National Drawing Day is an opportunity for families and individuals to draw together in an interactive drawing day. The Dock will have three different workshops to let you discover, explore and experiment with materials and techniques. The workshops are free and led by artists Jessica Kelly, Melissa Doran and Wayne O Connor.
National Drawing Day is a nationwide initiative which is coordinated by the National Gallery of Ireland.
Melissa Doran grew up in Leitrim and studied architecture and digital media technology before becoming an illustrator. She uses a combination of hand drawing and digital collage to create her work. Working with children has become a big part of her practice since the publication of her best selling books, Naturama and My Naturama Nature Journal, co-created with the writer Michael Fewer and published by Gill Books.
Wayne O Connor is a Sligo based artist. Working predominantly in Pen and Ink but branching out towards Digital Art platforms in recent years, Wayne's work is inspired by his interests in Sci-fi, Fantasy and Myth. In recent years his work has been published in magazines, role-playing game books and most recently Wayne has worked as a concept character designer on a variety of board-games launched in the United States, Europe and Russia. He has facilitated a vast number of workshops across a broad spectrum of ages mainly focused on areas of drawing and painting.
Jessica Kelly is a visual artist based in Leitrim. In winter 2017 she hosted The Waiting Room, an experimental salon series at the old railway station in Mohill. Jessica graduated from Fine Art Media at the National College of Art & Design in 2007 and from 2009-10 was a resident artist of Daghdha Dance Company, Limerick. In 2014 she completed her Masters in Fine Art Multimedia at KASK School of Arts, Ghent (Belgium) and from 2015-16 was based in Dublin city, as a member of the collectively run Ormond Studios.