Beautiful Beasts At-Home Activities

This summer, enjoy a range of delightful online events and experiences in visual art, drama and dance, inspired by The Ark's collection of loveable animal sculptures, The Beautiful Beasts. Create new artworks and creative adventures inspired by the creatures big and small, meek and mighty, that can be found all around us.

Video Workshop: Animal Transformations

With Duffy Mooney-Sheppard
For ages 5-12

In partnership with Irish Arts Centre

We are excited to team up with our friends in the Irish Arts Center in New York to bring you this creative book-making workshop with illustrator uffy Mooney Sheppard. This workshop takes inspiration from Irish mythology's many stories about humans turning into animals. Perfect for children aged 5-12 (and grown-ups too) you will choose which animal you would like to become, learn its wisdom, and draw a simple booklet of your own imagined animal transformation tale.

Materials you will need:
• A few sheets of printer or construction paper (or similar)
• Drawing instruments (e.g., pencils, markers, crayons, or whatever you have handy)
• For the cover of your booklet, a piece of cardstock if you have it. Some cardboard cut to the size of your paper will also do!
• Stapler (or glue stick/glue/tape)
• Scissors

Video Workshop: Recipes for Stories

With Dave Rudden
For ages 7+

Anyone can be a writer! And author Dave Rudden has a few easy Recipes for Stories to help children develop their writing.

In this video workshop, author of the Knights Of The Borrowed Dark trilogy, Dave Rudden explains the basic building blocks of stories along with some fun writing exercises to help budding writers aged 7+ flex their writing muscles.

Video Workshop: Story Islands & Wilhelma The Tortoise

With Duffy Mooney-Sheppard
For ages 5-12

Grab some paper, pencils, crayons or whatever drawing materials you have at home, and join us for this visual art video workshop with illustrator Duffy Mooney-Sheppard to celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg, a day of free creativity for children and young people!
Inspired the adventures of Wilhelma The Tortoise, a friendly mahogany sculpture by Imogen Stuart, you will create a unique pictorial story map of your own. When drawing a map, you can invent your own world and tell a brand new story using whatever basic art materials you have available at home.

The Beautiful Beasts @ Home is part of The Ark's 25th birthday season, sponsored by BDO.