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Stuffed STUFF: Online Visual Art Workshop 6 Aug 2021

Create new stuff from old stuff as artist Lucy Hill guides you to create your own STUFFED creatures from scrap fabrics and materials you have lying around at home.

Using different techniques including drawing, designing, sewing by hand, learn to design and make your own unique, one-of-a-kind stuffed creatures out of scrap fabrics like old t-shirts.

The process begins by looking at what materials you have to hand and designing with that in mind. Lucy will show you some examples of what might be possible, and then help you through the design and making process based on the materials you have brought with you.

Finally, STUFF your new toy creation using more of the same scraps. You might even like to make one as a present for a younger sibling. Let’s make something lovable from scraps!

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:

  • Markers
  • A4 Paper for designing
  • Scrap material / fabric (e.g. old but clean t-shirts, clothing, pillow cases: enough for making and stuffing)
  • Buttons, wool, string, hair bobbins, elastic bands or ribbon if you have it
  • Sewing needle & thread
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

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.

Lucy Hill   Alison Laredo

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: