Schools Online Workshops: Winter Nights 1 - 10 Dec 2021

Taking inspiration from The Ark's Winter Light exhibition and music show Tracks in the Snow, children will be introduced to art that explores the many changes the winter season makes to our environment.

Winter nights are a magical sight and as the light fades the landscape changes. As dusk descends lights appear twinkling in the dark, making frost and ice sparkle, casting deep shadows and playful silhouettes. In this workshop, children will explore the wonderful colours of our night skies and city streets in winter.

Working with artist Liselott Olofsson, they will create silhouettes of wintry city scenes and starry night skies through the use of paint, collage and drawing techniques.

The workshop will be adapted to suit the class age range.

Curricular Links

This workshop will develop children’s awareness of colour and tone, as well as form, shape and line. It will focus on the drawing strand, and paint and colour strand of the curriculum. Children will distinguish between tone and pure colour as they layer paint and collage paper to create their wintry streetscape.

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:

  • A4 or A3 white paper
  • Black paper
  • Paint & brushes
  • Scissors
  • A selection of pencils or crayons.
  • Coloured paper, newspaper, scrap patterned paper for collage.
  • Tape and/or glue

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...

Liselott Olofsson
Liselott Olofsson was born in Kilkenny, studied ceramics at NCAD, and received a qualification in Arts Education. For over 20 years she has worked as a part-time teacher and part-time artist, aiming to weave the practices of teaching and making into both areas of her life. Liselott’s starting point for any creative project is research and investigation, delving deep into interesting topics to inspire and inform her work.