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June 8, July 13, August 10 5:30 p.m.
Blind Contour Sculpture Tours

Assistant Manager Margaret Vaughan will lead several hour-long tours of the Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum sculpture collection. Six sculptures throughout the galleries will be chosen for discussion and drawing. Vaughan will first go over the concept of “blind contour drawings” and outfit the group with paper, pencils and clipboards. When the group enters the galleries, she will point out specific sculptures and invite participants to engage in a short (three-minute) blind contour drawing while she talks about the work. The tour will end with a longer (10-minute) drawing of a sculpture of their choice. Tours are scheduled for the second Thursday of each month during the summer.

Walk-ins are welcome. Suggested $5 donation fee

August 16, 17, 18 9 to 11 a.m.
The Paintings Speak: Creating Dramatic Monologues Inspired by the Artwork in Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum
$45 (for three days)

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum will host a three-day children’s storytelling workshop in August. After viewing the evocative paintings and sculptures contained in the museum’s collection, each participant will select one and bring that artwork to life. This work will build toward a performance of the student-created dramatic monologues to be presented on the third day of this three-day workshop.

Participants will learn about the experience of those who lived during the time of Ireland’s Great Hunger, and will incorporate this knowledge into their final performance.

Instructor Sara deBeer is a poet and storyteller as well as an experienced classroom teacher. Sara works as an artist-in-residence in public and private schools, designing programs which tie in with on-going studies of social studies, and language arts. Under the sponsorship of the Robert C. Bates Fellowship, a Yale summer grant, Sara deBeer spent the summer of 1980 studying storytelling traditions in Ireland; this was the foundation of her lifelong love of Irish history and folk literature.

This workshop is for children age 9-12. Children must be registered and paid before the workshop begins. Registration forms can be downloaded HERE. Please call 203-582-7236 for more information.

August 20 1 to 3 p.m.
Afternoon Tea

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum will host an afternoon tea outside on the museum lawn on August 20 at 1 p.m. Guests will be served various teas, finger sandwiches, small plates and desserts. A harpist will provide ambience for an enjoyable afternoon with friends.

Nature’s Royal Tea Party, a children’s book will be available for sale. All profits go directly to the museum.

Lucky Ewe, Hamden’s Irish gift shop, will be on hand with a display of Solvar Irish jewelry, which will be available for purchase. The shop also will sponsor a raffle for a necklace from the collection.

Join us for a fun and festive afternoon! Tickets for this unique event are $45 and should be purchased online HERE. Tables of eight may be reserved at at discounted rate of  $325 by calling 203-582-6500. Dress is summer tea party attire (hats encouraged!).