The development of cultural and artistic appreciation is a central part of the student experience in Loreto College St. Stephen’s Green. Each year begins with the annual Art Exhibition that showcases Art work from every student from first to sixth year. The Art Exhibition is always a very enjoyable evening and affords students an opportunity to showcase their hard work and creativity throughout the year to both parents and their peers.
During the school year students have the chance to explore a wide variety of techniques and processes such as drawing, painting, ceramics, graphic design, photography and drypoint printing. Senior year students visit Blackchurch Print Studio to create etchings based on prior research. There is also an opportunity to participate in a classical life drawing class in the Drawing Studio, Merrion Square. Both of these workshops enhance appreciation of Art and foster a deeper understanding of the process of creating Art.
A highlight of the school year is always the Junk Kouture Fashion Competition. Junk Kouture is a national competition for young designers who are tasked with the challenge of using everyday junk materials to create striking works of wearable art. Our students have consistently achieved success in the competition and we are very excited that three of our costumes are finalists for the 2019 Junk Kouture Grand Final. With over 1,400 entries, qualification for the final is a testament to the diligence, creativity and work ethic of our students.
Students also participate in a photography workshop facilitated by Tim Durham and visit many galleries and museums that are only a short walk from our school. Another forum for the promotion and display of Art in the school is the loretothegreenart instagram account. This account is student run and is an innovative and creative way of sharing the work of our talented students with the wider community.