Wall Mural Phase
This ceramic wall mural was created in collaboration between Ceramic Artist Michelle Maher, children and teachers from all classes in the school. In early 2009 during the initial research phase, Michelle photographed artwork and drawings from all eighteen classes and then used these images to create a large-scale composite drawing of their work based around a woodland theme. And so a smiling sun, frogs, flowers, butterflies and trees all came together to form Michelle’s vision for St. Peter’s Woodland. Gabriella from High School Musical even manages to make an appearance!
In a very real way, the mural captures the innate integrity of these children and allows us to see the wealth of energy they possess and how with expert guidance from their teachers they can express themselves so freely in their artwork.
With drawings from children as young as four right up to sixth class, St. Peter’s Woodland preserves in a permanent mural the vitality and enthusiasm of this school and forever remind us of the year 2009 when artist, teachers and children came together to create something very special.
Dimensions: Woodland mural 2m x 2.5m.
Woodland Collaborative Process
St. Peter’s Solar System Mural
This ceramic wall mural was created in collaboration between Ceramic Artist Michelle Maher, and the children and teachers from all classes in the school. Children as young as four right up to sixth class collaborated together to create the Solar System. Together we hand-built the hemispheres before decorating them with coloured slips and splashing contrast colours – there was lots of splashing!!
St Peter’s Solar System consists of a series of 9 hemi-spheres some with a diameter of 0.5m. It is our own abstracted version of the solar system!
Solar System Collaborative Process
The project preserves in a permanent way the vitality and enthusiasm of this school and forever remind us of the year 2009 when artist, teachers and children came together to create something very special.
I would especially like to thank all the children in St. Peter’s for their enthusiasm and hard work. From Junior Infants to Sixth Class, I spent many hours in each of the eighteen classes and I cannot say enough about the amazing spirit that this school has. Their dedication to the project has been remarkable. I enjoyed every minute of our collaboration and I think together we have done something very special. For all the smiling faces, the kind words, the laughter and the ideas – thanks so much.
A big big thank you to all the staff and teachers – thanks for your co-operation, energy and patience. Thanks, also to Ann and Martin for putting up with my many comings and goings – you’re the best! Finally, there would be no Art Project if it were not for Mrs. Joan Quinn, School Principal. Mrs. Quinn is an extraordinary educator and under her leadership and guidance, St. Peter’s embodies everything the primary school curriculum hopes to achieve. Sincere thanks for giving me this opportunity to collaborate with your school and for your unfaltering commitment to the project.
This project is funded by The Department of Education and Science through the Per Cent for Art Scheme.
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