St. Columbanus N.S Loughlinstown

Carmel Murphys 5th/6th Class with Artist Jane Groves.

Session 12….. At the Beach!

We had been lucky enough to choose a beautiful sunny day to explore the materials in our local environment, with the school also fortunate to have a beach only about 15 minutes walk away, using our mindfulness we set off with our partially made clay selfies to interact with the experience of being outside.

Arriving at the beach, it was really beautiful to see the class relax, with huge smiles and lots of laughter. We discussed our proximity to other places near and far and the geology of the beach in the regard to the clay we were using. We set about creating new slip with sea water and utalised materials sourced from the beach to add to our selfies like seaweed, shells and drift wood.

Our intention was to create a sculpture which symbolised the future journey of constant change for the children, the changing of the seasons and the ebb and flow of nature.recognition of our differences as well as our shared experiences. It was especially poignant for the 6th year students who will be going to a new school next term.

I explained the use of cairns to the children which are used in different places as journey markers.Each pupil created their own cairn on which they placed their ‘selfies´. The cairns we arranged in a semi circle looking out to sea.


Walking back to the classroom I couldn’t help thinking about how much some of the pupils have changed this year,and when we looked over the blog it was interesting to talk about our experiences.

What a fabulous class, well done to all, good luck with all your new creative adventures

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