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Animal Transformations: Online Visual Art Workshops 31 Jul - 7 Aug 2020

Discover ancient tales of shapeshifting creatures and create your own in this online book-making workshop with visual artist Duffy Mooney-Sheppard for ages 5-12.

Ireland's history is full of stories of humans turning into animals. Have you heard of the selkie people who could transform into seals? The children who became swans? The women who became wolves? The man who became a salmon, an eagle and then a hawk?! These animal people were believed to possess great wisdom and knowledge. In this creative book-making workshop, you will choose what animal would you become and see what wisdom you might learn. Using simple materials, we will design a simple booklet and each draw our own imagined animal transformation tale.

You will need:

  • A few sheets of A4 paper (white or coloured)
  • Drawing materials i.e. pencils, markers, crayons, or whatever you have at home
  • A piece of A4 card if you have it (This will be used to make a cover for your booklet. If you don’t have card you can even some card board from the recycling.)
  • Stapler or similar (alternatively pritt stick / glue / sellotape)
  • Scissors

Watch the Online Version of this Workshop - Delivered in partnership with Irish Arts Center

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.