Monday, 27 April 2015
Classes attending both workshop: Nead na Coille ASD class, 1st & 2nd class. The Nead na Coille is a special unit in Farran National School that caters for children with autism. It is broken up into the Special ASD class which caters for children of primary school age, and the early intervention class. On Friday the pupils in the ASD class joined us to make their small teacups that will be included in the installation. We explained to the children what we were making and showed them a finished teacup so they could visualize the finished piece. 1st & 2nd class. The children also began the construction of their teacups for the installation. It helped having a finished teacup to pass around and again everyone was amazed at how hard and durable the cup was after the paper mache process was complete. !st & 2nd class were familiar with the basic process when they made the giant saucers a few weeks previously and we reminded them to tear the paper into manageable strips no bigger than the size of their hand. The children did an excellent job on making their cups and anyone who had finished then went to help any classmates who found the process a little more challenging. We discussed the patterns that are used on porcelain china cups that the children may have seen at home and what types of designs they may use themselves. The children will be limited to 2 colours when painting; blue and white. Having only 2 colours will give a level of uniformity to the teacups that will create a bigger impact than if they were all different colours. It also encourages the children to be more creative and having to look in more detail at patterns and designs to help create a unique item. They are encouraged to look at everyday objects around them for inspiration.