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  • Primary Schools Programme, West Cork Arts Centre

    Created 2011-09-23 by Alison Cronin

    Location: West Cork Arts Centre - Co. Cork

    Duration: 2011-09-23 to 2012-03-24

Project Outline

West Cork Arts Centre’s Primary Schools Programme is an annual programme that seeks to be open and explorative, to create space for each child’s vision and to use visual arts as a conduit to explore a child’s view of the world. It is not solely about developing skills, or experiencing materials or techniques, but about the genuine learning, dialogue and exchange that can take place between artist, teacher and child.

This year’s programme is based on the exhibition Freefall by Amy Walsh at WCAC. Each of the ten participating groups visits the gallery for a day for a gallery tour and workshops, by artist facilitator Alison Cronin, based on what they’ve seen. This is followed by a meeting with the class teacher to discuss the childrens responses, needs and interests and to develop a project to suit each group. The class teacher will deliver this project in the classroom with support through two visits to the school from the artist facilitator after christmas. The project ends with an exhibition of the children’s work at WCAC in March next year. Two dedicated special needs units also take part in the programme facilitated by artist/facilitator Tess Leak.

Project Details

  • Location: West Cork Arts Centre
  • From date: 2011-09-23
  • To date: 2012-03-24
  • Length: 6 months
  • Participants per session: between 12 and 30
  • Participants in total: more than 200 children, 12 teachers, and a number of SNA’s and classroom assistants
  • Contact hours: 8 hours with each group plus two hours with the teacher
  • Age range of participants:
    12-14, 8-11, 5-7, 3-5
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  • Related Organisation(s):
    West Cork Education Centre
  • Funding Bodies:
    Cork County Council, The Arts Council
  • Other Related Artists:
    Tess Leak

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