Ceramic Master Class with Marc Williamson, UU Coleraine
New-Bridge Integrated College hosted a master class with Mr Mark Williamson who displayed a range of ceramic techniques and processes to our year 11 students. The demonstration included techniques such as slab-building, coiling and pinching. Mr Williamson also gave a detailed account of his own work as inspiration for the budding artists. The class was very well received by our students who are presently involved in working with clay as part of their GCSE coursework.
Master Class with Susan Guiney, BA Hons Architecture
Miss Susan Guiney, BA Hons Architecture, delivered a seminar with a range of senior students in the Art Department at New-Bridge. Her inspirational talk to the students commented on the links between the STEM subjects and the Arts. Miss Guiney discussed work produced during her A Level Art course and Architecture degree and demonstrated some of the techniques used to produce a range of images. Her talk has given encouragement to some of our senior students who are presently making choices about their future courses at university.
Miss Susan Guiney
BA (Hons) Architecture, PGCE Primary Education
Completing a foundation degree in Art and Design and an Architecture degree has nurtured Susan’s creativity. She feels that creativity is so important in the education of children. Studying Art is essential in broadening a child’s creative flair and imagination, and in turn lends itself to subjects like English where story writing and comprehensions are most successful with a creative and open mind. For some, it may come as a surprise to learn that the arts are a powerful tool for learning other, more core educational concepts. Research has shown that arts-integrated education improves academic achievement across the entire spectrum, but generates the greatest improvement in reading and writing skills and language development. In addition, arts education improves social skills, motivation and student engagement.
Studying Art at secondary level promotes involvement in schools. Susan has found that pupils who are active in art education also demonstrate further interest in the school environment as a whole. According to Smithrim (2005), “students, teachers, parents, and administrators talked about how the arts engaged children in learning, referring to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social benefits of learning in and through the arts.”
Susan studied Architecture in University of Ulster, Belfast after completing a foundation degree in Art in Newry. She was worried about not having studied Maths up to A-Level stage, but entrance to this course was focused on the success of Art and Design at A-Level and a strong portfolio of Art and Design. Because the University is the “Art College” in Belfast, there is a very strong emphasise on creative and imaginative designing, making use of the various wood, metal and plastic workshops for model making. As well as pupils who are interested and studying Art, Susan encourages pupils who have a strong interest in Technology, Physics and/or Maths to consider the course, as it is heavily technical in the real working world of Architecture.