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Special & Ordinary Objects: Online Drawing Workshops 1 - 17 Jul 2021

In this online drawing workshop with Duffy-Mooney Sheppard, explore different ways of drawing by using your own collections of objects and STUFF you love as your subject.

What do you collect? Shiny things? Round things? Stamps? Toys? Each person is uniquely drawn to particular objects and things. Some people collect shells or found keys or a particular kind of toy or feathers. These objects are special to the person who has collected them and we find ways to keep them safe and display them in our homes - like personal museums.

There are lots of ways to investigate and get to know objects and drawing is one of them. In this workshop, you will be asked to bring things that you have collected, things that you love, things that you like to gather together, that you like to hold and to look at. And we are going to spend time investigating our collections through arranging and drawing in unusual ways.

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

Materials required:

  • Paper
  • Something to draw/paint with, e.g. ink and brush, watercolour/paint, chalk pastels, pencils/markers/crayons
  • Bring along a few things that you have collected

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: