Orla Bates

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Orla  Bates 1  Botanic  Drawings
Orla  Bates 2  Seed  Prints
Orla  Bates 3  Irish  Mammal  Block Prints
Orla  Bates 5  Hedgerow  Workshop
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Science, History, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Early people and ancient societies (History), Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science), Energy and forces (Science)
Counties catered for:
Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford
Classes catered for:
All Classes

Orla Bates is a visual artist and qualified art teacher with a special interest in science and heritage. Orla has been working with primary schools for over ten years, offering engaging art workshops which use the natural world to inspire creativity through art.

Each visit offers teachers a wide range of hands-on art projects that explore the themes of biodiversity, wildlife and living things. Each project also supports a strand in the visual art and science curriculum. Examples of projects include learning about animal life cycles through fabric and fibre; build a bird identification mobile through construction; and learn about hedgerows through printmaking.

Orla has recently teamed up with scientist, Michelle Maher to offer exciting and unique Art and Science workshops. A visit from Orla and Michelle provides the opportunity to learn about the natural environment around us through the integration of science and art.

Each visit includes practical, hands-on learning experience through scientific experiments and art-making projects. Learn about acid rain and plants by making a greenhouse garden in your classroom window, explore the secret world of wild flowers, get down and dirty with the surprising science of soil, make your own growing paper and many more curious discoveries!

All workshops and lessons and can be specially tailored and adapted to best suit the needs and preferences of each class and school.


  • "Super professionalism from Orla. Wonderful ideas, classroom management, lovely manner with both students and teachers"
  • "Órla has been coming to our school for quite a few years now to participate in our Annual Arts Week. Her workshops are always a highlight of the week for students and teachers alike. Órla has a fantastic way with the children and ensures that they become totally immersed in the subject matter. As always we would like to thank the scheme for giving us the opportunity to have her back again and we look forward to having Órla back again."
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  • "From planning to the implementation of the lessons, Orla was excellent" - Kilmore NS

Additional Information

  • Caters for Special Needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

086 376 8204

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