#CreateAtHome - Homemade Play Dough

April 20, 2020

Lots of us are trying to adjust to a new way of life. Having children at home, being a parent, teacher, cook. The entertainment all rolled into one can be pretty demanding.
In our home, the answer is ... Homemade Play Dough ... it's easy to make, you probably have most of the ingredients already and it can keep everyone busy for ages!

While obviously being great fun to make and play with, there are other benefits too. It promotes self directed play and imaginative play, as well as the development of fine motor skills. You can also use it as an educational tool, to make shapes, letters and numbers.

We have experimented with a few different recipes but have found this one to be the best. I lean towards an uncooked version and it allows everyone to help make the play dough, which is half the fun. Don't worry about not having food colouring, just make a batch with no food colouring .. the outcome is still hours of fun.

You'll need:
A bowl. We mix the wet ingredients first, and then add the dry ingredients.
2 cups of Flour / 1 cup of salt / 2 tablesppoons vegetable oil (most oils will work fine) / 1 cup of Warm water / Food colouring (optional) 

- For a further sensory experience you can add some nutmeg or cinnamon for a lovely scent.

We keep our playdough in old take away boxes, but a zip lock bag or any air tight container will keep it fresh for a while ... or at least until you've found it crusted into the floor one time too many and it accidentally finds its way to the bin! ... OR until you make your next batch of course!

Sarah Beirne, Children & Youth Arts Officer



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#CreateAtHome - Printing for Toddlers with Anne Cradden

April 20, 2020

Artist Anne Cradden has created this amazing workshop to help you explore the fabulous shapes and colours that can be created with stamping and printing, especially at home, using easy to find objects. Make your own stamps, using cardboard, sponges and even toys. Mix colours and create all kinds of shapes. After all your wonderful prints are dry, try your hand at making home-made bunting!

Draíocht's Early Years Art programme is ideal for ages 2-4 years.
Printing is fun, and is also messy, so make sure to DRESS FOR MESS!


More: https://www.draiocht.ie/blog/category/youth_arts_createathome

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#ShowUsYourArt Weekly Art Submissions - Week 4 BOOK COVERS

April 20, 2020

Imagine your own book, complete with a cast of characters. Recreate your favourite book cover in your own style. Or design your own book using some different materials with a beautiful cover to put on your bookshelf!

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 Nolan 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 4 Theme: BOOK COVERS
Enter your art by email to: paula@draiocht.ie
Deadline: Friday 24 April 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


You can see all our BOOK COVERS entries in our Facebook Album HERE


Week 4 Theme: BOOK COVERS - 30 Entries

They say never judge a book by its cover, but how can we not be blown away by all of the amazing book covers we’ve received this week from our mini-artists!

This week’s randomly selected winners are:

Daniel, age 8

Katie, age 11

Nazanin, age 6


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!

We hope you enjoyed exploring new worlds within your books this week. We recommend you keep a mental image of all the places you’ve been within the pages, as it might just help out with next week’s theme...

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Draiocht News Update - 17 April 2020

April 17, 2020

Hi there,

It’s been 5 whole weeks since our first cancelled show, which was ‘Honk’ by St Mochta’s National School, under the joyful direction of John Cryan. We are certainly missing the very palpable levels of excitement throughout the building.

In marked contrast, this is our new normal now, as we Zoom our Meetings from home, keeping the positivity up and hoping that you, our audiences, friends and colleagues, are coping as well as can be expected and staying safe and busy.

We don’t know yet when we’ll be open, but we can’t wait to see you all again! We are here for you digitally and can assure you of one thing: When you do come back to Draíocht, our venue will be super safe.

We are committed to introducing new digital scanning of online tickets, minimising cash transactions and ensuring the highest standards of hygiene are in place. For now, we will continue with our digital communications and hope that you’ll stay the distance with us.

If you need our help, the best way to contact any of our staff at the moment is by email
or we have a Covid19 Temporary Box Office Phone Number
               083-084 7249
For Ticket Enquiries, Monday-Friday 10am-6pm



D15 Youth Theatre are Zooming on Tuesdays! We’ve moved our regular evening meet ups online to keep in touch with all our young people.

'It’s so important that we keep our hobbies going and our creativity flowing. Our plans include writing monologues, acting and recording some individual pieces. Stay tuned for more!'
Emily Matthews, D15 Youth Theatre Facilitator

‘It is times like these that we turn to arts the most. The world’s population is creating and consuming art as if it is oxygen, sharing and spreading ideas, shedding light on the world’s problems while simultaneously acting as an escape. Art is a need, not a luxury. It enlightens our souls and surrounds us in our everyday lives.’  Kate, D15 Youth Theatre Member

Read Kate's full blog HERE.



Try your hand at making an Easter Alien, Spring Dreamcatcher, Easter Piñata or a Beastly Bookmark!

Our BLOG is full of creative crafty ideas for children and young people to Create At Home …



We’ve had 3 wonderful weeks of art submissions from our mini artists all over Dublin 15! Thank you all for your enthusiasm!

So far, we’ve explored themes around SPRING, EASTER, & JUNK ART! We are hopeful to have an exhibition featuring these pieces when we reopen, so keep your work safe.

Our next theme is BOOK COVERS and entries will be featured on our Facebook Instagram feeds …



Our Create Dance children are having so much fun online that we asked Conor Donolan to make one of their videos public for EVERYONE to enjoy!

Create Dance is a core part of Draíocht’s programming. Now in its 8th year, it's a fun, innovative dance project, where our young dancers, with a variety of intellectual disabilities and abilities, love to dance and move. Read more HERE.



The printed copies arrived before lockdown and we can’t wait any longer to unveil it! Well, at least a digital unveil for now...

‘The beating heart of HOME THEATRE (Ireland) was performance night on Saturday October 6th. Ninety performances telling thirty stories to thousands of people in living rooms across Dublin 15. At approximately nine thirty that night I followed Samir and Duke Special and stood in the cold night to watch a paper lantern float up into the sky. My heart was full. My soul sated. My belief in us as a community, a society, replenished. For me, art had come to pass in the rich collaboration between artist and host, each acting as catalyst, the host unlocking the artist and the artist framing the host.’
Veronica Coburn, Artistic Director of Home Theatre Ireland

You can read the PDF of our Home Theatre Ireland Evaluation Report HERE.

11 Filmmakers captured all 30 shows which you can enjoy HERE.

Video of the Week: "Samir" by Duke Special



Draiocht is home to a bright and spacious Artists Studio, and since opening in 2001 it has been home to many artists. Artist Susan Buttner started her residency in early March, just before lockdown, and continues to work from home. Susan has created a video of her works in progress and we look forward to welcoming her back when we reopen.

‘Part of my exploratory sculptures and paintings whilst on residency are made intuitively with a variety of materials, laying bare, vulnerable and disquieting bodily reflections in political and social contexts. Exploring smaller works creating a dialogue between sculpture and painting, testing tensions between the exposition of stretched fabrics and the painted surface. I am looking forward to getting back into the studio post Covid19.’  Susan Buttner, Artist in Residence at Draíocht



Kev will be joining the Youth Arts Department in Draíocht when we reopen!

Pop over to our BLOG and see how Paula, Albie & Tillie made this amazing Junk Art Robot. Just remember... A Robot is for Life, not just for Lockdown!



The Creativity Tonic - "I can’t stress enough how the power of doing something creative to still your mind and be present is needed now more than ever."

Comedians on Lockdown - Two comedians. One wedding. Three weeks in lockdown. Will Catherine Bohart and Sarah Keyworth’s relationship survive?

Activities in Nature Competition - Try some of these 24 fun nature activities and you could win one of 25 prizes in Fingal County Council’s Nature Competition! Deadline is 15th May



Learn the Ukulele for free in the comfort of your own home thanks to Music Generation and Rock Jam.



These are tough times for arts venues all around the country. If you can support us at this time with a Donation, no matter the amount, it would mean the world to us, or you can purchase a Gift Voucher for future use. We've been blown away by your generosity so far, so a huge thank you from all of us.


From our homes to your homes, when you need us, we will be there.
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#CreateAtHome - Junk Art Robot

April 16, 2020

Meet Kev the Robot (named after the delivery box that some essential hair care products arrived in!). Kev took about 10 hours to make, over two days. Kev will be joining the Youth Arts Department in Draiocht when we reopen!

We used:
Delivery boxes, Easter egg boxes & inserts, toothpaste box, egg carton, rolled up paper (eyebrows), tissue box, styrofoam balls, lots of silver & coloured paint, glue and lots and lots of masking tape.

We didn't have any red paint so Tillie mixed magenta & yellow to come up with the perfect shade of red - well done Tillie!!
Lots of fun was had, mostly from Albie our Director!

Paula Quinn, Children & Youth Arts Administrator



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Send photos of your creations to paula@draiocht.ie



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