Whingy faces and illustration

Whingy faces and illustration


children’s workshops for schools, libraries and festivals

Jane visits schools, libraries and festivals to run Gringer-based workshops for children from 3-10 years old. Sheena joins us when she can. The workshops available are listed below.

“THE STORY OF GRINGER” - illustration and storytelling

This workshop features:

  • The story of how the idea for the book came about

  • Illustration practice

  • Sheena’s original artwork

  • The process for turning the idea into a book

  • Reading the story from the finished book

  • And of course, a bout of whinging ….

The events are tailored according to the age group and each one lasts about 50 minutes. The aims are to support literacy and foster the talents of aspiring young writers and illustrators.

“What gringer does next” - CREATIVE THINKING

This workshop was requested by Skerries Educate Together NS in January 2019. It follows on from the first workshop and features:

  • Recap on previous event

  • Idea generation for a new book about Gringer

  • Story development

  • Story production

  • Feedback and conclusion

It was piloted for two classes of senior infants as part of Creativity Week and during Power Hour. The latter is an allocated hour whereby extra teachers join the class, to provide a 1:5 teacher:pupil ratio, four times a week for ten weeks to work on literacy. Vice Principal Jean Timmons gives her review here:

Ceardlainne DÁtheangach - bilingual wokrshops

Is maith le Jane bheith ag labhairt as Gaeilge anois is arís nuair a bhíonn an seisiún ar siúl agus bíonn ceardlainne dátheangach le fáil freisin.

virtual visit from sheena dempsey

As Sheena lives in Folkestone, we rarely get to do school visits together. Last October a group of third class students from St Molaga’s NS in Balbriggan, came up with a list of 20 questions for her. During Book Week in March, Sheena paid the school a “virtual visit” to answer their questions via a little video. They were delighted. This video is a useful resource for teachers by way of follow up after a workshop.

to book

For more information or to book, contact or phone 00 353 1 849 0598.