Getting to the art of education

Five-year-old Sorcha doesn't know a thing about art, but give her a piece of paper and a crayon and watch what happens. Recent research has shown that children who are actively involved in the arts do

30th October, 2011
Pupils involved in Samhain, the Celtic harvest festival, at Shielbaggan primary school, Co Wexford work on Celtic heads. Below: Mary Wallace Photo: Ros Drinkwater

Five-year-old Sorcha doesn't know a thing about art, but give her a piece of paper and a crayon and watch what happens. Recent research has shown that children who are actively involved in the arts do better at all their other subjects. It sparks their natural curiosity and improves their concentration.

Artist Mary Wallace has a wealth of hands-on experience of how children respond to art. Having practised law for 16 years, she became a...

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