Four Laois primary schools display beautiful art and craft works

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

Four Laois primary schools display beautiful art and craft works

Wolfhill NS young artists with their woven textiles, with artist Sandra McAllister, principal Kathleen Boland, CRAFTed artist Maeve Sookram and Yvonne LaCumber from Laois Education Centre.

Snakes made of felt, paintings inspired by leaves, flowers made of willow and wovan arts have all been created by Laois schoolchildren in an exciting craft education project.

Four primary schools were chosen to be involved in the CRAFTed ‘Learning Skills for Life’ school project by Laois Education Centre.

The schools got classes by professional artists in their schools in craft skills.

The programme in partnership with The Crafts Council of Ireland, culminated in an exhibition in the education centre on May 15.

Below: Gaelscoil Thromaire principal Liam O'Neill with Jim Enright of Laois Education Centre and artist Liadain de Buitlear.

Gaelscoil Thromaire was paired with textile artist/designer Liadain De Buitlear.

The entire two-teacher school worked on two projects, creating 3d felt flowers, snakes for St Patrick’s day and masks.

Kolbe Special School was paired with mixed media artist Saidhbhín Gibson, who used sensory rich pieces of moss, bark, twigs and wool over five sessions to make artwork using paint, print and stencilling.

Below: Showing work from Kolbe Special School are Yvonne LaCumber, Maeve Sookram, Yvonne Hennessy, Chloe Kelly and Catherine Langan. 

Tobar an Leinn NS Raheen with artist Lian Callaghan planted living willow rods in the shape of flowers. They will plant flowers in the permanent willow structures for their school garden, tying in with the Green Schools programme.

Wolfhill NS was paired with textiles artist Sandra McAlister and the whole school learned to weave textiles, with over 95 pupils and 8 teachers and SNAs taking part.

Below: CRAFTed artist Liadain De Buitlear observing Ronan Barry, 1st class Wolfhill NS work on the loom at the CRAFTed Schools exhibition.

Over 95 pupils and 8 teachers and SNAs took part in the project.

Jim Enright on behalf of Laois Education Centre thanked all involved particularly the co-ordinator Yvonne Lacumber. 

‘This project has moved Art in Schools to a different level, where primary school children and teachers have been afforded an exciting opportunity to explore their creativity and learn new skills by working collaboratively with professional craftspeople," he said.

Maeve Sookram represented the Design and Craft Council of Ireland at the exhibition.

"Working in partnership with Laois Education Centre and the schools was a great insight for the craftspersons into the Visual Arts Curriculum in Schools," she said.

She thanked Laois Education Centre for giving schools the opportunity to work first hand with talented artists in their locality.

Below: Tobar an Leinn NS pupils with teacher Alison Hayes, Jim Enright, artist Lian Callaghan and Maeve Sookram from the Craft Council of Ireland.