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SECONDARY SCHOOLS PROGRAMME

Waterford City Council’s Secondary Schools Programme covers Performance and Visual Art. It is primarily aimed at 1st year, 2nd year and 4th (Transition) year students.

Performance

The programme is designed as collaboration between First year students and Transition year students culminating in a concert to coincide with the City’s anniversary celebrations. It is open to all post primary schools in Waterford City and is facilitated by composer Dr Eric Sweeney, poet Mark Roper with Fadó manager, Kay Browne

The programme will expand the knowledge of First year music students through research of Waterford’s Viking Heritage while guiding them to develop research skills, performance skills and collaboration skills between different ages and abilities. For Transition year students the programme is designed to nurture and develop the students’ creative skills in music and poetry composition and also to enhance their knowledge of Waterford’s Viking heritage.

As to many this will be an early opportunity to fully engage with the arts, a module of the programme is to explain how it fits into the overall context of the Arts and how the Arts in turn fits into everyday life.

For information on this programme contact Kay Browne at kay.fadowaterford@gmail.com

Visual Art

The programme is aimed at 2nd year Post Primary students and will culminate in an exhibition to take place in the Index Gallery at Central Library in late November in conjunction with Winterval 2013.

Participants will explore their creativity by engaging with visual art processes referencing exhibitions at Waterford City art galleries and selected works from the Waterford Municipal Art Collection.

Students are encouraged to: engage with the language of art appreciation; reflect on their personal response to the artwork; explore how local culture can influence our creativity; and consider factors that affect the way artworks are valued.

The students experience firsthand the purpose of the Waterford City Municipal Art Collection: to learn from, respect and value the work of local, national and international artists.

For many of the participants this will be a unique opportunity to engage fully with the arts.  To address this imbalance the programme includes a module that explores the Municipal Art Collection within the overall context of ‘the Arts’ and how the Arts in turn fit into everyday life.

For information on this programme contact Christine O’Brien Shanahan at chris@cobsart.com or 086 8197378.

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