Dublin 15 Transition Year Dance Workshops

Dublin 15 Transition Year Dance Workshops

March/April 2019 - School Taster Workshops

Fri 1 Mar - Tue 30 Apr 2019

Dublin Youth Dance Company in collaboration with Draíocht and Fingal Arts Office will be hosting workshops for Transition Year students interested in dance and performance with the aim of developing a youth dance group affiliated to Dublin Youth Dance Company in the Fingal area. School Taster Workshops will run over March and April 2019 and offer a taste of creative dance, focusing on group work and developing individual skill sets for dance.

These free taster workshops are available to all Transition Year groups in Dublin 15.
If you are interested in your students having the opportunity to take part, please contact Sarah Beirne, t: 01-8098029 or e: sarah@draiocht.ie for further information.

Gallery Sketch Tours - Tours for Secondary Classes

Gallery Sketch Tours - Tours for Secondary Classes

MARCH - MAY 2019

Mon 18 Mar - Fri 17 May 2019 // FREE

These tours have been created to support pupils preparing for Art Exam papers. Using the exhibition ‘MAKing Art: PAINTing’, we offer support to students in answering questions on visiting an exhibition or a gallery space. Facilitated by Draíocht artists, this tour gives students the opportunity to ask questions and explore Draíocht’s exhibitions, focusing on how we lay out, install, display and light work. They will also have an opportunity to make notes, sketches and diagrams.

Contact Sarah on 01-8098029. Max 30 students per class with accompanying teacher. 

Focus On Workshops ... Visual Notebooks

Focus On Workshops ... Visual Notebooks

March 2019 / For Primary & Secondary Schools

Mon 25 - Thu 28 Mar 2019 Draiocht Workshop Room // Cost: €45 Per Class

This series of Focus On Workshops incorporates elements of the school curriculum. The emphasis will be on seeing and responding to art, with a focus on visual notebooks and sketchbooks, a core part of art practice. Artists use visual notebooks to remember things they have seen, heard or read, to tease out how they might make their work, to remind themselves of future or past projects, to play with ideas, textures and colours. During these workshops, pupils will get the opportunity to work alongside artists Bridget Flannery and Liz Rackard, both exhibiting artists this season in the exhibition Making Art: Painting.


MON 25 & THU 28 MAR Draíocht Workshop Room
10AM-12PM or 12.15PM-2.15PM
Age Range: 5th & 6th Class Pupils
Cost: €45 Per Class 
After a facilitated exploration of the exhibition MAKing Art: Painting, artist Liz Rackard will lead a workshop introducing creative journaling. Using a number of different techniques and a range of arts supplies, pupils begin with a blank book. Each pupil will leave with the beginnings of their visual journal in which they can continue to work on at home or school. Visual journaling emphasises not only thoughts and ideas, but colours, shapes, lines and textures.


TUE 26 & WED 27 MAR  Draíocht Workshop Room
Age Range: Junior Cert, TY And Leaving Cert Students
Cost: €45 Per Class 
Beginning with a facilitated tour of the exhibition MAKing Art: Painting, painter Bridget Flannery will introduce pupils to her range of visual notebooks and explore with pupils how these inform her work. Her visual notebooks are filled with colour samples, notes on her reading and listening, images that intrigue, alongside collages and drawings which help bring her painting projects to conclusions. This workshop aims to help students develop and experiment with ideas in making their art work. Each student will receive a blank notebook and will make it their own, filling it with images, words, lyrics, drawings and collages that reflect and echo their personal imagination.

Workshop Notes:
Limited to 1 class per school but other classes are welcome to be part of a waiting list. Cost per class €45. Please get in touch with Sarah Beirne (01) 8098029 if cost is an issue for your school. Max of 30 pupils per class. 

Revision Day: Meeting The Artists, Exploring The Art

Revision Day: Meeting The Artists, Exploring The Art

Secondary Cycle Art Exam Preparation

Thu 4 Apr 2019 10.30AM-1.30PM Draíocht Studio // FREE

This unique revision day is designed for Leaving Certificate art students and teachers. Using the exhibition ‘MAKing Art: PAINTing', we will explore and support art student’s preparation for the Leaving Certificate Art Appreciation section, through a series of talks and hands-on activities.

The day is balanced by a series of talks by Draíocht’s gallery curator, Sharon Murphy, exhibition artists, Geraldine O’Neill (currently on the Leaving Cert Art Syllabus) and Susan Connolly and a hands-on exploration of the gallery exhibition with Draíocht technicians and gallery educators. Through these talks, we will concentrate on different aspects of a gallery exhibition, from the selection of work to its installation. We will facilitate mediated sketching tours, encouraging pupils to explore the act of painting, its materials, processes and varied manifestations, by seeing and responding to four contemporary artists with contrasting styles and subjects. We will also explore paintings from the collection of The Arts Council, featuring works by 10 artists, some of which have never been shown publicly.

Places are free, but limited and must be booked in advance with Draíocht’s Box Office on 01-8852622.