Step into The Ark this summer and experience a world full of COLOUR! Events run from 15th July to 23rd August.
Let us guide you through our interactive exhibition that brings to life the fascinating stories of creating and using colour in all its forms. At the end of the tour you will become an artist as you move into our workshop of colour where you will create your own piece of artwork inspired by one of the themes in the exhibition, guided by a professional artist. There will be a different workshop option each week, please see options below.
Children €12/€9* Adults €8/€6* 3 or more children €10 each 20% off for The Ark's Members
Book tickets here.
Dates & Times:
15 July – 23 August (Wed – Sun). Open BH Mon 3 Aug. 10.30am, 12pm, 2pm, 3.30pm Please note, there is no 10.30am tour on Sundays.
Autism Friendly sessions Fri 31 July @ 10.30am
For Ages 4+. 90mins in total.
The Master’s Apprentice (12-16 Aug)
Learn the secret of making your own colours!
In the past, artists made their own paints and were very secretive about the tricks of their trade. In order to learn from them, apprentices lived in the studio of their masters for years, grinding pigments, preparing canvases, and helping their masters with their paintings. In this workshop for all the senses, led by artist Jole Bortoli or Joanna Zmuda, children and adults will work together grinding and binding pigments using natural binders like egg’s yolks, oil or honey and use them to create a family artwork ‘fresco’ painting to be proud of.
The Colour of Light (22-26 July)
Discover the magic of stained glass!
Stained glass windows tell us stories as they drench us in a vibrant pool of coloured light creating a sense of beauty and wonder. Artist John Kavanagh will help you to make you own art piece inspired by stain glass. Using special paper you will design, cut and paste colourful shapes on a transparent film and bring it home to hang on a window and let the light create its magic!
Rhapsodies in Blue (and pink, and yellow) 29 July - 3 Aug
Painting the colours of music!
What images and colours do you see when you listen to a piece of music? And can you imagine what music you hear when looking at a painting? In this imaginative workshop, have fun listening to music and then try to visualize the sounds you hear in colours, lines and forms. Artist Jane Groves will help you to create an original musical painting for you to take home!
My Name is Gold (5-9 Aug)
The Art of Book Illumination
Valuable medieval manuscripts were made even more precious by ‘illumination’, the use of bright inks and gold that ‘lit up’ the hand-written pages and embellished initial letters. During this workshop you will work on a page of your own design inspired by western manuscripts like The Book of Kells and Persian miniatures. Artist Paula Henihan will show you how to use brilliant inks and gold paint to ‘illuminate’ your own precious artwork to bring home and treasure.
The Story of an Apple! 19-23 Aug
Painting Still Life Scenes
At first glance, still life paintings can seem like a random mix of objects, but look closely and a hidden message or story may be revealed! Taking your inspiration from our favorite still life paintings, your group will choose from a selection of objects in our workshop to create your own still life scene that tells a special message or story. Artist Orla Kelly will show you how to light your scene to create light and shadow and you will then create a painting of your scene to take home with you.