Artistic parents let their creativity flow
Parents of children in a Wexford primary school have gone back to the classroom to study art, resulting in an exhibition of their work which was admired by students, teachers and family members.
The art project which is financed by Waterford Wexford Education and Training Board, has been taking place in Kennedy Park NS, as part of a programme encouraging parents to feel part of the Wexford town school.
Teacher and co-ordinator Valerie Roche said it began two years ago when the school invited artist Mary Clare O' Brien to host art classes for parents.
A general notice was sent out and about 10 parents and one member of the local community responded, turning up for a weekly painting class in the school, which was funded by WWETB for the second year and will continue to be funded next year.
One of the themes required the parents to paint a personalised backpack to carry throughout their lives, containing all the things they would bring with them on their journey.
These included representations of hobbies and interests, favourite countries they have lived in, books and music, etc. Another project had them completing still life paintings of walking boots.
Valerie said most of the parents had never painted before but they 'absolutely loved it' and learned a lot about artistic techniques.
Kennedy Park NS also organises yoga and cookery classes to involve parents in the school and in return, the parents have passed on their skills in special classes with the children.
Next year's art group is open to other parents to join and to members of the local community if there are enough spaces available.