#CreateAtHome - Family Tree

May 13, 2020

This week, for our Family theme, we took inspiration from pinterest to create a Family Tree and we got all the family involved. Not everyone likes paint on their hands so it seems, so a few jelly treats along the way and we all got on grand. We even had our beloved pet cat having a look to see what was going on, but we thought best not to put his paw print on, just in case the paint would irritate him!

We had so much fun with our Family Tree, that we continued on and made another painting with each of our handprints in different colours, to mark our time together in lockdown. Albie finished it off by stamping our family name.

Enjoy,
Paula & Albie

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First, draw a beautiful tree, big enough to fit your family.


Next, choose your paint colour. We chose Green, but yours could be any colour or a mix of colours! You can pour some paint onto a plate, or sponge it onto your hands, or paint it onto your hands.

Albie's hand.


Tillie's hand.


Noah's hand.


Finally, Mammy & Daddy's hands!

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And here is our other design, one hand on top of the other, using lots of colours. We started at the top with the biggest hand and worked our way down to the littlest.




And Albie created our family name in stamps.



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#ShowUsYourArt Weekly Art Submissions - Week 7 FAMILY

May 8, 2020



All of this time at home has meant that we’re spending more time with our families, so why not express how you feel about them through art! Use this theme to think about what family means to you. Is it your relatives? Your closest friends? A community, or group that you’re a part of? Maybe it’s a famous or fictitious family that you’re thinking about. Do you know the family tree of your pet? What about your favourite toys and teddies? Whatever you decide to create, we’re sure you’re going to put your full heart into it!

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 7 Theme: FAMILY
Enter your art by email to: paula@draiocht.ie
Deadline: Friday 15th 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 FAMILY entries in our Facebook Album HERE

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Week 7 Theme: FAMILY - 21 Entries

The love we felt from each piece of artwork representing family this week was incredible! Where would we be without our families? I know we all can’t wait to be reunited once all of this is over!

This week’s randomly selected winners are:

Andreea, age 9


Aidan, age 3


Anna, age 9

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!

Let's take a step back from looking inside for ideas, and next week look outside for our next source of inspiration!

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#CreateAtHome - Origami Cat & Sugar Paper Lion

May 6, 2020

Inspired by Animals this week, Albie and Paula spent a lovely afternoon following a couple of Pinterest tutorials and chose to create an Origami Cat and a Sugar Paper Lion.

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Origami Cat 

First we did some cat origami.
This was a very easy guide to follow but might be a little tricky for small hands. The end result is super cute though and you can make as many as you like, in different colours and also try different expressions and whisker designs. There are lots of great animal origami guides on Pinterest to try, so give it a go and pick your favourite animal.

https://www.pinterest.ie/pin/835277062122854378/






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Sugar Paper Lion

Then we decided we would draw a baby lion, which Albie painted and had lots of fun sticking on his mane with brown sugar paper, giving it a fabulous 3D effect. This was a great guide to follow and Albie loved improvising with the sugar paper mane. If you don't have coloured paper at home, just colour in your own with markers or colouring pencils and that will work just as well. Enjoy!

https://www.pinterest.ie/pin/8585055523085476/ 







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#CreateAtHome - Lego Cat World

April 30, 2020

This week for our Buildings theme, we decided to give the paint brushes and paints a break, and we took out our boxes of lego, to construct our Lego Cat World.

Albie decided he would give his toy pet cats their own world ... and so we introduce you to ... 'The United World of Cats'.

On Cat Avenue there is a Cat Disco, where the cats love to rock out to songs such as the famous 'Meow, Meow, Meow' (I can hear Abba's 'Money Money Money' in the back of my mind!). There's a drive-by Cat Restaurant, where they can get a catfood kebab on their way home. And a communal Cat House, where they love nothing more than curling up together after a hard night of dancing. We really enjoyed building with lego and it reminded me just how versatile this type of art and construction play is. We were storytelling and singing and generally having a great time with this project, as our imaginations took over! We even created a digital story, using a filter. Oh, and the cats had great fun too!

Enjoy!
Paula & Albie







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#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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