Draíocht’s Artist in Your Classroom Initiative

Draíocht’s Artist in Your Classroom Initiative

Workshops In Your Classroom With Draíocht’s Artists

Mon 7 Jan - Fri 29 Mar 2019

This programme aims to provide a range of high-quality arts experiences for pupils and teachers, at Primary level, in their own classroom, using Draíocht’s professional artists. Your school can choose from the range of specially selected and purposefully created school workshops below. Workshops are tailored to your class’s age and abilities and artists will work with two separate classes each day.

Bringing The Stage Into Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable To All Age Ranges
Duration: Junior/Senior Inf: 4 Class Group Workshops of 45 mins
2nd Class Upwards: 2 Class Group Workshops of 1.5hrs
Artist: Eimear Morrissey
Using a theme of your choice as a starting point, Eimear Morrissey 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 them the opportunity to experience the creation of something from nothing.

Bringing Dance Into Your Classroom
Age Range: Infants to 1st class
Duration: 3 different class group workshops of 45 mins each
Artist: Mariam Ribon of Dublin Youth Dance Company
This Leaps & No Bounds workshop introduces your pupils to dance and movement in an imaginative and creative way. Pupils will learn to have fun responding to music, to enjoy swinging their arms, bobbing their head and expressing themselves through the freedom of movement and dance. The workshop focuses on kinaesthetic learning and uses movement as a method of reinforcing reading readiness, math, geography and science.

Bringing Print Into Your Classroom
Age Range: 3rd-6th Class
Duration: 2 Class Group Workshops Of 2 Hours
Artist: Deirdre O’Reilly
Deirdre will introduce your pupils to a number of different print making techniques, before they work together to plan, create and produce a series of limited edition original prints. Print making allows pupils to explore the endless possibilities of shape and colour, line and pattern and  offers opportunities to create individual and collaborative works of art. All materials will be provided. A must-do cross curricular creative workshop for your class.

Bringing Music and Song Into Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable to all age ranges
Duration:  3 Class Group Workshops of 60 mins each
Artist: Dónal Kearney
This music & singing workshop introduces pupils of all ages to the potential of making music with their own voice. The workshop focuses on building listening skills, encouraging creative play, and creating music using the voice and the instruments available in each school. Based on years of research in music education and practical choral training, Donal and his team at Fingal Academy of Music believe in the power of music engagement to transform lives.

Workshop Notes & Bookings:
Workshops can take place from 07 Jan - 29 Apr 2019 on a date of your choosing. Closing date for Bookings is 28 February 2019 through Draíocht’s Box Office tel: 01-8852622. The programme is offered on a first come first served basis and is restricted to schools within the Dublin 15 area. Cost per day €120. 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 or email sarah@draiocht.ie

Explore More - Tours for Primary Classes

Explore More - Tours for Primary Classes

JAN – MAR 2019

Mon 7 Jan - Fri 29 Mar 2019 // FREE

Visit Draíocht’s two exhibitions this Season. From Jan-Feb Michael McLoughlin's Mulhuddart Satellite and from March onwards MAKing ART PAINTing. These tours will encourage pupils to examine and voice their opinion about the artist and their work and explore the rest of the building, including Draíocht’s two theatre spaces, backstage and dressing rooms.

Please get in touch with sarah@draiocht.ie. Tours will take approx 50mins, are free, but are subject to availability. Max 30 pupils with accompanying teacher.  

BASS - Band And Song Support

BASS - Band And Song Support

Tue 8 Jan - Tue 26 Mar 2019

JAN – MAR 2019  
Select Tuesdays  7PM-9PM Age: 14-18 Years

Draíocht will continue to offer supervised creative space for thinking, writing, collaboration and rehearsal for young people within the Dublin 15 area who are interested in spending time with other creatives in a shared space. If you like strumming a chord or rapping a word, then join other like-minded young people in Draíocht in a free creative space. Spend the time writing, jamming and collaborating. If you would like to find out more about this free musical support, please contact sarah@draiocht.ie or 01-8098029.

Create Dance Project - Spring 2019

Create Dance Project - Spring 2019

JAN-MAR 2019

Sat 26 Jan - Sat 23 Mar 2019

Create Dance, now in its 8th year, is a core part of Draíocht’s programming; a fun, innovative dance project, where the dancers love to dance and move and also have an intellectual disability. Dancers and facilitators Mark Rogers and Antje O’Toole work together with participants and their parents to explore all types of dance and free movement, ending each workshop with the all-important solo dance.

If you have a child aged between 6-17 years with a love of dance, please get in touch with Sarah (e: sarah@draiocht.ie / t: 01-8098029).

During term time, workshops are on Saturdays:
Juniors (Age 6-12 yrs): 12.15PM-1.15PM (places available)
Seniors (Age 13-17 yrs): 1.30PM-2.30PM (waiting list only)
Pre-booking for this project is essential.

  • Create Dance Project - Spring 2019 video
D15 Youth Theatre - Spring 2019

D15 Youth Theatre - Spring 2019

JAN – MAR 2019

Tue 29 Jan - Tue 26 Mar 2019

Throughout the Spring, Youth Theatre’s 30 strong membership will work on stage craft and direction, with a focus on working towards their own full-length performance piece. The piece will be co-directed by Eimear Morrissey and Mark Rogers as part of Draíocht’s inaugural Summer Youth Arts Festival in July 2019. In March, Youth Theatre will also work with visual artist Liz Rickard to create performance arts notebooks.
Youth Theatre gives young people aged between 14-18 years a space to create, express themselves and explore ideas, for further information please see www.draiocht.ie. 

  • D15 Youth Theatre - Spring 2019 video


Fingal Film Club 2019

Mon 18 - Wed 20 Feb 2019 10AM-4PM // COURSE FEE: €20

Age Range: 14-18 Years

In this Movie Maker workshop, participants collaborate to script, rehearse, shoot and edit their ideas to create a finished film. Working closely in groups with our experienced tutors, participants learn skills and techniques that they can continue to develop after the workshop, in order to make films with their own mobile technology. All materials are supplied including iPads & accessories. Finished movies available in Digital or DVD format.

We’re delighted to continue Fingal Film Club this Season. Funded by Fingal County Council Arts Office, the Club offers young people the opportunity to learn all about film through a series of programmes and short courses throughout the year. Places are limited, and early booking is advised on 01 885 2622.

Draíocht has a number of Access Places available on all its courses. If you would like to nominate someone to participate who may not have the fee, please contact Sarah on 01-8098029 or sarah@draiocht.ie in confidence. Draíocht is committed, within its resources, to access to the arts for all.

Stories, Music & Movement - With Leah Moore

Stories, Music & Movement - With Leah Moore

Draíocht and Early Years - Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Tue 26 Feb - Tue 26 Mar 2019 Draiocht Workshop Room // €30 For 5 Weeks

TUESDAYS / 5 WEEKS   26 FEB – 26 MAR 2019
10AM: Age 08-17 Months (Dur: 45 Mins)   3 PLACES LEFT
11AM: Age 18 Months-3.5 Years (Dur: 45 Mins) SOLD OUT
Cost: €30 For 5 Weeks Or €7 Pay As You Go (Subject To Availability)

Join Leah Moore for this series of experimental early years workshops.  Hear and sing songs, move and dance as Leah introduces you and your baby to the sound of live musical instruments. Together, explore and become part of wonderful stories. These workshops are designed to allow you and your child to explore sounds, songs, music, movement and rhythm in a fun and creative environment.  

Workshop Notes:
These workshops are designed for children aged 8 months to 3 and a half years. Please respect age limits as each workshop has been designed especially for these age ranges. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).

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.

The Chess Player / El jugador de ajedrez (2017)

The Chess Player / El jugador de ajedrez (2017)

Draíocht in Association with The Irish Film Institute

Wed 6 Mar 2019 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €5 Per Student / 2 Teachers Free per Class of 20+

This season Draíocht will collaborate once again with the Irish Film Institutes Education Programme by screening the film 'The Chess Player / El jugador de ajedrez' for TY and Senior Cycle Secondary School Students, in Spanish (with English subtitles). Recommended age: 15+

It is 1934 in Madrid, and champion chess-player Diego falls for a French journalist and starts a family. When the political landscape around them grows more threatening under Franco, the three make for Paris, only to find themselves in the midst of Nazi occupation years later. When Diego becomes falsely imprisoned, he must use chess to earn the trust of his cruel captor.
The Chess Player tells a humanistic story of an ordinary man caught up in extraordinary circumstances and offers students a Spanish perspective on this turbulent era of European history.

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Spain • 2017  •  English Subtitles  •  Drama • 91mins
Director: Luis Oliveros

Secondary Cycle Film Screenings Spring 2019
If you are interested in arranging a screening of a film for your school’s students, please do get in touch to discuss the possibility of this. Screening will be possible in accordance with the availability of the film and the auditorium and with a minimum number of 100 pupils. For further details please contact Sarah on 01-809 8029 or email sarah@draiocht.ie.

Return of Spring
  • Friends Special Price Event

Return of Spring

Ceol Connected

Fri 8 Mar 2019 10.15AM & 12.15PM Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 3-5 yrs / Dur: 45 mins

Every year in Whistleberry Forest, the creatures of the forest look forward to the end of the frosty Winter, and to the beginning of Spring.  This year was a little different however, as Springtime had arrived much earlier than usual.  All the hibernating animals, except for Huggy the hedgehog, were still curled up fast asleep.  Huggy must go on an adventurous musical quest in search of evidence of Spring if he is to convince his friends that it is time to wake up!

Produced by Ceol Connected, this wonderfully interactive performance is led by Thomas Johnston (whistles, song, and uilleann pipes) and Púca Puppets’ Niamh Lawlor.  Set design by Eve Fisher.  
Suitable for children ages 3-5 and their adults. 


Family Day: Meet, Make & Draw

Family Day: Meet, Make & Draw

Sat 23 Mar 2019 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

MEET artist Bridget Flannery, featured in our MAKing ART: PAINTing exhibition.
See how she paints and why she paints. Inspired by her process MAKE a small artist notebook. Work collaboratively to DRAW on a large scale. Come along, Meet, Make & Draw.

Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited. Max 50 per workshop.
Session 1: 12PM-12.50PM
Session 2: 1PM-1.50PM
Session 3: 2PM-2.50PM
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!

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-11.30AM or 12.15PM-1.45PM
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. 



A Little Event For The Youngest Citizens of Blanchardstown

Thu 30 - Fri 31 May 2019

30-31 MAY 2019   Ages 0-4 Years
A host of wonderful artists and art forms awaits you to see, hear and experience new adventures during our Toddler Take Over Adventure 2019! Draíocht’s Toddler Take Over, now in its 5th Year, celebrates the limitless imagination of the very young child and the magic that happens when it is combined with the world of artists and the arts. With a combination of book-in and free drop-in events, children are invited to explore all the creativity that awaits them. Draíocht transforms into a big space for adventure through story, visual arts, music and dance for the very young.

Ensure you get an email reminder, by emailing marketing@draiocht.ie with Toddler Takeover in the subject field.