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 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 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 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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Health & Well-Being

Qigong in August

Mary Dowling comes back with another Qigong video to help us de-stress and relax.

Join her in this practice and feel your body ease, your breathing slow down and learn how to focus your thoughts in the moment. 

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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Standing Yoga

Originally from India, yoga is a group of physical and breathing exercises with a meditative and spiritual core.

To mark International Yoga Day follow Mary Dowling, art historian and trained yoga instructor, as she introduces some standing yoga poses combined with mindfulness and relaxation techniques.

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 June

Following on from the success of the previous event, why not join Mary Dowling for another Qigong video.

Qigong is a traditional Chinese form of meditation coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm state of mind.

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 May

Qigong is a traditional Chinese form of meditation coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm state of mind.

Join Mary Dowling, arts historian and trained yoga instructor, and cultivate your well-being with these simple and relaxing activities.

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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Cooking Demonstrations

How to make Shakshuka with the Silk Road Café

Have you ever wondered what to do with eggs, tomatoes and herbs?

Watch this cooking demonstration by Abrahim Phelan of the Silk Road Café and learn how to make this much-loved dish shakshuka.

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