Creative Engagement Project 2016

The TY students would like to thank everyone involved in supporting their Creative Engagement Project 2016 particularly to the artists for giving so freely of their time, energy and artwork that was on exhibit. The Community for visiting and their positive feedback. This wide raging art exhibition played host to many disciplines from Fine Art painting, sculpture, to ceramics, digital media, rush work, photography, illustrations, includes mixed media, decoupage, mosaic/glass, water colour and design hence coining the name Eclectic Fusion. This successful event was launched by wonderful Ellen O’Malley Dunlop, partly funded by the NAPD represented at opening by Michael Parsons both of whom the students would like to thank most sincerely.  Enormous gratitude to Sheila Maher of Rosemount Catering for her unbelievable generosity and vigour on launch night. Student Council who assisted on the night. Also TY would like to thank Stephen of Stephen Smith Designs, Dublin for all the Graphic Design work including poster and invitation design and Mochua Print, Portlaoise for their kindness and cooperation. The Art Craft & Design Department at Abbeyleix Further Education Centre for their guidance and encouragement, Seven Sisters Ceramics, Johnstown for their support and advice. Laois Arts Officer Muireann Ní Chonaill for her expert advice and vision. Thank you to our Principal Mrs Áine O’ Neill for believing in this project, Parents and the Board of Management, PE Department for sacrificing their space for the sake of art-it is very much appreciated, Music department for their wonderful choir and trad group who preformed beautifully on opening night, Woodwork department for entertaining some of the crazy ideas for display, to our wonderful caretakers Bridget and Eamonn for all that they do, their support is fundamental in all creative school based projects and their cooperation and kindness is always appreciated. Also a word of gratitude to Rathdowney Men’s Shed for their creative contribution and support. Eibhlín Kearns for the loan of the vintage china, Tara Art Supplies, Super Macs and the Ashbrook Arms for prizes.  Also to Declan from Applied Signs & Display for his efficiency, practical advice and patience. Special thanks to all who made financial contributions, AIB Rathdowney, Manor Stone, The Card Stand, and Granstown Eggs.  Finally, none of this would have come about without the tireless efforts, enthusiasm, energy of  Art Teacher Clodagh Kennedy who as always puts her heart and soul into promoting and supporting creativity within our school and community. Thank You.