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Help at hand to become more creative

The Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership has launched a new suite of online resources to help people get creative during lockdown. Picture: Manuela Dei Grandi

A SUITE of online creativity resources are being made available to parents, schools, youth groups, children and young people by the Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership.

Activities, videos, manuals and step-by-step instructions on all things creative can be printed or downloaded and used as guides to help people get more creative at home. Included also are video demonstrations by artists and craft makers and fun instructional guides for youth leaders and teachers to help making and creating that bit easier at home during the current lockdown.

Ann O’Dwyer, Director of Schools, Youth and Music with the Kerry Education Training Board, said they are conscious that, during a lockdown, young people are looking for things to do that are different, a bit of fun but also have some degree of learning involved.

“We are hopeful that schools, youth groups and families will find the list of activities useful and will give them a go,” she said.

The activities include a range of craft and design guides but also a series of video workshops that can be included in a lesson or watched at home or in school. Topics featured include workshops on poetry, design, drama and art and there are also comedy sketches to enjoy online and craft activities that use everyday household materials that can be sourced in the kitchen or cheaply in the local shop.

Design projects include everything from découpage to designs for bird houses and bird feeders, painting, poetry and creative writing instruction. There is also a history of animation video and a screen and playwriting video workshop that will appeal to young film makers.

“We asked creative practitioners in Kerry to share their know-how on a range of activities to suit different age groups,” said Deirdre Enright, Co-Ordinator of the Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership Programme at Kerry ETB

“The step-by-step guides and videos will help people get creative at home s well as those looking for new ways to working with young people online. There is also a handbook of creative exercises that artists and tutors will enjoy and anyone who is looking for creative ways to work with young people,” Deirdre added.

The information is located on the online resources section of the Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership’s pages on the Kerry ETB website and can be accessed by searching the website www.kerryetb.ie/creativity.

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