National Drawing Day 2020 Events for Families

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National Drawing Day is an annual event initiated by the National Gallery of Ireland involving venues across Ireland and encouraging people to get involved and draw! This year National Drawing Day 2020 takes place online on Saturday 16th May:

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Go big and stay home this National Drawing Day!

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Every year, the National Gallery of Ireland, along with other museums, galleries, libraries and cultural organisations throughout Ireland, encourages people to get drawing with a jam-packed day of free events for people of all ages.

This year, on Saturday 16 May, Drawing Day is online and at home! They encourage you to explore all the different possibilities of drawing from the comfort of your home or garden.

They will be sharing some fun activities on the day, but you don’t have to wait until then – you’ll find some ideas for all ages here.

You can also follow the hashtag #NationalDrawingDay on the day.

All these wonderful organisations have National Drawing Day activities planned on the day, so take a look at what they’re up to!

National Drawing Day 2020 Events for Families

Chester Beatty Library

Saturday 18th May, 10am

Chester Beatty Library has variety of online activities that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home, including portraiture, string drawing and 3D sketching. These activities are suitable for all ages and abilities and a new video on String Drawing will go live on their website on Saturday 16 May.

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Creative Spark

Creative Spark in Louth have a Camera Obscura Project on their website. A Camera Obscura is a device in the shape of a box or room that lets the light through a small opening on one side and projects it on the other. Camera obscura is used as an aid for drawing and entertainment.

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glór, Ennis

Saturday 16th May 11am

As part of National Drawing Day, Clare artist Marie Connole will be teaching a remote drawing class at 11am on Saturday 16 May on the glór Facebook page. Learn how to draw a beautifully detailed Irish Hare step-by-step. Perfect for beginners and experienced artists of any age. Marie’s teaching combines easy to follow instructions with stories and folklore to enliven your imagination. All you need is a pencil, a rubber, a piece of paper, and yourself.

Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

Saturday 16th May

Hugh Lane Gallery will have a virtual art activity for all ages with artist Megan Scott where you will be encouraged to transform everyday objects through drawing!

Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford

Saturday 16th May

Lismore Castle Arts has created some online art activities to support families spending time together at home with a series all about looking and drawing. You can print out the activity sheets or just use them on screen as ideas.

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Luan Gallery, Athlone

Saturday 16th May

Luan Gallery will posting different activities for National Drawing Day on Facebook and Instagram including a ‘Stay At Home Activity – Family Portrait’ for children. Adults will also be invited to partake in a “Draw Your Home Comforts” exercise.

National Gallery of Ireland

national drawing day 2020

Saturday 16th May

Join in National Drawing Day 2020 with National Gallery of Ireland for a celebration of drawing and creativity. Explore all the different possibilities of drawing from the comfort of your home or garden. They will be sharing fun activity ideas for all ages on their website and social channels.

National Museum of Ireland

Saturday 16th May 11am

Let your imagination go and develop your artistic skills with a fun step by step video tutorial on the National Museum of Ireland website with Paper Panther, an award-winning animation studio specialising in stop motion animation. You can create animations inspired by Museum objects.

Paper Panther will be teaching you how to create an optical animation toy, a thaumatrope, one of the simplest types of animation. Once you have mastered the thaumatrope you can try your hand at making your own cut out, stop motion animation at home!

National Print Museum, Dublin

You could have your drawing turned into a 3D printing! The National Print Museum are asking people to send in a simple line drawing. Use a thick pen or marker and keep your sketch to about 5cm in size. Take a quick snap with your phone or scan it and email it to [email protected] They are taking entries anytime until noon on Saturday 16 May.

The first 10 suitable drawings received will be used, and on National Drawing Day, the afternoon of Saturday 16 May, your drawing could be transformed into a digital file to be 3D printed! They will film the 3D printing process and make a short time-lapse film and they’ll also be making it into a printing block. When they reopen in July you’ll be able to print your drawing!

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Presentation Centre, Wexford

Saturday 16 May 2020 2pm – 2:40pm

Presentation Centre are running a special workshop “Making and Drawing with Charcoal” with David Begley. In this online workshop via Zoom, David will share his knowledge of making and drawing with charcoal.

He will demonstrate how to prepare wood such as driftwood, willow, bramble and ivy in order to bake your own charcoal and will also demonstrate charcoal drawing techniques for tone and line, combining these with feather, chamois and rubbers to erase and draw in light. David will also discuss the use of different papers and how to fix your drawings. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session.

Suitable for All Ages. Free workshop, book online here.

Royal Hibernian Academy Dublin

Saturday 16th May, 3-4.30pm

RHA are running a special online workshop with artist Cara Farnan. Cara will guide the group through making some small drawings in response to spoken instructions, sounds and very short readings.

The workshop will be less about producing ‘artworks’ and more concerned with using drawing as a method of thinking and reflecting, whether as an element of a larger artistic practice, or simply a way of passing time and being present with yourself and the world around you.

Given the current situation, access to ‘traditional’ drawing materials is limited for most people. With that in mind, this workshop has been planned to accommodate whatever drawing tools and surfaces you might have to hand!

Suitable for all ages, younger children may need the guidance of adults. Free, book online here.

The Glucksman, Cork

Saturday 16th May 11am

Join artist Kevin O’Brien at 11am on Saturday 16th May for a live online class to learn some basic sketching techniques that will help you draw your view from home! Booking not required, just tune in live! Visit The Glucksman’s Facebook page at 11am on for the live workshop with Kevin.

In addition to that, throughout National Drawing Day, The Glucksman Team will also be inviting people to share their experiences of being at home during the COVID-19 pandemic and to create drawings for our online gallery. The “View from Home” asks people of all ages to create drawings of their current living situation, reflecting on the spaces and people that have shaped the past few months.

West Cork Arts Centre

Saturday 16th May 11am-1pm

West Cork Arts Centre have an event on Facebook on Saturday for National Drawing Day – “Domestic Deconstruction” with artist Kate McElroy. Select an object and materials from your immediate surroundings and repurpose them as drawing tool and drawing medium.

Have your say! Do you know of (or are you running) a National Drawing Day 2020 online 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 Events for Families 2020

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