Kilmeen pupils think outside the box

March 4th, 2022 11:50 AM

By Southern Star Team

Eadaoin Hayes and Aoibhe McCarthy with some of the art works on display.

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PUPILS at Kilmeen national school have turned Clonakilty into an open air gallery with their project which sees more than 40 works of art from cardboard boxes displayed in the windows of businesses throughout the town.

The school, which promotes creative minds and encourages critical thinking among its students, challenged them to design and make masterpieces of their choice from cardboard boxes.

Students returned creations ranging from cows, rockets, time machines to fish tanks, zoos, farms, cinemas, and combine harvesters made entirely from their own imagination, ranging in size and scale from monster to miniscule.

Kenneth McCarthy, principal said: ‘It’s true that children can find fun from a simple cardboard box and this project proves just that. It is more important than ever to challenge their minds to unearth the amazing creativity they each possess, something that is important to nurture and encourage. The project is also down the support of our teachers and parents who helped the children to explore their imaginations and to appreciate their unique and powerful minds.

‘We hope to show the importance of good old fashioned hands on creativity and how children have the power to create something from nothing. It also helps them to realise that each of us thinks and creates differently and that there is more than one way to do anything. Special thanks too to the business owners in Clonakilty for giving over their windows to help fuel the imagination of all who walk through the town over the coming weeks.’

The projects will be on show throughout the town until March 2nd.

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