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The Winter Art Studio Experience for Schools 2 - 11 Dec 2014

Visit The Ark’s new Winter Art Studio for a stimulating visual arts experience that incorporates all six strands of the Visual Arts Curriculum.

The studio takes an innovative and non-prescriptive approach to visual arts education, designed to promote independent learning. This vibrant space is packed with winter themed ‘things’ (artwork, books, objects, photographs and illustrations) designed to inspire your class, complete with many tools and materials for the children to use. During their time in the studio, your class will experience aspects of an artist’s studio processes including observation, discussion, experimentation with materials, creating artwork and reflecting on finished work, all facilitated by a professional artist.

Before entering the studio, your class will visit our ‘Winter Inspiration Wall’ - a display of winter themed contemporary artworks by notable Irish artists and discuss the work together in a facilitated response session.

Your class will then investigate the studio, looking at the winter themed ‘things’ on display before breaking into smaller groups and choosing 2-3 of the different ‘art stations’ in the studio to work at. Each station is dedicated to one of the six strands of the Visual Arts Curriculum and students will experiment with different media as they create their own winter themed artworks. The artist will facilitate this session, demonstrating techniques, providing inspiration and support. To conclude there will be a looking and responding session where your class will reflect on the process and their experiences.

A special thank you for the loan of art work from the collection of Mason, Hayes & Curran.

Lead Artist - Claire halpin

Claire is a visual artist and workshop facilitator based in Dublin, working with a wide range of groups and in different contexts including IMMA, DLR Creativity in the Classroom, Temple Street Childrens Hospital, Dublin City Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. She is currently working on the National Arts in Education Partnership Initiative.

Facilitating workshops over the last 15 years has afforded her valuable experience which she continually uses to evaluate and contribute to the ever unfolding process of creativity and development within the workshops and within her personal practice. She aims through her facilitation to bring an awareness and appreciation of the power of art and the creative process.
See Claire's website