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Online Teachers CPD: Pinocchio 20 Mar 2024

The Ark and the INTO are delighted to present this online visual art workshop for teachers who are INTO members, inspired by the timeless story of the wooden puppet Pinocchio and celebrating the 140th anniversary of the first publication.

Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio is one of the world’s best-loved children’s books, translated into over 280 languages and dialects, and the subject of countless films and television series.

The focus of this online CPD workshop is on the illustrated book, from vintage copies to modern interpretations and by various artists and illustrators.

You will be introduced to and experiment with different illustrative styles and creative solutions including collage and block printing, with the aim of producing your own visual version of the story.

Participating in this online workshop will provide you with lots of inspiration and art-making ideas that you can use in your own classroom.

Suitable for all levels of experience including beginners.

Please note: Places are available to current INTO members only.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this CPD workshops has been rescheduled from its original date of 13 March to Wednesday 20 March at 3.30pm.

What Will I Need?

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 the participants of the workshop, the artist, and The Ark's staff.

Requirements for participation:

Laptop/Computer with internet access for Zoom


Please gather as much as you can of the following list and have it with you for the workshop:

· A3 white paper card 130/160gsm – or white paper if you can’t source card easily.

· A4 assorted coloured paper.

· A selection of patterned paper (e.g. Old wrapping paper or old magazines and newspapers, origami paper if you have it. Whatever you have easily available.)

· Brown cardboard or cereal boxes.

· A selection of paint, brushes and palettes.

· A sponge to cut for printing.

· A selection of markers.

· Pencils, erasers, scissors, ruler.

· Glue sticks e.g. Pritt stick

Optional extras – you may be able to source some of the items listed below from your school perhaps if you don’t have them at home. These would be great to have at your disposal during the workshop if possible. However, it is not a problem if you don’t have them if you can’t source them easily.

· Brass fasteners

· Rubber letters and ink pads

· Alphabet letter and number stencils

· Paint sticks


About Jole Bortoli

Jole 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.