VIRRY is an international art project that brings children closer to wildlife and nature. It showcases the imagination within all of us to interpret wildlife. VIRRY brings children into the world of wild animals; as animals become endangered we want children to feel a sense of wonder and awe at the marvellous diversity of nature.
VIRRY helps children learn about animals, deepen their appreciation for them and commit to their conversation. VIRRY is unique in giving children virtual experiences of engaging with and nurturing wild animals. VIRRY helps young children develop the essential habits of empathy, caring, attention and perspective taking.
This award winning VIRRY project has won a BAFTA, The Webby Award and a Lovie Award.
The VIRRY Art Book accompanies the VIRRY mobile application which it is like no other children’s application – it is not a digital babysitter, the team at VIRRY truly believe that it is important to have offline time built into family life to experience all the wonderful experiences that nature, wildlife and art.
The VIRRY Art book is full of fun facts about animals and hands on activities for children and their families to enjoy.
The VIRRY Art Book is drawn by highly regarded illustrator Roman Manikhin with students of the Anton’s Right Here Centre, the only social habilitation, education and creative activity centre for adults with autism in Russia. The centre focuses on partnership and creative interaction people with Autusim Spectrum Disorder or other special needs. The centre’s dual mission involves both student improvement in social, verbal and occupational skills. The Anton’s Right Here Centre has collaborated with major cultural institutions such as The Bolshoi Drama Theatre.
Svetlana Dragayeva, creator of Virry and the Virry Art Book said “It’s a pleasure to be involved with the wildlife and animal painting award, I can’t wait to see all the entries. Technology is essential for us all but ensuring children experience art and wildlife is just as important. Boosting creativity is one of the most important things we can do for our children.”
Andy Day – CBeebies Presenter
“Virry really engages with a vast age range, from 3 to 9, and even older. It’s very educational and fun too, I love that you can follow animals live 24 hours a day and view their habits and behaviours. I think it will really inspire a thirst for natural history in young people and that’ s hugely important in my book.”