Committed to the belief that we all have the capacity to write and think creatively, this course’s objective is to teach students the basic grammar and language skills of writing so each individual student can grow into the creative and imaginative writers they already are by building on their rich, life-long experiences.
This one year, part-time course teaches students the literary, critical and abstract-thinking skills required to write and think through art. Students will learn the craft of writing, editing and research, and develop their imaginations and gain personal insights through a deep and meaningful exploration of art, both historical and contemporary.
Combining lectures, seminars, writing workshops, exhibition critiques, class debates, active gallery visits, the use of written and visual journals, this Level 6 course provides students with the professional skills, awareness and confidence needed to become independent creative thinkers and writers.
From this course, students are eligible to apply to 1st Year AND/OR 2nd Year of Level 7, Level 8 degree courses or Level 9 Post Graduate courses, depending on past experience and qualifications.
Creatively drawing from the immense backdrop of art history and all that has been written on art in modern times, this new course provides a supportive platform to foster imagination and insight in the development of good writing and critical-thinking skills. Committed to the belief that we all have the capacity to write and think creatively, this course’s objective is to teach students the basic grammar and language skills of writing so each individual student can grow into the creative and imaginative writers they already are by building on their rich, life-long experiences.
To do this students will experience and explore an array of reflective and critical teaching and learning methodologies that will breakdown their creative anxieties and blockages. These student-centred methodologies will include lectures on art history and theory, writing workshops on grammar and style, active-writing and critique in the gallery setting, the use of written and visual journals, and the development of their personal blog online.
Looking through the lens of art history and analysing the social and technological shifts that continue to change art today, students will take part in a number of debates both contemporary and historical that affect the development of art, that include taste, status, value, globalisation, and accelerated change associated with new technologies, such as photography and the Internet.
Set within Gorey School of Art where creativity is being dynamically explored everyday through drawing, painting, sculpture, print, photography and documentary film, the Critical Writing & Thinking through Art students will experience art-making as it develops in the studio and gain first-contact insight with other students and their working processes as they communally develop as would-be artists and writers.
Applications to our Critical Writing & Thinking course can be made by applicants who are aged 17 or over and who have completed the Leaving Certificate and/or a FETAC Level 4 programme. Mature applicants (i.e. applicants over the age of 23) do not need to have completed a Leaving Certificate.
Applicants will be expected to attend an interview, where an informal assessment will take place to choose suitable candidates for the course.
Apply here: https://www.gsa.ie/critical-writing-thinking
Course tutor and co-ordinator James Merrigan is an artist and art critic. For the past decade he has been trying to promote art discourse and criticism in Ireland as a writer, editor and teacher. In 2010 he developed billionjournal.com, where he found the freedom to experiment with a more playful and polemical art criticism. James was selected for EVA International Biennale of Visual Art (2014) as a fugitive art critic; he was Co-Editor of the printed quarterly on Irish art, Fugitive Papers; and was Guest-Editor of two issues of Visual Artists’ News Sheet in 2016. In 2011 he was awarded the inaugural Critical Writing Award by Visual Artists Ireland and Dublin City Council's The LAB. A book of his essays was published in 2013 entitled Agents Of Subjectivism. Recent projects including ‘Deep-Seated’ which took as its starting point the psychoanalytic promotion of the ‘talking cure’; and All or Nothing (Summer 2017), a film that looks at the current landscape of Irish painting told through his eyes as a lapsed painter. In April 2017 James launched Madder Lake, a limited edition publication that is a little naughty and scary and propagandises privacy. He will curate PERIPHERIES 2017 at Gorey School of Art. James is a part-time co-ordinator and lecturer for the MPhil module Psychoanalysis and Art at Trinity College Dublin, and he tutors documentary filmmaking and portfolio preparation at Gorey School of Art.
FEATURE IMAGE: Fiona Banner, Break Point 1998