- Science, History, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Story (History), Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Life, society, work and culture in the past (History), Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Carlow, Dublin, Kilkenny, Louth, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
Mary is a visual artist who engages children with their artistic and cultural heritage through fun art programmes and workshops. She uses a broad range of art media and covers diverse themes to inspire and stimulate their ideas and creativity. Working on the chosen theme, the children investigate and experience culture and heritage through clay, model-making, construction, fabric and fibre, drawing, painting, book-making, collage, batik, mosaic, murals and more.
She works collaboratively with the teacher to devise unique projects that link directly to the Visual Art and SESE aspects of the curriculum. Themes and art strands are chosen with the teacher and tailored to the requirements of each class and school. All projects with Mary are designed around the Five-Day series.
Some examples of the types of projects include creating a portrait with fabric and fibre; construction of monastic, Norman or Viking settlements; and learn about wildlife by making birds and animals with clay; painting a mural - indoor or out.
HANDS ON – Colour and Paint is a manual and guide for primary school teachers which Mary has written and is due for publication by Potter's Yard Press in 2017.
"All our classes thoroughly enjoyed Mary's visits and were delighted with their art work. All class teachers individually chose to work with clay. Junior & Senior Infants made pinch pots, castles, monks and nuns inspired by Tintern Abbey and its historical inhabitants 2nd and 3rd Class made pinch pots, lighthouses and lighthouse keepers inspired by The Hook, Tuskar and other lighthouses in the locality and their historical inhabitants 1st and 2nd class made pinch pots, Norman castles and Norman people The children gained a lot from this project and we received great feedback from parents also." - St. Leonards NS, Wexford
"Thorough project with the children who gained real expertise in weaving. I would highly recommend a workshop with Mary Wallace." - St. Gerard's Junior School, Wicklow
"The children researched wild flowers of Ireland, explored the wildflower garden in the school, made drawings and designs which were used to create a composition for a largescale mural which they painted." - Queen of the Universe N.S., Carlow
"Mary really inspired the children and brought creativity, discipline and organisation to their artwork." - St Gerard's Junior School, Wicklow
"Mary worked on a cultural and environmental awareness project with 6th Class pupils. The children produced four beautiful large paintings and these vibrant colourful scenes will be displayed inside the school building as the children’s legacy to the school community. Mary is very organised and hard-working, she teased out the content of the project and guided us well in preparation for her visits. The children enjoyed working under her guidance and the staff involved are grateful for this experience with a working artist." - Newtownmountkennedy PS, Wicklow
"Mary completed a wildlife mural with our 4th and 5th class over seven days. This project involved researching Irish animals, drawing concepts of the finished wall, preparing the wall for painting and painting the mural in stages over a number of days. The children took real ownership of the project and Mary used their drawings and incorporated them into the finished mural." - Queen of the Universe NS, Carlow
"It is a wonderful opportunity for students in our school to work with Mary...she certainly brings out their creative side. She enhances her lesson with nature around us...brilliant." - Our Lady of Fatima Special School, Wexford
- Caters for Special Needs
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips
- Phone (Home):
- 053 9146226
- 086 8923606