Children express feelings about pandemic through art & speechwriting

See some of the artwork and hear some of the speeches created by 5th and 6th class students during workshops in our recent What Did I Miss? Nationwide Schools Engagement Project.

To accompany our live stream of What Did I Miss? by Shaun Dunne as part of Brightening Air, The Ark embarked on a nationwide engagement project with 5th and 6th class groups in schools across Ireland.

Through visual art and speechwriting workshops with illustrator Duffy Mooney-Sheppard and Kate Heffernan, we encouraged children to express, through art and words, their experiences of the pandemic and their feelings about coming to the end of another difficult school year or completing primary school at such a turbulent time.

Take a look below to see just a few examples of the work these children created...

See and hear what children created in our What Did I Miss? Schools Engagement Project

With special thanks to:
Ailbhe Ní Churraoin and the children of 5th and 6th class in Gaelscoil na Laochra, Offaly
Niamh O'Leachain and children of 5th and 6th class in Ardkeenan N.S., Roscommon
Mary Tighe and children of 6th class in Ardagh N.S., Mayo
Brian Carrigg and children of 6th class in Killenaule N.S., Tipperary
Michael Rocke and children of 6th class in St. Patrick De La Salle B.N.S, Mayo
Niall Nicholas and children of 6th class in Monaleen N.S., Limerick
Joanne O'Reilly and children of 6th class in Kilcolgan ETNS, Galway
Ronan Crosby, Claire O'Malley and children of 6th class in Ashbourne ETNS, Meath
Stephen McKiernan, Killian Boland and children of 6th class in St. Enda's Primary, Dublin
Amanda McGeown, Niamh Harris and children of 6th class in St. Louis GNS, Monaghan
Jacqui O'Leary and children of 5th and 6th class in Aghabullogue N.S., Cork
Trish Campbell, Breedge Conway, Michelle McCaw and the children of 6th class in City Quay N.S., Dublin
Dorinda McCormack and children of 5th and 6th class in Ballyhaise N.S., Cavan
Lorraine Moran and children of 6th class in St Michael's N.S., Limerick
Rachael Oates, Sonya Murphy and children of 6th class in St. Patrick's GNS, Dublin
Alison Brolan and children of 6th class in Killygarry N.S., Cavan
Denise Lucey and children of 6th class in Presentation Primary, Cork
Stacey Gilroy, Triona O'Loughlin and children of 6th class in Presentation Primary Warrenmount, Dublin
Sarah Simcox and children of 6th class in St. Brigid's The Coombe, Dublin
Alice Conaghan, Joan Larkin and children of 6th class in St James' Primary, Dublin
Lorraine Spillane and children of 6th class in Scoil Treasa agus Naofa, Dublin
Karen Whooley and children of 6th class in St Audeon's, Dublin
Richelle Treacy and children of 6th class in Mercy Primary School, Offaly
Rebecca Madden, Gráinne Higgins and children of 6th class in St Philomena's N.S., Offaly
Ashley Doran, Petrina Tyrell, Eugene Sheridan, Gearóid McCauley and children of 6th class in St Senan's N.S., Wexford