St Brendan's Community School Art Department Showcase
"Our aim is to create a caring community of learning where each individual is valued as a unique human being".
Principal: Mr. John Kennedy
In this year's showcase we focus on "Community of Learning" by running a retrospective of a selection the extensive variety of Art Projects run by St Brendan's Community School Art Department teachers:
In these projects, groups of students explore new themes and media under the expert guidance and mentorship of talented artists.
These projects enable the students to develop their interest in the arts by experimenting with techniques, media and themes that resonate with them. It's the perfect environment to foster creativity and communication skills. Not only can they express themselves freely in unusual ways but when using collaborative skills, our students become effective communicators and contributors in our society.
Through these projects our students learn to appreciate each other’s contributions and unique skills. They also build relationships with other students, staff, and community members.
Creative Engagement is an interactive art initiative sponsored by NAPD- National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals.
NAPD sponsors Creative Engagement which is designed to provide students with opportunities to express their experiences through varied arts practices.
Management at St.Brendan’s have always been hugely supportive of the Art Dept.
This includes our former Principals, Mr.Tom Foley, Mrs.Ming Loughnane and our present Principal Mr.John Kennedy together with the Board of Management facilitate and financially support our Art Projects in conjunction with:
Young Artists Across the Years
For the past 22 years Birr Theatre & Arts Centre has fostered interest in the arts and encouraged visual artists of the future.
Since 2010, working with St Brendan's Community School, we host an annual Student Art Exhibition showcasing a selection of student’s work that ranged from 1st yr to 6th yrs, Transition Years, Leaving Cert Applied and Special Ed. classes.
By hosting this annual exhibition with St Brendan's Community School, we continue this mission by giving young artists a place to showcase their budding talents.
Hopefully we are encouraging students to be creative, explore self-expression and develop an appreciation for artistic work (their own or that of others).
Explore the Art Projects
Artist and Facilitator: George Dempsey Flannagan
The focus for this project was on local heritage and the historical contribution to astronomy by William Parsons - 3rd Earl of Rosse and his discovery’s influence on the art world, in particular Vincent Van Gogh and his creation of ‘The Starry Night’. Through a modern-day interpretation students created an installation using the medium of Origami Paper Craft to depict The Whirlpool Nebula reflecting inspiration from both Parsons & Van Gogh.
Artist and Facilitator: Aidan Byrne
The Croneen Run
The students had the opportunity to enjoy working with the medium of mosaic creating a wall mounted piece 'The Croneen Run'. This partially abstract design captures a fleeting glimpse of the slivery croneen trout passing through the fast flowing, bubbling foamy water of the Camcor river.
Artist and Facilitator: Sandra Cole
This project was an opportunity for the group to look at nature a little closer, the colour and make up of our native hedgerow plants. Where each student spent some time looking at all the different plants and found one, they decided to explore further, examining its distinctive make up and colour combinations.
Artist and Facilitator: Paul Finch
Flow forms are sculpted vessels set up in cascades of 3 to 12 or more, through which water flows, from one to the next. This water feature was made in moulds, of cast concrete, after planning in clay. The piece is decorated in individually designed jigsaw shaped pieces made from clay.
Artist and Facilitator: Helen Conneely
This project encouraged students to engage with the history of our bog land and landscape.
Artists Inspiration: In pre-Christian times, the trees, oak and the yew were sacred and valued. As I began to understand their history, I felt that I was connecting with my ancestors, reaching back into something ancient. There is a five-thousand-year-old energy and hope that I am doing the right thing by it. I want the energy to keep moving through the sculpture. Bog wood is a beautiful and difficult material, like stone, very dense to carve. I peel off the dead bark to reveal the flow of the magnificent roots. It’s not a design process but you have to find the form within something that exists already.
Artist and Facilitator: Aidan Byrne
By creating two mosaic benches in an outdoor setting, the best lighting source being the sun, provides immediate nutrition for a healthy mind, boosting one’s happiness. The spiral seems like a simple symbol, but it is a symbol for big concepts like evolution, life, consciousness, creation and many more. It’s infinite shape, as are we, always, evolving as people our potential is unlimited