#CreateAtHome - Anything Goes Outdoor Painting

April 27, 2020

Most children love painting .. most parents don't love cleaning up after painting!

With the welcome change in weather, the clean up can get a little easier by moving outside. You don't even have to use a paint brush ... use a few sticks and experiment with mark making on whatever materials you have, paper, cardboard. Gather up sticks, stones, leaves, whatever is around, toothbrushes, cotton buds, anything handy. If you have paper - fine. You can use the inside of a Weetabix box or cardboard from your recycling bin. Go out into your garden or balcony and explore the shapes and marks your sticks and stones make. Some leaves will print, some will just fall apart. Try not to give too much direction, allowing your child to figure things out for themselves.

The main focus of this kind of painting is the experience itself ... what happens if you use a stick ... how does it feel to paint a stone ... is cardboard different to paper ... experimenting freely. 

It's fun and doesn't concentrate on the outcome and you don't have to clean a paint brush afterwards.

Enjoy!
Sarah Beirne, Children & Youth Arts Officer

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#ShowUsYourArt Weekly Art Submissions - Week 5 BUILDINGS

April 24, 2020



From houses to skyscrapers, train stations to garden centres. A sight close to home, or a city skyline with exotic architecture? What kind of buildings will you draw or make this week?

We are missing all our mini-artists and hope you are busy at home creating a variety of projects. Draíocht's Artists would love to see how you are getting on at home and want you to 'Show Us Your Art'!

It's easy to enter and we'll suggest different themes over the coming weeks, while also giving you some helpful tips & ideas on our Blog.

Simply take a photo of your child's artwork and email it to Paula Quinn at paula@draiocht.ie by the deadline each week. Tell us your child's first name & age (this may be posted on social media with your permission with their gorgeous artwork for all to enjoy).

We hope to have an exhibition of some of the works entered later in the year so keep your work safe!

Week 5 Theme: BUILDINGS
Enter your art by email to: paula@draiocht.ie
Deadline: Friday 1st May 11am.
We'll pick 3 random winners and prizes include Draíocht Movie Tickets and Chocolatey Treats (delivered to you after we're all back in action!)
 

Let's get creating! We are super excited for you to #ShowUsYourArt

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You can see all our BUILDINGS entries in our Facebook Album HERE.

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Week 5 Theme: BUILDINGS - 25  Entries

We asked for mini-artists, but we got mini-architects this week instead! We’ve been blown away with the creativity we’ve seen from all the submissions, and we’ve glanced into some imaginative cities and buildings.

This week’s randomly selected winners are:

Axel, age 3

 

Antoni, age 6


Bea, age 10



Congratulations! An email will be sent out with details about your prizes, which includes 2 tickets to a movie showing in Draíocht, and some sweet treats to go along with them!
 

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#CreateAtHome - Cardboard Animal Masks with Genevieve Harden

April 24, 2020

Artist Genevieve Harden has created this amazing workshop to help you explore different mask making techniques using cardboard. Start by creating different textures by tearing and ripping the cardboard, and also use flattened smooth pieces, and different colours. Shred some cardboard for whiskers or feathers. Puncture with a ruler to create rough pieces. Create as many textures as you can, then draw your animal's face and create a jigsaw of pieces with all your different textures. Gen will show you how to make a basic structure first, then attach all your pieces. In this video, Gen will show you the techniques to make a Cat Mask, which you can then apply to making all sorts of animals.

Enjoy!


Draíocht's Family Art programme is ideal for ages 5-10 years.

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#CreateAtHome - Print & Stamp with Recyclables With Deirdre O’Reilly

April 23, 2020



Artist Deirdre O'Reilly has created this wonderful workshop to help you explore different print making techniques. Printing allows children to explore the endless possibilities of shape and colour, line and pattern. Deirdre has chosen recyclable materials, found at home, that you can re-use to create original artworks. Once you’ve tried out all your textures now you can play around with using them multiple times to create your print. Below you’ll find some examples.
Happy Printing!



Materials

Water based printing ink works best, I did try a mix of poster paint and pva glue / acrylic medium and that also worked, but not as good as the printing ink.
A flat surface to roll your ink or brush your ink.
Inking roller or Paint brush.
Paper. 
Newspaper
Textured plastics/cards from recycling bin, look for as many different types. Leaves can also be used.
1. Set up your table, cover with newspaper 
2. Make some test prints to see what the different texture look like printed up. Some will work better than others . 
3. Roll your ink on a flat surface or paint directly on to the card / plastic. 
4. Lay the inked up texture on paper . Place another sheet of paper on top ( this will keep your page clean) press down hard over the complete surface. You can use your fist in a circular motion, a clean roller or even try a rolling pin.
5. Lift back the top sheet of paper
6. Carefully pull the texture back from your page.

Let's go!

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Underside of a plastic box


Underside of a roast chicken container


Bottom of a plastic bottle and a plastic tray for cheese


Foam protector for a wine bottle


Fern leaf


Cardboard toilet roll insert. Card works really well with paint.



Fern & Bubble Wrap Pineapple


Rocket to the Moon

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Draíocht's Family Art programme is ideal for ages 5-10 years, but younger and older siblings are welcome to try it out too.
Printing is fun, and is also messy, so make sure to DRESS FOR MESS!
Enjoy!

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#CreateAtHome - Paper Mache Book Cover

April 22, 2020



This week for our book cover theme, we decided to use up some more easter egg & cereal boxes and make our own books, using Paper Maché.

Instead of using valuable flour, I took a short cut and used a mixture of half pva glue to half water and gave it a good mix.
Using any scraps of paper (doesn't need to be newspaper) we did two coats of paper mache around the whole box, allowing time to dry between each coat.

Once it was fully dried, we painted it a lovely blue colour, to match the background colour of Albie's favourite book, 'The Going To Bed Book', and then stuck on Albie's hand-drawn design. A treasured memory for sure.

Enjoy!
Paula Quinn, Children & Youth Arts Administrator & Albie

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