Sat May 16, 12noon – 4pm

FREE EVENT, Fun drawing workshops & activities for all ages

Having a sharp eye for detail is an important part of being a designer and being able to communicate your ideas is massively important too. But ultimately having a unique vision will set you apart! The National Craft Gallery have programmed an afternoon of drawing activities with a craft and design twist. Families are invited to investigate, explore and discover new ways of seeing with our fun range of experimental drawing workshops and activities.


GIANT FIBRE PORTRAITS with textile artist Caroline Schofield

Transform the Castle Yard into a magical large-scale drawing with Caroline Schofield using the grass as a giant canvas. Strike a pose on the grass while the shape of your body is mapped using brightly colored yarns. Watch the map grow bigger and brighter through out the day. How about a unique family fiber portrait!

Drop-in, Ideal family activity

YUMMY PRINTS with textile print-maker Caroline Ryan

Inspired by our exhibition Appetite for Design textile print-maker Caroline Ryan of PRINTBLOCK Collective will explore all things foodie through silk-screen printing. Explore line, colour, design and cook up a colourful textile print on the day to take home. Suitable for all the family

DRAWING BANQUET with artist Mella Cahill

Let the tablecloth be your canvas and the food your drawing tools at this dinner party like no other. Artist Mella Cahill will lead this imaginative drawing workshop inspired by the dinner table, suitable for all the family. Suitable for all the family

Drop-in, Ideal family activity


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National Drawing Day is taking place on Saturday May 16th nationwide and to celebrate National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny will host an afternoon of FREE creative drop – in workshops for all the family. We are seeking energetic volunteers with a passion for the arts to help out with all the exciting creative workshops and activities we have planned. We welcome all volunteers aged 16+ and are looking for volunteers who are available on Saturday 16th May between 10.30am and 5pm. 

What is involved

  • Setting up workshops
  • Workshop registration
  • Assist artists
  • Guide children & families

This is a wonderful opportunity for second / third level students or anybody with an interest in the Arts to come and experience how creative workshops are run and gain valuable working experience for your CV or to be apart of a community event.

Please contact Ashley Sheppard, National Drawing Day Volunteer Coordinator or call on 056 7796151