The Thinking Hand

This programme of ten workshops with six artists working with 5th class children focused on the medium of drawing. In the choice of artists it was the simultaneous aim to not only reveal the practices of some of Ireland’s most exciting visual artists in relation to drawing, but also to take into consideration the multiple functions of drawing and the ways it can be utilised in the creation of an artwork. Through this programme the children explored techniques and concepts such as Stop Motion Animation, ‘cutting’ as drawing, drawing as visual communication, the art of looking closely, drawing from imagination and drawing from observation.

“I use more detail. I enjoy it more. I think of art as more than just a subject. I wouldn’t just stick to drawing. I’ve been making short films, also painting, using ink, loads of new ideas!”

– Student feedback, 2014