional artist, exhibiting and teaching in Ireland and internationally.

The initiative will begin with a week long art and drama summer camp for children aged 7-12.  The summer camp runs from Monday to Friday July 2-6 from 10am until 3pm. He can be contacted at 087 0666075.

Paul O’Meara - paul@leinsterleader.ie