Printing your own t-shirt for National Drawing Day

This year the Butler Gallery and lead artist Etaoin Holahan have decided to get creative in the run up to National Drawing Day.

This year the Butler Gallery and lead artist Etaoin Holahan have decided to get creative in the run up to National Drawing Day.

From next Monday (May 14) Etaoin, and a team of volunteers will be taking over the Kilkenny Arts Office at no. 76 John Street, to set up a t-shirt printing workshop from Monday to Wednesday from 10am to 3pm.

“We are looking for volunteers for National Drawing Day and to help with our printing sessions. This year we are branching out to all age groups and we really want to emphasize that National Drawing Day is not just for children but for people of all ages. We wanted to create a wider demographic and I think this is epitomised in some of our workshops,”said Etaoin.

This year’s National Drawing Day will have workshops specifically designed with a variety of age groups in mind and all are welcome to enjoy this celebration of drawing, mark-making and creativity. National Drawing Day is a countrywide event initiated by the National Gallery of Ireland and has been coordinated in Kilkenny by the Butler Gallery for the past four years. As in previous years, the event will stretch throughout the Castle Park, offering a creative and colourful range of drawing activities. This year’s event promises once again to be a fantastic day out, with a real festival atmosphere.

National Drawing Day 2012 will include a host of workshops facilitated by a talented group of artists and dedicated volunteers, encouraging you to explore the Castle Park with new eyes. Participants are invited to investigate the Textures of the Castle Park with artist Renata Pekowska, experience Shadow Drawing, Texture and Felt, visit our Wishing Tree and create “Stained Glass” mobiles.

The Michael Warren sculpture will be transformed into a Drawing Garden and look out for our Willow Tunnel Wonders. There will also be a workshop with artist Deirdre Kelleghan in Action Sun or help a sculpture unfold before your very eyes with Spirograph Drawing on the Rise? Those wishing to practise your drawing technique can Explore Negative Space with Alan Raggett at drawing classes held at 12.30pm and 2.30pm, these classes have limited capacity so register early to avoid disappointment.

As part of Bealtaine, Ireland’s festival celebrating creativity as we age, an indoor workshop entitled Silhouette will take place in the Parade Tower. This workshop is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Programme 2007-13. Children and their grandparents, grand-aunts and uncles and grandfriends are invited to drop into this workshop exploring silhouettes and story-telling. Silhouette will be led by artist Gypsy Ray and members of the 5 to 6 Womens’ Art Project.

Every year the participants of National Drawing Day receive a t-shirt and this year we will be hand printing each t-shirt in the window of the arts office - so stop by, say hello, lend a hand or bring a t-shirt to get printed!

The organisers are looking for volunteers to help out with both the printing of the t-shirts in the lead up to National Drawing Day and the activities on the day. If you are available and would like to get involved please contact Emma on 056-7761106 or

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