Mary Wallace - Heritage Experts | Heritage in Schools

Mary Wallace

Mary  Wallace
Mary  Wallace  Installing Mosaics At  Newtownmountkennedy  National  School
Fabric And  Fibre Project  St  Patrick's  Ns  Enniscorthy 2
Mary  Wallace  Fabric And  Fibre Project    St  Patrick's  National  School  Enniscorthy 1
Mary  Wallace  Fabric And  Fibre Project    St  Patrick's  National  School  Enniscorthy 3
Mary  Wallace  Mural At  St  Oliver's  National  School
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

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Mary is an experienced artist with a wide range of artmaking skills: clay, model-making, construction, fabric and fibre, drawing, painting, book-making, collage, batik, mosaic, murals and more.

Explore colour, texture and materials to create a fabric and fibre artwork inspired by the child's favourite characture from myths & legends, a story you are reading, historic characters. Give personality to animals, inanimate objects or phenomenon like the weather, the sea. The only limit is imagination – so no limit!

Discover ways to construct 3D castles, lighthouses, monastries, towns, longboats, historical structures and objects. Place them in a landscape or other setting. Using recycled materials which will be painted and given special effects to render the appearance of wood, stone, metal and other finishes.

There’s nothing like making something with your own hands to enhance knowledge and familiarity with something you are learning about. Children love to make with clay and Mary has put together a way of teaching this wonderful craft which makes it rewarding for the child and class teacher alike - her step-by-step approach gives confidence to both.

Mary will guide your group to create a mural that will enhance your school for years to come. This project involves the children in discussion and research of the chosen theme, making lots of initial drawings, drawing concepts of the finished wall, preparing the wall for painting and painting the mural in stages over a number of days. The children take real ownership of the project and Mary uses their drawings and incorporates them into the final design.

Mary works collaboratively with the teacher to devise unique and personal 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 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
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  • "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
  • "Mary was amazing with the children and the work they completed was excellent." - Carlow Educate Together

Additional Information

  • Provides in-person visits
  • Caters for special needs
  • Provides practical/hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

Phone (Home):
053 9146226
086 8923606