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School Learning & Participation at Solstice Arts Centre, Navan

Arts in Education Strategy

Solstice is committed to developing arts in education opportunities for schools and teachers. We currently run a large arts in education programme, providing access for both Primary and Secondary Schools to the arts through tours, talks, workshops and events. We focus on creating connections for schools and teachers to practicing artists, facilitating understanding and enjoyment of our exhibitions and events and also engaging students practically with art making in the centre. We are currently developing our Schools programme to include educational resources for teachers in Meath. This will allow us to further interpret our exhibitions for schools and to engage relevant elements of the Primary and Secondary School Curriculums in more detail, a specific focus of this is Leaving Certificate, Art Appreciation. We hope to also develop creative CPD opportunities for Primary & Secondary teachers within Solstice to encourage and support engagement with the arts in the classroom. We welcome any feedback or engagement from teachers, schools and other cultural organisations to assist us in developing our programme to meet their needs.

Edel Cox

Visual Arts Facilitation & Engagement Officer

Sosltice Arts Centre

Exploring the Light Fantastic!

From: 23rd November 2018
To: 23rd November 2018
Join artist Helen Mac Mahon to investigate the work of light artists in LUX. Helen will explore her own art practice with students, demonstrating how she splits, bends, folds and bounces light to create magnificent works of art. Students will discover the unique qualities of light using a number of materials and devices, including kaleidoscopes and the intriguing Polychromatic Shadow Configuration Device! Students will also be shown how to harness the light to make artworks of their own.


The Everlasting Cycle of Light

From: 30th November 2018
To: 30th November 2018
Inspired by our LUX exhibition on light and its creative capacities, this workshop explores the worlds of astronomy, science, art and technology. This workshop offers an exciting introduction to scientific principles and electrical circuitry and connects with both the Science and Art, Craft & Design syllabus for Secondary Schools.


IFI Education: Junior French - Miss Impossible / Jamais contente

From: 5th March 2019
To: 5th March 2019
Fresh drama centred on 13-year-old Aurore, who is trying to find a sense of belonging in the world. Rebellious and full of smart answers, her parents threaten boarding school, but an empathetic teacher and an offer to join a band give her new possibilities.


IFI Education: Junior German - Mountain Miracle/Amelie Rennt

From: 6th March 2019
To: 6th March 2019
Suffering from asthma, 13-year-old Amelie is sent for treatment to a remote clinic in South Tyrol, Austria. Running away into the beautiful landscape, she meets local boy Bart and they embark on a courageous adventure in search of a mountain cure in this story of unlikely friendship.


IFI Education: Senior French - Keeper

From: 13th March 2019
To: 13th March 2019
This year’s senior French film choice for schools is the sensitive, realistic story of Maxime and Mélanie, a teen couple in love. When Mélanie comes pregnant, their world is rocked. As the pair try to decide what to do, they feel pressure coming at them from all sides.


IFI Education: Senior German - The Silent Revolution / Das schweigende Klassenzimmer

From: 14th March 2019
To: 14th March 2019
Captivating Cold War-era drama told from the perspective of two East German high school students. During a visit to West Berlin in 1956, Theo and Kurt witness dramatic footage of the violent Budapest uprising against Soviet forces. Back at school in Stalinstadt, they spontaneously stage a silent protest in class in support of the Hungarians who lost their lives.


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