Roscommon Arts Centre’s virtual programme for schools

After a challenging school year for both teachers and students, Roscommon Arts Centre has launched its Kaleidoscope School Edition, which aims to connect with schoolchildren through a series of workshops and events. Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Kaleidoscope will be delivered by professional artists and practitioners from May 26th to June 18th. It caters for junior classes through to sixth class and will be delivered via Zoom straight into the classrooms.

The programme includes an Animal Mash Up and Creature Crashes with Olivia Golden. Olivia illustrated a book called ‘Woggleburn Creek’, where the creatures are all mash ups of existing creatures. Using this book as her starting point, students are invited to challenge Olivia to create new creatures, before embarking on their own fabulous creations!

There will also be Animal Grooves with Monica Muñoz where dancer Monica has created a digital dance series exploring movement through the animal world. Children will be encouraged to dance, imagine and look close at living creatures from four different environments: the jungle, the sea, the forest and the garden and ask what are the animals within you?

If your classroom is keen to explore astronomy and storytelling, then join the brilliant Super-Paua and their Stargazing and Storytelling workshop. Inspired by a story called ‘Moonstone’ by Aoife Meagher, Super-Paua look at storytelling techniques and constellations and encourage children and young people to create their own stellar, stargazing-inspired stories. Super-Paua are also hosting two other workshops ‘Ag Dul Ar Strae – Getting Lost’, and ‘Is Peace Possible?’

Also check out Stories Galore with Patrick Ryan. Patrick has more than 700 stories in his repertoire! Patrick provides teachers with simple suggestions for follow up including simple activities for creative writing and art work.

If your school is interested in participating contact Roscommon Arts Centre’s box office now on 090-6625824. Full programme details are available to view on