National Drawing Day 2019 Events for Families

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National Drawing Day is an annual event initiated by the National Gallery of Ireland taking place in venues across Ireland. This year National Drawing Day 2019 takes place on Saturday 18th May, and here are some of the fun events for families taking place around Ireland: 

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Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle

Saturday 18th May, 12-4pm

This FREE event is open to people of all ages, Butler Gallery National Drawing Day 2019 offers everyone the opportunity to indulge their creative side. The event extends across the grounds of Kilkenny Castle, offering a range of creative and colourful artist-led outdoor workshops.

Prepare to explore the Castle Park with new eyes – with artist-led activities in the beautiful surrounds of Kilkenny Castle and Park, there will be something for everyone.

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Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

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Saturday 18th May at Crawford Art Gallery, It’s All an Illusion 12.30-1.30pm and 3-4.30pm

By learning the basic principles of perspective, we can create our own perception of the world around us through drawing. Andrew Kearney’s exhibition offers a myriad of points of shifting perspective and perception. These drawing workshops will focus on capturing perspective through diverse techniques.

COPY – CATS! Drawing session in the Sculpture Galleries
10.30am – 12pm
1.30pm – 3pm

Traditionally artists learned to draw from copies of famous sculptures. Join Regina Carbayo who will share drawing tips and tricks.

This FREE event is open to all ages and abilities. No Booking Necessary. Children under 12 have to be accompanied by an adult.

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The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick On Shannon

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Saturday 18th May, 2pm

This year artist David Smith will guide you through a day of discoveries, explorations and experiments. Discover a trail of drawing events set up around The Dock for you to explore varied ways to make and think about drawing, unlocking hidden talents in the process.

From traditional media to technology and time-based interactive events, come and participate in a fun, FREE and inspiring National Drawing Day that is open to all.

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Farmleigh House, Dublin

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Saturday 18th May, 11am – 5pm

To celebrate National Drawing Day 2019, Artzone Art Teachers will lead drawing workshops for children aged 5-7 and 8-12 years. Students will learn a variety of drawing techniques using the medium of pastel. They will create a textured, tonal piece inspired by imagery from the Farmleigh environment using secondary resources. Suitable for all children – no previous art experience required.

This event is FREE, although there are limited places allocated on a first come, first served basis. Workshops will take place at 11am-12pm, 12.15-1.15pm, 1.30-2.30pm, 2.45-3.45pm, 4pm-5pm.

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Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

Saturday 18th May, 2-4pm

National Drawing Day at Hugh Lane Gallery is themed around drawing in space. Inspired by artworks in the collection, join artist Jane Fogarty to use armature wire to lift the drawn line from the page and turn it into three dimensions exploring line, volume and shadows.

This is a FREE drop-in family workshop. No booking is required although numbers will be limited.

Join in and create your own mini-artwork to be displayed in a mini-museum in this art workshop for 6-10 year olds with artist Rebecca Shelford. Fee €5. Early booking recommended as places are limited. To book please call 01 222 5550.

Kerry County Museum

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Saturday 18th May, 2-4pm

Sásta! Drawing Saint Brendan at Kerry County Museum. Join museum facilitators Helena and Janna and hear all about Saint Brendan’s wonderful travel stories meeting mermaids, griffins and sea monsters. Saint Brendan’s feast day is on 16 May and he is the patron saint of Kerry and all seafaring people. While you are listening to his stories, you can doodle away and draw your favourite story.

Like all Saturday family events, this drop-in workshop is FREE and included in the regular admission fee: €5 for adults, up to three children go free, a nominal cost of €1 applies to any extra children to cover materials. Please note that children have to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The duration for each drop-in session is about 30 minutes, after which you can explore the rest of the Museum, from digging up Viking skeletons to dressing up in medieval costume or exploring our Family trail through the main Museum Gallery.

Monaghan County Museum

Saturday 18th May, 1-3pm

Zendoodling National Drawing Day 2019 event for 5-12 year olds uses pattern to develop design and fine motor skills. Create Minecraft selfies using squared paper to create pixelated self portraits. Booking is essential.

Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, Killarney

Saturday 18th May, 2-4pm

This Annual National Drawing Day 2019 event takes place at The Schoolhouse, Muckross Traditional Farms. Admission is FREE.

National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny

Saturday 18th May, 11am – 3pm

Big Draw: National Drawing Day at the National Design & Craft Gallery with lots of FREE creative family fun and artistry. Workshops include:

  • Drawing with Thread with Marika Manning (Suitable for children)
  • Papermaking with Embossing Techniques with Tunda Toth (Suitable for children and adults)
  • Perspective Drawing with Maria Willgard Kelly (Suitable for teens and adults)
  • Learn the skill of fabric screen-printing and create colourful textile prints to take home from the textile print workshops with Sandra McAlister (Suitable for children and adults)
  • Have a go at drawing on glass and create interesting Window Doodles (Suitable for children and adults)

Drop-in and get involved in the various workshops that will be happening throughout the day!

National Gallery of Ireland

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Saturday 18th May

Join in National Drawing Day 2019 at National Gallery of Ireland for a celebration of drawing and creativity, with free events and activities for all ages. Get creative in the Gallery, or at one of the dozens of participating institutions nationwide.

Admission to Drawing Day is free of charge and all events are FREE, but some must be booked in advance on their website. All materials are provided.

  • 10-10.45am: Sensory-friendly Workshop for Children – A sensory drawing session designed for especially for children aged 4-10, who may struggle with their sensory environment. Booking required.
  • 11am – 1pm: Life Drawing for Young People and Adults – Artist Fintan Mahon is back to facilitate this life drawing session for young people and adults. Shaw Room. No booking required – drop in!
  • 11.30, 12.30pm and 1.30pm: Sketching Tours – Explore the Gallery’s collection and beautiful architecture on our free sketching tours. Merrion Square Information Desk. No booking required.
  • 12-1pm: Collective Shape-Making – Make 3D Josef Albers-inspired drawings based on the negative space your body creates! An interactive workshop for families to enjoy together. Forecourt. No booking required – drop in!
  • 12-3pm: For Young People by Young People – Special activities facilitated by the fantastic students from our 2019 Transition Year work experience programme. Atrium & Courtyard. No booking required – drop in!
  • 2-3.30pm: Family Drop-in Drawing – Artist Frances Coghlan will facilitate this fun, inclusive family activity. Shaw Room. No booking required – drop in!
  • 3.15-4pm: Print Demonstration – Graphic Studio Dublin artists Julie Ann Haines and Ria Czerniak demonstrate printmaking techniques. Print Gallery. No booking required – drop in!

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology

Saturday 18th May, 2.30-4.30pm

Megalithic Big Draw takes place at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology. Take part in the Big Draw and decorate the giant paper with megalithic and cave art at the Museum! Learn all about the different designs used by people in the Stone Age to decorate prehistoric tombs in Ireland and create your own hand-print cave art.

This is a FREE event and no booking is required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible. All Ages.

National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks

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Saturday 18th May, 2-3.30pm

Join illustrator Sarah Bowie at the Museum to celebrate National Drawing Day. Discover stories from the Museum’s collection, and using the oldest and most effective form of storytelling, Narrative Art to share them! Learn how to craft your own narrative through this interactive workshop.

Sarah Bowie is a cartoonist, illustrator, and co-founder of The Comics Lab and of Ireland’s first Graphic Short Story Prize in partnership with The Irish Times.

Suitable for ages 12+. Booking is required.

National Print Museum, Dublin

Saturday 18th May, 2-4.30pm

National Drawing Day at Printlab (Creative Makers at National Print Museum). This new event for National Drawing Day will feature taster workshops, from the Museum’s new PrintLab (Creative Makers at the National Print Museum), that combine simple drawing techniques with print through the use of exciting new technologies. Suitable for all ages.

FREE admission and first come, first served.

Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin

rathfarnham castle national drawing day

Saturday 18th May, 9.30am – 4.45pm

To celebrate National Drawing Day 2019 you are invited to draw and sketch in the elegant surroundings of Rathfarnham Castle. Join in this artistic celebration and come and sketch and draw in the elegant surroundings of the castle. If you forget to bring pencil and paper, you will be supplied with materials! Normal admission applies.

Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare

Saturday 18th May, 10am – 2pm

There is a drop-in workshop from 10am-2pm at Riverbank Arts Centre, designed by visual artist, Paul Woods. Drawing is fun, relaxing and useful – this is a great opportunity to explore your drawing skills as a family or individually. Selected works created during this workshop will be displayed in the McKenna Gallery 21-25 May.

Drop-in for this FREE event, all materials provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Chester Beatty Library

chester beatty library national drawing day

Saturday 18th May, 11am – 1pm

The Art of Life Drawing workshop for teens at Chester Beatty Library. Learn the basics of figure drawing, with artist and teacher Alan Clarke. Suitable for ages 12-17 years.

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Do you know of (or are you running) a National Drawing Day 2019 event for families that’s not on our list? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

National Drawing Day 2019 Events for Families



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