Following a visit to The Ark's gallery space to see our displays and materials inspired by the novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, this visual arts workshop with Jole Bortoli invites children aged 5-12 to try their hand at their own illustrations inspired by the classic story of the puppet who longed to be a real boy.
Following an introduction to Pinocchio’s story and its main characters in The Ark's gallery, you will be guided to our top floor and into "Geppetto’s Workshop", full of displays and visual stimulations.
Explore and experiment with different illustrative styles and creative solutions including pop-up books, collage and block printing.
Jole Bortoli is a visual artist, art-facilitator and director of Art to Heart – an art organisation that works with children and adults in art, educational and community settings. Jole regularly curates and leads visual art programmes in The Ark where she also facilitates the Primary Schools Visual Art Curriculum as part of the Department of Education and Skills and EPV-approved summer course for teachers. She has art-directed the interior design of children-centred spaces such as the A&E Department in Temple Street Children’s Hospital and the Office for the Ombudsman for Children. Jole currently works in Dublin and the Burren, Co. Clare and every week she leads workshops for children and adults.