By Peter Feehan
Swan Art has not been a part of the Rathmines community for very long, but with its ever growing popularity among residents, it is slowly emerging as a social hub for artists both young and old.
The woman behind this club is Germaine Murphy, a former art teacher of 25 years at Alexandra College, before her retirement last June.
Not the type of person to sit idly-by, and realising she still had so much more to teach, she began Swan Art; a place for people of all ages to come and get in touch with their inner artist. Germaine offers classes to cater for all levels of ability.
There are beginner classes for adults as well as master classes for the more experienced painter. Germaine also provides sculpting classes once a week.
Since it opened in September 2012, its popularity has grown, cementing its place in the community. Students and participants have expressed a sense of safety in the studio, and it provides those availing of the classes the opportunity to meet people with similar interests.
According to Germaine, the response from the community has been immense, with people stopping by, looking for timetables, or even just to say what a wonderful thing they believe Swan Art to be.
10am – 12pm: Adult Art Class
7pm – 9pm: Sculpting
4.30pm – 5.30pm: Primary School Students Art Class
7pm – 9pm: Adult Art Class
2pm – 4pm: Adult fine art classes
7pm – 9pm: An introduction to fine art print making
10am – 12pm: Beginners adult fine art classes
6.30pm – 8.30pm: Adult fine art classes
10am – 12pm: Adult fine art classes
11am – 12pm: Children (4 to 6 years old)
1pm – 2pm: Children (7 to 12 years old)
4pm – 6pm: Leaving Certificate students