This is a joint project between Kilsheelan Tidy Towns and ecologist and botanical artist Mieke Brosnan that will bring alive the beauty of our common native riverside plants. Over a series of 5 short workshops during spring and summer, participants will meet in Kilsheelan to see the plants grow, flower and produce seed, and will be encouraged to create a piece of art over the summer, using whatever materials they like, to celebrate one of the plants. Mieke will be working on botanical art plant portraits of a number of the plants, mentored by established botanical artist Mary Dillon.
Participants will learn about the unique features of the plants and their place in the local ecosystem, such as water purification, pollination and bird habitat, as well as touching on folklore, past herbal uses and Irish, English and scientific names.
Anyone interested in taking part in the project can join us at 7pm on Thursday 21st April at the GAA hall in Kilsheelan, Co. Tipperary and try the first workshop. No botanical or artistic experience is necessary, just an interest in taking some time to take a closer look at native Irish plants and learn about their habitats. Basic materials for observing and sketching the plants will be provided at the workshops. Please note Mieke will not be teaching art though participants are free to observe her techniques. An exhibition of all the work will be held in Kilsheelan this autumn. These workshops are suitable for those aged 16+.
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