Over 100 young artists, from the Magherafelt area, came together on Monday 5th March to take part in joint art workshops facilitated by Mid Ulster District Council.
This event offered Year 11 art pupils from five local secondary schools, the opportunity to enjoy their selected art form under the expert tuition of professional artists in that field. Together pupils took part in a variety of different workshops ranging from willow weaving and pastel painting to comic book art and clay tiles.
The children were welcomed by the Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Mark Glasgow who said:
“These workshops have been a fantastic opportunity for pupils within our Magherafelt schools to come together and explore a range of different artist-led, crafts and methods. Events like this one allow the next generation of creative thinkers, to explore art work in a positive learning environment, especially for pupils who are hoping to pursue careers in the creative industries.”
Jonathan Alexander, Head of Art and Design and Moving Image Arts from Sperrin Integrated College, who hosted the workshops, commented on this fantastic opportunity:
“The workshops facilitated by practising artists were a very exciting opportunity for Art & Design students from across the Magherafelt Learning Partnership area. The creative industries are an important and ever developing part our economy and it’s fantastic for local students to meet with and share in the experience and expertise of Art, Craft and Design practitioners. We were delighted to host this event in Sperrin Integrated College and grateful to the facilitators for giving up their time.”
The five schools which took part in this project were Rainey Endowed Grammar School, Magherafelt High School, St Pius X College, Sperrin Integrated College and St Mary’s Grammar School.
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