Last year the Junior and Senior Infants classes and Third and Fourth classes embarked on a creative journey with artist Tom Meskell. This was a fantastic opportunity for the children and teachers to work alongside an experienced artist and broaden our creative views while having so much fun expressing ourselves creatively. We completed many activities using a variety of mediums in a very hands on approach. This project was carried out during very challenging Covid times for our pupils so it was a ray of sunshine that carried us through this period of time in school. I hope you enjoy looking through our journey in the following link – Gortskehy NS Creativity in Lockdown 2021
This year, we undertook a whole-school project to bring our pupil artistic talents outside. The goal was to enhance our outdoor space with impactful art- one which promotes our schools values, our vision and raise a smile!
We are proud of our school and all it represents and we wanted to communicate, through art, everything that’s positive and important to our school. Using our name GORT SCEICHE, we picked a theme for each letter. Every class designed the artwork representing the theme as follows for each letter:
G – Animals in our Environment
O – Friendship
R – Learning at school
T – Religion
S – Place Names
C – Our School
E – GAA
I – Music
C – Sport
H – Digital/IT
E – Music
Here are some photos of our pupils designing & creating their art earlier this year:
A special thank you to Melissa Walsh, MW Design, Print & Signs for making the letters and adding our pupil’s art to each letter. Her enthusiasm and creativity brought this project from 70 A4 sheets of themed artwork to what’s now proudly displayed on our school wall.
The finished letters –
We are so happy with the finished art! Thank you to our amazingly talented pupils at Gortskehy who have brought this art to life with their creativity and artistic flair. We hope it makes you smile!
The Creative Schools programme aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives.
It gives children and young people a central role in the process. Back in June 2018, we were selected as one of 150 schools nationally to take part in this pilot initiative which will help us understand, develop and celebrate the arts and creativity in our school.
We have been assigned a Creative Associate, Jojo Hynes, who will support our school to develop a Creative School Plan for the year ahead. Jojo will assist in creating and developing links between schools and artists/ art and cultural organisations at local and national level along with challenging us to think in new and different ways.
Meet our Creative Schools Team – a representative group who will lead the Creative School process here at Gortskehy.
We are looking forward to working with the Arts Council and Jojo on this exciting initiative this year.