Yesterday the second year art class went up to Dublin to visit the Make a Book exhibition with our art teacher Ms. O’Callaghan and woodwork teacher Mr. Wheelock. Make a Book is an exhibition held every year in Dublin and Cork. The Make a Book project brings together three strands of JCSP.
Our project this year was a cross-curricular book based on Youth Culture that was displayed in a wooden box.  The wooden box cover and interior was made up of 12 interactive jigsaw pieces that were flat and 3D.  There were 12 different subjects involved: art, woodwork, Metalwork, French, English, Music, Irish, Science, Business Studies, SPHE, History and Computers.  Our theme was “Youth Culture”.  As part of the project we also completed a Mosaic Workshop. The project consisted of a two day workshop with mosaic artist Maedhbh Brosnan, a past student of the school and daughter of former Principal Ms. Prendergast.  The workshop was a roaring success seeing the students complete an 8ft mosaic tree- “The Tree of Life” which will be installed as a permanent public piece on one of the outside walls of the school.  They learned about the history of mosaic, selecting equipment, colour combinations, cutting the tiles safely, terminology and working as a group to mention but a few areas.  We are very excited to see the piece fully grouted and in place just as soon as good weather arrives! Thanks to Maedhbh Brosnan the Mosaic Artist for her generous contribution and work with the school.

It Celebrates students work, provides a focus for cross-cirricular work and supports literacy. After we signed in 33 of us headed off to Dublin on the bus. When we got there we were met by a JCSP person who explained to us that we would be getting a class photo and gave us a quiz sheet. After we got our photo taken we went to see our own piece. When we saw it we thought it looked much better displayed in the exhibition rather than in the corner of the art room. We were delighted with our piece. It was given a big table to its self and was in a central location on the ground floor. It was one of the best!. We didn’t think their was going to be a whole building dedicated to the project. The exhibition was very well run, it was organised very well. There was also a competition to win an IPod Shuffle. All the projects were very different. There was a big massive dinosaur made of wood, a Ferrari made out of metal,a piece written intirely in irish,a maths piece and even an interactive touch screen book.

After the exhibition we celebrated with a bit of shopping and lunch in the Jervis centre.  It was a great day and we got back just in time for the buses.

(Callum Gahan and Katy Butler)