Drawings produced by children from Tallaght working with artist John Moore shown at Dublin City Arts Centre.

The City Arts Centre in Dublin is exhibiting pencil drawings from Barnardos children from the Dublin suburb of Tallaght working in conjunction with artist John Moore.

A member of Temple Bar Studios, John Moore took held three workshops with the children who come from Jobstown in Tallaght. Much of John Moore’s own work is with graphite and the children were particularly interested in his drawing work.

John Moore decided to try and get the children to work outside their comfort zone,

Draw without using the skills of drawing so the idea was they would take rubbings and textures from surfaces around them.

He felt this process would not overwhelm the children and would suit all levels of ability.

Karl Quinn describes the processes he used to create his two pictures in the exhibition. He became interested in art through Barnardos,

I hope to be an artist like Van Gogh one day.

Rita Connaughton also has two pictures in the art show, one of a bird and another depicting tiles.
In school after John showed us how to do it I did a few tracings for my teacher.

Louise O’Neill also has a picture of bird in the exhibition and her other piece of work depicts a soldier.

John Moore is extremely proud of the results achieved by the children in such a short period of time,

They took up the brief and pushed it just as far as they could and came up with some very, very exciting images.

He feels if the children continue in this vein they will go on to produce some amazing work.

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