Big Draw: National Drawing Day

National Drawing Day | Saturday 16 May 2020 11pm - 3pm

National Drawing Day 2020
Craft & Drawing Workshops 11am - 3pm

Join us for National Drawing Day on May 16th to experience lots of FREE creative family fun and inventive artistry. Engage with our wide range of virtual workshops inspired by our current ‘Generation’ exhibition and join us at the Gallery for our virtual exhibition tours. On the day we will have scheduled live workshops and conversations with Award winning illustrator Kim Sharkey, NDCG Junior Crafts Club Volunteers and  goldsmith Marie Wilgaard Kelly. For more family fun at a time that suits you best, we recommend a selection of online workshops created by our education panel members. Families will be encouraged to use readily available materials found at home.     

Live Workshops Schedule

Accordion Book Making with Mono Print
Sat May 16, 11am
Join multi-media artist and award winning illustrator Kim Sharkey in a live ‘Accordion Book Making with Mono Print’ workshop on Zoom. Children will learn how to create their own accordion books using cardboard and Paper. Kim will guide children in the making process, demonstrating each stage to create a book with beautifully illustrated mono printed scenes. This workshop is inspired by the work of ‘Generation’ exhibiter ceramist Mark Campden and his dad Edgar’s use of visual notebooks. Materials are: A4 Sheet of paper or hard card + some harder card (old birthday card or cereal box), ruler, pencil, scissors, glue-stick, oil pastel, or alternatives such as crayon or coloured drawing pencils, Vaseline. FREE event, age 6 – 12yrs. Register here

In Conversation with NDCG Junior Crafts Club Volunteers
Sat May 16, 12.30pm
Join Emma Wilgaard Kelly, 9 years and Hannah Wilgaard Kelly 11 years for a live conversation with audience members as they discuss and share their family drawings. Participants will have an opportunity to view drawings by Emma and Hannah, their parents gold and silversmiths Marie Wilgaard Kelly and Neil Kelly, and their grandfather James Kelly of JMK Goldsmiths. FREE event, suitable for families of all ages. Register here

Technical Drawing with Goldsmith Marie Wilgaard Kelly
Sat May 16, 2pm
Explore how a technical drawing feeds into the making process of a hollow form ring with Goldsmith Marie Wilgaard Kelly in a live ‘Technical Drawing’ workshop on Zoom. Marie will give a step by step guide on how to create a technical drawing, demonstrating each stage before showcasing her hand made ring. This workshop is suitable for both secondary school students and jewellery makers. Participants will gain a deeper understanding on how to create technical drawings of 3 dimensional objects. Materials are: pencil, compass, T-square, set square, paper, drawing board, rubber. FREE event, Teens/Adults. Register here

Creative Book Competition!
To celebrate National Drawing Day @NDCGallery with multi-media artist @KimSharkey host a crafted and illustrated bookmaking competition!We invite children and teens to record their own experience of this historic time in a creative book.

For inspiration check out Kim’s workshop Accordion Book Making with Mono Print. Consideration will be given to illustrated narrative and inventiveness of crafted book. Categories 6-12 years & 13-18 years, with one winner from each group. Prizes includes a singed copy of #MórAgusMuilc illustrated by Kim and  €40 voucher for @EvansArtsSupplies

To enter please email images of your book and description of illustrative narrative to Closing date 31 May 2020.

Design & Craft Council Ireland Online Workshops

Made, Found & Foraged Drawing Tools for Mark Making Using Natural Colours with Kim Sharkey. Click here

Wire & Mixed Media Sculpture with Enya Moore. Click here

Paper Weaving Colourful Patterns, inspired by Mourne Textiles with Carrie Lynam. Click here

Your Thumbprint Family Tree with Sinead Phelan. Click here

Stained Glass Jars with Fiona Byrne. Click here

Textured Block Prints with Carrie Lynam. Click here

Printing & Stencilling with Maeve Hunter. Click here

Pom Pom Flowers with Sandra Mc Allister. Click here

Virtual Tours

Generation Exhibition, National Design & Craft Gallery. Click here

We would love for you to share your creative drawing explorations with us, so that we can share with others. Please email images to

Submissions will be shared across the NDCG website and social channels. Images should be photographed on a flat service in a bright environment, and where possible in landscape format.

*By submitting content you agree to give permission to NDCG to share the content where applicable