Space Art with Blackrock Castle Observatory!

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Date:Monday October 4 2021

Time:12:00 - 13:00
Join us live from 12 Noon!


Join Donna and Rob from MTU’s Blackrock Castle Observatory for a live paint-along demo. We’ll be showing you how to paint an exoplanet or a nebula with simple art supplies. While we paint we’ll be treated to brief talks on exoplanets and nebulae from the astronomers at the Observatory. This event is perfect for Primary school children. You can send us your questions about the art or the science in real time and we’ll answer as many as we can!

You can follow along here live!  This event does not require registration, however there are a limited number of spaces available on the Zoom chat for schools to get more direct feedback from the artists and astronomers. To apply for a place please complete the form below*

What you’ll need:

Paper plates (Must be smaller than the canvas you use)

Paper Towel

A cup of water per student to clean their brushes

Acrylic or poster paints (Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, and White)

One large and one small brush per student

One sponge per student

One canvas board per student (If you can’t source canvas board use cardboard instead. Don’t use printer paper. It won’t look good.)

PVA glue or masking tape (For the planet painting only)


This event is part of the International Astronomical Union’s 100 Hours of Astronomy event for 2021: 100 Hours of Astronomy is a 100-hour, round-the-clock, round-the-globe celebration composed of a broad range of activities aimed at involving the public. The event welcomes amateur and professional astronomers, astronomy outreach professionals to host events sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for the Universe with the general public. The goal is to enable as many people as possible, from children to senior citizens, to engage with the sky and gain a basic understanding of our astronomical surroundings.

*Apply here for a chance to join the livestream: