Here in Rathnure NS, we place a lot of emphasis on art. We believe that it stimulates and develops the imagination and critical thinking, and refines cognitive and creative skills. Our students enjoy experiencing the art curriculum in our school, and have been very successful in various projects and competitions.
In 2012 1st class took part in an exciting new project in conjunctin with the Crafts Council of Ireland called CRAFTed. Based on developing good collaborative practice between crafts people and teachers, it focuses on how craft & design skills supports integrated learning methodologies, with an emphasis on underpinning numeracy and literacy skills. The CRAFTed programme supports teachers in the delivery of the Visual Arts (VA) curriculum and investigates how craft processes can contribute to learning in other subject areas such as Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE) curriculum.
Over the years pupils from our school have been successful in art competitions organised by local and national organisations such as Byrne's World of Wonder and the Credit Union.
Every year, our school particiaptes in the Wexford County Council Christmas Recycling Decoration Competition. This competition allows the children to really let their imagonations take over, and get creative with old junk. It is amazing what can be done with egg cartons, plastic bottles, and toilet roll inserts, amongst other things!
Recently, we were very lucky to enlist the help of Gerry Foran who came to our school to do a recycling art workshop with us. He showed us how to create some really amazing things using all recycled materials. We made fish, hurls, pizzas and spiders in 3D form using old cardboard boxes and newspaper. Gerry told us his favourite phrase; Happiness is a load of rubbish, and we had so much fun with our rubbish that day that we agree with him!!