Cork Educate Together Secondary, 2017

Cork Educate Together Secondary School is in the first year of existence, having opened in August 2016. It is
the very first Educate Together Secondary School to be opened in the South of Ireland. Our First-Year students are on a ten-week subject rotation of art. The school has developed a relationship with local artist network Sample Studios. They worked with Sample artists Aideen Quirke, Killian O’Dwyer, Lesley Stothers and Emily O’Flynn, in order to impart to the students an understanding of the work process involved in the creative journey. The main task is for these students to explore the process involved in creating a piece of art, rather than the end result, under the theme ‘Metamorphosis’.

Students often see finished pieces of art work but struggle to see how the artist produced the ideas for a finished piece of work. Students are developing ideas and critical analysis of the world around them using sketchbooks.

The project will culminate in an exhibition that will be curated by the students themselves, who will be mentored by the Sample-Studios curatorial team.

The first group of students focused on the discipline of printmaking and worked with artists Aideen Quirke and Killian O’Dwyer. Their final piece was realised as a screen print. They also had visits and support from artists Tony O’Connor, Paul McKenna and Gary McShane.

The second group worked with textile artist Lesley Stothers to produce a textile banner based on their ideas that they developed in their sketchbook. Students learned a number of textile techniques, including momogami, appliqué, dip dying and embroidery.

The third and final group will begin their project on 27th February.

Photos attached are showing the screen printing and textile workshops. Also included is a photo with Colm O’Connor (the principal), Aideen Quirke, Emily O’Flynn and Dawn O’Sullivan (teacher).