A few weeks ago I was called upon to work with some teens at the Clane Youth Project. The aim was to create a huge wall mural spreading across the wall of a classroom and to have everyone involved. The idea behind the content of the illustration was based around an anti-bullying campaign that the group had been working on throughout the week. They wanted to create a positive and fun illustration that emphasised some anti-bullying slogans.
I worked with 24 lovely young teens over 2 days to finish the piece. It started with myself drawing the illustration out roughly on the wall and then they took it turns in small groups to come in and fill in with colour. We used acrylic paint to cover the walls which worked really well!
Everyone was delighted with the results and they ended up with a great custom illustration on their classroom wall to admire!
Calling budding illustrators and writers! We are putting on a 3 hour workshop at the beginning of August for children aged 8-12 years to create a printed and bound illustrated book. We will be creating a fun way of writing a silly story and then each child will illustrate their part of the story.
To book a place in this workshop, click on the poster below to download the application form and post it to us with payment. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org as well to register your interest.
Early Bird tickets can be booked before 1oth July for €26, standard tickets will be €30 after this date.
A few weeks ago, we facilitated a children’s workshop at Rua Red in Tallaght. For one of the workshops we created a 3D paper monster from a blank template, usinh Photoshop to colour it in before printing.Above, you can check out a tutorial we put together on how to create your very own 3D paper monster at home. This tutorial shows you how to use Photoshop on your computer to colour and illustrate your monster. However if you don’t have access to Photoshop or other digital software, you can simply print out the template and colour it in with markers, paints, pencils etc.
If you plan on creating one of these, we would suggest printing out a spare one or two templates and firstly getting your child to sketch/design the monster first. This will familiarise them with the layout of the template, where the front and back is etc. It’s a great way of keeping your kids busy for an hour or so! So, in the words of Neil Buchanon, “Go on, try it yourself!”
3D Monster Template
Click image above to download (on the attachment page, right click on the image and press Save As…)