Workshop at a glance
Level: 3rd to 6th class
Group size: 20
Location: Irish Silver gallery
Duration: 1 hour
Available: Tuesdays, 10am to 11am and 12pm to 1pm
Booking: Please contact email@example.com to book this session
For this fun, interactive workshop, join Museum Educators on a Safari in our Silver gallery, and discover all the different animals hidden in the Museum's silver collections.
In this workshop, students will be introduced to the Museum's Irish Silver collection and taught about different artistic techniques used by silversmiths. Students will then be encouraged to explore the gallery and hunt for examples of animals hidden within the artefacts around the room, before creating their own imaginary animal based on what they have discovered.
The workshop promotes creativity and student-led ways of learning about art, history and design.
Working as a Historian
Time and chronology/ Using evidence/ Communication
Stories from the lives of people in the past/ Myths and legends
Life, society, work and culture in the past
Language and culture in late 19th and early 20th century Ireland
Visual Arts Curriculum
- To encourage students to explore the Silver Collection in an atmosphere of personal discovery, generated through the linkage of observation with imagination.
- Allow students to explore the collection in a self-directed manner, while having a defined purpose.
- To create an awareness of what a museum collects and displays, and why.
- To learn about artistic methods used in silversmithing.
- To develop creative skills by using imagination and design in the creation of mythical beasts
Resources and suggestions
After your visit
- Draw, paint or colour your mythical creature.
- Make the mythical creature in clay or make a mask of the mythical creature.
- Design an animal shaped teapot; make the teapot two-dimensional out of card and tinfoil.
- Write a story based on the adventures of the mythical creature.