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Our Art Exhibition

On Wednesday April 1st 2009, pupils , parents and teachers from our

school gathered in the school library for an exhibition of the pupils oil paintings.

Over fifty paintings by students from four classes adorned the walls of the library and special guests from the National Gallery of Ireland were invited to discuss the pieces of art. Local press also attended and the exhibition was featured in our local newspaper, the Echo.

Pupils from fourth class, sixth class, Ms. Connolly’s class and Ms. Mc Glynn’s class all took part in the collaborative project involving the school, The National Gallery of Ireland and artist Brendan White.

The display marked the culmination of a fabulous term of art work and was a just reward for all the effort that both Brendan and the pupils put in, according to Anne-marie Connolly, Art co-ordinator. Artist Brendan White came to our school and taught the pupils oil painting techniques, appropriate use of colour, mixing and blending techniques and how to frame completed pieces.

Part of the students learning process involved trips to the National Gallery in the city centre, where they drew inspiration from the oil paintings of past masters.

For the exhibition, The National Gallery of Ireland sent along Mary Jane Boland, Gemma Sexton and its Education Officer, Helen Monaghan to discuss the works of art on display and describe the various techniques to the proud parents and guardians that filled the room.

The gallery previously provided pilot CD-ROM resources, teaching the pupils about art, to the school and the three ladies presented further art resources to the school at the end of the exhibition, as did the artist Brendan White.