Pupils from Caherelly NS gathered on Friday June 2nd at the Lough Gur Visitor Centre to open their art exhibition entitled, 'The Folklore of Lough Gur'.
The exhibition was officially opened by Cllr Brigid Teefy who is Chairperson of the BOM of Caherelly N.S. Principal, Niamh McGuinness and staff, Laura Williams and Caroline Ward attended with a representative group of students. Kate Harrold, Manager of Lough Gur Visitor Centre and Lakeshore Park spoke to the pupils, encouraging them to take advantage of being so close to the lake and praising their talent and creativity. She spoke of the close ties the school has with Lough Gur. Each year the pupils from Caherelly NS visit the lake for Science, History, Geography lessons, inviting Geoff Hunt and local storytellers to work with the pupils.
This year 3rd to 6th class with their teachers, Jane Conway, Darragh Keane and Laura Williams were lucky enough to take part in the Art Blast programme from January to March. During this time they worked and learned from the artist Yvonne Edmunds about different art techniques they had not previously experienced.
Prior to this programme starting, the children were told some of the legends of Lough Gur, stories of Gearóid Iarla & Queen Áine. The theme for their art work was based on these stories.
The children created their batiks by painting hot wax to undyed fabrics. The fabric was gathered by the pupils from home, sheets and pillow cases, which were cut to size. The fabric was then dyed and the process was repeated to create layered patterns with different colours until the pictures were complete. The wax was removed by melting the wax through ironing the fabric to reveal the patterns. Each creation has been given a title based on the Folklore of Lough Gur. ‘It's a privilege for our budding artists to get the space like Lough Gur to display their work. We have a wealth of artistic talent in our school and surrounding area’, said Mrs McGuinness.