June 10, 2015
Musician Mischa O' Mahony has been facilitating workshops in Draíocht every Monday for the last few weeks. Here Mischa tells us a little bit about what all those babies and toddlers have been doing during their time here. If you would like to keep up to date with Draíocht's early years programme, why not sign up for our Ezine here.
Well, we are nearing the end of our (sold-out) Me & You Music music sessions. It’s been such a pleasure working in Draiocht and a real treat meeting all the parents with their absolutely fantastic and music loving children. Every week has been a musical journey full of fun and enjoyment.
We have done so much in the past weeks, the babies have:
• learned some lovely little rhymes and songs using their hands and fingers,
• bounced and galloped on their parents laps,
• gotten their hands on some real musical instruments like drums, shakers and bells,
• been swayed and danced around in mummies arms,
• played peekaboo with their parents and with their fellow babies in the class,
• have been pleasantly surprised by puppets and happily watched rainbow streamers waving to the beat,
• listened to lots of songs, some ukulele and even a little saxophone playing.
The toddlers have been working hard too… they have:
• used their hands and feet in lots of action songs,
• rolled, marched and danced,
• rowed their boats in real wavy water, walked through the jungle and buzzed around like bees,
• played musical instruments like shakers, drums, bells, claves, and chime bars,
• bounced teddies on trampolines together,
• played peekaboo and pretended to be jack in the box,
• danced together in our circle,
• met my puppet friend Freddy and his friends,
• learned lots of new songs.
It really looks like they had so much fun and I hope to have awoken their curiosity and enthusiasm for making music, singing songs and dancing. The idea behind the classes is that the parents bring the music and songs home, to encourage this I have emailed songs to the parents so they can continue singing long after the classes have finished. Songs for in the car, for walking to the park, action songs and songs just for the pure joy of singing. Children love nothing more than the voice of their own parents… apart from the sound of their own voice!
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.