On Sunday 18 November, to celebrate Universal Children’s Day (20 November), the National Print Museum (Dublin, Ireland), trialled a number of free CREATIVE MAKERS (CREAM) workshops themed with Children’s Rights and inspired by the ‘tinkering and making’ culture for children and families. The workshops were designed and led by the Museum’s CREAM project artist and letterpress printer Mary Plunkett in collaboration with the project Educator Gretta Halpin-Dodd.

Three workshops took place, which were suitable for children of various ages and all were test events in preparation of the opening of the Museum’s ‘fablab’ space in February 2019.

‘ColourFour’ for 4-7 year olds(10.30am)
This workshop, which was themed with Article 13 (Right to Freedom of Expression) and Article 31 (Right to Leisure, Recreation & Culture) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, encouraged creativity and self-expression through the creation of a word or shape, by the participating children, using letterpress and full colour printing.

‘Word, Cut, Print’ for 8-12 year olds (12.30pm)
During this workshop, which was also themed with Article 13 and Article 31, children taking part learned about and explored the basic principles of letterpress printing and discovered how, through  combining letterpress with tinkering and making, they could express themselves creatively in word and print.

The Right to be a Creative Maker for Families (2.30pm)
During this workshop, which was themed with Article 13 and Article 12 (The Right to an Opinion) , families taking part learned about and explored the basic principles of letterpress printing. They then discovered how, through working together as a family and combining letterpress with tinkering and making, they could have their collective voice heard by creating an opinion, campaign or protest poster.

Spaces was limited on each workshop due the space restrictions within the Museum, however all workshops were booked out, with a long waiting list for each! 29 children and adults took part in the three workshops on the day and the feedback was very positive and will be used to help develop these new workshops further for the launch of the space in 2019.

‘The hands on printing was wonderful. They really enjoyed it.’

‘She really enjoyed and was a bit disappointed when it ended. Prints brought home are very precious though.’

‘Not a bit of it was unappreciated they had an entirely wonderful time.’

‘She liked everything!

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