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DIY story cubes

As a performer, I often get stuck in my own head when trying to create new, original, unique stories, characters and worlds. Using storycubes is a great, fun and playful way to provoke new ideas, to inspire unique characters and inspire original and beautiful images.   Introduction During this exercise I will be leading you on your journey to create beautiful story cubes. Story cubes are wonderful objects for any creative person to have in their toolkit. They can be used in a number of diverse ways; ignite improv ideas, storytelling, artistic inspiration, etc. Need ● A4 paper ● Ruler ● Pencil ●


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Creating with Salt Dough

I remember fondly the salt dough creations myself and my brother made when we were small, in the dresser in our home years after making them. The ravages of time may have made some of them a little less whole, but they still had pride of place next to my mother’s best glass, china and old photos. Making Salt Dough is an ideal activity to do with children, especially during this time whilst parents are looking for activities for smallies. No doubts though that this activity  can be fun for all ages! Salt dough Recipe  1 cup / 250g of


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Rainbow Feeds

When we take notice of our surrounding, what beauty there is! Take time with a camera to notice all the colours of the rainbow that surround you. You could choose to do this in nature and outdoors or to explore the colours around you at home; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink and the shades in between. Our social media feeds get full of such a mix of stuff… interesting, depressing, helpful, distracting and beautiful! I thought it would be refreshing to fill feeds with rainbows of the beauty around us by taking pictures of all the colours from


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Nurturing Children’s Creativity

When schools closed recently, I got asked three times in one day how to make slime😜. It got me thinking that parents might need some creative ideas to do with their children over the next few weeks. As a practicing artist, I know the benefit of escaping to a creative space when I need to block out the real world for just a little while. With this in mind, I decided to set up a closed Facebook group for parents to help nurture their child’s creativity. It is my hope that the parents who follow along might try to take


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Coronavirus Kids Quiz

    My motivation behind making this quiz was my two young kids. They were so delighted (and still are) to be off school and they really weren’t getting how an invisible vapour coming from them might hurt their grandparents. They didn’t wonder too much about why people were waving in the window rather than coming in. So I made something I thought my daughter would laugh at. She actually added a few questions and answers but they were too crazy and graphic.     Barry English is the owner of Double Marvellous Media (https://doublemarvellous.com) and a member of our


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Home is Where the Art is

Little Fine Artists is a mobile art workshop programme for children. It is a space for creative learning, for young artists to explore their own ideas and socialise with peers. The aim is to develop a young artist’s confidence in their creative practice and abilities. Little Fine Artists promotes the value in play, experimentation and imagination rather than focusing on honing a particular skill or craft. Workshops take place weekly in Cork schools and community spaces and are run by Since the recent closure of schools, colleges and cultural institutions due to coronavirus I decided to post an ongoing series


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