Family Activity Packs

During 2010 and 2011 I worked with the Education Services at Dublin's Chester Beatty Library to produce a series of activity booklets for families visiting the Museum. Each booklet contains a unique trail through the gallery which introduces children to the collection through fun activities and exciting information.

Family activity booklets - The Chester Beatty Library (2012)
Each booklet presents a unique trail based on the collection with trails available for two age groups.

These booklets are currently available free of charge to the public and are designed for two age groups (5+ and 8+). In total there are twelve unique trails to take.

Samurai - Each booklet contains a number of unique illustrations based on the Museum's wonderful collection

Each booklet allows families to explore the Museum at their own pace, helping them to discover the collection in a fun and accessible way.

'How many books can you count in the image above?' - Booklets also contain a number of puzzles and activities based on the collection

The project involved writing, designing and illustrating each booklet as well as creating a large number of unique puzzles and activities for each section of the collection.

'Complete this picture of a mosque' - Another example of one of the puzzles included in the pack

The character of 'Finn' was also designed as a 'tour guide' for the booklets; helping to guide children through the collection.

Each trail is guided by Finn, a cheerful bird who helps children to discover what is on display.

Below is an example of one of the booklets. It is based on the Museum's East Asian Collection and it includes dragons, elephants and samurai - what more could a five year old want!

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Drawing Pack

While working on the booklets above, I also created a guide for drawing in the museum aimed at adults and teenagers. With exhibitions based on Sir Alfred Chester Beatty's Western, Islamic and East-Asian Collections, the booklet helps to give a unique insight into the rich and diverse styles of drawing that can be seen on display.

Written and designed in collaboration with the Museum's Education Services, the booklet contains a series of fun exercises and activities to do in while visiting. These help the public to discover new skills and techniques, as well as give them a new appreciation for the art of drawing. You can view a preview of the booklet below:

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