Special and Ordinary Objects Drawing Workshop

  • Thu 17 Mar
  • Accessible

    Special and Ordinary Objects Drawing Workshop

    The Ark’s drawing workshop with Duffy Sheppard Mooney for children aged 5-12 years old takes inspiration from special and ordinary objects.

    What do you collect? Shiny things? Round things? Stamps? Toys? Different people are uniquely drawn to particular objects and things. Some people collect shells or found keys or a particular kind of toy or feathers. These objects are special to the person who has collected them, and we find ways to keep them safe and display them in our homes - like personal museums.

    There are lots of ways to investigate and get to know objects and drawing is one of them. In this workshop you will be asked to bring things that you have collected, things that you love, things that you like to gather together, that you like to hold and look at. In this playful workshop time is spend investigating our collections through arranging and drawing in unusual ways.

    This playful workshop spends time investigating our collections of objects through arranging and drawing in unusual ways.

     Audience: Children aged 5 – 12 years

    • You Will Need


      Something to draw/paint with eg.

      • ink and brush

      • watercolour/paint

      • chalk pastels

      • pencils/markers/crayons.

      Participants should bring 5+ objects - these could be things they've found, objects that have a special meaning or objects that they love for any reason at all. They can be natural or man-made

    • Duffy Sheppard-Mooney

      Duffy Sheppard-Mooney is a visual artist, arts program curator and workshop facilitator. A recent graduate of the MA Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Arts, she is drawn to the process of story-making as a way to explore ideas and share her curiosity about the natural world.

      With many years of experience working creatively with young people at The Ark and many other cultural institutions and schools, she has developed her facilitation methods which are based in playful observation, imagination and telling tall tales.

      This year, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, she founded Little Islands Art Club, an online art groups for children and adults. Find out more at: www.duffydraws.com

    • 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.