Ballyowen / St Columbanus – Junior Group – Joe Coveney – Week 1

Week 1 – Drawing to music

I love the beginning of new projects.  I find it really exciting meeting new groups and working with new people.  Its a very interesting time for projects as there is so much potential, it can go anywhere.

For this project I am working with Ballyowen Meadows and St Columbanus.  The two schools are interesting in looking a=t inclusion and recycling as themes.  Ballyowen organised the beginning of the session, developing the concept of circle time’, where we all introduced ourselves, followed by some time for free play, where the two schools had some time to get to know each other a little.

For the practical work we decided to do some drawing to music, using chalk and black sugar paper.  I find this exercise a really great way of starting a session.  There’s no wrong answers, Its not based on skill or ability and the class have time to relax into it and just enjoy it.

We talked a little about what kind of lines we might make to fast music, or to slow music.  I showed them how music looks on a graphic equalizer to give them a visual of what I meant.  The results were really beautiful.

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We followed on from this by extending the exercise – working with paint, brushes, rollers and sponges.  It ran pretty much like a game – where we all stopped working when the music stopped and continued when I changed to song.

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To close the session the class had some play time in the yard followed by a quick evaulation, where they placed sticker beside sentences that they agreed with – like

” Today was fun”

“Today was boring”

“Today was easy” and so on.

Very happy with the day!

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