A Summer’s Arts Feast for littles ones with The Ark & Dublin City Libraries

A feast of visual arts, drama and storytelling and dance awaits Early Years audiences this summer thanks to an exciting new partnership between The Ark, Dublin City Arts Office and Libraries..

The Ark is delighted to announce a new Early Years partnership with Dublin City Arts Office and Libraries, bringing experiences on and off line to the young audiences aged 2-4 and their families.

This is part of the Dublin City Libraries Creative Hubs programme, offering creative arts experiences to children since 2010, including free performances, exhibitions, workshops and short residencies to the local communities.

This July and August, The Ark have worked with our partners and artists to design participatory workshops both online and outdoors for children aged 2-4 and their families.

Visual artist Jane Groves will be delivering workshops online and at Coolock Library:

Happy Habitats online workshop on explores the idea of habitat, and children are guided in making a new habitat for an animal (real or imaginary) using a mix of materials. For these online workshops, you will need some simple materials from home: empty egg boxes, paper or card, sticks, and if you have it, sticky tape, glue and markers.

Colourful Collages workshops will offer children the opportunity to explore colour and texture, available online from Cabra Library and outdoors at Coolock Library. Children will be guided in creating their own collaged visual story of a bee’s adventures, such as pollinating plants, doing a bee dance or making honey. For the online workshop you will need to gather some simple materials from home: paper (different colours if you have them), old magazines or newspapers, cereal boxes, sticky tape, glue and markers.

Keep a look out for Jane Groves' sculptures Out of My Shell and Into My Hive in Dublin City Libraries for you to enjoy. Out of My Shell invites children to wonder at the small delicate details of the natural world, while Into My Hive is inspired by beehives and the idea of both community and individual identity.

Left: 'Out of My Shell' by Jane Groves; Right: 'Into My Hive' by Jane Groves

Drama facilitator Joanna Parkes will be delivering in-person workshops at Coolock, Walkinstown and Ballyfermot libraries as well as online.

The King’s Beautiful Garden is an outdoor interactive drama workshop, inviting little ones and their grown-ups to meet a king who loves spending time in his gorgeous garden. One day he learns that other kings have wardrobes full of shiny cloaks and crowns. Soon he has lots of dazzling cloaks of many colours but what about the garden? Will the King see sense and save his garden before it’s too late!

Dilly-dally Tortoise and Hurried Hare is an online storytelling workshop exploring what things you should do slowly, and when it might be a good idea to speed things up. Combining drama, story and play, this interactive online drama workshop invites little ones and their grown-ups to enjoy imagining together.

The Ark is delighted our recipient of the John Coolahan Early Years Artist Residency 2020-21, dance artist Monica Muñoz will begin her residency as part of the Creative Hubs Early Years programme. Join Monica’s online Underwater Moves workshop, an imaginary journey under the sea, swimming, diving and dancing through the big blue sea!

See below for workshops currently available to book, or visit www.dublincitylibraries.ie for more information.

Happy Habitats with Jane Groves
Online at Cabra Library
Thu 1 July @ 10.15am Book here
Thu 1 July @ 11.45am Book here
Online at Coolock Library
Fri 2 July @ 10.15am Book here
Fri 2 July @ 11.45am Book here
Online at Ballyfermot Library
Wed 7 July @ 10.15am Book here
Wed 7 July @ 11.45am Book here

Dilly-dally Tortoise and Hurried Hare with Joanna Parkes
Online at Cabra Library
Thu 15 July @ 10.15am Book here
Thu 15 July @ 11.45am Book here

The King's Beautiful Garden with Joanna Parkes
Outdoor at Coolock Library
Sat 17 July @ 10.15am Book here
Sat 17 July @ 12pm Book here
Outdoor at Ballyfermot Library
Wed 21 July @ 10.15am Book here
Wed 21 July @ 12pm Book here

Underwater Moves with Monica Muñoz
Online at Cabra Library
Tue 27 July @ 10.15am Book here
Tue 27 July @ 11.45am Book here

Online at Ballyfermot Library
Wed 28 July @ 10.15am & 11.45am Book here
Online at Coolock Library
Thu 29 July @ 10.15am Book here
Thu 29 July @ 11.45am Book here

Please note workshop capacity is maximum 10 children.