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Ink making workshop


Saturday April 29 2023

Join David for an intensive and fun day of making and painting with natural ink. David will demonstrate how to gather and prepare materials, and how to grind, bind, cook and transform them into your own unique inks. 


10am - 4.30pm, Blackwater, County Wexford
Limited to 4 places only

€150 per person including materials


Book your place here.




David has worked as a visiting lecturer in Ireland and Wales and has taught drawing, painting, print and animation to adults and children for over 20 years.


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

Fees for online or in person 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 for bookings.


The Magic of Trees and Charcoal

Blackbird Cultur-Lab, Foulksmills, Co Wexford

A free event for Cruinniú na nÓg
For ages 6 -12 years

Saturday June 11 2022

Join artist David Begley on an exploration of the magic of trees and charcoal at the Blackbird Cultur-Lab. This family workshop, suitable for young people ages 6-12 years and their parents, is designed to make connections with the biodiversity around us. After going on a short walk to look at trees (weather dependent), participants will learn about how charcoal is made, and make their own charcoal drawings of trees. 

Fully booked, to join waiting list see: ​

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Drawing the Tale of The Wexford Whale


Artist’s talk and film screening with David Begley
and musician Ruah Pearson

A free event for National Drawing Day 2022

Saturday 21st May via Zoom, 5pm - 6.15pm


For this year’s National Drawing Day, David Begley will discussed his work in creating The Wexford Whale animation. Featuring drawings and animations by David and 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 in Wexford in 1891.


David discussed the fun and challenges involved in making the film, the children's fantastic drawings, 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. Ruah Pearson discussed her cello score and this event also included a screening of The Wexford Whale. 


Animation Demonstrations

To request an animation demonstration for a group or one to one via zoom please email


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.

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