- Science, History, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Local Studies (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Natural environments (Geography), Living things (Science), Materials (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
Karen is a potter and visual artist who has been designing and delivering art projects in National schools for over 15 years, with a Masters degree in using art as a way of engaging children with their local natural heritage.
During a project with Karen the children will use a variety of art techniques to develop their understanding of the environment around them and our relationship with it. Projects are usually theme-based, such as, 'rocks and soils', 'the eco-system of an oak' or 'exploring seaweeds'.
She uses an approach that is fun and imaginative and allows the children to investigate and explore through practical hands-on activities, such as clay work, journal making, paper-making, cyanotype photography and making paints from soils and inks from plants. Where possible she likes to get the children outside and utilizes the school grounds or locally accessible areas to give them direct experience of the natural world on their doorstep.
She works collaboratively with the class teacher and is happy to tailor projects to meet the requirements of each individual school.
"We have 5 visits planned altogether, have had 3 so far and they have been amazing!"
"Excellent workshop with Karen. Well planned and organised. Interesting and informative. The children loved it."
"Really great day. Very interactive and environmentally based. Integrated artwork into the day as well."
"We were impressed with the amount of work produced by the children - art work in particular."
"The children thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and make and do session given by Karen. They produced great nests and each one was different." - Rockfield Ns, Coolaney Co. Sligo
"An excellent, practical and enjoyable morning spent with Karen. The kids really enjoyed it!"
"Karen was fabulous. The children not only enjoyed the experience but learnt so much about their local community from the lesson." - Scoil Naomh Éanna, CarrAroe, Sligo
- Caters for Special Needs
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips
- 086 890 2970