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  • St Patricks School for childen with special needs

    Created 2008-09-03 by Mairead Holohan

    Location: Sub-urban - Co. Kilkenny

    Duration: 2008-09-03 to 2008-09-03

Project Outline

This is an ongoing residency in this school for children with special needs, the range is severe to profound. The largest class is 8 in number and most classes have only 4 or 5 children. Most classes have a teacher and 3 sna`s. Some of  these children are tactile defensive. Most will engage on a one to one level for short periods of time. Some absolutely love to create and really engage with a range of processes.

The brief is very simple. the school chooses a curriculum strand each term, I take 4 classes for one hour each for about 8 weeks at a time. A lot of this work is what is called hand over hand, which means it is done by the teacher or sna or me guiding the childs hand.  Our hope is that if all the people involved come out of the artroom feeling they have had an experience that is positive, confidence has been fostered in their own ability to do artwork and the wellbeing of the class as a whole has been raised. We also hope to impart some skills to the students and staff that will enhance their art making approach on a day to day basis.

We did have an exhibition of some of the work in Loughboy library in Kilkenny last year and we hope to do so annually. Our aim for the exhtion is to raise awareness of the work that is being done with these children and to make people more familiar with people with special needs.

Project Details

  • Location: Sub-urban
  • From date: 2008-09-03
  • To date: 2008-09-03
  • Length: 1 year, ongoing
  • Participants in total: 4/8 children 3/4 adults+artist
  • Contact hours: 20 hours initially now 5 a week
  • Age range of participants:
    15-18, 12-14, 8-11, 5-7
  • County(ies):
  • Related Organisation(s):
    The Butler Gallery initiated the first contact though no longer have any input.
  • Related Artists:
    Mairead Holohan , Mairead Holohan , Mairead Holohan

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