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Winter Tales & Animal Shadows: Online Visual Art Workshops 19 Feb 2021

Inspired by our Winter Light exhibition, artist Lucy Hill will guide children to create your own animal drawings and play with shadow puppetry to imagine new animal stories.

Taking a virtual look at our Winter Light Online Gallery, Lucy will lead children on an exploration of all the different animals featured, from hungry crows to leaping stoats and sneaky foxes, inspiring you to create animal drawings of your own.

Noticing how the changing light in winter casts dramatic shadows which affect how we see animals in the wild, you will use your drawings to make unique animal puppets to tell wintery tales. Comparing the day and night world of animals, we’ll create a shadow puppet to show our animals in the light of day and the dark of night. We will experiment with different techniques to get the most out of simple materials you'll find at home and Lucy will inspire you to explore shadow puppet theatre techniques.

Requirements for Participation

For safety reasons, a parent or grown-up should be present in the room throughout the session, and if necessary be available to assist their child.

  • Computer/Tablet/Phone with internet access for Zoom – placed on a table at children’s eye level
  • A table to sit at
  • Coloring pencils (or similar)
  • Paper, card, old cereal boxes will do
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick/ tape
  • Sticks of some kind, lollipop, twigs, or pencil
  • Scrap coloured paper

Online platform: The workshop will be delivered using the Zoom video call software.This will be a private Zoom session which will only be accessed by those booked into the workshop, the artist and The Ark's staff. The session will be recorded for the safety and security of all participants, however this recording will not be shared publicly and will be deleted within 30 days.

Visit our Winter Light Online Gallery

This workshop is part of our Winter Light online programme, to accompany our newly commissioned collection of winter-themed artworks for children and families. Although our Winter Light exhibition has been postponed until late 2021 due to Level 5 restrictions, you can still explore these beautiful new artworks in our online gallery...

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About 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: