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Schools Workshops: Winter Tales & Animal Shadows 2 - 5 Mar 2021

Inspired by our Winter Light exhibition, artist Lucy Hill will guide children in your class to create their own animal drawings and play with shadow puppetry to imagine new animal stories.

Taking a virtual look at our Winter Light Online Gallery, Lucy will lead your class on an exploration of all the different animals featured, from hungry crows to leaping stoats and sneaky foxes, inspiring you to create animal drawings of your own.

Noticing how the changing light in winter casts dramatic shadows which affect how we see animals in the wild, you will use your drawings to make unique animal puppets to tell wintery tales. Comparing the day and night world of animals, children will create a shadow puppet to show their animals in the light of day and the dark of night. Guided by Lucy, they will experiment with different techniques to get the most out of simple materials and explore shadow puppet theatre techniques.

Each child will need:

  • Coloring pencils (or similar)
  • Paper, card, old cereal boxes will do
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick/ tape
  • Sticks of some kind, lollipop, twigs, or pencil
  • Scrap coloured paper

Curricular Links:

Art: Looking & responding. Drawing, Scissor skills, Line, Shape & Spatial awareness.

Science: Living things, environmental awareness & Care. Energy & Forces: Light. Literacy: Aural language, storytelling (opportunities to create story using different languages and cultural folklores).

Drama: Exploring and making drama, reflecting, co-operating and communicating.

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.

  • Computer/Tablet/Phone with internet access for Zoom – placed on a table at children’s eye level
  • A table to sit at
  • Drawing and 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.

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About Lucy Hill:

Lucy was The Ark's inaugural John Coolahan Early Years Artist in Residence during 2018/2019. A visual artist, educator and researcher with particular interest and expertise in the area of early years visual arts education, Lucy has exhibited nationally and internationally and has won several public art commissions and awards. Her interest in early years visual art education began in 2003 when (inspired by her own children), she approached the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar to allow her to design a visual art program for two year olds which she subsequently delivered for ten years. Lucy has also been an ‘aterlierista’ (a type of artist in residence) with Woodland Park Preschool in Westport since 2007, collaborating on documentation projects, exhibitions, installations, toddler and sibling workshops, education programs for parents and educators, family art events and research. Lucy also works with agencies, consultants and institutions on long and short term early years projects that have culminated in interactive child friendly exhibitions. Her training and professional development in this area includes a study visit with Early Childhood Ireland to visit Reggio Emilia inspired preschools in Italy. Lucy is also currently working on a PhD research project at NCAD with an early years visual art focus. You can see some of Lucy's work at her website: