Online Gallery: The Ark After-School Art Club

Over six days of workshops led by illustrator Duffy Mooney-Sheppard, The Ark’s live online after-school community project worked to enable the creative potential and expression of participating children and their grown-ups. Now, we are delighted to present some of the artwork created by these children in their exhibition 'Dreaming and Drawing' for Cruinniú na nÓg 2021.

Dreaming and Drawing

The Ark After-School Art Club met online for 6 weeks on Thursday afternoons across April, May and June 2021. We sat on our beds, at our desks and at the kitchen table and came together to listen to stories, look at art, share ideas, draw and invent. As a group, we were all different ages but we found that we had one big thing in common - we love making art!

We called ourselves The Friends of Art. We feel happy while we are being creative and we display our artwork on our walls. The weekly workshops were an opportunity to be artistic, joyful and to express ourselves creatively. As Willow Rose put it, “You can draw your worries away”!

A big thank you for looking at our exhibition from Adele (age 5), Lottie (age 6), Willow Rose (age 8) and Roger (age 9).

"It was such a pleasure to work with these wonderful young artists. A big thank you to all of them for making and sharing their art and ideas with such generosity. The workshops were an organic program of classes; each week’s theme developed from the previous week and focused on the areas that sparked the group's interest. We studied the folklore and science of the moon and stars, the world beneath our feet and got very, very interested in bees. The group came up with ideas and voted on a name for the exhibition and the text above comes from our weekly chats." - Duffy Mooney-Sheppard, illustrator and workshop facilitator

Duffy facilitating online workshops with The Ark After-School Art Club from her studio.