Siamsa Children's Workshops


'Siamsa' has been part of the Kilkenny County Council Arts Office's programme since 2011 and we have run a wide range of children workshops for ages ranging from 5 to 13 year olds. This fun programme has supported children in developing a variety of skills including drawing, painting and making in a diverse range of media. The workshops have included origami, clay modelling, Lego art and textile work to name a few and have given the participants a great opportunity to work with a professional artist to further their creativity and use their imaginations.

In 2015 'Siamsa' participants learned about aerodynamics by creating their own flying objects using wind tubes, investigated the forces involved in flying, designed and constructed balloon cars, and brought Leonardo Da Vinci's fascinating ideas to life! In the second half of the year 'Siamsa' focused on making myths and music, which included bringing stories to life through a range of making projects, crafting fold-out books using simple relief printing methods, and were guided through a trio of workshops investigating music and sound, using a wide range of percussion and string instruments.

Print Block Siamsa


In 2014, the Arts Office's 'Siamsa' programme offered hands-on learning experience through scientific experiments and art making projects. Participants learned about the water cycle and plants by creating their own mini greenhouse garden, explored the secret lives of flowers and got down and dirty with the surprising science of soil. The 2014 Siamsa workshops included the exciting 'DNA Detectives', where children extracted DNA cells from a Strawberry and built a DNA sculpture from recycled and art materials!

DNA Detectives

Siamsa DNA detectives

Greenhouse gardens

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Participants made their own mini botanic greenhouse, turning any window into a growing garden! What else did the children get up to at SIAMSA!? Look at this beautiful little film of our creative SIAMSA participants:

In 2013, we mixed art with science, with our Siamsa workshop 'Drawbots'. The children learned how to make their very own drawing robot, with the help of artist Orla Bates and scientist Michelle Maher. They had the opportunity to learn about science in a fun new way and make a unique robot that could vibrate and spin, with the help of a small motor. The results were fantastic and the colourful robots doodled energetically which made for a fun afternoon of robot battles!


If you are interested in finding out more information on our Siamsa programme or signing you children up to upcoming Siamsa workshops please contact :

Ruth McCann at 056 779 4547 or by email

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