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.


Ballinteer ETNS – Session 6 – Artist: Tunde Toth

13 February 2017

Assistant Arts Practitioner: Kim Jenkinson


Following on from previous conversations and sketches/mind maps in the diary we continued with a fun process of Blind Drawing: children were asked to try to draw each other (connecting to ideas of portraiture) while not looking what they are drawing – we placed a sheet of strong paper over the pencils to create `blind drawings`. As it often happens, some children have been a bit slower to `let it go`, draw without control and `perfection`. Others just had fun straight away, having a good laugh at the outcomes… The important experience of no right or wrong and the acceptance of whatever the outcome combined with the understanding of the senses – and what happens when one of the senses is restricted…


Thanks again to Criona Murray the class teacher: there is another beautiful display awaits everyone in the class room and the spacious corridor area leading to the class room!! She did find the time to select and mount(!) prints by each child for a striking display that truly shows the quality of the work done by the children!


Ballinteer ETNS – Session 5 – Artist: Tunde Toth

6 February 2017

Assistant Arts Practitioner: Kim Jenkinson

PRINT MAKING Session: very very busy, exciting, surprising, fantastic fun, `smudgey` and soooo messy!! – just a few opinions of the day.

We organized a longer session to accommodate this process as it needs a considerable amount of time for set up, demonstration/explaining and clean up. I also wanted to make sure that we have sufficient time to create a number of prints with different colours, different papers etc and allow for a bit of an experimentation and plenty of fun along the way.

We included two print making processes:

  • Collagraph printing (using our previously made plates; relief print combined by intaglio mark making)
  • Stencil printing: using the inked acetate plates with pre-cut paper shapes as stencils

Ballinteer ETNS – Session 4 – Artist: Tunde Toth

30 January 2017

Assistant Artist: Kim Jenkinson

Our fourth session in the school was a bit more structured and focused than the previous ones – this was necessary for this part of the process: finishing the collagraph plates, checking every piece while completing the shapes/drawings and filling remaining spaces.

This was followed my mark making: adding extra texture, decorative markings to the soft foamy shapes with pencils. This will create additional detail in the final prints…

The plates are completed beautifully with plenty of patience from such young artists!!! Ready for a PRINTING SESSION!

Ballinteer ETNS – Session 3 – Artist: Tunde Toth

23 January 2017

Assistant Arts Practitioner: Kim Jenkinson

Our third session started with a little more `looking back`and further discussing shapes. This was a great introduction to the process of developing collagraph plates for our printing sessions: children made simple drawings (that incorporated basic shapes) on mounting board cards. The large shapes/drawings were then filled with little shapes  of pre-cut soft foam in a mosaic style: the small pieces needed to be firmly glued onto the board with little gaps in between and without any overlapping… many instructions to keep in mind! There was also a bit of a difficulty with having to cover the lines of the drawing here and there but everyone had a great start and the colourful images started to emerge by the end of the class!


I would like to include here a few photographs of the impressive class room displays of the previous drawings (already “exhibited”!!) and some of the detailed and very impressive drawings in the project diaries.




Residency at Ballinteer ETNS – Artist: Tunde Toth – Session 2

Session 2 – 16th January 2017

Assistant Artist: Kim Jenkinson

We started our school based sessions with Looking Back and Responding to the exhibition visit – which was a while back by now! Christmas and Winter holidays happened in between and I was not expecting it to be easy to recall our gallery tour a month before.

I was very impressed and happy to see that the opposite happened: the children were excited and enthusiastic to tell all about the outing, remembering the exhibited and discussed works in detail, recalled all steps of the art work we started on in December and had great fun giving titles to the artworks we looked at again, as a slideshow on the white board.

This exercise was also useful as there are a couple of children who missed the gallery visit so they needed to catch up with all that happened.

After finishing the process of the collaborative drawing (as in our previous post) we introduced the idea of the ART DIARY: each child has a copy with blank pages to document their own experiences of this project through drawings, notes, sketches, writings, little mind maps etc… all to come!

St. Mary`s NS, Sandyford,Session 4 – Artist: Tunde Toth

St. Mary`s NS, Sandyford, SESSION 4

1 February 2016

Following from processes of the last session – oil pastel drawings painted over with cold water fabric dyes – we started on a basic wax and dye technique using burning candles!

NB. You need to be obviously very careful, in fact everyone has to be, so maybe this is not one for a very lively or very large class, unless you can do it outdoors..

NB. One also has to consider the smoke alarms as Maria pointed it out to me even before we started; I was grateful for this as I did not think the alarms might go off…

We had 4 long candles burning in the same time and we had a space arranged and allocated at the front of the class room and children were called up for their turn: dropping hot, melted wax onto papers.

The children prepared 2 drawings for this process: one of simple shapes and another of a little more detailed image. Taking this process further, we started the application of hot wax with paint brushes, using a wax heater (specialized for Batik processes). The children were still working on papers, having choices of various sizes and colours

All waxed paper pieces were then painted over with the cold water dyes and left on the drying racks to dry over the next day or two. It`s an exciting waiting time to see how they turn out; the drying process often has an unpredictable element.

I think this session was certainly the most enjoyable for everyone so far – working with burning candles and hot wax in the class room is not an everyday occurrence!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

St. Mary`s NS, Sandyford,Session 3 – Artist: Tunde Toth

St. Mary`s NS, Sandyford, SESSION 3

19 January 2016

Our third session on the 19th of January was much more colourful than the previous ones: we took the exploration of memories further with oil pastel drawings.

The children were asked to try to choose and focus on one particular memory – a place, a holiday, a family event – and try to `find` and the select visual elements of this memory.

Was there an important colour? (or anything else for our senses – smell or sound?) Did something change or transform in that memory/story? How important is this change/transformation? How can we signify and show this in our drawing? Can we leave out detail that doesn`t seem to be so important – would the memory be represented still? – all these questions were raised and discussed… and decided that it is all rather difficult…

Still, everyone tried and we all had fun and the children made beautiful and striking pictures. We also used fabric dyes that I prepared and mixed beforehand to paint over the oil pastel works: this process introduces the basic technique of Batik, where wax is used as a resist on cloth.

St. Mary`s NS, Sandyford,Sessions 1 and 2 – Artist: Tunde Toth

Sessions 1 and 2 at St Mary`s NS, 4th class, Sandyford

7th December 2015 and 13th January 2016

I have decided to join these two sessions in this first post about our primary school residency project – both sessions were more about introductions, discussions, planning…etc, great conversations with a very responsive and interested class!!

I was happy to meet the 26 enthusiastic children in the 4th class and happy to see what an international and multicultural class it is!! For the first time, my name is not the most unusual one! I was also looking forward to working together with Ms Maria Broderick, the class teacher who has a deep interest and a great level of experience in artistic processes, forms of creative expression.

Multicultural backgrounds, different languages and diverse heritage – these all offer a rich source for the explorations during our project: the broad theme is MEMORIES, Collective and Personal RECOLLECTIONS, the process of REMEMBERING – so we could not have arranged better.

We are planning to focus on memories as stories to tell, memories of people, space, sound and colours – using processes of drawings, Batik, paper/fabric constructions and installations.

Writings, drawings and collections of `memory-stories` have started in the project diaries this week.I can see how the diaries will be filled quite soon…




Holy Family NS – Monkstown – Session 8 – Artist: Tunde Toth

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Session 8 – 13th of May – Our last session of PRINT MAKING

I have decided that for our last session of art making we could re-visit some of the printing processes: two different techniques combined! We used mounting board pieces again to build a `collage` – type image but this time from soft foam shapes and cut outs. These were glued onto the mounting board and dried during lunch break – drying easily and quickly!

Once the various shapes were dry and firmly glued to create the base of images we used large masonry nails to carve and `draw` details into the foam, making a combination of relief and intaglio printing processes.

It was great fun I think and great success – re-visiting techniques and having the time and resources to try out processes again is such a great experience for everyone involved. These materials also allow for printing multiples, using the plates as stamps. Based on the multiples and colour variations – some interesting works were created.

A great part of our session was spent with discussions, reflections on the project – I will include these in our last posting which will focus on evaluation, documentation and `looking and responding`.