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At Home With Irish Arts Center: Animal Transformations

Discover ancient tales of shapeshifting creatures and create your own!



The Ark and Irish Arts Center present

Irish mythology is full of stories about humans turning into animals. Have you ever heard of selkies—people who could transform into seals? Or about the children who became swans? Women who became wolves? The man who became a salmon, then an eagle, then a hawk?! 

These animal people were believed to possess great wisdom and knowledge. In our creative book-making workshop, presented in collaboration with The Ark cultural center in Dublin and led by the visual artist Duffy Mooney-Sheppard, you will choose which animal you would like to become, learn its wisdom, and draw a simple booklet of your own imagined animal transformation tale. 

Recommended for ages 5-12.

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Materials you will need: 

• A few sheets of printer or construction paper (or similar)
• Drawing instruments (e.g., pencils, markers, crayons, or whatever you have handy)
• For the cover of your booklet, a piece of cardstock if you have it. Some cardboard cut to the size of your paper will also do!
• Stapler (or glue stick/glue/tape)
• Scissors

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Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; the Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; British Council; Morgan Stanley; Tourism Ireland; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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