The Arts Flag
This is a whole school initiative to promote and reward art participation in the school setting. Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh was selected in 2019 to embark on the initiative in which an artist in residence worked with the school’s Second Class students over a period of time. This programme is sponsored by Acorn Life Group.
What is the Arts Flag?
The Arts Flag is intended to be a statement of achievement and intention regarding the prominence and status of the arts in the school. It will be a ‘visible Beacon’ that has demonstrated a commitment to the importance of participation in the arts to school students, both inside and outside their classrooms.
We were delighted and privileged to be awarded the Arts Flag by Marc Mac Lochlainn from The Branar Company in 2019-2020. This initiative provided our school with a unique opportunity to work with a local artist, Dara McGee, whose dedication, energy and inspiration were outstanding throughout this whole process towards achieving our award.
The children’s incredible puppet play was presented to the school audience earlier this year. The children’s favourite characters inspired the children to create these puppets and to create the drama. Three productions of second class work were staged in front of the school and this gave the children great encouragement and developed children’s self-confidence and self-esteem.
Rang a 2 Eliosia – Dónall Dána agus a chairde
Rang a 2 Martina & Michelle – An Muicín Cliste
Rang a 2 Joe – An Roicéad agus an t-Aon-adharcach
Art Workshop with Diane Jameson
Third class were very excited to welcome a special visitor, the artist Diane Jameson. We had a wonderful day with her, planning, discussing and creating art together. The work was done using clay but much sketching took place to begin. We looked to our local natural environment for inspiration. Once our thoughts had been committed to paper it was time to form them in clay.
We used a wide range of tools, rolling pins, knives, forks and lots more. Diane was there helping, guiding, encouraging and praising the work. At the end of the day the children had created some truly lovely pieces. Diane collected everything very carefully and brought them home with her to bake in her kiln at a very high temperature. We are really looking forward to the day when she can return with our art works to hang them on the wall where they can be enjoyed by everyone!