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What Big Eyes You've Got

Tuesday, 13th of June 2017 (12:00 – 12:00) @ Aras na Mac Leinn

CKI is delighted to be in partnership with the NUI Galway Arts Office in supporting What Big Eyes You've Got.

A collaboration between artist Jane Hayes, and the children of Scoil Chroí Íosa, Galway

This Spring, artist and educator Jane Hayes 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 Jane's projects was developed to enliven children's disposition for wonderment, excitement, curiosity, and perseverance. Jane 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. 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 Jane's approach is educating parents, teachers and the community about the importance of creativity in our lives and the lives of our children.

She works 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. Jane Hayes is artist and educator with over 10 years' experience, and is especially committed to working within the early years remit.

Recently moved to Galway from Spain, the Wexford native has worked with numerous organisations including; the Department of Education, Youth and Sport Madrid, Baboró international Arts Festival for Children, the European Small Size Project, and Galway City Council.

A trained painter form Edinburgh College of Art, she is also focused on creating her own work, and has already commenced a new series, which is inspired by the "What Big Eyes You've Got..." project and working with the children of Scoil Chroí Íosa.

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