Preparing For Section 3 - Art Appreciation

Preparing For Section 3 - Art Appreciation


Mon 4 Jan - Tue 31 May 2016 // €1 per student // Dur: 60 Mins

COST: €1 PER STUDENT / Duration 1 hour

Section 3 of the Leaving Certificate Art exam paper often includes a question on visiting an exhibition or a gallery space. Facilitated by artist Andrew Carson, this tour gives students the opportunity to ask questions and explore Draíocht’s exhibitions, focusing on how we layout, install, display and light work. They will also have an opportunity to make notes, sketches and diagrams.

Contact Sarah on 01-8098029 to arrange a tour that will help students answer possible questions around gallery installation and exhibitions. All materials will be provided. Please give at least 2 weeks notice. Max 30 students per class with accompanying teacher.

Transition Year Dance Project

Transition Year Dance Project

With Dublin Youth Dance Company

Tue 1 Mar - Tue 31 May 2016

Age: Transition Year Students
Running March-May 2016

Dublin Youth Dance Company in collaboration with Draíocht presents this exciting and innovative Transition Year Dance Programme for secondary schools in the Dublin 15 area. Beginning with a taster workshop for all TY students, a small selection of interested budding dancers will be picked to join with students from schools across Dublin 15 to participate in a weekly Dance Programme in Draíocht. The programme will culminate with two performances on our Main Stage. Young dancers from DYDC will perform alongside the Transition Year Students.

If you are interested in your school taking part please contact Sarah Beirne, on 01-8098029 or

Draíocht’s Artist in Your Classroom Initiative

Draíocht’s Artist in Your Classroom Initiative


Fri 1 Apr - Tue 31 May 2016

This programme aims to provide a range of high quality arts experiences for pupils and teachers in your own classroom, using Draíocht’s professional artists, at both Primary and Secondary level. Your school can choose from the range of specially selected and purposefully created school workshops below. Pupils will have the opportunity to create cartoons, bring out their dramatic side with drama, draw and create with ink while investigating real 1916 letters. Workshops are tailored to your class’s age and abilities and will work with two separate classes each day.


Slap it, bang it, thump it, texture it! Create three dimensional animals and clay models with Ceramic Artist Deirdre O'Reilly. This in depth ceramic workshop will concentrate on using 3 dimensional clay shapes as a starting point for model making. During these workshops the children will be equipped with new skills and knowledge of how to create the most adventurous of 3D model with fine textured detail applied. A must do cross curricular, creative workshop for your class.


This Cartoons Capers workshop consists of a short, hilariously funny talk by author Alan and then the children join in as Alan gives a step-by-step drawing demonstration of one of the comical characters from his books. They then create their own mini-comic book using materials and help that Alan provides. Every pupil gets to bring home their own comic book.


Using some of our favourite fairytales as a starting point, facilitator Eimear, introduces pupils to the wonderful world of theatre through imaginative storytelling and fun collective group games. The workshop will explore different ways of engaging the imagination, of thinking creatively, seeing, listening, new ways of communicating and expression, as well as building confidence. Pupils will work together towards a common goal of creating a short improvised performance piece, giving pupils the opportunity to experience the creation of something from nothing!


These innovative drawing and writing workshops look at creative ways to engage with original 1916 letters. The aim of ‘Letters of 1916’ is to give an intimate sense of what it was like to live in Ireland during one of the most significant years in modern Irish history. By engaging with original primary documents, students find a wide range of experiences and learn that the history of 1916 was complex and fascinating. Participants will explore a selection of letters, create and illustrate handwritten postcards in response to the excitement and turmoil expressed through the thoughts and feelings and words of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events.

Workshop Notes & Bookings:
Workshops can take place from April-May 2016 on a date of your choosing. Closing date for Bookings is Friday 15 April 2016 through Draíocht’s Box Office tel: 01-8852622. The programme is offered on a first come first serve basis and is restricted to schools within the Dublin 15 area. Cost per day €150. All materials are provided. Schools are welcome to make multiple bookings, subject to artist availability, but due to budgetary constraints the above subsidised workshop rate is limited to two days per school. For further details please contact Sarah on 01-809 8029.

Sing Your Socks Off - SOLD OUT

Sing Your Socks Off - SOLD OUT

Mischa O’Mahony - Me & You Music

Mon 4 Apr - Mon 16 May 2016 Draiocht Workshop Room // €42 For 6 Weeks

Mondays / 6 Weeeks / 04 April – 16 May 2016 (No Class 02 May)
10am: Age 3-18 Months (Dur: 40 Mins)
11am: Age 19 Months-4 Years (Dur: 60 Mins)
Cost: €42 For 6 Weeks Or €8 Pay As You Go (Subject To Availability)
Booking Tel: 01-8852622

Mischa O’ Mahony returns to playfully introduce you and your child to the elementary musical building blocks of pitch and rhythm and also the joy of singing your socks off. Come on this lively journey full of songs and music, using movement, instruments, stories and puppet friends. You will stamp your feet to the beat, wiggle to the rhythm, dance around, play many instruments and get to discover your child’s unique voices.

The Lucky Penny 1916 Literature Project & Exhibition

The Lucky Penny 1916 Literature Project & Exhibition

D15 Primary School Artists With Illustrator/Author Alan Nolan & Writer Brian Gallagher

Tue 19 Apr - Sat 23 Jul 2016 First Floor Gallery

This exhibition is the result of a large scale innovative and fun filled arts and literature schools project which ran from November 2015-to April 2016, to commemorate 1916.

With initial inspiration from local author Brian Gallagher and his book ‘Friend or Foe’, reaching over 3000 Dublin 15 pupils, three 6th Classes were chosen to work with illustrator, writer and cartoonist, Alan Nolan. 
Inspired by a specific moment in ‘Friend or Foe’, pupils were introduced to the concept of how a coin could move across a revolutionary Dublin of 1916, making its way through the misery, chaos and upheaval of war. Pupils worked exhaustively, using themes and hints from Brian’s book, along with learning from tours to Collins Barracks and thorough research with their fantastic class teachers, to begin to shape and build characters and stories that, with the help of Alan would slowly develop into a full length cartoon, full of adventure and peril.

The resulting cartoon strips are now exhibited in large scale vinyl in our First Floor Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a full colour published comic book, along with a short film documentary which will be screened at the exhibition opening.

This project has been made possible with generous funding from Fingal County Council and Centenary Committee Funding.

Create Dance Project - Summer 2016

Create Dance Project - Summer 2016

Sat 23 Apr - Sat 28 May 2016 Draiocht Workshop Room

Commencing Sat 23 Apr 2016
Jnr Group (Age 5-9 Yrs): 12.30pm-1.20pm
Snr Group (Age 10-16 Yrs): 1.45pm-2.45pm

Cost: €5 Per Class

What’s your favourite fairytale character? Can you move like the animals in Jungle Book or dance like Snow White or a Princess? Dancers Mark Rogers and Philippa Donnellan, continue to work magic with dance with our create dancers, who love to dance and also happen to have an intellectual disability. Parents and siblings all participate. If you would like to find out more about this project, or find out if Create Dance is for your child check out our website or contact / ph 01-8098029.

Maloney’s Dream / Briongloid Maloney
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Maloney’s Dream / Briongloid Maloney

Branar Téatar do Pháistí / In association with Roscommon Arts Centre

Thu 28 - Sat 30 Apr 2016 Main Auditorium // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class / Age 8+ yrs / Dur: 60 mins

FRI 29 APRIL  / 10AM

When one man's dream of a new beginning collided with the birth of a nation...
To mark the centenary celebrations of the 1916 Rising, Branar have created a new show for audiences of all ages called Maloney’s Dream. 
Maloney's Dream is a theatre show which is set against the background of Easter Week 1916. Thaddeus Maloney has a dream to open a new hotel on Sackville St (now O’Connell Street) on the Easter Monday. With a fantastically talented ensemble cast, set design by Maeve Clancy, original score by Michael Chang and puppets by Suse Reibeisch this will be a treat of a show for all ages. It’s a bilingual show that is jam packed with live music, physical theatre and puppetry.
A special educational website has been developed which aims to help schools to negotiate the vast amount of information available about 1916.

Kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Foras Na Gaeilge, Galway City & County Councils and RTE Supporting the Arts.

The Toddler Take Over - For Ages 1-4 Years

The Toddler Take Over - For Ages 1-4 Years

An Early Arts Celebration - With Orla Kelly & Guests

Thu 19 May 2016 10am-2.30pm

After the success of last year’s early years one day event, Beag, Draíocht will once again be magically transformed into a big space for an adventure through different art forms: story, visual arts, music and dance for ages 1-4 years. With a combination of book-in and free drop-in events, children are invited to explore the little spaces that big people don’t usually see. Little characters will lurk under chairs; footprints will amble across floors and elsewhere in the small nooks that only children notice. Armed with just your imagination come and help Orla Kelly and our other artists nurture the creative potential of your child … and have great fun at the same time!

Booking opens on 15 April 2016, tel 01-8852622.
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  • The Toddler Take Over - For Ages 1-4 Years video
Family Day: National Drawing Day - Picasso Portraits

Family Day: National Drawing Day - Picasso Portraits

Sat 21 May 2016 12 NOON-3PM Ground Floor Gallery // FREE

The incredibly original Pablo Picasso will inspire us, as we join others across the country for National Drawing Day. Using chalk and scissors we’ll work on creating colorful, interesting, imaginative still life and portraits and learn a little about abstract art.

Family Day Notes:
Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited. Max 50 per workshop
Session 1: 12:00pm-12:50pm
Session 2: 01:00pm-01:50pm
Session 3: 02:00pm-02:50pm

Dress for Mess/ Unless otherwise stated workshops are designed for children from 5-10 years, though younger and older siblings are welcome to take part/ Please be aware that Draíocht’s Family Days are not designed for groups/ All children must be accompanied by an adult… and all adults must be accompanied by a child!

Bookings tel: 01-8852622

Learn To Play Music Day

Learn To Play Music Day

With Castleknock School of Music / Mini Music & Instrumental Classes

Tue 31 May 2016 1.30pm-5.30pm // Free // 6mts-8+ Years

Ever wondered what it would be like to play a piano, pluck a violin string or blow into a saxophone? Well, now you can with Castleknock School of Music’s ‘Learn to Play Music Day’, where you can come and try an instrument and it’s absolutely FREE. There are also ‘Mini Music Classes’ available for ages 6 months-8+ years. This promises to be a great afternoon to learn a little about music and have some fun.

Places are free but limited.

Advance booking essential on tel: 01-8852622.

Ages / Mini Music & Instrumental Classes / Times

6-24 mths / Mini Music: Busy Babies     / 1.30-2.00pm
2-3 Yrs   / Mini Music: Bonny Bluebirds / 2.10-2.40pm
3-4 Yrs   / Mini Music: Red Robins      / 2.50-3.20pm
4-5 Yrs   / Mini Music: Pink Bears      / 3.30-4.00pm
5-6 Yrs   / Try it Out: Pathway to Piano / 3.30-4.00pm
5-6 Yrs   / Mini Music: Yellow Bunnies   / 4.00-4.30pm
5-6 Yrs   / Try it Out: Adventures in Violin / 4.30-5.00pm
6-7 Yrs   / Try it Out: Adventures in Violin / 3.30-4.00pm
6-7 Yrs   / Try it Out: Gateway to Guitar  / 4.00-4.30pm
6-7 Yrs   / Mini Music: Green Frogs     / 4.30-5.00pm
6-7 Yrs   / Try it Out: Pathway to Piano  / 5.00-5.30pm
7+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Adventures in Violin  / 4.00-4.30pm
7+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Pathway To Piano   / 4.30-5.00pm
7+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Gateway to Guitar     / 5.00-5.30pm
8+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Flute/Clarinet/Sax   / 2.50-3.30pm

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

Sensory Friendly Family Film

Sat 4 Jun 2016 3PM Draíocht Studio // €5 adults & children / Dur: 110 mins

When Nemo is unexpectedly taken far from home and thrust into a dentist's office fish tank, Marlin finds himself the unlikely hero on an epic journey to rescue his son. In his quest, Marlin is joined by Dory, a Regal Blue Tang fish with the worst short-term memory and biggest heart in the entire ocean!

For this sensory friendly screening the volume is lowered, the auditorium lights are on low, we have restricted the capacity and viewers can make noise and move around the auditorium space if they wish.  

Bookings: 01-8852622.

  • Finding Nemo video
Toddler Thursdays

Toddler Thursdays

Get Creative with Orla Kelly

Thu 23 Jun 2016

THU 28 APR & THU 23 JUN 2016
Age: 2 To 3 Years // €6 Per Session

Paint, stick, explore and discover. Orla will create more workshop wonders, by inventing new and curious environments aimed at supporting parents to get creative with their children. Sessions will be un-themed allowing parents and children to work spontaneously with the materials provided. This hour, which has become really popular in Draiocht, offers a creative and artistic experience to support parents in encouraging the creative growth of their children. Dress for mess!

Booking for each session opens at 10am 2 weeks before session date, so 
14 APR - Booking Opens 10am for session on 28 APR
09 JUN - Booking Opens 10am for session on 23 JUN

Please respect age limits. These sessions are designed for 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.
Booking Tel: 01-8852622

Summer Projects 2016 - Fingal Film School

Summer Projects 2016 - Fingal Film School

With CreateSchool

Mon 27 Jun - Fri 1 Jul 2016

Mon 27 Jun-Fri 01 Jul 2016 // 10am-4pm 
Age Range: 14-18 Years / Cost: €65

Want to learn how to make your own films? Over these 5 days, facilitated by CreateSchool, you will collaborate with other creatives to plan, script, storyboard, film, edit and learn how to effectively add audio to produce your own short films.  Using mobile digital devices and a selection of apps you will gain skills and tips that you can take home and master with your own projects. The workshop will conclude with a screening of the films. These workshops are an initiative of Fingal Arts Office.

Bookings: 01-8852622.

Rainy Days

Rainy Days

July & August

Fri 1 Jul - Wed 31 Aug 2016 Draíocht Galleries

On a rainy day over the Irish summer you are very welcome to visit our galleries and explore our two exhibition spaces with your children.
Our friendly box office staff will assist you with paper, clipboards, colouring pencils and a handy page (and a cushion if you need one!) and give you ideas and games to help you while away a few hours.

Summer Projects 2016 - Summer Song School

Summer Projects 2016 - Summer Song School

With SongSchool

Mon 4 - Fri 8 Jul 2016

Mon 04- Fri 08 July 2016 / 10am-4pm
Thu 07 July 10am-8pm
Free Concert For Family & Friends On Thu 07 July At 7pm

Age Range: 14-18 Years / Cost: €65

Want to create songs and learn what it’s like to preform your songs live? Facilitated by SongSchool, these workshops are for those who are interested in just that: writing and recording songs, performing a concert, making a video, learning about music technology and meeting people who love music as much as they do ... not to mention forming bands and having fun! Participants receive a CD of their songs, a DVD of their videos and a certificate of participation.

Bookings: 01-8852622.

Summer Projects 2016 - Crafty Adventures: Make A Puppet Theatre

Summer Projects 2016 - Crafty Adventures: Make A Puppet Theatre

Mon 11 - Fri 15 Jul 2016 // €45

Mon 11-Fri 15 July 2016 // €45
Workshop A:  6-8 Yrs  // 10am-12pm

Workshop B: 9-13 Yrs // 12.45pm-2.45pm

During this year’s Crafty Adventures, we will scribble magnificent designs, cut amazing shapes, paint, splatter and print in blobs and splashes to create a magnificent puppet theatre. We will then glue together, doodle, shade and dress and decorate a puppet so, on the final day we can amaze with a marvelous puppet performance for family. Please respect age limits, dress for mess and don’t worry about coloring inside the lines.

Bookings: 01-8852622.