Talking Pictures for Children

Talking Pictures is an online resource for children and their adults based on artwork from the Crawford Art Gallery Collection. We share creative prompts for happy talking, playing, making and moving every Wednesday!

Homelife

Homelife: Sundays with the Crawford Art Gallery
Creative activities with downloadable step-by-step guides and video

Crawford Art Gallery Activity Book Now Available!

The Crawford Art Gallery Learn & Explore team are very happy to present our first Activity Book!

You can purchase it directly here.

Grab a pencil and some paper and discover fun facts, consider different perspectives and explore your creativity with this Crawford Art Gallery Activity Book.

This Activity Book was created by a range of artists and educators to bring Crawford Art Gallery to you. Whether you or your family have visited us before or are just discovering art and art history for the first time, we invite you to dive into these fun and absorbing activities based on our collection.

Contributors: Gillian Cussen, Annie Forrester, Julie Forrester, Mary Galvin, Hazel Hurley, Julie Kelleher, Lynda Loughnane, Avril O’Brien, Hazel Scully, Inge Van Doorslaer.

The Activity Book will be for sale soon in the Gallery Bookshop on the Ground Floor (€5.00) or online (€5.00 plus postage and packing). Keep an eye on our social media channels, website and monthly email newsletter for updates on when you can get your hands on a copy!

If you work with or are part of a group, community or organisation that you feel would benefit from some free copies of the Activity Book, please get in touch with us at Crawford Art Gallery Learn & Explore to discuss your requirements:

You can purchase the book from here.

Anne Boddaert anneboddaert@crawfordartgallery.ie

Emma Klemencic emmaklemencic@crawfordartgallery.ie

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Up the Crawford Walls

The game currently works on desktop only.

Jigsaw Puzzles from our collection

Time yourself and challenge your friends and family with these virtual jigsaws from Crawford Art Gallery collection.

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Colour our Collection

Download a colouring sheet and break out your pencils, crayons and stickers!

Jump to your favourite image and download the PDF file to colour:



Laocoon and His Sons

Hagesandros and Polydoros Athenodoros
Laocoon and his Sons

About the artwork
This artwork tells a story. Poseidon is a powerful sea god and he sends serpents to attack Laocoon and his two sons! Laocoon faced the wrath of the Greek gods because he tried to foil a plan to invade the city of Troy. Greek soldiers had made a huge wooden horse, which they pretended was a present, but really it was filled with an army ready to attack the city of Troy.

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You can view the original artwork here

Harry Clarke The Arras Rich with Horseman (Design for the Eve of St. Agnes Window) c.1923

Harry Clarke
The Arras Rich with Horseman
(Design for the Eve of St. Agnes Window)
c.1923

About the artwork
Harry loved stories, he was inspired by all kinds of storytelling, fairy tales, poems, spooky ghost stories and romantic legends. Harry made this drawing when he was working out ideas for the design of a stained glass window. In this picture, two characters are running away from a castle on a very cold and wintery night. As they flee they pass a woven cloth called an arras, it is a tapestry that is sewn with horses and woven like their very own dreams.

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You can view the original artwork here

George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson A Frigate Being Wrecked off a Rocky Coast 1849

George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson
A Frigate Being Wrecked off a Rocky Coast
1849

About the artwork
George was born in Cobh over 200 years ago, he sailed the seas working as a ship’s carpenter. George taught himself to paint. He painted Cobh harbour in storm, calm and in sunshine. His paintings show boats of the time with curious names like brigs, schooners, steamers and cutters! In this painting, George imagines a ship battling a storm on the rocky Cork coastline.

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You can view the original artwork here

Edith Somerville 
The Goose Girl
1888

Edith Somerville
The Goose Girl
1888

About the artwork
This young girl has made friends with the farmyard goose and does not want to see him being served for dinner! The artist Edith Somerville was born in Corfu in 1858, but she spent much of her life living in Castletownsend, West Cork. 

Throughout her life, she painted and sketched daily, while successfully publishing short stories and novels with her cousin Violet Martin. 

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You can view the original artwork here

James Barry

James Barry
Portraits of Barry and Burke in the Characters of Ulysses and his Companion Fleeing from the Cave of Polyphemus
c.1776

Cork-born artist James Barry gave this work a snappy title Portraits of Barry and Burke in the Characters of Ulysses and his Companion Fleeing from the Cave of Polyphemus! James Barry was born in Water Lane, Cork City in 1741. In this picture, he imagines that his friend and teacher, the philosopher Edmund Burke, is a legendary Greek hero called Ulysses. They are trying to escape from a monster called Polyphemus who is a cyclops, shown hunched in the background. A cyclops is a giant monster from legend with just one eye!

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You can view the original artwork here

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John Lavery
The Red Rose
1923 

About the artwork: 
This is a very romantic painting of a woman holding a lovely red rose. The woman’s name is Hazel Lavery. It is one of over 400 portraits that John Lavery, her husband, made of her. One of his portraits of Hazel even appeared on Irish banknotes in 1928. Can you imagine your own face printed on money? The Red Rose started off as another person’s portrait, but John decided it would be better to paint his wife again! John painted over this canvas several times. So why not experiment? Raid the house for recycling materials to reimagine this picture with collage.

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View the original artwork here

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Gerard Dillon
Old Woman & Washing
c. 1959

About the artwork:
The artist Gerard Dillon loved the people of Connemara, he wanted to show life in the West of Ireland. This painting shows the inside of a cottage before cookers, washing machines, central heating, widescreen televisions or even hoovers! The woman who lives here keeps her home spick and span, her washing is drying and her teapots are warming in front of the fire. Look, there is a place waiting for you by the cosy fire! Imagine what stories this woman could tell.

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View the original artwork here

Daniel Maclise
Francois I and Diane de Poitiers
1834

About the artwork: 
What is this fellow holding in his hand? Does his face look angry, sneaky, surprised or sad? This character is a jester from a painting by Daniel Maclise. 

Daniel was an artist from Cork and he loved history, theatre and storytelling. His painting tells the story of a woman called Diane who comes to the King of France to beg for her father’s release from prison. Her father is released, but Diane must stay with the King.

Can you imagine what happens next?

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View the original artwork here

John Baptist Closterman
Portrait of a Gentleman
c.1710

About the artwork: 
This painting is over 300 years old! It was painted in the 17th century, photography had not been invented and only the richest people could afford to have a portrait painted. We do not know the name of the gentleman in this portrait, it is a mystery. Feeling playful? Give this gentleman a cunning disguise to add to the mystery! 

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View the original artwork here


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Primary School Online Resources

Resource PDF
Click on the link below to download a selection of online resources for primary schools.

Click here to download the Primary Schools Online Resource sheet (3.6mb)

Further information:
Anne or Emma
+353 (0)21 490 7857 / 490 7862
anneboddaert@crawfordartgallery.ie

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Little Bird with Rosie from Broken Crow Theatre Company

Rosie from BROKENCROW theatre company has really missed telling her stories to you in person and is now delighted to be able to share a new story with you through the Crawford Art Gallery online Sunday series.

Little Bird is an Early Years story-poem made especially for Springtime that borrows from an old song that is known and loved by many.

Rosie hopes you like the story and that your Mummies and Daddies will sing along with you and Little Bird too!

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Drawing with Mary Galvin

 Mary facilitates Saturday art classes in the gallery.

'My work as an artist-painter takes inspiration from the natural world.  Using a mix of my own drawings and found images I combine them forming new compositions that reflect on human interaction with nature and our attempt to control and protect it simultaneously.'

List of drawing materials:

Some tips: 

Click on the video below to view the process

Initiated by the National Gallery in 2005/ Drawing Day is a nationwide event held in partnership with national, regional and local museums, libraries, cultural and arts centres.

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Cardboard collage with Mary Timmons

Mary facilitates Saturday art classes in the gallery.

“I am a ceramic and textile artist based in Cork. I enjoy trying out new materials and experimenting with new techniques. Art is all about fun and having a go.

Collage is always a part of my work, sometimes through research and often in the final work.

It really inspires both my teaching and my own work”

Click on the video below to view the process

Initiated by the National Gallery in 2005/ Drawing Day is a nationwide event held in partnership with national, regional and local museums, libraries, cultural and arts centres.

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