Waterford Academy of Music and Arts run a fun filled art programme with Waterford artist Anne McDonnell.  Anne has long traditions in the art scene in Waterford city and her work has been exhibited in Ireland and abroad.  Anne brings to WAMA an exciting visual arts programme for both children and adults.


For primary aged children classes are broken up according to age (5-6 yrs, 7-9  yrs, 10-12 yrs). Also on the programme are classes for teens and adults looking to explore their creative side using traditional and alternative mediums.  For Junior and Leaving certificate students there are portfolio building classes where students can receive expert guidance and tuition to help them with their school projects.




Anne has been on The Education Panel with The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland for over a decade where she has facilitated art classes in Primary and Secondary Schools through their CRAFTed and DesignSKILLS programmes. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and her works are part of private and public collections.


In the early 90s Anne studied textiles in Galway for two years and then went on to do a degree in Fine Art Printmaking in Limerick.  In 1997 she set up a print studio at the Waterford Design Centre on Merchants Quay.  Since then she has had several studios in Waterford over the years, one of which was set in the Little Design Shop, which stocked work from local crafts workers, a lot of which was made in situ. Anne currently has a studio in Waterford Gallery of Modern Art on Lombard Street.


Other career highlights include being chosen as Artist In Residence at Electric Picnic’s Music & Arts Festival 2016, and in 2018 she represented Ireland at the 3rd Global Print exhibit in Douro, Portugal.

Anne loves being part of the WAMA team and adores bringing the joy of art to our members.



The aim of art classes at WAMA is to enable the child to develop and acquire skills in a variety of art techniques, to value the child's confidence and encourage self-expression.


The visual art strands that we will cover throughout the year include:


*Paint and Colour





*Fabric and Fibre




Paint and Colour

We will be working with a variety of mediums such as oils, acrylic, watercolour, crayons, pastels, markers….We will explore colour theory, learn to mix colours, distinguish between hues, tone, tints and shade and we will investigate the expressive effects of colour.



Drawing is the backbone of visual arts education.  We will explore line, textures, shape, form, space, and experiment with different ways of mark making using sticks, charcoal, pencil.  Skills acquired through drawing practice can be applied to each strand of this visual arts programme. We will learn how to draw from observation. We will also include elements of illustration.



We will explore a variety of materials to see how they are assembled.  We will experiment with cardboard, paper, papier mache, wire (or anything we can find) to make 2D and 3D structures. There is is also scope for collaborating with WAMAs Drama department to be involved in prop design and construction.


Fabric and Fibre

In this strand Anne brings her education in Textiles to the mix where students will learn about the natural dyeing of fabrics, weaving, and screen printing.  This will also include elements of fashion and costume design.



Anne has a degree in Fine Art Printmaking, it is a huge passion of hers.  A portable etching press will be supplied in our studio, which students can avail of during our print sessions. We will explore drypoint printmaking, monoprint, collograph, screen print and stencil making.



Everything about clay is enjoyable (except for clean up!) The medium is full of possibilities. We will explore how to form shapes and explore texture using different tools and objects to make patterns.



051-821014                     Passage Cross, Dunmore Road, Waterford City

051-821014                     Passage Cross, Dunmore Road, Waterford City