Online Workshops & How-To Videos

Chester Beatty offers a wide range of ways to learn about and engage with our collections. This selection of online videos gives a taste of what we offer at our workshops and activities prepared to inspire creativity and learning. From drawing to family activities, storytelling and cooking demos, there is something for all levels and interests inspired by the Chester Beatty Collections.

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Image of Maker-in-Residence Pantea Karimi leading an education workshop on scientific characters at the Chester Beatty in Dublin, Ireland, in July 2019.

Arts & Crafts Activities for All

How to Draw Khataei (Persian Patterns II)

Khataei are decorative designs used in Iranian art. Often employed to decorate borders of books and carpets, these patterns were brought to Iran from China and are inspired by plants and animals.

Watch this video by Roxana Manouchehri and follow the steps to create your own khataei motifs.

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How to Draw Star Toranj (Persian Patterns I)

Star toranj (medallion) pattern is one of the main motifs in Iranian-style designs. Usually placed independently in the middle of other patterns, star toranj is a combination of leaves and flowers inspired by nature.

Watch artist Roxana Manouchehri and learn to create a toranj medallion.

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Mindful exploration: Ink Painting Demonstration

Visual artist, Hoi-Shan Mak, interprets Irish landscape in a style of a Chinese master, Chang Dai-chien.

Inspired by the landscapes of this great painter, relax and enjoy the floating inks, build-up of colours and textures of this mindful exploration.

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Paper-cutting workshop

Thinking of making your own greeting cards this Christmas? Why not watch this papercutting workshop with visual artist and designer Paul Bokslag.

The video explores examples of papercutting traditions from around the world and moves to experiment with some basic papercutting techniques. Step-by-step, you will create your own papercut Christmas cards and develop some new skills along the way.

This activity requires the use of cutting tools and is not suitable for children under 16 years of age without direct parental/guardian supervision.

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How to paint a Chinese Dragon

This painting demonstration is inspired by a snuff bottle from the museum’s collection which depicts a five-clawed dragon chasing a pearl.

Watch artist Heather Gray transfer the image to paper using a traditional bamboo brush, black ink and xuan paper.

Create your own painting using other art materials you can find at home.

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How to draw a shamsa medallion

A shamsa medallion is a radiating sunburst design, drawn from a single central point. Whether complex or simple, the shamsa is a frequent motif in Islamic art, appearing across all media including illuminated manuscripts, architecture, and carpets.

Watch this video prepared by artist Roxana Manouchehri and learn how to create your own medallion inspired by the Chester Beatty Collection.

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How to use a homemade blending stump - Part 2

*For ages 16 and up*

Following how to create a homemade blending stump, join Roxana Manouchehri and discover the use of the tool for drawing with Conté, a medium composed of powdered charcoal or graphite mixed with wax. This video demonstrates the use of drawing sticks, the effects of shading and textual grading with a blending stump.

This activity requires the use of cutting tools and is not suitable for children under 16 years of age without direct parental/guardian supervision.

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How to create a homemade blending stump - Part 1

*For ages 16 and up*

In this video, artist Roxana Manouchehri demonstrates how to make a blending stump at home. This tool is used with pencil, soft pastels or charcoal and allows you to gradate your drawing, add shading and texture.

This activity requires the use of cutting tools and is not suitable for children under 16 years of age without direct parental/guardian supervision.

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How to create watercolour botanical postcards

Inspired by flora described in James Joyce’s Ulysses, follow artist Jen O’Brien and create a botanical watercolour postcard to send to your friends or family.

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How to do a 3D drawing

Watch this drawing demonstration with artist Roxana Manouchehri and learn how to create your own 3D drawing using very simple techniques.

For more information about drawing why not check our drawing pack here

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How to do a contour drawing

Watch this drawing demonstration with artist Roxana Manouchehri and learn how to do a contour drawing.

For more information about drawing why not check our drawing pack here

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How to draw a squid

Inspired by a remarkable book of sketches by Hokusai called Quick Lessons in Simplified Drawing this video by artist Heather Gray shows you steps of how to draw a squid.

Why not look at some more sketches of flora and fauna, landscapes and supernatural to continue your exploration of drawing?

For more information about drawing why not check our drawing pack  here

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How to draw with string 

Watch this art demonstration with artist Megan Scott and learn how to create a drawing with string.

For more information about drawing why not check our drawing pack  here

 

Music by Fesliyan Studios Inc.

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How to draw a mythical creature

Watch this drawing demonstration with artist Roxana Manouchehri and learn how to draw a mythical creature inspired by the Chester Beatty Collection.

For more information about drawing why not check our drawing pack here

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How to draw a face

Watch this drawing demonstration with artist Roxana Manouchehri and learn how to draw a face.

For more information about drawing why not check our drawing pack here

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Make & Create Activities for Children & Teens

How to make a wishing wreath 

Get the family together and create a wishing wreath full of good intentions and wishes.

Follow artist Jen O’Brien and learn how to create hand stencils, charms and other recycled bits and pieces.

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How to make a STEAMpunk plague doctor mask

Join us to watch the STEAMpunk Plague Doctor Mask with artist and maker, Megan Scott.

Inspired by the costumes of Renaissance plague doctors, we will create our own bird-like mask. Why not give STEAM a punk-twist to this moving macabre mask?

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How to create an origami basket

Create and decorate these charming origami baskets with artist Megan Scott. 

These beautiful and simple paper baskets can be used for your own trinkets or for small gifts to a loved one over the festive period. 

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How to make a hanging owl decoration

Follow artist Heather Gray in this recorded video and make an adorable owl to decorate your window or a wall.

Use recycled materials you can find around your home. This family friendly decoration workshop is a hoot!

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How to create a crayon etching: Scratching the Surface

Watch artist Megan Scott in her creative and experimental approach to line drawing.

Inspired by the carvings found in the museum’s jade books collections, this online tutorial explores how to create an etching-style artwork using simple art material.

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How to create contemporary ikebana (flower arrangement)

Inspired by Japanese ikebana, the art of flower arranging, artist Jen O’Brian created this multi-sensory activity which considers colours, smells and textures.

Embrace the shapes of the wild and create an art piece – stylish, simple and sophisticated.

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How to make a nature journal - Family Workshop

Join us to watch the Nature Journal workshop, with artist Jen O’Brien.

Learn how to make a concertina album. Why not use it to record your personal observations of flora and fauna, including drawings, collage arrangements and notes?

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How to make finger puppets - Family Workshop

View this recorded workshop with Roxana Manouchehri and follow the steps to make your own finger puppets out of paper, glue and markers.

You can look at our wonderful collection online to get your creative juices flowing.

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How to make a Boater Hat

Join artist Heather Gray for this recording of her Boater Hats workshop.

This activity inspired by the annual Bloomsday Festival, is perfect for the whole family so why not follow Heather and make your own hat.

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How to make a Star Festival streamer

During the Tanabata Festival, also known as the Star Festival, people all over Japan write wishes on small paper strips and hang them on bamboo branches or other ‘wish’ trees.

Watch this video prepared by artist Jen O’Brien and follow the steps to create your own Tanabata streamer. What wish will you make?

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How to marble paper

This video combines art and science, and shows you how to make your own marbled paper.

Get your crafts station ready and follow the instructions of artist Megan Scott.

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How to make a 3D centipede

Join us and learn about the great adventures of mythical hero Tawara Tōda.

Follow artist Heather Gray and build a giant centipede

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How to build a kaleidoscope

Watch this video prepared by Jen O’Brien and find out how to build your very own kaleidoscope at home.

This is a great activity for everyone interested in mix of art and science.

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How to make an illuminated portrait

Inspired by many illuminated manuscripts housed in the Chester Beatty, artist Megan Scott introduces a contemporary take on the art of illumination.

Watch this video and learn how to create your own shimmering portrait.

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How to make a Koinobori (traditional Japanese paper fish)

Watch this arts and craft demonstration with
artist Heather Grey and learn how to make your own traditional Japanese fish to celebrate Children’s Day inspired by the Chester Beatty Collection.

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Storytelling for Children

The Story of Snowflake

The long evenings are a perfect time for some tales and fables.

Meet storyteller Róisín Murphy and delve into much-loved winter stories that have been passed down through the generations, from countries all over the world.

Róisín will introduce us to Ivan and Maire, and their daughter Snowflake.

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Irish Fairy Tales Part III: The Story of the Sea Woman

Róisín Murphy comes back with the final Irish tale about a family from the west coast of Ireland.

Listen to the story and discover why the fisherman’s wife was so different from everyone in the village and why she was so passionate about the sea.

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Irish Fairy Tales Part II: The Story of Bran and Sceolan

Storyteller Róisín Murphy shares a tale of Fionn Mac Cumhaill and his hounds: Bran and Sceolan.

Learn about the special connection between Fionn and his dogs and how they introduced the Fianna leader to the love of his life, Sadhbh.

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Irish Fairy Tales Part I: Fianna’s Strange Night

Join storyteller and actress, Róisín Murphy, as she recounts the adventures of four friends of the Fianna in the woods and lakes of Killarney.

Practise your cúpla focail as you make acquaintance with Diarmuid, Cian, Conán and Fiachra.

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The Tortoise and the Hare / La Tartaruga e la Lepre

Watch and listen to the well-known story of The Tortoise and the Hare from Aesop’s Fables with Francesca la Morgia of Mother Tongues Ireland in English and Italian.

 

Guarda e ascolta la storia della lepre e della tartaruga tratta dalle Fiabe di Esopo. Le storie sono lette in inglese e in italiano da Francesca La Morgia, Mother Tongues Ireland.

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Music

Sarode Solo with Matthew Noone

A self-confessed musical ‘mongrel’, Matthew Noone is an Australian-Irish ex-indie rocker, improviser, composer, thinker and performer of the 25 stringed lute called sarode.

Listen to Matthew as he performs some traditional Irish melodies, original compositions and improvisations.

'The Heron Jig'

'The Red March'

'Faha Lament'

Harp Recital

Listen to the recording of live event with harpist Aisling Ennis as she performs some classical and popular music standards as well as festive compositions. Aisling is an award-winning, professional harpist based in County Wicklow.

 

Photograph: Imogen-Blue Hinojosa

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Diwali Recital

To mark Diwali 2020, the Chester Beatty presents four musicians resident in Ireland. Each express a different aspect of Indian classical music or music inspired by India.

The performances include: Sudipto Das, Indian classical vocalist, Matthew Noone playing two tunes on the sarode, Rupak Pandik performs a virtuosic tabla solo while Dara O’Brien offers an experimental piece with sitar and voice, composed especially for Diwali.

Sudipto Das: 'Raag Sudh Kalyan'

Matthew Noone: 'The Lament for the Country House Dance' by Junior Crehan and 'Damhanait's Jig' by Matthew Noone

Dara O'Brien: 'Lockdown Waltz' by Dara O'Brien

Rupak Pandit: Solo tabla recital

Health & Well-Being

Yoga for Teens: Be the Best You Can Be

Grab your yoga mat and get ready to slow down for some physical and breathing exercises with yoga instructor Mary Dowling.

Yoga helps to improve your concentration and instills calmness after a busy day of school.

By participating in an in-person or online physical activity based event with the Chester Beatty, you acknowledge that all exercise involves a risk of personal injury and you agree to take responsibility for your own health and well-being in relation to these events. By participating you confirm that you have received medical approval to take part and that you knowingly, voluntarily and expressly waive any claim you may have against the Chester Beatty, the activity instructor or any other event participants for any injury or damages that you may sustain as a result of participating in these physical activity based events.

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Qigong in January 

Qigong is an energy exercise to practice outside, but when the weather is poor, we can get all the benefits when we’re inside too.

Join Mary Dowling for this sequence of simple movements to help you improve your balance, breathing and overall condition. Why not join in and improve your mood and to relax? Suitable for all ages.

By participating in an in-person or online physical activity based event with the Chester Beatty, you acknowledge that all exercise involves a risk of personal injury and you agree to take responsibility for your own health and well-being in relation to these events. By participating you confirm that you have received medical approval to take part and that you knowingly, voluntarily and expressly waive any claim you may have against the Chester Beatty, the activity instructor or any other event participants for any injury or damages that you may sustain as a result of participating in these physical activity based events.

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Qigong in December (outdoor Qigong)

Join Mary Dowling for outdoor Qigong.

Qigong is an energy exercise and we’ll practice different movements to loosen our joints and move any stagnant energy. Pop on a warm hat, and cosy but flat footwear. And gloves if you like, you can always take them off when you feel warm enough.

By participating in an in-person or online physical activity based event with the Chester Beatty, you acknowledge that all exercise involves a risk of personal injury and you agree to take responsibility for your own health and well-being in relation to these events. By participating you confirm that you have received medical approval to take part and that you knowingly, voluntarily and expressly waive any claim you may have against the Chester Beatty, the activity instructor or any other event participants for any injury or damages that you may sustain as a result of participating in these physical activity based events.

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Yoga for Children: Have Fun, Be Active

Join yoga instructor, Mary Dowling, and learn playful yoga poses to build your strength and flexibility. Breathing and relaxation exercises will improve your concentration and help manage difficult situations.

By participating in an in-person or online physical activity based event with the Chester Beatty, you acknowledge that all exercise involves a risk of personal injury and you agree to take responsibility for your own health and well-being in relation to these events. By participating you confirm that you have received medical approval to take part and that you knowingly, voluntarily and expressly waive any claim you may have against the Chester Beatty, the activity instructor or any other event participants for any injury or damages that you may sustain as a result of participating in these physical activity based events.

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