Cruinniú na nÓg Cabinet of Curiosities School Resources, Children’s Workshops & Exhibition

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Kilkenny Arts Office is delighted to invite children of Kilkenny to take part both at school and through public creative workshops between now and June 2022 to celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg, the national day of creativity for children.

The aim is to gather and create artwork and curious things collected and made by children to exhibit in a purpose built Cabinet Of Curiosities for this special day on June 11th,. Children’s creativity will inspire the wider community through this celebratory exhibition.

Cabinet Of Curiosities – School Resource

Enjoy looking, walking, talking, drawing and making activities to hone children’s observation skills and ignite their wonder for their surroundings.  Download Cabinet of Curiosities schools resource HERE

Take Part

  • Complete the Cabinet of Curiosities activities from the School Resource PowerPoint in class
  • Gather objects (making a note of who owns which) and put them in a box. Mark the box clearly with a contact name, email, phone contact, school name, address and class.
  • Email creativeireland@kilkennycoco.ie to arrange collection of box of objects and artwork (within Kilkenny County, Ireland only) OR  email creativeireland@kilkennycoco.ie with photos from the Natural Wonders Creative Workshop contained within the school resource  and we will print and display.
  • We will exhibit the children’s objects and artwork on June 11th in Kilkenny City for Cruinniú na nÓg. We will send details so children can share with their families.
  • All boxes will be returned to the school on the week beginning Monday June 20th.

Cabinet Of Curiosities – Children’s  Public Workshops

Workshop Schedule at a Glance

Rothe House, Parliament Street, Kilkenny 

  • Sunday May 8th, Ceramics Workshop with Maeve Sookram
  • Sunday May 15th, Mixed Media Workshop with Carrie Lynam
  • Sunday May 29th, Mixed Media Workshop with Carrie Lynam

St Kevin’s Hall, Johnstown

  • Sunday May 22nd, Ceramics Workshop with Maeve Sookram

Workshop Details

Cabinet of Curiosity – Ceramics Workshop with Maeve Sookram

May, Sunday 8th

11.30am -1pm (5 -8 yrs)

2pm -3.30pm (9-12yrs)

Venue: Rothe House & Garden, Parliament Street, Kilkenny City

May, Sunday 22nd

11.30am -1pm (5 -8 yrs)

2pm -3.30pm (9-12yrs)

Venue: St Kevin’s Hall, Johnstown, County Kilkenny

Exploring and curiosity are part of our creative nature. Children are wonderful at exploring objects. This workshop encourages children between 5 to 12 years old, to bring objects that they find curious. We will explore how the objects work. What they do?  Their shape, texture and materials. Using the objects as inspiration, children can make replicas, make a mould or design their own curiosity. We will look at pattern, texture and colour. This workshop will be packed with fun. Children are asked to bring an object they find curious.

Cabinet of Curiosity – Natural Wonders Workshop with Carrie Lynam

May, Sunday 15th

11.30am -1pm (5 -8yrs)

2pm -3.30pm (9-12yrs)

Venue: Rothe House & Garden, Parliament Street, Kilkenny City

This mixed media workshop will engage children in the art of looking, really looking! We will investigate the roof top garden of Rothe House and seek out natural materials to inspire our artwork. Participants will be guided in looking for shape, colour and pattern in the natural world. We will use what we find as inspiration to create curious objects that showcase the wonders of nature. The workshop will focus on honing participants observation skills and encouraging them to see wonder in the everyday.  Any curious objects or things related to the natural world are warmly welcomed to this workshop.

Cabinet of Curiosity – Fantastical Animals Workshop with Carrie Lynam

 May, Sunday 29th

11.30am -1pm (5 -8 yrs)
2pm -3.30pm
(9-12yrs)

Venue: Rothe House & Garden, Parliament Street, Kilkenny City

Taking a closer look at birds, animals and insects that we are familiar with and using them as inspiration to create curious objects. We will hone our skills of observation by exploring colour, shape, form and pattern then working from our observations we will create our own fantastical animals. This is a mixed media workshop that will encourage children to look closer and wonder more. Any curious objects or things related to animals, birds or insects are warmly welcomed to this workshop.

Booking Information: Early booking advised as places are limited

 Email: deirdre.southey@kilkennycoco.ie

Deadline for booking: Friday 6th May 2022

 

NB Caregivers please note: We will retain the artwork and objects at the end of each workshop and they will go on public display for Cruinniú na nÓg on June 11th in Kilkenny City, further details to follow. All artwork and objects will be carefully minded and returned safely.

Siamsa’ has been part of the Arts Office’s programme since 2011. This fun programme has supported children in developing numerous skills including drawing, painting and making in a diverse range of media.

 

 

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