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Image-Making-Meaning with artist Claire Halpin

Date/Time: Thu 26 May, 9:30am – 11am & 11:30am – 1pm

Age Group: Primary school classes 1st – 6th class

Price:€3 per pupil

This hands-on workshop which will focus on the contrasting painted artworks in our current exhibition ‘Golden Fleece: 21 Years’. Artist Claire Halpin will begin with a Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) tour of the gallery to engage students in peer-to-peer conversation on the multiple perspectives and themes explored by the exhibiting artists. Students will then have the opportunity to respond and engage in a range of artistic and creative techniques, including 2d and 3d drawing, layering and collage.

This multimedia approach to image making will be inspired by the aspects of everyday urban and domestic environments depicted in the works of Kathy Tynan, the controlled brushwork and cropping of his subject matter seen in Marcel Vidal’s triptych, the atmospheric paintings by Paul Hallahan, focusing on how we relate and interact with nature or the subtle depictions based on gender, class, and identity within Irish history in an artwork by artist Jennifer Trouton.

Curricular links made during this workshop will include oral and visual literacy, visual art appreciation, drawing, collage, colour, history, SESE, SPHE as well as problem solving and collaboration.


Claire Halpin is a professional visual artist, curator and arts educator. As an artist facilitating workshops and projects since 2000, Claire has had the opportunity to work with a range of groups across primary, second and third level, youth, families, teachers, community groups, and older people. Exploring materiality and creativity through her workshops, her aim is that participants engage in an explorative and experimental process, becoming familiar and comfortable with a range of materials, developing practical skills, tools and techniques to explore their own creative potential.

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