10 Mar. 2013

Celebrations in Cranmore

The final exciting event and showcase of the Cranmore Community Children’s Project will take place at Cranmore Community Co-Op offices on Friday, 15th March between 5pm and 8pm. The Cranmore Children’s Community project is a cross border project which began three years ago, with children from Cranmore community and Antiville Community, Larne Co. Antrim. The Model’s Education Department were kindly supported in this project by the International Fund for Ireland.

This event is the culmination of work with the children from both communities over the last three years, with highlights such as the sleepover in The Model in 2011. Already on Friday, 8th March, we had a fabulous celebration and exhibition in the Antiville Community Centre, where photographic stills from the project and the childrens’ animations were projected onto the two community houses in Antiville. This mini light-show was like an outdoor cinema.

The children from both communities worked with artists, Naomi Draper and Erika Reid and on 15th March there will be another magical display of the children’s amazing artworks at the Cranmore Community Co-Op offices. We are also delighted to showcase the animations and artwork by the children from the Antiville community at this exhibition. It will also be a chance for everyone to see the newly refurbished new premises in Cranmore and to get an idea of what is available for the youth in Cranmore; everyone is welcome to this fantastic community event and party and refreshments will available from 5pm to 8pm in the the newly refurbished centre. The Model Education Department would like to extend a warm thank you to Erika and Naomi, and also to Helen O’Hara, Project Development Officer in Cranmore and to Karen and Clifford in Antiville Community House, for all their hard work and for their help in making this project happen. Thanks everyone….

12 Oct. 2011

Cranmore children prepare for Model sleepover

This project started two weeks ago on the 20th of September. It involves the children of Cranmore (ages range from 7-10). We introduced the children to different forms of art. I started on the 2nd week of the project where the task was to find as many different textures and materials on the way to the model gallery from Cranmore. We also watched a short film called the Lost Thing which the kids found very amusing.

This week we got them to design their own lost thing, either with collage/sculpting, drawing or painting. They had the choice to move around to which ever table they like. The kids especially enjoyed the collage/sculpting table. Hannah made a lovely 3D sculpture of her lost thing. I asked her questions about it and she told me “it lives where the other lost things live in the movie”
The children show so much enthusiasm with this project, and all the tables were busy.

The two boys out of the group Louis and Kieran loved sculpting; Kieran made a robotic lost thing and told me “the idea was in my head”
Louis made a lost thing he said “had a beard like Santa” Paula and Rebecca decided to make a photo guide of the last week walk from the picture they took themselves.

The kids have been amazing and I love working with them, Naomi and Lara. Their excitement and love for art is so heart warming. I am looking forward to the next few weeks especially the sleepover on the fifth of November where the children in the Cranmore group will get to meet the other group.

Katie Lynch
Transition Year Student

This project is supported by The International Fund for Ireland.

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