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Flap, Glide and Soar like a Bird: Online Visual Art Workshops 10 - 17 Jul 2020

Design and make your own Beautiful Beasts of the air and sky in this online puppet-making workshop with visual artist Duffy Mooney-Sheppard for ages 5-12.

Birds flap, glide and soar. Some birds spend almost their whole lives on the wing and rarely come to land. Swifts sleep in the sky amongst the stars. Birds dive, twirl and hover. They might travel thousands of miles every year, migrating across the seas to completely different countries and climates.

In this puppet making workshop you will imagine a pair of wings and the places they might take you. What kind of bird would you be? Where would you go?

The cost of this workshop includes a small art pack, which will be sent to you in the post. This pack will include a template and a few small bits and pieces to help you to add different textures and sparkle to your puppet creations.

You will need:

  • The art pack that you receive in the post inside its envelope (unopened!). Inside you’ll find a letter explaining details.
  • Scissors
  • Pritt stick or similar
  • Sellotape or masking tape
  • Drawing materials e.g. pencils, markers, crayons, whatever you have at home!

Booking closes on Thursday 2 July at midnight to allow adequate time for your pack to be posted to you. Early booking is advised.

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, so you're very welcome to take part in the workshop alongside your child.

  • Computer/Tablet/Phone with internet access for Zoom – placed on a table at children’s eye level
  • A table to sit at
  • Pencils and paper- these can be scraps of paper, card old packaging and any materials you have to hand such as pencils, crayons, makers, paints

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.

Duffy Mooney Sheppard

About Duffy Mooney-Sheppard:

Duffy 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:

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Part of The Beautiful Beasts @ Home

This summer, enjoy a range of delightful online events and experiences in visual art, drama and dance, inspired by The Ark's collection of loveable animal sculptures, The Beautiful Beasts. Find out more about The Beautiful Beasts @ Home.

The Beautiful Beasts @ Home is part of The Ark's 25th birthday season, sponsored by BDO.