August 15, 2013
Samuel Beckett loved to Doodle, as did Thomas Jefferson and Sylvia Platt . Rumour has it that it can aid your memory! So if you are passing through Draíocht’s lobby with your child..or by yourself… why not stop for a doodle. You can also download a Draíocht Doodle Page here and doodle at home to your heart's content. If you really love to doodle why not join us for a Monster Doodle Family Day.
December 17, 2012
Unlike most years, we had a pretty quiet Family Day on the 8th of December... it could be because it coincided with probably one of the busiest Christmas shopping days of the year! But those that joined us in our first floor gallery printed some very beautiful cards with the help of our artists Jenny, Deirdre, Gen and Andrew.
If you want to make some printed Christmas cards like these at home, you can make a version of what we did with the help of a bit of recycling! Just keep the polystyrene trays that fruit and vegetables sometimes come in and any wrapping, posters or sheet of paper that have a plastic feel to them that might come in your letter box.
Start by using a pen to draw into the Polystyrene, marking out whatever picture you would like to print. Then roll out some paint- we used printing ink and perspex, but acylic paint would do the job and you could spread it onto the plastic coated advertisment that came through your door. This is so the paint is nice and thin...
Best to get you hands on a roller, which you can get from most art supply shops- but a paintbrush will work too.
Next, roll the paint out on to the polystyrene picture (as shown above), thinly and evenly and then press it down onto some paper.
Give it a good rub, pull it off and hey presto, you have a print!
Another idea is to cut up the polystyrene (or thick cardboard would do), then arrange and glue your cut out shapes onto a square of carboard, in a design you like. Roll over your design with an inked up roller. The paint will attach only to the design, as it is raised away from the cardboard base. You have created a stamp. Place your inked stamp down onto a sheet of paper and once again, give it a good rub. When you take it off, only your design should remain.
You can print these stamps over and over again in as many coloures as you would like. Once the print has dried you can glue it on to some card and discover that you will never have to buy a Christmas card again!
We also improvised & made some Christmas decorations for our tree with the left over print templates…
Any Questions, feel free to give drop me a mail (email@example.com) or drop into our next FREE family Day on Sat 26th of January 2013- We will be making piggy banks.
March 29, 2012
The last Saturday’s Family Day did not have the turn out as big as usual, but we can’t complain, because everyone likes when the sun shines, we hope you were busy making sand sculptures at the beach, making stick collage in the park or just reading in the rare March sunshine.
We still had plenty of talented people here… they just made art in a more quiet environment then usual!
If you missed it, maybe you’d like to make it at home: So, here is a quick run down of what we did. If you would like more indepth instructions please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org). We used toilet rolls (thanks to all the lovely arts workers in the office for that!), bird seed (because it has different size seeds but rice, chick peas or whatever will do), (masking) tape, glue (sticks) and a trick, with that ever versatile wonder, that is tin foil.
I found the tin foil trick on this ridiculously inventive website instructables (warning: this website is addictive!). Lot of scraps of paper, feathers, markers or other odds and ends to decorate.
Tape about 4-5 toilet rolls together, to make one large stick:
Grab a length (about 1.5times the length of your stick) of tin foil and twist it to make it look like a length of rope, before coiling it around (you could used the leg of a chair if this is hard to do) to make it look like a spring. Make two tin foil coils like this.
Then coil these two tin foil “springs” around each other. Push the double coil into the toilet rolls and tape them to each end of the tube.
Now, seal up one end of the stick with paper, before pouring a couple of hand fulls of seeds into the tube.
Seal up that end. Give it a shake- does it need more? Less? Try different seeds, there is no wrong noise, so have an experiment until you like the sound of your RainStick.
To finish decorate the outside of your Rain Stick by gluing on strips of different coloured paper- old wrapping paper and magazines will work really well.
Now turn it slowly up and down, letting the contents fall from one end to the other- does it sound like rain? Enjoy your rain sticks- if clouds form and start to look like this….
......hide it and deny everything!
Next family day will be on Sat 19th May 2012 to celebrate National Drawing Day. We’ll create some magic by drawing some optical illusions.