Paint Stuff

  • Fri 18 Mar
  • Ages
    All Ages

    Paint Stuff

    The Ark’s ‘paint stuff’ workshop with Lucy Hill for children aged 8 to 12 years explores creating paints and pigments using everyday ‘stuff’ from lemon juice to soya sauce to hand sanitiser!

    This experimental workshop investigates creating your own paints, tools and prints using a range of objects for mark making techniques. 

    The everyday stuff around us can provide us with endless creative possibilities if we let our imaginations run wild. In this workshop Lucy Hill experiments with everyday ‘stuff’ from lemon juice to soya sauce to hand sanitiser to create paints and pigments.

    This playful workshop investigates creating painting tools from stuff all around us, creating interesting marks and patterns. The use of plates, baking sheets, leaves and everyday materials as a canvas create interesting surfaces to work with, creating hours of fun exploring different painting and mark making techniques.

    • You Will Need

      • For paints and pigments: chalk, lemon juice, turmeric, hand sanitiser, soya sauce, beetroot, blackcurrant and mud!

      • As a canvas: a plate, a piece of Perspex, baking sheets, tin foil, coloured paper, tissue paper, black paper and leaves.

      • Painting tools: paintbrush, a peg and tinfoil, hessian fabric, reed paintbrush, a comb, lollipop stick, cardboard cut into shapes, a candle and a stick.

    • Lucy Hill

      Lucy was The Ark's inaugural John Coolahan Early Years Artist in Residence during 2018/2019.

      A visual artist, educator and researcher with particular interest and expertise in the area of early years visual arts education, Lucy has exhibited nationally and internationally and has won several public art commissions and awards.

      Her interest in early years visual art education began in 2003 when (inspired by her own children), she approached the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar to allow her to design a visual art program for two year olds which she subsequently delivered for ten years.

      Lucy has also been an ‘aterlierista’ (a type of artist in residence) with Woodland Park Preschool in Westport since 2007, collaborating on documentation projects, exhibitions, installations, toddler and sibling workshops, education programs for parents and educators, family art events and research.

      Lucy also works with agencies, consultants and institutions on long and short term early years projects that have culminated in interactive child friendly exhibitions. Her training and professional development in this area includes a study visit with Early Childhood Ireland to visit Reggio Emilia inspired preschools in Italy.

      Lucy is also currently working on a PhD research project at NCAD with an early years visual art focus. You can see some of Lucy's work at her website:

    • The Ark

      The Ark is a unique, purpose-built cultural centre in the heart of Dublin’s Temple Bar, where children aged 2 – 12 can explore theatre, music, literature, art, film, dance and more.

      The programme of world class performances, exhibitions and creative workshops every few weeks, so audiences both young and not so young can expect a different experience every visit. The Ark gratefully acknowledges the support of its principal funder the Arts Council and also its other annual supporters: the Department of Education and Skills, Temple Bar Cultural Trust and Dublin City Council.