Getting a sense for creating art

A GROUP of students at the School of the Holy Spirit celebrated an exhibition on Friday, a culmination of the work undertaken with fibre artist Sheila Jordan under the CRAFTed: Learning Skills for Life Primary School Programme.

A GROUP of students at the School of the Holy Spirit celebrated an exhibition on Friday, a culmination of the work undertaken with fibre artist Sheila Jordan under the CRAFTed: Learning Skills for Life Primary School Programme.

The programme is undertaken in partnership with education centres in six regions across the country and the National Museum of Ireland during the 2010/11 academic year. It was officially launched by then Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan, in September 2010 in Kilkenny.

Its aim is to give students an opportunity to learn through doing and use craft processes to explore relationships in everyday life and culture. It gives primary school children and teachers an opportunity to explore their creativity and learn new skills by working with professional craftspeople.

In this case Sheila worked with the students of class 6 and 7 and their teachers Jill Mulligan and Karen Lowther over four sessions. Using their Sensory Garden for inspiration, the children explored their favourite place in the garden through drawing and photography and then transferred their ideas to felt to create work which culminated in an exhibition for parents, teachers and guests.