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Schools Online Workshops: Winter Magic 18 - 28 Jan 2022

Taking inspiration from The Ark's Winter Light exhibition and music show Tracks in the Snow, children will celebrate the magic of winter light and the variety of elements that are part of the natural world during this season.

In wintertime, light takes on a different more intriguing dimension. With frost glittering on trees and gardens, with ice forming beautiful designs on water and the moon creating magical shadows on a white landscape our imagination soars and stories unfold. There is so much to look forward to!

This workshop is based on a simple 3D activity aimed at creating a shadow scene using a selection of white paper. Children can work on an individual piece or in pairs.

The artist will introduce the workshop through the projection of a sample of images on the theme of winter art and narrative for the children to work from and create their own artwork.

Supported by Rethink Ireland.

Curricular Links

This workshop links with the construction strand and drawing strand of the curriculum, allowing children to create imaginative and complex 3D structures from paper. They will explore shape, tone, line and form as they use paper in different ways to manipulate light and shadow.

Requirements for Participation

For safety reasons, a teacher must be present in the room throughout the workshop and be available to assist the children as needed.

  • A computer/laptop with internet access
  • A digital whiteboard (or alternatively a white wall or screen and projector).
  • Speakers
  • To ensure a smooth and successful workshop, The Ark staff will also need to arrange an advance preparation phone call with the class teacher.

Materials required:

  • A3 white card
  • Pencil and ruler
  • A selection of white paper with different textures like paper napkins, kitchen towels as well as ordinary copy paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors (including scissors with decorative edges)
  • Paper puncher if available.

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 the teacher whose class is booked into the workshop, the artists 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.

About the Artist...

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.