David en­cour­ages young artists at weekly work­shops

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BUD­DING young Wick­low artists are in­vited to dis­play their cre­ative tal­ent in a unique ven­ture started by Bray artist, David For­tune.

‘Me and The Moon’ run weekly work­shops for chil­dren aged two to 12 years in Bray, Grey­stones and Dublin as well as a host of other events - and the re­sponse has been phe­nom­e­nal.

And if the would-be Van Goghs can’t make it to a work­shop, ‘Me and the Moon’ will come to their home for a party or it can be held at the group’s reg­u­lar work­shop lo­ca­tion, Kill­rud­dery House and Gar­dens.

‘What we try to do is pro­vide an up­lift­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for chil­dren in a re­laxed and sup­port­ive at­mos­phere with plenty of fun thrown in, of course,’ ex­plained David who hails from Eglin­ton Road in Bray.

There are four strands to ‘Me and The Moon’. There are term work­shops in Bray, Grey­stones and Dublin with the cur­rent term run­ning to Novem­ber. There are drop-in work­shops at Kill­rud­dery each week­end to the end of Oc­to­ber.

Open­ing times vary, so the details are on Facebook each week.

There are par­ties and events. Chil­dren can have an ex­cit­ing art party ex­pe­ri­ence at a house or gar­den, or on the grounds of Kill­rud­dery.

Most re­cently they ran the art work­shops in the fam­ily zone at Groove Fes­ti­val.

There are also sea­sonal art camps for ages four to 10 dur­ing school term breaks. The forth­com­ing Hal­loween camps will be on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

‘Our weekly term work­shops are a fun learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,’ said David. ‘We teach chil­dren fun­da­men­tal skills in Paint, Print, Col­lage, 3D Con­struc­tion, Clay, Tex­tiles, An­i­ma­tion and Ty­pog­ra­phy.

‘All our work­shops are process-led and de­signed to stim­u­late chil­dren’s imag­i­na­tion, creativ­ity and con­fi­dence. Work­shops are co­or­di­nated by ex­pe­ri­enced pro­fes­sion­als in a safe and struc­tured man­ner. Creativ­ity is en­cour­aged and nur­tured and chil­dren come away as more in­de­pen­dent thinkers and prob­lem solvers. We en­cour­age peer-to-peer learn­ing, which al­lows chil­dren to grasp skills on an­other level and pro­vides a much richer learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. All the learn­ing and fun is in the mak­ing.’

David, an ex-pupil of Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege, has a Bach­e­lor of Arts (Fine Art Paint­ing) de­gree from Lim­er­ick Institute of Tech­nol­ogy (LIT) and a Higher Diploma from LIT in Art Teacher Ed­u­ca­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.me­andthe­moon.ie.

David For­tune at his work­shop at Kill­rud­dery House and Gar­dens and (left) his daugh­ter Caro­line shows how it’s done.

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