JULY / AUGUST 2022

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                                                                                                                       ELLEN HUTCHINS FESTIVAL

,A couple of workshops will take place as part of the Ellen Hutchins Festival – see the link here for more information                                                                                      The Wild child day must be booked through the festival but the Adult workshop can be booked here directly on events@kilcoestudios.com

                                                                                                                 Nature journals & bookmaking.

                                                                                                             Wednesday 17th August / 2pm to 4pm

Come to the stableyard at Bantry House for children’s nature art for 6 to 12 year olds. Two artists with activities, each with half hour sessions that can be booked in advance or on the day (if places still available). Nature Journals with Sonia Caldwell – make your own little book and use it to explore and learn about wild things. Flower and Leaf Pounding and Tree ID Disks with Shia Tremayne. Free. Half hour sessions with each artist.

Access to Bantry House Gardens is free on the day, and there is a self-guided Tree Trail leaflet available, specifically for the Gardens, that can be enjoyed before or after the booked sessions with the artists.

Nature Journals with Sonia Caldwell – make your own little book and use it to explore and learn about wild things. Free.

Booking opens on 1st August

For 6-8 year olds,  Free; book here.

For 8-12 year olds, Free;  book here

Flower and Leaf Pounding and Tree ID Disks with Shia Tremayne, for 6-12 year olds. Free; book here.                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                Our Plants and Our Heritage

Outdoor learning about plants and weaving with rushes – suitable for Adults and over 14 years. Facilitator: Sonia Caldwell { Kilcoe Studios }

Tuesday 16th August

Mealagh Valley Community Centre and surrounds

2pm – 6pm

This will be a workshop of two parts where we explore the outdoors and do creative hands-on craftwork.

We will explore this beautiful area and throughout the walk we will learn to identify the different plants along the way and learn about their use in the past for various purposes including craft and food.

In the second part we will stop for a tea and coffee break with home made and foraged snacks before we begin our creative work.

We will focus on the use of field rushes which due to their abundance were used for a wide variety of things and we will make a weaving with them that can be used as a table mat. We will also look at other examples of basketmaking and weaving on the day.

€ 45
including tea/ coffee and snacks
Mealagh Valley Community Centre and surrounds
Please dress prepared for light rain.

We will meet either in Bantry at 1.30pm or in Mealagh Valley at 2pm – lifts and car pooling can be organised.


                                                                                                                      WILD CHILD DAY BALLYDEHOB  –

Children’s  fun plant hunt . 20th August

Wild Plant Hunt is a chance for children of all ages to open their eyes and really see all the plants that grow around us. Each plant is so different and each has different uses for us as well as for animals and insects. This will be an interactive event where children will be looking and learning along the way and there will also be stories, gaeilge and fun!

On the day I will hold walks around a route in Ballydehob village to explore the different plants that grow there. See information below about collecting a print out sheet before the event. We will create chalk drawings on the way as well as other take home drawings.

These sessions will be 1 hour long for children accompanied by parents from 4 – 12 {age guide}
Max 15 people in total per session
10 am- 11am / 11.30am – 12.30pm / 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Meeting place – Ballydehob Playground. Please bring suitable clothing for rain showers. In the event of a very wet day I will contact you with a change of plan.

Please book by emailing  events@kilcoestudios.com or in person at Kilcoe Studios, Main Street Ballydehob. 0870667871 for further questions – but please text only for booking.
This event is free but PLEASE do let us know if you cannot attend so we can make space for others.

This Wild Child event is funded by the Heritage Council through the Heritage in Schools Programme.

In the run up to Wild child day children and families can collect a print out of information about wild plants found in the vicinity of the village of Ballydehob. Or contact us to get a pdf sent to you {see booking details} The print out will take them on a walk around the village environs and give them tasks to identify leaf shapes, make drawings and collect some for pressing. Some will be named but the focus for young children will just be to identify different shapes and habitat.

There will be priority given to children with special needs in the last session on the day. Please do try to book early and give details when booking of their needs. The session will be then matched to suit the participants needs, in length, content and route, etc. Do please try to book early, though, to help with our planning.





Saturday April 30th  
Ballydehob Jazz festival workshop – flower crowns
11am – 12.30pm  and 2pm – 3.30 pm
At Kilcoe Studios 
Making Flower crowns to adorn some beautiful jazz heads for the festival.
Using locally collected materials like rushes and flowers, as well as recycled fabric, each participant will make a head piece to get them in the vibe.
More information about Ballydehob Jazz Festival – https://ballydehobjazzfestival.org
  Saturday May 21st
 Basket making with Rushes using twining technique
 2pm – 5pm
Using locally collected rushes we will make a small basket using the twining technique. We will also cover various other materials that can be used to make these baskets and how you can also use this technique to make a mat.
Sunday May 22nd
  Bog and Hedgerow Walk – Paper making, Rope making and Bookmaking
Full day – 9.30am – 5pm
€85 with lunch, snacks, teas and coffee.
This is a full day nature and craft experience where you will be immersed in the area and its plants that have inspired the work of Sonia at Kilcoe Studios over the years.
We will meet at Kilcoe Studios in Ballydehob at 9.30am for a briefing and tea / coffee. Then we will drive to a nearby bog area and spend the morning there learning about the plants in the area – including their uses for craft, food and medicine and we will collect plants for the afternoon activities.
We will return to Ballydehob for lunch which is included. It will be all home-made from local and foraged ingredients.
In the afternoon we will learn about the techniques of making your own rustic paper from grasses and then make sheets and paper bowls.  We will also learn basic bookbinding techniques and rope making.
Gluten free and vegetarian lunch options will be available and please let us know of any other dietary requirements .
Contact us below to book or call 087 0667871 for queries
Saturday June 11th
  Coiled baskets using Traditional Materials
2pm – 5pm
We will complete a basket made from different local materials like straw, hay and rushes and using the coiling technique we will make a small basket. You will leave with the skills and knowledge to do this at home. We will also learn the ancient craft of using brambles to bind the baskets as well as learning to use other materials.
      Sunday June 12th
                       Hedgerow walk and Basketmaking using twining technique.
            9.30 am – 5.30 pm
         €85 with Lunch
This is a full day nature and craft experience where you will be immersed in the area and its plants that have inspired Sonia’s work at Kilcoe Studios over the years.
We will meet at the car park at Kilcoe church at 9.30 am. This will be approx a 2 1/2 hour walk but stopping all the time { about 1 hour walk if not stopping } It will bring us by mostly hedgerow environments and some woodland, where we will learn the various names for plants as well as what is edible, medicinal and which ones can be used in craft.  We will collect and gather what we might need for afternoon workshops.
We will stop for a coffee break around 11.30am at the original base of Kilcoe Studios { our home ! } .
We will aim to be back at cars around 12.30pm and will meet in Ballydehob for lunch of local and foraged ingredients.
The afternoon will be spent making a basket with some of the same materials we will have collected and learnt about.  Gluten free and vegetarian lunch options will be available and please let us know of any other dietary requirements .
All the workshops will be facilitated by Sonia Caldwell from Kilcoe Studios. They will take place in Kilcoe Studios exhibition and workshop space which is opposite Camiers garage – Eircode P81X009
The capacity for each workshop is 8. The running of workshops will be subject to meeting a minimum number.
Outdoor workshops will go ahead if there is just a light risk of rain, so come prepared. In the event of the weather being extremely bad, I can adjust the timing of the day’s plans and I will be in touch beforehand .
Please enquire and book at events@kilcoestudios.com or 0870667871 
Nearer the time a link will be sent for deposit payment.
If you need disability access please let us know in advance

Pencils and card will be suppiled for notes, but feel free to bring your own.

Notes will be taken during the day and a follow up document will be sent within a week afterwards, with plant names, book references and website links.
These workshops are aimed at Adults but older interested children are welcome {over 12}.  

Mostly children workshops are done through schools on the Heritage for school scheme