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Talk: Writing for Children – Writing for Grown Ups

14 May

We are delighted to host Bealtaine as they present a conversation and reading event for grandparents and their grandchildren with Marita Conlon McKenna and Sarah Webb.

Talk: Writing for Children – Writing for Grown Ups

You are an Artist with Marta Altés

21 May

Learn how to create your own art that helps to tell a story in this interactive workshop for young children led by prizewinning artist and writer Marta Altés.

You are an Artist with Marta Altés

Heroes and Monsters with Dave Rudden

21 May

Every great fantasy story starts somewhere, but where, and how, do you begin? Learn how to create your own fantasy world, from inventing heroes and villains to shaping your characters and plot.

Heroes and Monsters with Dave Rudden

Chaos Descends with Shane Hegarty

21 May

Chaos Descends at the Ark! Join Shane Hegarty for a hilarious rollercoaster ride through the third book in the monstrously funny and action-packed Darkmouth series.

Chaos Descends with Shane Hegarty

Baby Aliens and Spies with Pamela Butchart

21 May

Baby aliens, vampire rat teachers and spies – primary school is an interesting place! Especially if you’re Blue Peter Book Award-winning author Pamela Butchart.

Baby Aliens and Spies with Pamela Butchart

Book Clinic: Meet the Book and Doodle Doctors

22 May

Are you a young reader? Do your bookshelves need perking up? Don’t worry – the Book Doctors are back!

Book Clinic: Meet the Book and Doodle Doctors

The Magic Bookshop

22 May

Welcome to The Magic Bookshop: a treasure trove of wonders where second-hand books flock together and their stories leap from the pages!

The Magic Bookshop

Animal Crackers! With Sarah Webb & Alan Nolan

22 May

Are you wild about wildebeest? Crazy about crocodiles? Barmy about bears? Alan Nolan and Sarah Webb know all about that: they’re Animal Crackers. Join them for an interactive mash-up of crazy animal facts, drawing and book fun.

Animal Crackers! With Sarah Webb & Alan Nolan

Schools: Frances Hardinge - The Lie Tree

24 May

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet one of the finest children’s authors writing today - Frances Hardinge. Part of the International Literature Festival Dublin 2016

Schools: Frances Hardinge - The Lie Tree

Schools: Joseph Coelho - Werewolf Club Rules

25 May

Performance poet Joseph Coelho brings his award-winning poetry collection Werewolf Club Rules off the page with this wonderful interactive performance that will make you wild about writing.

Schools: Joseph Coelho - Werewolf Club Rules

Chotto Desh

27 May - 28 May

The Ark & Dublin Dance Festival present a captivating experience for ages 7+ from multi award-winning choreographer Akram Khan at the O'Reilly Theatre.

Chotto Desh

Dance Workshop: Akram Khan Company

28 May

A creative dance session for children aged 7-12 years will be led by the dancers of Akram Khan Company’s Chotto Desh - Dennis Alamanos and Nicolas Ricchini.

Dance Workshop: Akram Khan Company

Schools: Get Animated!

9 Jun - 24 Jun

Perfect for school tours, this fun and engaging animation workshop experience can be delivered in English or as Gaeilge. For 3rd-6th Class

Schools: Get Animated!

Early Years Workshops: Moving Pictures!

11 Jun - 19 Jul

Dive into an underwater adventure with artist Paula Henihan for an interactive story-based session that will introduce very young children to simple animation forms. Ages 2-4

Early Years Workshops: Moving Pictures!

Song of the Sea: The Exhibition

11 Jun - 31 Aug

A beautiful exhibition that gives you a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of the Oscar® nominated film Song of the Sea by Irish animation company Cartoon Saloon. Part of our Get Animated Summer Programme

Song of the Sea: The Exhibition

Story Doodles Family Workshop

18 Jun - 20 Aug

Join Brown Bag Films’ Emmy-Award winning storyboard artist Marten Jonmark and invent your own story, design the visuals and then draw the storyboards! Ages 5+

Story Doodles Family Workshop

Teacher’s Course: Creative Music & Drama

4 Jul - 8 Jul

Following the huge success in 2013, we are excited to present this engaging arts summer course for primary school teachers. This course will focus on two curriculum areas: drama and music. In partnership with Dublin West Education Centre

Teacher’s Course: Creative Music & Drama

5 Day Summer Camp - Intro To Animation

11 Jul - 29 Jul

In this engaging camp, you will work in groups to create, storyboard and animate short animated films using a different technique every day. For Ages 8-12.

5 Day Summer Camp - Intro To Animation

Character Design Workshop: Shapeshifters

20 Jul - 4 Aug

Join animator Rory Conway and discover how simple shapes create complex characters! Rory will firstly tell you about the process of creating characters for animation and then you will get a chance to design and draw your own characters. Age 7-12

Character Design Workshop: Shapeshifters

Building Characters: Sea Creature Creations

22 Jul - 6 Aug

Work with artist Jane Groves to create a cast of characters to fill our specially created sea-themed animation stage. A hands-on workshop for you to get creative with different materials to make your individual characters. Ages 5-7

Building Characters: Sea Creature Creations

Film Screening: AMHRÁN NA MARA

24 Jul

Screening of Song of The Sea in the Irish Film Institute in Irish with English subtitles.
IFI Family in collaboration with The Ark

Film Screening: AMHRÁN NA MARA

Ceardlann Beochana

24 Jul

Sa cheardlann seo atá spreagtha ag príomhscannán Cartoon Saloon Amhrán na Farraige, cruthóidh tú do chuid beochana féin a bhfuil téama den fharraige acu. This is an animation workshop delivered in the Irish language inspired by Cartoon Saloon’s Song of the Sea.

Ceardlann Beochana

5 Day Animation Camp: Making the Film

8 Aug - 12 Aug

Become part of an animation film production team in this hands-on practical course and be part of creating a short film! For Ages 8-12

5 Day Animation Camp: Making the Film

Family Gigs: Kíla

13 Aug - 14 Aug

Outstanding Irish band Kíla play a gig specially for families as they bring their hip-shaking, smile-making, groovy brand of trad back to The Ark.

Family Gigs: Kíla

Lego Animation Workshops

17 Aug - 19 Aug

Make your own Lego movie in this hands-on workshop with Brick Flicks. Ages 8-12

Lego Animation Workshops

Teacher’s Course: A Visual Arts Approach

22 Aug - 26 Aug

Due to popular demand, we are delighted to be presenting this course for a third year in a row. This hands-on, creative course focuses on a visual arts approach to exploring narrative, literacy & other subjects.

Teacher’s Course: A Visual Arts Approach