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The Visual Arts programme is always a very enjoyable part of our school curriculum. There are several strands in the programme: Drawing, Paint & Colour, Print, Clay, Construction and Fabric & Fibre. We want our pupils to have a love and an appreciation  of art and to be able to respond to art work from all the strands of our curriculum.

We regularly organise art competitions in the school to encourage the children to produce their best work. The Green Schools Committee, the Active Schools Committee and the Students Council use these competitions to awaken interest in their areas. Pupils from the school also enter several art competitions every year – both local and national. Over the years we have had many winners in these competitions.

2019-2020 Junior Art Club
Our Second Junior Art Club has finished and was a huge success. We were delighted to see so many new junior infants attending. The children burst into Art club each evening full of excitement! It is great to see such talented artists in our school. Have a look at our pictures. Each week we created one or two new pieces. We created clay animals, as well as fish bowls. We made our own treasure boxes and decorated them! The six weeks flew by and we look forward to perhaps another art club next year!
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November 2018: Winners Credit Union Poster Competition
The local Credit Union organised an Poster Competition 'The Force of Nature' for schools. We are delighted that Ben Priestley came second in his section of this regional competition. Bunclody Credit Union presented the awards on 5 December 2018. A great achievement!

2018-2019 Junior Art Club
Much to the excitement of our younger pupils, Junior Art Club has begun. The pupils really enjoyed week one. We listened to music as we were split into two groups. One group made clay pumpkins while the others created lions by both drawing and painting! When we had finished we switched groups! At the end of art club pupils were encouraged to pick out their favourite pieces of art from the day. What an enjoyable evening we all had! The week after we created snowmen using paint! We also created a field of poppies using chalk pastels and our fingerprints! Have a look at our creations. Our fourth junior art club was great fun. The group made zebras in the jungle as well as pastel monsters !! Have a look at our great work!
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2018-2019 Senior Art Club
During the first week of October our Senior Art Club made clay monsters. They learned about the importance of using a key when putting clay together! They also made silhouettes using light and shadows. Have a look! In week 2 we painted our clay monsters - we gave them a coat of white paint. We also came up with ideas for drawing monsters - we sketched four monsters, outlined them and will colour them in oil pastels. We also made the background for our lollipop stick silhouette scenes! Wait until you see our finished product. In week 3 we painted our clay monsters. We learned that when we paint clay it is important not to use too much water. We created a base for these monsters to sit on. These look brilliant at the front of our school!

In week 4 we painted our backgrounds for our silhouettes - we did this on both lollipop sticks and on card. This are going to look brilliant- some people even used a marker to make the silhouettes. Others had to wait until their paint dried. We finished our oil pastel monsters and they look brilliant! When the Senior Art club was finished, we had a great six weeks. On our last day we painted on canvas using acyclic paint! Take a look at the end result!
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October 2018: Art Club as After School Activity
Ms. O' Brien and Ms. Kehoe have introduced an Art Club for the first time, divided in a Junior Art Club and a Senior Art Club. Each week the children will get to experience different aspects of Art, from clay construction to painting, drawing, using pastels, and more. All materials are provided. The Art Club runs for 6 weeks. Each week we will post an update and add photos to the library.

December 2017: Winners Christmas Colouring Competition
Our school entered a colouring competition at Christmas organised by Peadar Waters. Everyone had to colour in a lovely picture of a Christmas tree. The top prize was to win your very own Christmas tree! The standard was very high in each class and it was very hard to pick the winners.

Congratulations to the pupils who won prizes. They were Ben Priestley, Aoife Slye, Amy Rose Dillon, Oliwia Romaniec, Megan Doyle, Chloe Roberts, Róisín Mulvihill and Ciarán Murphy. Each winner won a selection box. The overall winner was Róisín Mulvihill and she won a Christmas tree. As you can see from our photos they all did a very good job.
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November 2017: 'Happy Halloween' Photo Competition Fundraiser
In November 2017 we held a Photo Competition based on “Happy Halloween”, to raise funds for the Music Generation Classes in the school. Tom Nolan, Photographer for the Nationalist Newspaper, judged the competition and took photographs of the winners of the Halloween Photo Competition.

1st Prize: Carla Byrne (€50 voucher for Wells House)
2nd Prize: Ellie Kirwan (€50 voucher for cinema in Carlow)
3rd Prize : Thomas Whitty (€20 cash prize)
4th, 5th & 6th Prize: Ciarán Murphy, Adam Walker and Ellie byrne Roberts (€10 cash prize)

Congratulations to the winners and a sincere thank you to the family involved for their generosity.
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November 2017: Winners Bunclody Vocational School Art Competition
Pupils who entered the Bunclody Vocational School Art competition received certificates for their work recently. The competition was open to 4th, 5th and 6th class pupils in the area. Congratulations to Ódhran Butler who won first prize in his class section and to Megan Doyle who also won first place in her class. Well done to all the pupils and to their teacher, Mrs Austin.

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November 2017: Winners Credit Union Art Competition
The local Credit Union organised an Art Competition for schools. We are delighted that some of our pupils are among the prizewinners. Ben Priestley came first in his section and David and James Kilduff came 2nd and 3rd in the same section. Sam Ronan came 1st in his section, while Ciarán Murphy came 2nd and Gavin O’ Halloran came 3rd. Eugene from Bunclody Credit Union presented the awards.


Special congratulations to Ben Priestley whose picture won first prize in the county and will now go forward to the regional final. Best of luck Ben! Congratulations to Sam Ronan whose picture came 3rd in the county. A great achievement for all the boys and their teachers!
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December 2016: Carla Byrne wins County Award in “Someone Like Me” Competition
Congratulations to Carla Byrne in 2nd class, who won the County Award for Wexford in a National competition organised by the Department of Justice and Equality. The Competition, “Someone Like Me” required the pupils to convey a message of inclusion and equality. Carla's entry was a 3D depiction of children, including a little girl in a wheelchair, playing basketball together. Congratulations too, to Carla's teacher, Mrs O' Meara and to all the pupils in the class who entered the competition. It encouraged all the children to think about the importance of inclusion.

Carla received her prize at the award ceremony in Farmleigh House, Dublin on 12th December and she was accompanied by her mother and her teacher. Her prize was presented by Finian McGrath, Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with responsibility for disability issues. The 3 judges were very impressed with the standard of Carla's entry. Following the presentation ceremony and refreshments, Carla and all the other winners enjoyed a “Winter Wonderland” experience at Farmleigh.
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