Photo credit Jim Coughlan (Evening Echo) Journalist Ellie Bryne visited Star of the Sea as part of her two page spread article reporting on our project and how I believe drawing should be part of the school curriculum.
We took the schools name as our theme for the project - Star of the Sea - Here is the plan I proposed and carried out , the project was completed just before the first lock down began , unfortunately we couldn't have an open exhibition to the public because of the restrictions.
STARS – we will look at celestial navigation, there are 58 main stars used in celestial navigation. Each star has a name, linked to animals and myth, when each student picks a star by lucky dip, they will come up with drawing that represents that star e.g. “Capella” Aurigae – which means little she- goat. These simple line drawings will then be mono printed onto a large sheet of paper , white on black.
The water colour on Yupo paper had a beautiful effect , very vivid blue with silver text hand written by each pupil. It really captured the essence of the sea.
We made blue paper sculptures which were all shaped and molded around each pupils hand celebrating our uniqueness and the value of the handmade. Originally the plan was to create an installation along with the drawings in their exhibition , but this was not possible due to covid restrictions closing schools in the first lockdown.
A pupil writing the name of her star on our nautical navigation map
Each one of the pupils designed their own star , and learned its name and meaning, then we put them altogether to make the mono print.
Detail of the final piece , the star map and the water drawing.
One of the highlights of our project was the trip to Blackrock Castle Observatory. Both of the 3rd classes came on a coach and we spent an amazing morning getting the full guided educational tour, fully immersed into all things space , but specifically focusing on nautical navigation , each child got to see their chosen star from the project in the star dome projection tent and our amazing guide Caoimhin was full of knowledge and stories for each one. This space tour was gifted to us very generously by the castle events manager Clair Mc Sweeney and they offered us a space to exhibit our project in the castle, but again covid prevented this from going ahead. The trip to the observatory brought our project to life, it enriched our learning and sparked great curiosity and inspiration for all the pupils. Overall , the drawing project connected all the various subjects together , from art history to STEAM to local history and gave a great sense of connection to the pupils who all worked on this together.
And we made the Evening Echo newspaper !