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Teachers’ Afternoon Cuppa 2 Jun 2021

Primary and preschool teachers are warmly invited to grab a cup of tea and join us on Zoom for our second afternoon cuppa event. This will be an informative and relaxed chat with The Ark team and likeminded teachers.

Given the new ways in which we are all working and the challenges of our current times, we wanted to create a space for teachers to take a little time out for a breather, to catch up with colleagues informally before the end of the school year, with a bit of inspiration about creativity in the classroom thrown in for good measure.

Grab a cup of tea and join us as we present guest speaker Jole Bortoli, an inspiring visual artist who has dedicated her work to children and art in education. Jole has devised and led art programmes for schools at The Ark since we opened our doors in 1995 and, since 2013, she has also led our much-loved annual teachers visual art summer course.

Jole will give a short talk on the value of nurturing your own creative confidence as a teacher and easy tips to begin to do this. We’ll also share with you how to access the free online arts-based resources that The Ark has available for teachers – several of which have been created by Jole.

We’ll have some time to break into small groups too so you’ll have a chance for a chat and catch up with colleagues. Come and join us for a relaxed and enjoyable gathering this afternoon.

As there is a limit to the number of places on a video call we do need you to register this time. We promise it is really quick and simple.

Please register here.

Once you have successfully registered, we will email you a link to a Zoom call on the morning of the event. Please be advised you will need to install the Zoom app in advance which can be downloaded here.

Find out more about our Teachers' Summer Courses

In partnership with Dublin West Education Centre, we are delighted to present four Department of Education approved online arts summer courses for primary school teachers:


About Jole Bortoli

Jole Bortoli, is a visual artist, art-facilitator and director of Art to Heart – an art organisation that works with children and adults in art, educational and community settings.

Jole regularly curates and leads visual art programmes in The Ark where she also facilitates the Primary Schools Visual Art Curriculum as part of the Department of Education and Skills and EPV-approved summer course for teachers. She has art-directed the interior design of children-centred spaces such as the A&E Department in Temple Street Children’s Hospital and the Office for the Ombudsman for Children.

Jole currently works in Dublin and the Burren, Co. Clare and every week she leads workshops for children and adults.

Jole’s personal practice as a visual artist goes hand in hand with her work as artist facilitator. Her personal work either informs or is a response to what she explores with the people she works with, and it is the visual expression of observations, reflections and study.