St. Brigid’s GNS, Cabinteely; Artist: Tunde Toth, Teacher: Laragh McFeely, 3rd class – Session 8

Our 8th session on the 15th of February started with a discussion, responding to what we have done so far and recalling all the different ways we created maps and pictures of spaces, imaginary and real. We also revisited our first mind map about place to see the connections between brainstorming ideas and art processes.

The children were asked to look at a selection of their drawings with the aim of creating a textured collage version of one previous work: choosing between the space/universe drawing, the imaginary place map or the journey map on the long scroll from last week. A full image or a smaller segment of the selected work was chosen to be an inspiration and a guide to the collages – made using a wide range of textured materials, pieces of fabrics, threads, strings, textured wall papers, tissue- and corrugated papers, cotton wool, soft foam shapes etc. These collages will be used as plates for a Collograph print making process at the following session.

St. Brigid’s GNS, Cabinteely; Artist: Tunde Toth; Teacher: Laragh McFeely, 3rd class – Session 7

Session 7 took place on the 8th of February when we looked at again, a different way to explore and create MAPS.

The children drew maps of their journeys from home to school, on long, narrow strips of papers (till rolls). The shape of the paper presents a challenge of course, as everyone has to figure out their own way to represent roundabouts, changing directions and the turns and twists of their journey. There have been some unusual and very clever solutions in the class!

Mapping of the visual elements of these routes was followed by the mapping of sounds, significant colours and smells – turning the activity into a sensory investigation of everyday locations and travels.

Ms McFeely had the long maps perfectly displayed – suspended from the beams in the high-ceiling classroom.

 

St. Brigid’s GNS, Cabinteely; Artist in residence: Tunde Toth; Teacher: Laragh McFeely; 3rd class – Session 5

Session 5

25th January 2019

As I arrived to the class room, I was very happy to see that last week’s beautiful and very imaginative space drawings have been already given attention and displayed! Next to the colourful soft pastel drawings is now also a new surface set up: a board for creating constellations – real or imaginary.

We had a lot of talk about stars, shapes and constellations at this session and had great fun looking at them and creating them in many different ways: using threads and drawing pins on the board, pencils and white pastels to draw them and (re)creating them from… marshmallows!! (It wasn’t easy to resist eating them too). The children also used movement and their own bodies to create imaginary constellations: they worked in small groups, secretly as much as possible to come up with ideas, then they “acted out” and constructed their constellations in the middle of the class room floor. We all had to try to guess what the constellation was: we had a (moving!) boat, an eye, a top hat and a clock!

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Residency at St.Brigid’s GNS, Cabinteely, Artist: Tunde Toth; Teacher: Laragh McFeely; 3rd class – Session 3

Our third session took place on the 7th of December.

The children went for a walk with Ms McFeely to the school garden before our session, on one of those rare sunny and dry days  – and collected plenty of nature materials to fill a large table in the class room.

They worked in 4 groups (5/6 girls in a group) to create an indoor Land Art piece in the class room – inspired by ‘Winter’, using the collected material on large white sheets of paper. The collaborative process naturally presented challenges for the groups as agreement had to be reached about ideas, design, selection of materials and construction of the works. Some PVA glue was used to secure the position of some of the material but most pieces were loosely placed on the paper.

Ownership and the “life time” of the pieces were discussed and after the initial interest in taking the works home, everyone realized that these are one of those ephemeral pieces that will be photographed and documented throughout the process but they wont last and will be later discarded.

 

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Residency at St. Brigid`s GNS, Cabinteely, Artist: Tunde Toth Teacher: Laragh McFeely – Session 1 – 2

St Brigid`s GNS (Cabinteely) — 3rd class

SESSION 1 — 20 November 2018

SESSION 2 — 27 November 2018

We started our residency with two short and connecting sessions in November – so I decided to reflect on these two introductory and discussion based sessions in one post.

Laragh, the class teacher and I started to plan the beginning of our project at the planning evening (Blackrock Education Centre), trying to discuss aspects of our chosen theme PLACE, considering various approaches and creative processes we could bring to the class. We both are keen to create a residency that is collaborative, interactive and participatory as much as possible in a school environment. I`m interested in process led, experimental working methods where the children will be encouraged to develop and express individual ideas, opinions as well as working together with others.

No better way to start this than a session of brain storming and mind mapping! The children were very responsive and there was no shortage of ideas and connections when discussing PLACE. After the general brain storm we tried to break down the responses and associations into 4 groups: nature, buildings, imaginary places and places from memories. The children were asked to write further ideas and responses to these words and make little drawings for each.

 

Laragh was telling me about the school garden at our initial meeting. Considering the significance of the garden in the school`s life and the school`s location next to Cabinteely Park, we knew that nature-places and the natural environment will probably be important when discussing place and connections with places. we were planning a walk in the garden or the park as part of our session but weather conditions made this impossible. Laragh took out the class for a walk later, between two sessions. The children collected natural materials from the grounds – a large pile of leaves, barks, nuts, flowers, grasses etc.

I suggested a Looking and Responding session for the class, exploring exciting, fun and accessible examples of Land Art. We looked at contemporary works and classic Land Art examples, many from Andy Goldsworthy, and discussed ephemeral pieces that won`t last, the concept of site specific works and various materials that artists use.

Harold Boys National School 5th Class, Dalkey Eighth Dance Session, 8 May – Of worms and mice

Harold Boys National School 5th Class, Dalkey
Eighth Dance Session, 8 May – Of worms and mice

“On the 8th of May my class and I went to Killiney Hill with an environmentalist called Turtle. At first we did something called a worm dance, this involves stamping your feet on a patch of grass like blackbirds do to get worms. The reason why the worms come up is because they think it’s raining. They would drown if they did not come up. We then went into an area off the path. We played a game like baby mice, because they can’t see very well when they are babies, they have to use all their other senses. We did this with blindfolds and we were brought to a tree and then brought back to where we started and we had to find the tree.

We were then put in groups of three and pretended to be red squirrels moving from tree to tree. We did this using mirrors to look up at the branch, go as far out as you can and pas the mirror to the next person on a branch close to you. Then we went in the same groups and had to build a nest using the resources around us. Our nests were tested as Turtle brought a chicken egg, put it in the nest and shook the tree for 10 seconds.

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We then went back to the patch of grass to look for worms, unfortunately we could not find any worms. Finally we played a game similar to British Bulldog. Two people started off as foxes and the rest of us were rabbits. The first rabbit to be caught by a fox would become a fox. Then if you were caught by a fox you became a buzzard who started at the side and could only run in a straight line. If you were caught by a buzzard you became a stoat who started behind the rabbits. That concluded our day at Killiney Hill with Turtle.”

By Oisín Jones (Harold Boys National School 5th Class)