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Colour! Workshop & tour experience for schools 3 - 19 Jun 2015

Perfect for school tours! A visually stimulating exhibition that brings to life the fascinating story of colour. Your class will experience a guided tour of the exhibition and an artist-led workshop.

The adventure will start as they explore the three floors of interactive exhibits which cover some intriguing historic and scientific facts about colour.

Enter our alchemist’s den to find out who makes colour; marvel at the intricate artwork of the monk’s scriptorium; explore the artist’ studio and other enticing places where colours work their magic. Your class will encounter interesting characters and listen and respond to their stories. This session is linked to strands
from the Visual Art, Music, History, Geography and Science curriculum.

Your class will then take part in an artist led workshop inspired by one of the themes presented in the exhibition and create their own piece of artwork. See the workshop choices below. All workshops are strongly aligned with the Paint and Colour strand of the Visual Arts curriculum.

Workshop Choices

There are three different workshops available for schools. Initially, we are offering a different workshop each week of the programme, but there is flexibility in the dates. If the workshop you would prefer to do isn't available on your chosen dates, just talk to the box office team and we will do our best to accomodate your group.

My Name is Gold

Dates: Thu 4 – Fri 5 June
Ages: 3rd – 6th Class

The Art of Book Illumination.
Important medieval manuscripts were made even more precious by ‘illumination’. The use of bright inks and gold ‘lit up’ the handwritten pages and embellished initial letters as well as entire scenes. During this
workshop your class will work in the serene atmosphere of The Ark’s scriptorium to ‘illuminate’ a page of their own design inspired by western manuscripts and Persian miniatures like the ones we can admire in the Chester Beatty Library today.

They will be using brilliant inks and gold paint to create their own illuminated page to bring back to the classroom.

Rhapsodies in Blues

Dates: Mon 8 – Fri 12 June
Ages: Junior Infants – 6thClass

The Colour of Music
What images and colours do you see when you listen to a piece of music? And can you imagine what music you hear when looking at a painting? For centuries artists and scientists have been researching, experimenting and collaborating in studies and projects exploring the relationship between music and colour. In this imaginative workshop your class will listen to music, imagine the visual qualities of the music
and create a painting to represent what they hear, transforming the sounds into visual expressions in paint. The workshop will look at the work of modern painters, as well as contemporary digital artists such as Michal Levy.

Week 3: The Master's Apprentice

Dates Tues 16 – Fri 19 June
Ages 2nd – 6th Class



Learn the secrets of mixing colours! In the past, artists used to make their own paints and were very secretive about the tricks of their trade. In order to learn from them, apprentices lived in the studio of their masters for years, grinding pigments, preparing canvases, and helping their masters with their paintings.

During this workshop, your class will learn how to grind and bind pigments using natural binders like egg’s yolks, oil or honey. They will then use these colours to create their own artwork which will be part of a large
communal picture, like in a traditional fresco painting.

Curator & Workshop Facilitator Jole Bortoli

Jole Bortoli has been collaborating with The Ark since its opening in 1995, first working as a graphic designer creating The Ark’s brand and designing the logos and all brochures up to 2003. After facilitating her first major visual art programme for The Ark, A Flood of Colours, Jole gave up graphic design to work full time with children and adults in the arts. She has collaborated with The Ark on many exciting projects and innovative long-term pilot programmes. She’s delighted to be working with The Ark’s staff and the participating schools groups this summer on the theme she loves the most: COLOUR!