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

Choreographing and Creating

After the video session we discussed dance as another form of language. Choreographers use it to express emotions, represent relationships, comment on social and political issues, in a way that words and speech may not be able to. That’s the beauty of it!

In our next session everyone was given the task to make up one or two moves that expressed how they were feeling about leaving school this year. Once the girls were happy with these I put them into groups of three where they began teaching eachother their individual moves and then combined them together to make a short phrase. Each group then shared their short trios at the end of the session and we all got to see the wonderful variety of movement and creativity that emerged. I was delighted with the out come of this and impressed with some of the original ideas, creative use of space and interesting interpretations of the task that arose.

Both the girls and I wanted to spend more time on these so we carried the trios into the next few sessions. We worked on extending them as well as clarifying the movement quality, pacing, rhythm and performance within each trio. I also got the groups to help each other by breaking the class into three larger groups with three trios in each. Two groups would look at the other trios work and give them useful feedback and helpful suggestions, swapping round so everyone gets a chance to share as well as feedback.

We are currently working towards a small sharing where we will show a few of the different techniques, sequences and creative works we have explored over the course of our sessions together. We had a great session this week where we started putting sections of work together. I was really impressed with the concentration and quality which the girls brought to this and I’m excited we are going to have a chance to share this work with the rest of the school.