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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Homelife No. 9 - Sunshine Drawing and Painting with artist Avril O' Brien

These days are like waking dreams, where time feels a little different and the evening sun gives everything a soft Summer glow. In this family-friendly art workshop, we look at shadows and sunlight and find ways of making art that capture them in a dreamy picture. 

On a family walk, we might look closer at the plants that grow out of footpaths or walls, finding interesting shapes. Maybe there are buttercups and dandelions growing in the grass. This is a chance to look at the different stages of a plant's life or to appreciate the beauty that lasts for the season.  

In this video and PDF, we look at two techniques and combine them together to create our artwork. First, we capture shadows of plants using an outline. Then, we use oil to make paper see-through, creating imaginative paintings and translucent paper. By cutting out our outlined shapes, giving them colour with pencils or anything at hand, we can make unique pictures, placing them on display in the window with the oiled paper for maximum effect.

Do you remember your dreams from last night? Maybe you could draw something from your dreams, cut them out and put them behind or in front of your translucent paper. If you would like to create your own dreamy artwork with these techniques, have a look at the video and PDF. 

Click here to download a handy instructional PDF

Click on the video below to view a timelapse of the process

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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