Crehana school kids showcase their paintings

An exhibition of art work painted by the children of Crehana National School has been put on display at the school.

An exhibition of art work painted by the children of Crehana National School has been put on display at the school.

School Principal Eithne Sheehan welcomed the large attendance of staff, pupils and their parents and friends to the exhibition opening on Thursday, March 29.

Speaking on behalf of her fellow teachers and staff, Ms Sheehan said the occasion was a celebration of the work of 106 pupils, who each thought up their own individual idea of what to paint.

She thanked Waterford Co. Council and especially the three people, who made the project possible, artist in residence Rita Scannell, County Arts Officer Margaret Organ and Deputy Principal Catherine Power, who coordinated the project in the school.

Ms Sheehan also thanked the Parents Council and the parents of the children, who she insisted are the primary educators.

She said she was privileged to work with the children and while art was an important part of their lives, at Crehana School they prepared pupils in every aspect of their live.

At this point, all present were invited to view the children’s work.

Artist in residence Rita Scannell emphasised the importance of art for children and she thanked the staff at the school and the parents of the children for their support

She encouraged the parents to frame one of their children’s work. One of the paintings was chosen at random to be framed and Rita presented it to the winner Cara Cahill.

Waterford Co. Council Arts Officer Margaret Organ said the project was a partnership of the Co. Council with Crehana School.

She urged the parents to keep encouraging their children to continue painting.

County Mayor Cllr Liam Brazil thanked the school for inviting him and he complimented the boys and girls for providing such a fantastic exhibition.

He praised Rita Scannell and Margaret Organ and also the teachers and parents of the children.

Parents Council Chairman Michael Hunt made a presentation to the artist and a surprise piece was unveiled containing a collage of a small piece from each of the 106 paintings. The collage is now on display in the school.

A delicious array of confectionery was provided and enjoyed by all present.