The vision for Visual Arts in Scoil Mhuire is to create an environment whereby the child uses all media of art to engage in the world around him/her. Visual Arts education promotes critical thinking and problem solving skills, it enhances creative thinking and imaginative thought processes. It promotes self-esteem and confidence and allows the child to explore, interpret and express ideas, feelings and experiences through a variety of media. Visual Arts Education enhances learning in all areas of the curriculum and ultimately empowers the child.
In Scoil Mhuire, we promote engagement with professional artists as much as possible and are currently involved in the Living Arts Project. The Living Arts Project was established in 2013 by Wexford Arts Centre and Wexford County Council Arts Department.
It allows the children to work with a professional artist over a period of 15 weeks culminating in an exhibition of works by artists and pupils from all participating schools at Wexford Arts Centre in April/May 2015.
Teachers Kathy Kane and Tricia Sparling’s 3rd and 4th classes were chosen for the project to work under artist Laura Ni Fhlaibhinn.(http://cargocollective.com/lauranifhlaibhin)
In 2013, Scoil Mhuire invited artist Orla Bates to devise art workshops based on the Theme of Biodiversity which supported our 5th Green School Flag application. The workshops lasted for 15 weeks and 2nd, 3rd and 4th classes participated in projects as varied as Pastel drawings, Mobile Constructions and Hedge Book printing. Our Parents Association also enjoyed a print workshop with Orla and the resulting exhibition in the hall was a breathtaking display of diversity and skill.
In 2014 Orla returned to the school to create a project based on the work of contemporary artists and the theme was Place.
Renowned artist, Paddy Lennon, led a four week charcoal exhibition on the theme of War Horse to precede the drama group’s visit to the musical in Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in April 2014.
In 2008 the school underwent a massive extension and as a result, we qualified for the Percent for Art Scheme (www.opw.ie). A panel consisting of teachers, a professional artist, the art officer from Wexford County Council and a parent from The Parents Association advertised nationally for the commission. Artists were interviewed based on their proposal and eventually Stained Glass artist Peter Young was offered the commission. (www.peteryoung.ie).
Peter ran a series of drawing workshops with the children and based on their drawings on the theme of Irish legends, he created the six light boxes which can be seen in various corridors throughout the school.
From the selection of displays you see as you walk around our school, you can see that visual arts in each and every classroom is explored fully through all six strands of the curriculum. The children are given ample opportunity to explore texture, line, paint, pattern, clay, construction, drawing and fabric and fibre.