CREATIVE BREAKS - Online Arts Classes for MTU Staff

CREATIVE BREAKS - Online Arts Classes for MTU Staff

Date: 15th Feb 2021 - 24th Mar 2021
Time: 1-2 & 7-8pm see below for more details
Venue: CREATIVE BREAKS - Online Classes in Music and Visual Arts

Take a break, and try out a new interest from the comfort of your home or desk! 

This Semester, MTU Arts Office presents a new series of online creative classes in music and drawing open to staff across MTU. The series features Tin Whistle, Ukulele, and Drawing Skills. These classes with experienced artists will include live group sessions and pre-recorded sections you can follow each week.  

Connect with colleagues across MTU and engage with the arts.


Classes will run over 5 weeks, beginning week of Monday 15th February.

To mark the launch of this series, all materials will be provided - an instrument or drawing pack will be posted to each participant, so just pick a class and a time! 

Places are limited, so to register your place, email from your work email, giving the class and time you would like to join.


Creative Breaks schedule:

Introduction to Ukulele              Wednesday 13.00 – 13.50       or      Thursdays 19.00 – 19.50

Develop your Drawing Skills     Tuesdays 19.00 – 19.50        or      Wednesdays 13.00 – 13.50

Introduction to Tin Whistle        Mondays 13.00 – 13.50        or       Tuesdays 19.00 – 19.50


Read on for more details and a short video introduction from each artist.



with Macdara Ó Faoláin 



Wednesdays, 1-1:50pm (5 weeks, starting on 17th February, skipping St. Patrick’s Day) 


Thursdays, 7-7.50pm (5 weeks, starting on 18th February) 


Macdara Ó Faoláin comes from a renowned musical family in An Rinn, County Waterford, and is currently a student on the BMus degree at MTU Cork School of Music. He started learning the tin whistle and the fiddle at the age of 5. After becoming obsessed with the music of Andy Irvine and Planxty, he quickly progressed on to the mandolin. He received a bouzouki for Christmas when he was 8 years old and it quickly took over as his main instrument, after getting lessons from Seán Ó Fearghail. He started taking music very seriously in his early teens and was playing every night of the week in gigs and sessions by the age of 15.  


He is a founding member of the group Nuadán and has recorded and performed with musicians such as Páraic MacDonnchadha, Derek Hickey, Liam O’Brien and The Friel Sisters. He is also a maker of handcrafted bouzoukis and mandolins, which he plays himself.



with Holly Walsh

Holly Walsh Introduction to Online Drawing Sessions as part of Creative Breaks


Tuesdays, 7-7.50pm (5 weeks, starting on 16th February) 


Wednesdays, 1-1.50pm (5 weeks, starting on 17th February, skipping St. Patrick’s Day) 


“This short series of online sessions will introduce several key topics in understanding how to improve your drawing and seeing skills, and build confidence in interacting with visual art. Starting with ways to open up perception and commenting on preconceived notions, we will look at ways we interact with image seeing and image making, and how to encourage self-reflection on your drawing skills.

We will do several exercises during the online sessions, that you can continue to practise in your own time to explore further. Topics introduced will include: How to simplify forms, working with tonal language, and experimenting with new ways of expression though mark making. There will also be recorded demos such as how to do approach starting a measured drawing, a step-by-step approach to shading a sphere, and ways to create options for an image composition. ” 


Holly Walsh is an award-winning visual artist who graduated from CCAD in 2016. Walsh has had four solo shows in recent years and has participated in several group exhibitions and international artist residencies. Her works are held in public and private collections in Ireland and internationally, including the MTU Art Collection. Walsh is a part time lecturer at MTU CCAD, teaching advanced life drawing and contemporary drawing, as well as having her own studio practice, and is passionate about the power of drawing and the way in which in helps us interact with the world around us. 




with Muireann Ní Shé 



Mondays, 1-1:50pm (5 weeks, starting on 15th February) 


Tuesdays, 7-7.50pm (5 weeks, starting on 16th February) 


Muireann Ní Shé is an uilleann piper, singer, flute and whistle player hailing from Ballinhassig in County Cork. Born into an Irish speaking family, Muireann has been deeply immersed in traditional music all her life, while also having had significant training in classical music through Suzuki violin, piano and choral music.  

Muireann has numerous All-Ireland titles from Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and is a regular session player in Cork City. She has also performed with many different ensembles in venues such as the National Concert Hall, Cork Opera House as well as others abroad.  


Muireann is an experienced tutor on the uilleann pipes, flute and whistle. She is greatly influenced by legendary older musicians such as Willie Clancy and Seamus Ennis, as well as her own teachers and local musicians. Muireann is currently in her final year of the BMus degree at the MTU Cork School of Music under the tutelage of Johnny McCarthy. 

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