On a cold and wet rainy day on the top of the hill in Caragh on Saturday May 11, families gathered early to view the children’s art work.
According to the organisers, the support was so overwhelming that people queued up to enter.
The standard was very high, and parents were very impressed when they saw their children’s masterpieces.
The artwork included acrylic and water colour paint paintings.
“I was so proud of each and every one of the children,” said Linda Chanders, “They worked so hard over the last few weeks.”
Many local businesses donated prizes and trophies for the children.
First place went to Grace Shiel. Judge Caroline Tracy, who is an artist and President of Two-Mile-House ICA, said; “Grace’s painting of soldiers just jumped out at me as soon as I entered the room”.
Caroline was also impressed with Aoife Ryan’s twist on textures. Josh Murphy received his trophy for originality and definition. Caroline commented that he has a future in the creative arts. Danielle Higgins-Corrigan created a beautiful image of butterflies nesting.
The Jungle Den gave an amazing prize, with the winner getting the chance to take their class to the Jungle Den, however, the judges were unable to pick out just one winner, so The Jungle Den very kindly allowed the judge to choose a group.
The overall award for outstanding art talent went to students from Piper’s Hill Community National School, therefore all the children from 3rd to 6th class will be spending a morning in the Jungle Den.
Caroline Tracy commented on the standard of the Piper’s Hill students; “It is very evident from the paintings that art is valued and nurtured in the school, it was noted each child had their own style and personality in each piece, it is obvious the teachers spent quality and valuable time on art”. The winning children from Piper’s Hill Community National School were Conor Duffy, Alana Holloway, Sam Hillis, Cael Chanders, Michaela Philip and Nigel Madden. David Doyle from Caragh National School produced fantastic imaginary paintings of dinosaurs.
Some children from Busy Bee Montessori also displayed their art. Overall, the children had a blast and want to do it every year.
- Niamh O’Donoghue