Josie O’Connor has a background in Printmaking, having graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2012. Since then she has studied screen writing and Jungian Psychology with Art Therapy.

Combining these elements of story-telling and image making, she has hosted several workshops for children. She is passionate about books in particular and the process of writing them and illustrating them.

As a parent she has become aware of the benefit of producing one treasured artefact over reams of paper that get shoved into boxes and never seen again!

She has experience in the primary classroom having most recently completed two six week projects as part of the Artists in Schools programme in 2023;  with nineteen students in Lahinch school’s first class and 10 students in the whole of Furglan school aged between five and ten. See the results of the projects here.

She co-hosted a week long summer Art Camp in the Gentian Press in Lisdoonvarna in 2023, designing a unique template for a fun and engaging project.

She has hosted two previous workshops for Crinniú na nÓg in 2022 and 2023.

She co-ordinates the Mol an Óige Parent Craft group and is resourceful and eco conscious, sourcing recycled material and using eco friendly mediums. She has organised festive crafts and markets for the school since 2018.

She is also a member of a local writers group who published a lockdown anthology in 2020 called ‘Walk With Me’, and is working on a book of her own. ( Who isn’t! )