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CRAFTed Projects Showcased in Kilkenny Education Centre

Teachers, children, parents and craftmakers gathered in Kilkenny Education Centre recently to celebrate another successful collaboration between the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) and Kilkenny Education Centre. Craft projects by children in five Kilkenny and Tipperary schools were showcased: St. Brigid's N.S., Kells, St. John's Senior School, Kilkenny, School of the Holy Spirit, Kilkenny, St. Mary's Central, N.S., Killenaule and St. Colmcille's N.S., Inistioge. Children patiently explained how they had created their wonderful pieces, using a range of materials such as textiles, clay and print.

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The CRAFTed Initiative is a visual arts based educational programme, which places professional craftspeople with teachers in Primary school. It focuses on integrated learning methodologies through the Visual Arts Curriculum, using a process-led approach that centres on the child's own creativity.

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Speaking at the Showase, Margaret Maxwell, Director of Kilkenny Education Centre, highly commended the high standards exemplified by the craftspeople, teachers and students involved in the Project and thanked them all for their involvement. "These CRAFTed projects on display this evening provide an excellent example of how curriculum areas such as Geography, History, Literacy and Numeracy can be integrated together in the delivery of a Visual Arts project. We are delighted to have been involved in this Initiative and congratulate all the children for their work. Each piece is unique and beautiful. It's obvious that the children have learned to work together to create their pieces over time, refining and improving at every stage".

She also said that the CRAFTed Programme allows children and teachers a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the life of a craftsperson and to experience working with materials that may not always be accessible in the Primary school setting.

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John Tynan, Head of Education, DCCoI, also spoke at the Showcase. "I am very impressed by the fantastic projects on display and wish to congratulate the pupils and their teachers". He thanked all who had contributed to the success of the Programme including Kilkenny Education Centre Administrator, Honorah Rochford, CRAFTed National Co-Ordinator, Carrie Lynam, Regional Co-Ordinator, Maeve Sookram and all of the Education Panel.

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