Drawing the Tale of The Wexford Whale

Artist’s talk and film screening by David Begley

A free event for National Drawing Day 2022

Saturday 21st May via Zoom, 5pm - 6pm

To register please email davidbegleyartist@gmail.com


For this year’s National Drawing Day, David Begley will discuss his work in creating The Wexford Whale animation. Featuring drawings and animations by David and 5th and 6th class pupils of Scoil Mhuire National School, Rosslare, County Wexford, this 12 minute film is inspired by the true story of the 25 metre blue whale captured by Ned Wickham at the mouth of Wexford Harbour in 1891 which now hangs in Hintze Hall of The Natural History Museum, London.


David will discuss the fun and challenges involved in making the film, the children's fantastic drawings, Ruah Pearson’s wonderful cello score, the joy of recording foleys with Scoil Mhuire pupils and Richard Sabin’s (Principal Curator of Mammals, The Natural History Museum), contribution to the film. This event will include a screening of The Wexford Whale.

Animation Demonstrations

To request an animation demonstration for a group or one to one via zoom please email davidbegleyartist@gmail.com


Saturday April 2nd 2022, 3pm via zoom

Animation demonstration (fully booked)


Monday March 14th 2022, 10.30am via zoom

Animation demonstration (fully booked)

Saturday March 12th 2022, 10.30am via zoom

Animation demonstration (fully booked)

Monday March 7th 2022

Animation demonstration (fully booked)

David will discuss how he creates his charcoal animations including materials, equipment, filming, lighting, editing, and sound.



David has worked as a visiting lecturer in Ireland and Wales, has taught drawing, painting, print and animation to adults and children, has led several projects with The Living Arts Project, Wexford Arts Centre and in 2021 facilitated The Monk's Garden, a visual art, heritage and gardening project in Ferns, The Wexford Whale drawing and animation project at Scoil Mhuire, Rosslare, and workshops at The Irish National Heritage Park, Wexford.


If you are interested in one-to-one tutoring or mentoring write to davidbegleyartist@gmail.com for more information.

Fees for online mentoring: €150 per session,

including written feedback on 8 - 10 images in advance,
a one hour mentoring session and written debrief where relevant.

David is available for workshops for small groups.

Write to davidbegleyartist@gmail.com for bookings.

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