Thomastown Embraces the Environment
During art workshops at The HUB, Thomastown, children between the ages of 5 – 11 and ¾ have been busy creating beautiful Japanese Woodblock Prints.
Debra Bowden, the Artist in Residence at The Hub, has been facilitating the workshops and is delighted to present a competition, to be judged by SABINA HIGGINS and an exhibition of the work entitled SAVE OUR PLANET.
All the work was based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals initiated by the United Nations. During the workshops, the children gained a deeper understanding and appreciation of the environment, learnt an ancient, environmentally friendly technique and, at the same time, had great fun!
“My aim was to educate the children about sustainability in a creative and positive way. Each child drew their relevant Sustainable Development Goal symbol, which was then traced onto a woodblock and carved; the children all had the experience of carving a small section of their blocks. Offered a range of colours, the children painted and printed their own woodblocks in their colour choice and I retraced the titles in their own handwriting onto the prints.
The result is a fantastic exhibition of beautiful prints, some of which will be for sale!
I am so proud of the children, this is definitely well worth a visit!”
The exhibition opens at 3pm on Saturday 5th May (National Children’s Day in Japan) at The HUB, Thomastown and runs until 2nd June. All are most welcome!
The HUB is open 7 days a week, 8am – 6pm
Competition prizes are:
First prize is a family nights stay at the gorgeous Butterfly Valley Glamping, kindly donated by the owner Mary Deevy. Please visit www.butterflyvalleyglamping.ie
Second prize is a family admission pass to Nore Valley Park, kindly donated by www.norevalleypark.com
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