The Artful Classroom was a one-week summer course for primary school teachers at Draíocht Arts Centre and The Irish Museum of Modern Art. Coordinated by Fingal Arts Office and Superprojects, sessions were delivered by artists Clare Breen, Catriona Leahy, Beth O’Halloran, and teachers Anne Bradley and Aoife Banim.

1 – 5 July 2019

The Artful Classroom facilitated primary school teachers to enrich their work in the classroom by exploring contemporary art and architecture, as fascinating resources ripe for use as inspiration and departure points for creative enquiry. Together, the group explored the national and international practices of artists and architects, through imagery and discussion, and playfully considered how they can be applied to the primary school classroom. Workshop sessions were in Draíocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown and The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham, where participants had the opportunity to explore the gallery’s exhibitions (such as Janet Mullarney’s Then and Now). The learning focus was on process and creative thinking; rather than producing fixed outcomes. Facilitated by Clare Breen, Catriona Leahy, Beth O’Halloran, Anne Bradley and Aoife Banim, the course drew on the expertise of both teachers (with experience of art/architecture) and artists (with experience of education). Each day was led by a different course facilitator. The Artful Classroom was Drumcondra Education Centre approved.

The Artful Classroom was funded by Fingal County Council and The Arts Council.

Catriona Leahy
Friday 5th July, Draíocht Arts Centre

Anne Bradley
Drawing, Looking & Responding
Thursday 4th July, Draíocht Arts Centre

Clare Breen
Clay, with ICT
Wednesday 3rd July, IMMA

Beth O’Halloran
Paint and Colour
Tuesday 2nd July, IMMA

Aoife Banim
Monday 1st July, Draíocht Arts Centre