Just a few weeks ago I was lamenting ( in this blog) the fact that I had nothing to offer an annual Irish creative festival. Cruinniu na nOg (The meeting of the Young). This is a free festival for children and young people all over Ireland. Last year I was in libraries in Castlebar Co Mayo with my workshops Lets Go to the Moon. The previous year I was in Birr Library Co Offaly with Stars Wonderful Stars. They were actual workshops with lots of children, pre COVID 19 when face to face was normal.
I decided almost as I was writing that blog to try to make a video which might be relevant. My idea was based on the fact that children have been drawing and painting rainbows as a response to the COVID 19 crisis. A lot of rainbow hugs for healthcare workers. So I figured maybe a little knowledge about how rainbows come about might build some education into the rainbow phenomenon. Something simple, not mentioning wavelengths or spectrums that could be off-putting for kids.
To my delight, the idea was accepted and I went ahead and made this video. All Cruinniu na nOg content is online this year. It gives me great pleasure to be part of it. Dealing with the software is a journey for me but I am enjoying the experiments. Hopefully, people will like it and children will draw rainbows with a small bit of new knowledge. At the moment I have several ideas stacking up like paintings in my head. Not all paintings get done, most do eventually.
I’ve even figured out subtitles which expand the function of a video to cater for the hard of hearing . Getting familiar with all the tools I can – Here is the link to the Rainbow Challenge
Here is the link to the entire collection of Cruinniu na nOg 2020 offerings