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  • Orla  Henihan
  • Visual Art Programme for Schools February 2009

    Created 2009-02-11 by Orla Henihan

    Location: Rural - Co. Mayo

    Duration: 2009-02-11 to 2009-03-02

Project Outline

The Linenhall Arts Centres Visual Art Programme for Schools is designed specifically for primary schools, and is offered to 28 schools in the Linenhalls locality. These tour and workshop events are specifically designed to focus on selected aspects of the exhibiting artists work. They include a gallery talk introducing the work of the exhibiting artist during which children are encouraged to engage in discussion about the work. Following the gallery talk the children are brought to the Linenhalls community arts room where they create their own pieces exploring in a practical way the particular aspects of the artists work which are being examined. Support materials are provided for teachers should they wish to follow up on the workshop in the classroom setting.

In February 2009 the programme focused on the exhibition of recent paintings by artist Michael McSwiney. Aims and objectives as follows:

1) To Introduce Children to the work of Michael McSwiney
2) To engage children in critical reflection on Michael McSwineys work
3) To engage children in visual art activity in a workshop which focuses on creating paint from scratch and then creating an artwork on board using this paint

1) To provide children with information about the artist, his work (focusing on titles, materials used, inspiration, colour, texture) via a gallery tour

2) To engage children in discussion about

- the artists use of colour, texture and titles
- the materials used in relation to colour and texture (pigments and where colour came from / limitations)
- how the artist applies and works with paint in his work.
- Colour and its relationship to atmosphere and mood in the work
- the terms abstract, expressionism, representational

- To explore where colour comes from by using pigment made from spices and plants
- To encourage children to make their own paints by getting them to mix the pigments and oil
- To engage children in creating an art-work on board using palette knives
- To encourage children to think about titling their work. They will be given a choice whether to chose a title and paint with it in mind, or title the art work after its creation

Project Details

  • Location: Rural
  • From date: 2009-02-11
  • To date: 2009-03-02
  • Length: 4 weeks
  • Participants per session: 257
  • Participants in total: 20-30
  • Contact hours: 15
  • Age range of participants:
    5-7, 8-11
  • County(ies):
  • Related Organisation(s):
    Linenhall Arts Centre
  • Funding Bodies:
  • Other Related Artists:
    Marianne Heemskerk, Denise Clarke, Catherine Cronogue, Neasa McGarrigle, Neasa McGarrigle, Neasa McGarrigle

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