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Schools Workshops: What Secrets Lie Beneath? 9 - 12 Mar 2021

Inspired by our Winter Light exhibition, artist Duffy Mooney-Sheppard will take your class on a short virtual tour of the artworks followed by an artistic adventure which will see children use their pencils as shovels to "dig" their way through imaginary underground tunnels.

As spring arrives and the earth warms up, we wonder what is happening down beneath our feet? Under layers of soil, rock and sediment, you may come across the unexpected deep underground, where creatures are stirring, trees are talking, and treasure awaits!

It’s a far way to go, but our drawings may just lead us to uncover the greatest mystery of them all - what really lies beneath our feet at the centre of the Earth.

Curricular Links:

These workshops will link into the drawing, looking & responding strands of the Visual Art curriculum. Themes in this workshop also tie into elements across the SESE curricula exploring the strands such as human and natural environments as well as environmental awareness and care.

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

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.

Visit our Winter Light Online Gallery

This workshop is part of our Winter Light online programme, to accompany our newly commissioned collection of winter-themed artworks for children and families. Although our Winter Light exhibition has been postponed until late 2021 due to Level 5 restrictions, you can still explore these beautiful new artworks in our online gallery...

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: