‘What Big Eyes You’ve Got’: An Early Years Art Education Project

Project Showcase at NUI Galway: This Spring I embarked on an exciting journey with the children of Junior, Senior and First Class in Scoil Chroí Íosa Primary School, Galway, to help them explore their senses creatively.

From June 12th to the 16th an exhibition showcasing the project will be on show in Áras Na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway, and will feature some of the children’s creations, as well as photos documenting their experience.

The “What Big Eyes You’ve Got…” project is an exciting programme for early years and their parents that focuses on the creative exploration of the five senses: taste, smell, touch, sound, and sight, and like all of my projects, was developed to enliven children’s disposition for wonderment, excitement, curiosity, and perseverance. I designed and developed the programme for Scoil Chroí Íosa with the aim of engaging the children in an immersive, child-centred, art-rich learning environment that would aid their early learning and development, and complements the school’s Aistear and Síolta Frameworks.

Scoil Chroí Íosa are committed to delivering a rich creative arts programme and aim to provide the children in the school with an education that is rich in creative thinking, learning and activity. It was a pleasure to work with the staff and children there. They provide a holistic approach to education and give each child an opportunity to express themselves creatively through a range of arts activities and programmes.

The “What Big Eyes You’ve Got…” weekly workshops involved a range of interesting indoor and outdoor arts experiences, many of which took place in the school’s unique garden classroom. Students were encouraged to actively explore their world, gain individuality by working independently, and also develop a sense of team work through group projects. Central to my approach is educating parents, teachers and the community about the importance of creativity in our lives and the lives of our children.

I work to remove the fear and feelings of inadequacy that many adults have around creativity, and so this programme also worked to encourage and empower parents and teachers to engage in creative play and art with the young children on a daily basis, and illustrated how doing this can add to wellbeing.

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A Sailing We Will Go: Parent & Toddler Workshop

Using the museum’s waterside location and sea science and maritime exhibitions as inspiration, join artist Jane Hayes for a series of three creative, hands-on workshops, during which parent and toddler will undertake an inspirational sea journey.

These creative workshops for the under 4s focus on artistic exploration through sensory activities and creative play.

Galway City Museum, Spanish Parade, Galway

Saturday 4 February, 11am 11.50am

Saturday 4 March, 11am 11.50am

Additional Date TBC

Age 1 – 4

For further information, or to make a booking, please contact the Museun on (091) 532460 or museum@galwaycity.ie