Me & The City - at The Ark

 Opera Theatre Company presents Acis and Galatea photo Kip Carroll

Opera Theatre Company presents Acis and Galatea photo Kip Carroll

Discover and explore the structure, colours and textures of a city and how architects and artists create the iconic buildings, sculptures and street art within it.

The Ark in Temple Bar

invites budding young architects and artists age 2-12 to consider

Me & The City

in a series of visual art workshops

from 3 March – 7 April

&

two 4-day camps where they will create a 3-D model of a dedicated children’s quarter

on 26 – 29 March & 3- 6 April.

This March, The Ark in Temple Bar is inviting children to investigate the city and its buildings, sculptures and street art within it in a different way. In a series of visual art workshops and two 4-day camps, children will have the chance to work alongside artist Jolie Bartoli and unleash their imaginations as to what a city of the future could be like.

 

4 Day Visual Art Camps
Camp 1: Mon 26 – Thu 29 March @ 10am-2pm each day

Camp 2: Tue 3-Fri 6 April @ 10am-2pm each day
During these camps, children ages 8-12 will be given a special project, to imagine and redesign an area of the city into a dedicated children’s cultural quarter and create a 3-D model of it. For this project they will have the chance to chat to and get tips from architects at Grafton Architects. The camps will take place 26 – 29 March & 3- 6 April. During this enjoyable and highly creative camp the children will work in groups to plan, design and build a model for The Children’s Quarter, using a wide range of artistic mediums. From brainstorming and then sketching ideas for this playful, inclusive place for all children, they will then create detailed drawings and construct 3D models working with artist Jole Bortoli.

Me & The City Visual Art Workshops
3 March – 7 April
Every Saturday (excl. 17 March) & Bank Holiday Mon 19 March. Workshops on Mon 19 March are presented in partnership with St Patrick's Festival

These workshops all start with a visit to the Ark gallery, which will be full of displays that will explore the creation of cities, their architecture and diverse habitats. You will see plans that show the design process of urban spaces as well as architectural drawings, sketchbooks, photographs and 3D models. After exploring the gallery, the children will take part in a fun, practical visual arts workshop with artist Jole Bortoli. There are different workshops each week:

  • A New Building for Dublin
    Sat 3 March @ 11.30am (Ages 5-7) & 2pm (Ages 8-12)
    Drawing and 3D mixed media workshop. Have you got any original ideas for a new building that Dublin would be proud of? What would it look like? Who would live there? Where would it be placed? In this workshop you will have the opportunity to design and build a model building of your own.
     
  • Spectacular Street Art
    Ages 5-7: Sat 10, Sat 24 & Mon 19 March @ 11.30am
    Ages 8-12: Sat 10 March @ 2pm
    Drawing and painting workshop. Dublin is full of colourful murals. Have you seen any? What subject would you paint if you had the choice? What would passers-by see that would catch their interest and perhaps take a photo? Come with your ideas and paint one! 
     
  • Spires, Towers & Imaginative Structures
    Ages 8-12: Mon 19 & Sat 24 March @ 2pm
    Mixed media workshop. Dublin has the Spire, Paris the Eiffel Tower and New York has the Statue of Liberty but perhaps you would like to design and make a new landmark monument or structure for your city today. In this workshop you will create an original avant-garde structure using a wide variety of materials and textures.

     
  • What’s in a City?
    Sat 31 March @ 11.30am (Ages 5-7) & 2pm (Ages 8-12)
    Mixed media workshop. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn, observe and to explore built spaces through the senses. You will, draw, feel and transform spaces using a wide selection of materials and textures and fill these spaces with street furniture that are found in any modern city environment, or invent new ones that may be essential for the functioning of a city of the future.

The youngest artists can also get involved with Me & The City with a series of gentle, creative workshops for Ages 2-4:

 

  • Early Years Workshops: My Town
    Thu 8 & Thu 15 and Sat 24 & 31 March @ 10am (Ages 2-3) & 11.15am (Ages 3-4)
    Visual artist Jane Groves invites you to investigate a sense of place in this hands-on experience for the very young and their grown-ups. The session is structured to inspire young imaginations through stories and the playful building of a dream city. There will be places to plant flowers, build towers and the chance to paint the town red, green and purple!

 

 

Tickets / Booking:  http://ark.ie / 01 670 7788

Tickets for each workshop are priced €11.50/€8.50 per child.

Tickets for the 4-day camp are priced €120/€105 per child for 4 days. Dates & Times: Camp 1 Mon 26 – Thu 29 March @ 10am-2pm each day / Camp 2 Tue 3-Fri 6 April @ 10am-2pm each day. Ages 8-12

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About The Ark: The Ark is place where children can discover and love the arts, exploring theatre, music, literature, art, film, dance and more. Over the past 21 years The Ark, located in the heart of Dublin City has commissioned, presented and developed work especially for children aged 2-12. Although created for this age group the productions and events are also adored by adults of all ages! The Ark team continues to play a key role in encouraging artists and other companies to explore the area of creating work for children and sharing their expertise through running continuing professional development sessions for artists and Primary school teachers.

 

The Ark gratefully acknowledges the support of its principal funder the Arts Council and also its other annual supporters: the Department of Education and Skills, Temple Bar Cultural Trust, Dublin City Council and UNESCO Dublin City of Literature.  Me & The City Workshops on Mon 19 March are presented in partnership with St Patrick's Festival

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Press information: Sinead O’Doherty. O'Doherty Communications 01 679 8476 / 086 259 1070    sinead@odohertycommunications.com