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Parade of the Fairy Folk: Online Visual Art Workshops 6 - 20 Feb 2021

Join artist Duffy Mooney Sheppard to create your own fairy parade and imagine the journey of these curious beings across the land on a fresh and star filled night.

Fairies, what do they look like and where do they live? Fairies are a mysterious creature. Some say they look just like us. Others say they are smaller, half human and half hare or fox or stag.

In this online visual art workshop, we will look at some reliable sources to figure out what fairies look like, where they came from and where they live. So much about fairies is unknown, but there is one thing that's agreed: as the spring arrives, as the days get longer and the hibernating plants and animals begin to stir, the fairies move from their winter homes deep underground to their summer houses.

You will need:

  • Paper for drawing on
  • Drawing or painting materials such as pencils, markers or paint and brush
  • PVA glue or a glue stick

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
  • Pencils and paper- these can be scraps of paper, card old packaging and any materials you have to hand such as pencils, crayons, makers, paints

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: