ReCreate are delighted to have received accreditation to run two CPD courses which can be redeemed as Extra Personal Vacation days this summer:

7th -11th July; Introduction to the visual arts on a budget

18th- 22nd August; Understanding the Visual Arts on a Budget: Creative re-use & the arts

The courses will be hands on, practical courses which will aim to instil confidence and understanding of the visual arts in the learner while working on a budget. These courses will unfold the contemporary and traditional arts pertaining to Aistear and the Primary School curriculum, including drawing, painting, printing, fabric/ fibre, clay and construction and the role of the environment in supporting play and creativity in the classroom. The aim of these courses are to rediscover the possibilities of creative teaching using everyday materials to enhance creativity, foster invention and curiosity while increasing each participant’s capacity for teaching.

The courses will take place in ReCreate,  Dublin’s new creative reuse project. ReCreate has exceptional materials from quality suppliers such as Avoca, Bewleys, Smurfit Kappa among others and these materials, which would otherwise be destined for landfill will be used throughout the courses to support the learner to move beyond materials bought in a shop and to show the potential of discarded and every day materials when designing arts and crafts sessions in a school environment.


Who the courses are for: The courses are ideal for educators and Primary School teachers working in an early year’s classroom environment who have limited budgets and arts experience. It aims to give the participant an insight into creating quality work and impactful educational experiences with limited financial outlay.

Venue: ReCreate, Ballymount Drive, Walkinstown, Dublin 12

Times: The courses are a five day course with attendance on all days required to receive a certificate. Daily course times are 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm, Monday to Friday

Course provider information: ReCreate is a friendly, caring environmental gem which supplies arts & crafts materials and educational supplies. We are the newest creative re-use project in Ireland and we are a fun and inventive place to visit, while offering great value for money, Professional workshops and eco-friendly education programs.

What We Do:

End of Line and surplus materials are collected from businesses and then sorted, and displayed at our storehouse in Ballymount Drive, Walkinstown.

Materials are then displayed in small manageable quantities for our members to creatively re-use.

How to enrol and who to contact for more information: To enrol please phone Kevin on 01-4568798 or email us at .

Course tutor information: Órla Kelly is a visual artist, creative educationalist, arts manager and the director of Early Childhood Creativity. Órla’s own education includes a diploma in psychology from Maynooth, a degree in fine art from Limerick and a masters in arts management from Cambridge. She has worked with children for fifteen years creating work in Dublin, and mainland Europe, with and without a common spoken tongue, using creative understanding to collaboratively create. Her work with children aims to explore a naturally intelligent and free imagination, where real creation is almost always an intelligent action, done with concentration and joy to understand the world and our relationship with it.

Fee: €95

Places available: Numbers are limited to 16 so that each learner can have a quality experience.

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