Over the last two years, Feevagh NS have been taking part in the Creative Schools initiative. This initiative supports schools to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children’s lives. It provides opportunities for children and young people to build their artistic and creative skills; to communicate, collaborate, stimulate their imaginations, be inventive, and to harness their curiosity.
We chose the journey of wool as our Creative Schools project. As part of this process, we completed a number of Creative Schools Workshops with our Creative Associate Catherine Sheridan and fibre artist Frances Crowe. First, we painted natures scenes of the countryside with sheep in the fields. We held and manipulated the wool in its raw state, used carders to tease wool, used drop spindles to spin yarn and Frances taught us to use a beautiful spinning wheel to spin wool. We then created our own pom pom sheep, used wool to weave wall hangings and bags and made our own felted snakes. We investigated natural dyes and used carrot tops, onion skins and lichens to dye our wool. As well as this, we had a visit from a local farmer and were treated to our very own shearing masterclass. To say it was a great creative and learning experience would be an understatement!!
We put together a video showcasing our wool project and the creativity of our wonderful students. We are delighted to be chosen to feature in the Creative Schools online Celebration Week Celebrations and have the opportunity to share, showcase and celebrate our creativity. The Online Celebrations will feature on the Arts Council’s website http://www.artscouncil.ie/creative-schools/celebration-2021, from Wednesday 12th – Friday 14th May.
The full video can be viewed here, take a look!