We would like to thank and credit South Tipperary County Museum who sent us the sound recordings that Reginald Van Acher made along the River Suir some of which we used during our workshops.
Golden National School Fifth & Sixth Class 14 students
We talked about Golden and how it got its name, relevant local history, personal stories about the river, the floods and its impact on the landscape, wildlife, recreational activities.
We worked in pairs, with compressed charcoal listening to the tone rhythm and pitch of Maree & Claire’s recordings of the river we made movement drawings.
We began by introducing ourselves and the project.
We talked about the River and the floods and the changes that have occurred in the landscape.
We made sounds and movements of the river at different speeds and locations. We made movement drawings using graphite.
We closed our eyes and listened carefully to the rhythm pitch and tone of the recordings that Maree and Claire made of the River Suir and made a large scale collaborative drawing using graphite and marker.
We began the workshop by introducing ourselves as artists and the Sounding Lines Project. We talked about different ways the children had experienced the River Suir – walking and cycling beside it, crossing over it by bridge, fishing, swimming and on a boat. Then we talked about the different ways the river moves and made the actions in the air of the way it moves – fast and slow, rushing and meandering along slowly slowly. Using graphite we tried to capture these movements on paper with different marks.
We then listened to two sound recordings of the River Suir. First with our eyes closed we made drawings with markers and then graphite on a long roll of paper letting our hands move to the rhythm of the sounds.
Lovely work Junior Infants! Thanks to everyone in the class and Rebecca Reardon.
Claire and I worked with Fifth & Sixth Class 34 students Kilsheelan National School
We had a discussion about the significance of the River Suir in their lives. This was really interesting and informative. We learned about local history, local wildlife and the activities they associated with the river, kayaking, fishing, swimming, walking and rowing. What was really interesting were some of their personal stories. This discussion has prompted us to revisit the school and make recordings of the above.
We talked about abstract and figurative work and did some drawing exercises making marks describing the movement of the River using graphite and black marker. We worked over drawings combining marks and responses.
We then listened to two different recordings that Maree & Claire had made of the river.
The students made a large scale collaborative drawing while listening closely to the recorded sounds. Wonderful energy in the marks made.
Thank you Fifth and Sixth Class and Mr.Fraher for your enthusiastic response to the workshop. We look forward to making the recordings after mid-term.