Living Arts Project - Wexford Educate Together NS (2015/16)
Photo Credit: Frank Abruzzese
Established in 2013, the Living Arts Project is a long-term visual arts educational scheme which consolidates the existing partnership between the Arts Department of Wexford County Council (WCC) and Wexford Arts Centre (WAC) intends to make engagement with, and understanding of, the fundamentals of contemporary visual art even more attainable for local audiences.
Pupils engaged with the Living Art Project through exploring core themes within my own practice. This primarily took the form of examining the role of memory, bodily perception and the notion of self. Pupils investigated these through intaglio printmaking, paint processes and Claymation. Collage provided a backdrop to drawing prep for printmaking, addressing themes such as myth and transformation. Digital editing technology was utilized in the creation of acetate selfies, which were later rendered in an LP format. The intention was to critically analyze attitudes to celebrity culture and its relationship to the selfie. An ongoing Claymation with resource students was eventually extended as a whole school project, this shared themes of memory and sensory perception. Through narration and animation, pupils reflected on their individual responses to how they perceive the five senses. Adjacent to this, I developed my practice through critical feedback, eventually feeding this back in the classroom setting at Wexford Educate Together.