Seniors and Special Needs Childrens Arts Classes at Dunamaise Arts Centre

I will be running 2 Mixed Media art classes in August.  One class is for Special Needs Children and a parent/guardian and the other is for a group of Senior Citizens.  I propose using various household items such as sponges, Q tips, an ornate table mat, old toothbrushes, modelling paste (not so much household!), plastic knives and acrylic paint.  I will supply a 60 x 60cm canvas and by the time everyone finishes the class the plan is they will have a new canvas fit to display in their home.  It will be a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone.

The first class is on the 20th of August from 2 to 4. This is for Special Needs Children accompanied by a parent/guardian age 8 years plus. As a mother of special needs children, I know only too well our special children don’t get asked to much and that’s why I really wanted to do this class.

The second class is on the 21st of August from 11 to 1. This is for older people who have felt lonely and isolated over the past year and 4 months. I just ask that everyone wears old clothes, bring an apron and perhaps plastic gloves because you will get your hands dirty!

Both classes are in Dunamaise Arts Centre subject to Government advice.

Any queries please contact me at 0872428889 or
Booking is essential through Dunamaise Arts Centre (05786 63355).

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The Laois Arthouse Collective “Collective Thoughts” Exhibition takes place from the 12th of July until the 28th of August. There will be various workshops run in conjunction with the Exhibition both In House and online.



‘Collective Thoughts’ an Exhibition by Laois Arthouse Collective at Dunamaise Arts Centre

I am a member of the Laois Arthouse Collective.  A group of eleven artists are having an exhibition entitled ‘Collective Thoughts’ in Dunamaise Arts Centre for the month of July and August which is open to the public from July 12th to August 28th.  I have three pieces in this exhibition ‘Siren‘, ‘Bring me to Life‘ and ‘She Sells Sanctuary 2‘ which centre on the Mother Earth/busy Mother figure.  There will be live and online workshops also in conjunction with the exhibition.  See for more information.  With special thanks to @bankofireland and @businesstoarts for supporting this Exhibition, workshops and demos of our Collective Thoughts.

For my pieces I used Mannequins to represent Mother Earth/Mother Figure.

My main piece She Sells Sanctuary represents the Mother figure. I incorporated roots coming from the bellybutton to represent life itself. The roots spread all over the canvas which represents the Mother being pulled in all directions. The Mother suddenly was a teacher, nurse, doctor, chauffeur, therapist, leader. The sun/moon represent night and day, daylight and moonlight because families were at home day and night 24 hours a day. I also made the mannequin appear grubby like to signify the Mother figure not having time or energy for herself.

My pregnant mannequin ‘Bring me to Life‘ represents Mother Nature making a comeback. Our air was less polluted, people were gardening and growing their own food more than ever and investigating what herbs/natural products was good for their own health. Literally, In Bloom.

Siren represents the Earths elements Fire, Air, Water and Earth which are all essential for life.



Collective Thoughts Exhibition at Dunamaise Arts Centre
Collective Thoughts Exhibition at Dunamaise Arts Centre
Collective Thoughts Exhibition at Dunamaise Arts Centre
Collective Thoughts Exhibition at Dunamaise Arts Centre
Bring Me to Life
Bring Me to Life
She Sells Sanctuary 2
She Sells Sanctuary 2
Collective Thoughts Exhibition at Dunamaise Arts Centre
Collective Thoughts Exhibition at Dunamaise Arts Centre

Abbeyleix Library Exhibition

I will be exhibiting 47 paintings in the lovely Abbeyleix Library for the entire month of June. Let me know if you’re planning to visit and I’ll meet you there and talk you through the various paintings.

Market House,
Market Square,
Co. Laois,
R32 CY65.

Tel: 057 87 30020

Closed Monday and Wednesday. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 5pm, with late opening Thursday to 7.30pm.

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