Teens Lab

What’s On September – December 2017 for Teens

We had a wonderful, creative programme of events during July and August last; highlights include our Maker-in-Residence Corinne Okada Takara who presented a series of knot-making workshops in July. Why not watch this film made – you may spot a few familiar faces of our regular attendees?

September – December 2017 Events

As promised we are sending you the latest update for the next line-up of workshops for our teens in the Creative Lab. Booking essential. See Book Workshops Here

Why not join us for the following?  Booking is essential.

 

Saturday 16 September 1.45-4pm (12-17 years) Hunt for the Wilderpeople.  Join us for some pizza and a screening of Hunt for the Wilderpeople. A problem child is fostered and begins to bond with an outlandish couple. But a manhunt is called when the boy and his foster father go missing in the New Zealand bush. English. 2016, 12A (101 min).

Saturday 7 October 10.30am-1pm (12-14 years) & 1.45pm-4.15pm (15-17 years). Mid-Autumn Festival: Making Mooncakes. The Mid-Autumn Festival marks the end of the autumn harvest and the full moon in late September/early October, in Chinese and Vietnamese culture. To celebrate, we will make mooncakes – a traditional Chinese delicacy – and learn about the harvest and lunar cycles. This event has been organised in association with the Asia Market Dublin.

Saturday 14 October 10.30am-1pm (12-17 years) Old Meets New: Architectural Challenge. As part of this year’s Open House Dublin, meet our Head of Collections, Jessica Baldwin who will relate the story of the conversion of our 18th-century clock tower building into one of Dublin’s most visited tourist attractions. Afterwards, take on the challenge of re imagining another Dublin landmark for a new purpose, with artist Anna-Kadzik Bartoszewska.

Wednesday 1 November 10.30am-1pm (12-14 years) & 1.45pm-4.15pm (15-17 years). Mindfulness: It’s all about attitude. Join us for a unique workshop exploring meditation and mindfulness. Stephen Costello will lead the group in discussions of positive attitude, purposeful action, and experiential exercises. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded at the end of the workshop.

Saturday 9 December 10.30am-1pm (12-14 years) & 1.45pm-4.15pm (15-17 years). Origami Christmas Workshop. Using basic origami folds and techniques, transform your choice of paper into beautiful and elegant Christmas decorations for home or as a handmade present.

 

Review of Teen Lab Summer Programme with Teen Mentor Ciara Olden

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We would like to introduce you to one of our Teen Mentors Ciara Olden. Ciara attended workshops until she turned 18 and is now part of the mentorship programme. She recently completed her Leaving Certificate exams an awaits her results. We wish her every success. This is her review of the programme in July.

During the week of the 17th of July I had the privilege of sitting in on the Teen Club while they hosted Maker-in-Residence, Corinne Okada Takara. I could think of no one better to “Unravelling the Knot” with,  as Corinne talked us through both Celtic and Japanese knotting, with both cultures having their unique style and purpose for tying knots.

To start Corinne challenged our knot makers to design a knot in 2D. You also needed to think of its purpose and what it would be made from and then light it up using chibitronics. We then progressed to physical knots using pipe cleaners to create our own unique knots which we lit up using LEDs.

On our second day Corinne drew inspiration from the Library’s collection to create book marks using traditional Japanese mizuhiki cording. We then moved on to knots in 3D using fabric and wire to create an abstract piece that looked like a knot on one axis but when you rotated it, it became something else entirely.

On our last day Corinne put our skills to the test creating illuminated floating knots. Using laser cut frames we created a grid, allowing us to suspend knots using Chinese silk cording. Knots made; we created a circuit to light up our pieces. It really was a spectacle to behold when we turned off the lights!

On Tuesday and Thursday Lorraine took us through drawing the human figure: manga style! She showed us how to draw faces and signature manga eyes. Everyone left with their own full colour manga self-portrait. We then moved on to drawing figures in action, and it wasn’t long before our paper people were running and jumping to life.

On our final day we headed to Wood Quay venue as part of the Festival of Curiosity to build and also programme Lego robots. Our robot army had just been born when we left for Dublin Maker where our teens managed the impossible; to see everything in just one hour! I think we all came back with open minds and new ideas.

To say that I enjoyed the workshops would be an understatement. It was great to meet all the teens and learn something new. Who would have thought a knot would be art or a few lines could bring a drawing to life? I think it’s safe to say that tying my shoes will never be the same again!

 

Summer Programme 2017

We had a great film and pizza session in June and are delighted to see familiar and quite a few new faces in the group. As promised we are sending you the latest update for the next line-up of workshops for our teens in the Creative Lab.

Maker-in-Residence Corinne Okada Takara (USA) will introduce participants to a number of ‘maker’ style techniques including 3D printing of Japanese-Celtic knots. Corinne will explore our exhibition The Art of Friendship: Japanese Surimono Prints.  We will have 2 other workshops exploring manga faces and action figures with Irish artist Lorraine Lawlor. See dates below:

Unravelling the Knot: Illuminated Knots with Corinne Okada Takara. Discover the importance of symbolism of knot traditions in Japanese and Irish culture. Create knot drawings on grid paper and make your own light-up Japanese knot necklace or keychain. Monday 17 July 10.30am-1pm (12-14 years) and 1.45-4.15pm (15-17 years).

Manga Workshop: Faces. Learn how to draw manga-style faces using a variety of materials with Lorraine Lawlor. Tuesday 18 July 10.30am-1pm (12-14 years) and 1.45-4.15pm (15-17 years).

Unravelling the Knot: Mizuhiki Cording Bookmarks & Sculpture Fabric Knots. Corinne Okada Takara will explore Celtic and Japanese knots using traditional Japanese mizuhiki cording and design your own 3D sculptural fabric knots. Wednesday 19 July 10.30am-1pm (12-14 years) and 1.45-4.15pm (15-17 years).

Manga Workshop: Action Figures. Are you interested in manga comics? Join us and learn how to draw manga action figures with Lorraine Lawlor. Thursday 20 July 10.30am-1pm (12-14 years) and 1.45-4.15pm (15-17 years).

Unravelling the Knot: Knots in 3D Space. Corinne Okada Takara will construct small boxes and invent floating knots using nylon cording woven into the grid. You will explore illuminated your know by building a simple paper circuit. Friday 21 July 10.30am-1pm (12-14 years) and 1.45-4.15pm (15-17 years).

Dublin Maker and Festival of Curiosity. Our Creative Lab will visit the annual Dublin Maker and Festival of Curiosity to discover DIY electronics, inventions, crafts and much more. Off-site event. Saturday 22 July, 10.30am-2pm (12-17 years).

Booking essential. See Book Workshops Here

Chester Beatty’s Creative Lab for Teens just got an award! International Council of Museums (ICOM) Award for Best Practice, 18 May 2017

Chester Beatty’s Creative Lab for Teens has received an award for Best Practice as part of ICOM Committee for Education and Cultural Action (CECA).  ICOM gathers around 30 000 members from 137 countries, with the main component bodies including 117 National Committees and 31 International Committees.

The competition is tough and thanks to you, we were able to achieve this award. Thanks to everyone involved – that’s all of you who participate, contribute, inspire and work with us to make the Teen Lab a place for great ideas, creativity and innovation.

We look forward to seeing you this summer.

What’s on for May – August 2017

It was great to see you over the Easter holidays and there were quite a few new faces in the group. As promised we are sending you the latest update for the next line-up of workshops for our teens in the Creative Lab. Booking essential. See Book Workshops Here

Why not join us for the following?  Booking is essential.

May

Shibori Textiles with fashion designer Rebecca Marsden. Explore The Art of Friendship exhibition of Japanese prints and create your own tie-dyed fan or scarf. Saturday 13 May 11.15am-1.30pm (12-14 years) & 2.15-4.30pm (15-17 years).

June

Creative Teens Film Lab: Sing Street. Join us for some pizza and screening of the coming of age comedy about a boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s who escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes. Wednesday 28 June 2-4.45pm (ages 12-17 years).

Teens Lab Summer Special Japanese Arts and Crafts 17-21 July

Maker in Residence Corinne Okada Takara (USA) will introduce participants to a number of ‘maker’ style techniques including 3D printing of Japanese-Celtic knots. We will have 2 other workshops exploring manga faces and action figures with Irish artist Lorraine Lawlor. See dates below:

Unravelling the Knot: Illuminated Knots with Corinne Okada Takara. Discover the importance of symbolism of knot traditions in Japanese and Irish culture. Create knot drawings on grid paper and make your own light-up Japanese knot necklace or keychain. Monday 17 July 10.30am-1pm (12-14 years) and 1.45-4.15pm (15-17 years).

Manga Workshop: Faces. Learn how to draw manga-style faces using a variety of materials with Lorraine Lawlor. Tuesday 18 July 10.30am-1pm (12-14 years) and 1.45-4.15pm (15-17 years).

Unravelling the Knot: Mizuhiki Cording Bookmarks & Sculpture Fabric Knots. Corinne Okada Takara will explore Celtic and Japanese knots using traditional Japanese mizuhiki cording and design your own 3D sculptural fabric knots. Wednesday 19 July 10.30am-1pm (12-14 years) and 1.45-4.15pm (15-17 years).

Manga Workshop: Action Figures. Are you interested in manga comics? Join us and learn how to draw manga action figures with Lorraine Lawlor. Thursday 20 July 10.30am-1pm (12-14 years) and 1.45-4.15pm (15-17 years).

Unravelling the Knot: Knots in 3D Space. Corinne Okada Takara will construct small boxes and invent floating knots using nylon cording woven into the grid. You will explore illuminated your know by building a simple paper circuit. Friday 21 July 10.30am-1pm (12-14 years) and 1.45-4.15pm (15-17 years).

Dublin Maker and Festival of Curiosity. Our Creative Lab will visit the annual Dublin Maker and Festival of Curiosity to discover DIY electronics, inventions, crafts and much more. Off-site event. Saturday 22 July, 10.30am-2pm (12-17 years).

 

What’s on for February – April 2017

We have a great line-up of workshops for our teens in the Creative Lab. Booking essential. See Book Workshops Here

Why not join us for the following?

February

Ultrasonic Ancients with Make Create Innovate exploring Ancient Egypt. Bring to life and defend its treasures with ultrasonic sensors. Thursday 23 February 11.15am-1.30pm (12-14 years) & 2.15-4.30pm (15-17 years).

You can catch a sneak-preview of Make Create Innovate’s last workshop with our teens in 2016 below.

Mid-term special – Tote Illustration, Friday 24 February 11.15-1.30pm. Join illustrator Wen-Li Ho from Taiwan and hear about her designs. You will discover the ideas behind stationary and merchandise design as well as create your own Asian-inspired tote bag. Limited to 15 (ages 12-17).

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March

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Haiku for Everyone with Eriko Tsugawa who will provide you with an insight to the classical 3-lined Japanese poem followed by hands-on calligraphy. Saturday 11 March 11.15am-1.30pm (12-14 years) & 2.15-4.30pm (15-17 years).

April

Introduction to Middle Eastern Food with Abraham Phelan of the Silk Road Cafe. Learn about spices and herbs and make your own falafel and hummus. Tuesday 11 April 10.15am-12.15pm (12-14 years).

All Things Kofta with Abraham Phelan and work with your own chef to make kofta (savoury meat, cheese or vegetarian pieces). Wednesday 12 April 10.15am-12.15pm (15-17 years).

Chester Beatty’s Creative Lab for Teens – Mentor Programme 2017

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We would like to introduce you to our new Teen Lab mentor Jack Kavanagh. Jack has been with us since the very beginning of our programme for teens and has recently turned 18. This year, he will sit the Leaving Certificate exams and we wish him the best of luck! Jack will assist with the workshops and document his impressions of the programme to-date.

This is his first blog based on the Maker-in-Residence programme 5-12 December 2016 and see the interview featuring our teens and Krisjanis below:

On the 10th December, the Teen Club had the privilege of  hosting the then Maker-in- Residence, Krisjanis Rijnieks, as he gave us a crash course in Projection Mapping.

Projection Mapping is a pretty malleable term, so I’ll stick to describing what we and Krisjanis were doing. Using Raspberry Pi Computers, miniature projectors and images of some of the items in the Library’s collection, We created designs and projected them onto the walls in the workshop room. The programme we used was created by Krisjanis himself, and allowed us to create quadrilateral and triangular shapes for our designs. Using multiple layers of shapes and images, we were able to create intricate collages, with depth and texture. The programme allowed us to grab a corner of an image and distort it as it was moved around. Changing the dimensions and viewpoints turned them from copies of images into ones with a contrasting viewpoint. This led us to see items from the collection in a completely new light, as they were squashed and stretched to our minds content. We then experimented with moving the projectors so that the images were placed on interesting surfaces, like the corners of the ceiling. This split the image on to three different planes, which distorted the images even more.

Krisjanis went on to create a large scale Projection Mapping installation at the Library, a 16 x 9 m  dynamic piece on the south wall. He used a selection of images from the collection, in a much more complicated and detailed way, as only a master of a craft can do.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. The combination of modern technology and images of ancient artwork really did make me realise that there is always more than one way of looking at everything.

What’s On for January – April 2017

Highlights for 2016.  We have had a great year of activities in 2016 with our teens and highlights include workshops with fashion designer Rebecca Marsden, Japanese tea ceremony with Akiko Kidokoro and Emily Waszak, electronics workshop with Make Create Innovate to our annual visit to Dublin Maker and Festival of Curiosity in July, ending the year with theatre and science with rocket scientist Niamh Shaw, paper plane launcher with Dublin Make Shop, Science Gallery Dublin and projection mapping with our first maker in residence Krisjanis Rijnieks.

Based on your feedback and input we have designed new workshops for 2017. Booking essential. See What’s On for more details.

Chester Beatty’s Creative Lab for Teens

Are you interested in art, creativity and making stuff? Do you like to meet people and explore cultures from around the world? Then this is the club for you! The Chester Beatty Library offers free activities for teens aged 12-14 and 15-17 years. Check our website for more details.

What’s On for November & December 2016

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The next two workshops for teens scheduled are:

Wednesday 2 November 10.15am-1pm (12-14 years) and 1.45-4.30pm (15-17 years) Hong Ling: A Retrospective. Take inspiration from Hong Ling’s modern landscapes and create your own seasonal painting using oils and inks with artist Lorraine Lawlor. Limited to 15 participants per workshop. Book here

Saturday 10 December 11.15am-1.15pm (12-14 years) Paper Plane with MAKESHOP. Join us as we bring paper airplane-making to the next level! Using patterns from the Chester Beatty’s collections as a backdrop, design paper airplanes and create your own very mechanical launcher out of craft materials and electronic components. Test your paper plane designs by launching them in to the air. In association with Science Gallery Dublin MAKESHOP. Limited to 10 participants. Book here

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Saturday 10 December 2.15-4.30pm (15-17 years) Introduction to Projection Mapping and Raspberry Pi. As part of the Library’s Maker-in-Residence programme, Krisjanis Rijnieks will introduce participants to projection mapping, how it can be used to transform space and why use Raspberry Pi with computers. Materials provided. Limited to 10 participants. Book here

Here’s a snapshot of what our teens do in the club.

Animation workshop July 2015 with Paper PantherProductions

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