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Little Fingers Tiny Toes
Workshops designed for families with children aged 5 and younger.
Free, 20 places per session.

Silk Worm Club
Workshops designed for children aged 6 -11. Free, 20 places per session.

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens
Workshops designed for teens aged 12 - 14 and 15-17. Free, 15 places per session.

Workshops for Adults
Workshops designed for adults aged 18.
For fees - please look up workshop details, 15 places per session.

Little Fingers Tiny Toes


March

Sneaky Snakes - Saturday 10 March, 10:30 – 11:15am 


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Festival and make a sneaky snake using foam, feathers, and cardboard as we tell you the story of how St. Patrick frightened those pesky snakes away. Free, booking essential, limited to 20 pre-school children and their parents/guardians. Please book HERE.

 

Silk Worm Club

 

February
 

Chinese Zodiac Animals: Year of the Dog - Saturday 10 February, 2-3.30pm

 

In art, dogs symbolise loyalty, friendship, protection, and love. Let’s celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Dog with paper-cutting and drawing to make these loveable companions and write a story about them. Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old. Please book HERE


This workshop is now fully booked. To be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 014070766 or Justyna on 014070772. 


How Lucky Are You? - Friday 16 February, 2-3.30pm

 

Make your own Lucky Red Envelope full of good wishes and decorate it with the Chinese character ‘Fu’ , meaning luck. Artist, Hoi Shan Mak will teach you how to write the symbol using gold paint. Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old.

For booking details, please visit www.dublinchinesenewyear.com 

 

March

 

Coëtivy Animals and Birds - Saturday 10 March, 2-3.30pm

 

Be inspired by animals and birds found in the Coëtivy Book of Hours with creative technologist Vicky Twomey-Lee. She will help you create your own artwork based on the manuscript and complete it with circuit stickers that will make. Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old. Please book HERE.


This workshop is now fully booked. To be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 014070766 or Justyna on 014070772. 

April

 

Illuminated Animals - Saturday 14 April, 2 – 3:30pm

 

If you love animals and collage, why not joint Heather Gray for this fun workshop? Take inspiration from our current temporary exhibition, learn how to design strange animals, and create your own illuminated medieval manuscript page complete with borders and title.  Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old. Please book HERE.

This workshop is now fully booked. To be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 014070766 or Justyna on 014070772. 

 

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens

 

January


Printmaking: An Exploration of Fantasy and Imagination - Saturday 27 January, 11:15am – 1:30pm (12 – 14 years)

 

Celebrate the art of Francisco Goya with Debora Ando and explore themes of fantasy and imagination. In this drypoint/etching workshop you will learn one of Goya’s favourite techniques and create your own original print using an etching press and professional tools. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE

 

Printmaking: An Exploration of Fantasy and Imagination - Saturday 27 January, 2:15pm – 4:30pm (15 – 17 years)

 

Celebrate the art of Francisco Goya with Debora Ando and explore themes of fantasy and imagination. In this drypoint/etching workshop you will learn one of Goya’s favourite techniques and create your own original print using an etching press and professional tools. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE

 

February 


E-Textile Bookmark - Thursday 15 February, 11am – 1:15pm (12 – 14 years)

 

This mid-term break, come celebrate Chinese New Year by creating a custom bookmark adorned with your zodiac animal or good luck character. Vicky Twomey-Lee will introduce you to basic circuits and e-textiles so you can make your bookmark light up with LEDs and conductive thread.  Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE

 

E-Textile Bookmark - Thursday 15 February, 2pm – 4:15pm (15 - 17 years)

 

This mid-term break, come celebrate Chinese New Year by creating a custom bookmark adorned with your zodiac animal or good luck character. Vicky Twomey-Lee will introduce you to basic circuits and e-textiles so you can make your bookmark light up with LEDs and conductive thread.  Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE

 

Make a Scroll - Friday 16 February, 10:30am – 1pm (12 - 17 years)

 

For this Chinese New Year of the Dog, join us this mid-term break and create a scroll featuring these playful animals. Chinese-Dutch artist, Hoi Shan Mak, will guide us through the process as we create one large scroll featuring 50 dogs for Chester Beatty’s birthday. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE.

 

March


Tai Chi with Ching Xu - Saturday 3 March, 11:15am - 1:30pm (12 - 14 years)

 

Let’s get together and focus. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art, great for balancing body and mind. Slow, continuous movements and deep breathing allow us to focus our thoughts while building strength and coordination. Organised for Chinese New Year.  Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE

 

Tai Chi with Ching Xu - Saturday 3 March, 2:15 – 4:30pm (15 -1 7 years)

 

Let’s get together and focus. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art, great for balancing body and mind. Slow, continuous movements and deep breathing allow us to focus our thoughts while building strength and coordination. Organised for Chinese New Year.  Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE

 

April

Blind Embossing and Card-Making - Friday 6 April, 10:15am - 12:45pm (12 - 14 years)

 

To celebrate the Experience Japan Festival, join Hiroko Imada as she demonstrates how to create karazuri, or empty printing, a relief method wherein a print is created without the use of any ink. Then design your own beautifully embossed greeting card.  Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE

 

 

 

This workshop is now fully booked. To be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 014070766 or Justyna on 014070772. 


Blind Embossing and Card-Making - Friday 6 April, 1:45 – 4:15pm (15 - 17 years)

 

To celebrate the Experience Japan Festival, join Hiroko Imada as she demonstrates how to create karazuri, or empty printing, a relief method wherein a print is created without the use of any ink. Then design your own beautifully embossed greeting card.  Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE

 

 

Workshops for Adults 

 

 February

 

Chinese Modernist Painting - Saturday 17 February, 1 – 4pm

 

Celebrate Chinese New Year and contemporary Chinese art with this painting workshop on such themes as Chinese architecture in the style of Chinese formalism. Participants will explore Western influences on traditional Chinese art and create ink paintings inspired by this great artistic movement. Organised as part of the Chinese New Year Festival. Suitable for all levels. Limited to 15 places. €35.00 per person, materials provided. Booking essential. Please book HERE

 

Mindfulness: Chinese Ink Painting - Sunday 18 February, 12noon - 4pm

 

This Chinese New Year, join artist Hoi Shan Mak and paint with ink and rice paper. This fast yet precise technique helps participants focus on the experiences occurring in the present moment. Learn how to paint a fish, a lotus or an old man. This workshop has been organised as part of the Chinese New Year Festival. Suitable for all levels. Limited to 15 places. €35.00 per person, materials provided. Booking essential. Please book HERE

This workshop is now fully booked. To be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 014070766 or Justyna on 014070772.

March 

Museums and Makers Inspiring Each Other – Tuesday 6 March, 6 – 8pm

What happens when a maker comes into contact with a museum? The Chester Beatty is pleased to team up with a dynamic, enthusiastic group of makers from the local community and the arts, sciences and cultural sectors. We will look at collections, including ours, to spark ideas and identify how museums can provide inspiration for creativity. This event is facilitated by Don Undeen of BoomHiFive, Georgetown University Maker Hub, and Jenny Siung, Head of Education, Chester Beatty Library, with Jeffrey Roe, TOG Hackerspace Dublin, and Ellen Byrne, Festival of Curiosity. Part of the Making Museum project, an 18-month EU-funded training initiative (Erasmus+ 20172019) exploring how museum staff can up-skill in creativity, innovation, creative collaborations with local maker communities, and embed these ideas in their public programmes for audiences. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE.

Medieval Ornamental Designs - Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 March, 11:15am – 4:15pm (Sat), 1:15 – 4:15pm (Sun)

 

Explore the extravagant and ornamental style of the Middle Ages and join Roxana Manouchehri for this two-day workshop. Participants will explore the design and marginalia of the Coëtivy Hours before creating their own decorations. The second day will be dedicated to finishing the page using liquid gold and gouache paint. Previous experience in drawing or painting would be an advantage, but not necessary. Limited to 15 participants, €70 per person, materials provided. Suitable for beginners. Booking essential. Please book HERE.

 

April

 

Sumizuri-e and Hanging Scrolls - Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 April, 10:30am – 4:30pm (Sat), 12noon – 4:30pm (Sun)

 

This April, artist Hiroko Imada will present a two-day workshop, introducing the sumizuri-e method of woodblock printing: a monochrome technique where only black ink is used. Participants will also learn how to create a hanging scroll featuring their own hand-made woodblock print. Perfect as a gift or as a decoration for your home. Limited to 15 participants, €70 per person, materials provided. Suitable for beginners. Booking essential. Please book HERE.


This workshop is now fully booked. To be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 014070766 or Justyna on 014070772. 

 

 
*Workshops Guidelines

- Please note, all our workshops are suitable for beginners unless otherwise advertised. 
- Small amendments might be done to the workshop due to unforeseen circumstances and we would appreciate your understanding


*Workshops for Adults Cancellation Policy
 
Please note, we require 7 days' notice of a cancellation; otherwise the full workshop fee must be paid. Credit card details are thus required in order to guarantee your place in the workshop and we will be in touch shortly to request these.
 

*Silk Worm Club & Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens Cancellation Policy

Please be aware that we require a minimum 72 hours' notice of a cancellation if possible. These workshops take time and resources to prepare and we always have an extensive waiting list for each workshop. Therefore if you cannot attend and we do not hear from you we may be unable to reserve a place for your child in future workshops.