Free workshops for crèches & primary school.
Raising environmental awareness amongst children at an early age is an important part of their development the Arts can play a very useful part in this area of growth.
For Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 The Dock in association with Mud Bugs will deliver a series of specially designed workshops led by Jessica O’Rourke of ‘Mud Bugs’. During this interactive and immersive experience children will explore the patterns on items found in nature and learn to creatively express themselves in new ways, creating 2D and 3D forms.
Cruinniú na nÓg celebrates and encourages children and young people’s participation in culture and creativity through performance, coding, theatre, art and music workshops, readings, screenings, special events and much more. Events are free, local and activity-based. It’s a day for ‘doing’, ‘making’ and ‘creating’!
Cruinniú na nÓg is supported under Creative Ireland Programme through Leitrim County Council.
Mud Bugs work is a blend of the Scandinavian Forest School pedagogy with nature-based activities. Through teaching children from an early stage that nature should be respected and nourished, the children have the space and skills to be active, reflect, meditate, care for each other as well as themselves and overall, thrive in nature. Mud Bugs promotes independence, self-reliance, problem-solving, co-ordination, emotional well-being and physical development.
As part of the process, participants will work with leaves, pine cones, feathers, and shells; and will discover how to integrate patterns from these items into their own clay creations. Non-toxic, air drying clay will be used which can be painted afterwards. The techniques learned will inspire children to search for the natural art in their own backyard and local park/forest while opening a discussion on environmental awareness. Each child will be given a special notebook made of re-cycled paper to take way with them as a visual reminder of the day.