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Are you having a staycation in Ireland this summer? Why not create your own postcard and send it to a friend.

For this project, there is plenty of inspiration to be found in IMMA’s Collection of artworks. You will find many images of Ireland and also examples of where artists have used postcards. Have a look at this photograph County Kerry 1988, by Harry Gruyaert, a Belgian photographer, it’s a super image of summer in Co. Kerry. Also have a look at this postcard Oakland created by the artist Sol LeWitt.

What you will need:

  • Card (white or any kind of colour you like!)
  • Pencils, crayons, or markers
  • A postage stamp


Now, let’s get to work:

Decide what picture you would like on your postcard. It can be a well-known landmark from where you are staying – like the Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin or Croagh Patrick in Mayo. It can also be a picture of a flower from the garden or the view from your window. You can even make more than one drawing on the front of the card—create panels with pictures like a comic strip. It’s your choice!

Make your drawing on one side of card. Take your time and really enjoy creating the scene. Use lots of bright summery colours. When you are finished turn it over, write your message, the name and address of the person you are sending it to, stick on the postage stamp, and post it!

Your friend will be delighted to receive such a special and unique card.

Happy holidays! But don’t forget, whether you’re staying put or visiting somewhere else in Ireland, please share your results, your experiments, and artworks with the hashtag #ExploreratHome