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Culture Night: Animals as Messengers, Guides & Fairies - Visual Art Video Workshop 17 Sep 2021

Connect with the animal world in this online mini-sculpture video workshop for children aged 5-12 with Duffy Mooney-Sheppard.

In Irish folklore, animals often live between worlds, carrying meaning and messages. Is there an animal that you have been noticing recently? In the park, at your window or maybe in your dreams?

In this video workshop, we discover stories and wisdom associated with native animals and create a miniature sculpture of the one which carries a special meaning to you.

You will need:

  • Sharp pencils or cocktail sticks
  • Plasticine (also called marla)
  • Optional - buttons, beads or pipe cleaners

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

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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 group for children and adults. Find out more at: