Saturday Studios and Creative Producers was created as a project to examine how young people interacted with different artforms. Workshops were delivered online for eight weeks during the Spring 2021, and the programme was aimed at transition-year students and children aged between 6 to 13 years.
Three artists from The Dock’s education team, David Smith, Stephanie Pawula, and Wayne O’Connor developed a series of workshops, drawing on their own practices and skillsets, with workshops delivered on painting, music, story-telling, and digital drawing. The workshops were created and adapted to the age range of the participants involved.
Transition-year students from Carrick-on-Shannon Community school attended online workshops during school hours, with each artist working with two groups each week.
In 'From Soundscape to Soundtrack,' the musician, Stephanie Pawula encouraged participants to create unique soundscapes, through the use of field recordings, integrating voice, the sounds of everyday objects and instruments within their soundtracks, and this work was uploaded to a digital playlist on SoundCloud.
Through the medium of art and storytelling, artist, Wayne O’Connor introduced the students to world-building in a series of workshops entitled, ‘Worlds of Adventures.’ Wayne used myths and legends to inspire the participants to create rich narratives within fantastical landscapes which were inhabited by mythical creatures and characters. A digital artbook was created from the student’s work.
Visual artist, David Smith, developed a series of workshops, entitled ‘100 Winter Colours,’ which created a collaborative painting project with the students, exploring the process of mixing colour and using the natural environment as a source of inspiration. Participants learned how to work with digital media to enhance their work.