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Laois Artists in Schools Programme

Published: 23rd May 2014

The Artists in Schools programme run by the Arts Office, Laois County Council is up and running in a number of schools in the county again this year. On a recent visit to Killadooley NS, Arts Office staff got a chance to see some of the wonderful work produced by the young artists at the school

The artists in schools programme funds an artists’ residency, where the artists visits the school over a number of weeks to work directly in the classroom. Killadooley is one of nine schools taking part in the 2014 programme. The schools are selected through an application process, looking at the quality and overall artistic benefits of the processes to the students . Artist Caoimhe Arrigan is working on a visual arts project with a theme of the four elements; Earth, Water, Fire and Air. Caoimhe is a highly accomplished artist and art tutor. The principal Mai Phelan was generous in her praise of the artist and said that the students really looked forward each week to the artists visit. The school entrance hall and classroom is a riot of colour with paintings of all aspects of the four elements. The students are getting to work with different mediums including watercolour, inks, acrylic on canvas and palette knife painting, A final exhibition of the work will be presented in the school at the end of the residency for family and friends to enjoy. The other schools participating this year in the programme include: Arles NS, Ballickmoyler, Scoil Bhride, Rathdowney, Scoil Mhuire N.S Abbeyleix, Scoil Tighearnach Naofa, Cullohill, Shanahoe NS, Gaelscoil Portlaoise, Abbeyleix South N.S., Mayo NS, Crettyard. As well as Visual Art the programme includes: literature, Pottery, Puppets, Dance and Drumming.

Laois Arts Office runs the artists-in-schools scheme allowing collaboration between artists in any art form and pupils from the primary and second level schools. Since its inception of the programme, 80 schools in the county will have benefited from some wonderfully creative and imaginative arts projects, and worked with highly professional artists.

The Arts Office acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council and the continued support of the members, staff and management of Laois County Council in the running of the Arts Programme. For more information contact: Muireann Ní Chonaill, Arts Officer, Bridie Keenan, Assistant Arts Officer. Tel: 057 8664033 | artsoff@laoiscoco.ie | www.laois.ie

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