Art and Design is a central part of life in Sligo Grammar School.
The art department in the school is a very active and vibrant one. The art room is always a hive of activity with students coming in and out on various projects – art students and non-art students alike!
Students study the subject at Junior Cert and Leaving Cert level, enjoying consistently good results. All TY students get a chance to work in the art room as they do a module in art, incorporating photo editing skills and screen printing . Some students elect to do the Junk Kouture Fashion Design competition while others are involved in designing and editing the school newsletter. All TY students also do crafts in the Art Room. They vary from year to year and include batik, tie-dye, jewellery making and felting.
Students work is always on display around the school and in recent years samples of SGS students art work has been exhibited in the ER department of Sligo General Hospital.
As well as visiting local galleries, 5th Year and 6th Year Students are taken to Dublin every year on a History of Art Educational Trip. They get a chance to see the buildings and works which are part of their Art History course. Castletown house, The Casino, Marino, No 27 Fitzwilliam Street the National Museum, National Gallery and Royal Hospital, Kilmainham are among the places they visit over the two years
Junk Kouture is a national competition to encourage recycling. It does this by challenging students to create an outfit out of recycled materials. Students work in teams of up to three to design, make and model the outfit. TY students this year submitted four designs. “EDEN” by Juno Ellison and Kitty Bird (modelled by Nina Ndu-Nwogu) made it through to the Western final of the competition, in March.Their dress was made completely from scratch by themselves. Dog food cans, coffee pods, newspaper, plastic bottles and oodles of other junk was used to make the outfit. Unfortunately, they were unable to reach the National Final.Four groups submitted designs, three of which are pictured here. Scarlett Moore and Ahyun Kim designed “Eco Bandit” and Carla Blennerhasset and Hazel Hopkinsin created “Bardotti
A previous National Finalist is pictured below.
After the excitement of getting through to the Regional Finals of the Junk Kouture competition was over, the Junk Kouture class decid- ed to dedicate this term to learning how to make their own garments from scratch. Their teacher took them on a field trip to visit our local fabric shop the Craft and Sewing Basket. There the girls looked at different fabrics and patterns and decided which pattern and fabric to chose for their own creation, many opting for vintage looks. A busy term’s sewing followed with Ms Hynes teaching them how to interpret and adjust patterns as well as teaching them sewing skills. The results were fantastic and the girls can be justifiably proud of their achievements.
Ms. Hynes makes a consistent effort to keep the work of her pupils on view throughout the school and has frames around the walls to display their work. This changes a few times a year as the students produce new work. After the Junior Cert results are out the 3D work of the art students is displayed in the hall outside the Staff Room along with work from HE and woodwork students. All parents and families are welcome to drop in to see what their sons and daughters have produced.