Online Illustration Workshop: Nature is Dreaming 8 - 15 Jan 2022

In this live, online illustration workshop for Ages 5-12, artist Duffy Mooney-Sheppard will use storytelling and music to encourage you to use drawing to explore and express your feelings, ideas, and reactions as you listen.

Storytelling is at the heart of what makes us human and helps us to make sense of the world and our experiences. In Ireland storytellers called seanchaí used to travel from town to town and communities came together to listen, reflect and imagine.

Duffy will share the tale of a child seanchaí called Bríd. As Bríd travels across Ireland, she closely observes and responds to the natural world around her. She feels the wind, smells the rain and watches the passing of the seasons. When she closes her eyes, she looks deep into her dreaming mind to create fantastic stories there.

During this calming workshop, as you listen, you will explore and use your feelings as inspiration to draw and create some dreamy illustrations of your very own.

The materials you will need:

  • A4 Paper/card
  • something you like to draw and colour with (pens, pastels, paint, pencils...)
  • scissors
  • glue or sellotape.

Requirements for Participation

For safety reasons, a parent or grown-up should be present in the room throughout the session, and if necessary be available to assist their child, so you're very welcome to take part in the workshop alongside your child.

  • Computer/Tablet/Phone with internet access for Zoom – placed on a table at children’s eye level
  • A table to sit at
  • Basic art materials as listed above

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 those booked into the workshop, the artist, and The Ark's staff. The session will be recorded for the safety and security of all participants, however this recording will not be shared publicly and will be deleted within 30 days.

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: