Back to the drawing board: Learning finds illustration with Rena Maguire

Back to the drawing board: Learning finds illustration with Rena Maguire

This week we were lucky enough to have a visit from Rena Maguire. Rena is a PhD candidate at Queen’s University Belfast where she is carrying our some fascinating research on horse fittings and La Tène metalwork in Late Iron Age Ireland. When she’s not poring over dead ponies Rena works as an archaeological illustrator; this week she came to Achill to guide our students through the process.

Rena’s workshop is one of the specialist courses we offer as part of our accredited excavation courses.

Rena led a two day workshop at the Achill Folklife Centre, expertly bringing us through the process of drawing a wide array of archaeological objects from Iron Age spear heads to Bann flakes, and butter pats to Saxon pot sherds. We began with some rather shaky outlines on graph paper but before long with Rena’s guidance some fleshed out illustrations began to emerge. Check out some of our students’ efforts below.