An abecedary [ey-bee-see-duh-ree] is an inscription consisting of the letters of an alphabet, almost always listed in order. Typically, abecedaria are practice exercises.
West Cork Arts Centre's annual Children's Exhibition 2014 showcases artwork by ten primary school groups involved in our Primary Schools Classroom-based Programme in partnership with West Cork Education Centre.
Last autumn, the participants visited Alphabet, an exhibition of print and sculpture, by Cork Printmakers and other artists at WCAC. They went on to develop their own projects inspired by what they'd seen, exploring alphabets, letters and words through visual art media. The resulting exhibition is a bright and colourful celebration of the building blocks of language. Palindromes, mottoes, local place names, 50 years of world history, our multicultural society and nature all play their part in the abecedaries and other works that the children have produced. Letters made of felt and fabric, mounted on vinyl records, in three dimensions, painted, animated and collaged all come together in a riot of colour.
The value of this programme lies in the opportunity it provides for teachers to use contemporary art as a starting point for projects that offer learning in a wide variety of areas. This year's project began with a focus on literacy and printmaking, and has expanded to include history, geography, languages, and all areas of the visual art curriculum. Pupils have undertaken research, worked in groups, learnt new skills and discussed their ideas. Teachers worked alongside the facilitating artists in developing ideas that combine educational and artistic objectives, and build skills that they can take forward into the future. The children's exhibition is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of all the participating schools, and to showcase the children's boundless imaginations and energetic creativity.
The programme is facilitated by visual artist and Schools and Youth Coordinator Alison Cronin, with visual artist Tess Leak. The programme works with children from Infants to Sixth Class and a dedicated Special Needs Unit and includes schools spanning the length and breadth of West Cork, from Bandon to Bere Island.
The participating schools are: St Josephs National School, Skibbereen; Scoil Naomh Seosamh, Laragh, Bandon; Rath National School, Baltimore; Scoil Mhichíl Naofa, Bere Island; Scoil na mBuachaillé, Clonakilty; Togher National School, Dunmanway; Kilgarriffe National School, Clonakilty; Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Bandon, and St Mary's Senior School, Dunmanway.
Many thanks to West Cork Education Centre for their support in delivering this year's programme.
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