Fun with Glass



                 Fun with Glass

     Fun with Glass is an ‘Artists in Residency Programme’ which was developed in 2005.


The Cork County Council Arts Office in collaboration with West Cork Education Centre, together with Artist Marie Brett and Craftsperson Gana Roberts offered West Cork Schools the opportunity to participate in this unique and exciting project.

Schools were invited to submit a proposal for this project. Following selection, Marie Brett and Gana Roberts worked in collaboration with teachers to develop school based projects. Teachers received glasswork training through the West Cork Education Centre.

This Research and Development Partnership between a craftperson, an artist, teachers, students, an external curriculum consultant, The West Cork Education Centre and Cork County Council Arts Office proved to be a very successful experience in creativity whilst linking closely to the school curriculum. The programme is process led and carefully monitored with clear project guidelines relevant to the school setting.

Fun with Glass offers an innovative and creative approach to Arts in the Classroom.

Cork County Council Arts Officer, Ian McDonagh said of the programme                                              

“Fun with Glass is a superb, process orientated arts programme for the classroom. Under the expert guidance
of Marie and Gana, ‘Fun with Glass’ is designed to support each child’s own creativity at every stage. The work
that has been achieved through this programme to date is nothing less than spectacular”

Director of West Cork Education Centre, Mary O’Donovan said of the programme

“The West Cork Education Centre is proud to be involved with this creative project.  Fun with Glass offers an
 innovative and creative approach to arts in the classroom. A truly memorable learning experience is enjoyed
by students, teachers and the whole school community”


The mentor programme is delivered by artist Marie Brett in partnership with West Cork Arts Centre. Methodologies used are shadowing, observational learning and dialogue.   

The following artists have been mentored by Marie Brett so far:                                                                   
Tess Leak (2010)
Rebecca Keyser (2011)

The following National Schools have participated:

Scoil na mBuachailli, Clonakilty
Derryclough NS, Drinagh
Gaelscoil Bheanntraí, Bantry
St Mary’s NS, Enniskeane
Derrycreha NS, Glengarriff
Gurraneasig NS, Killbrittain
Scoil Fhionbarra, Ballingeary
Our Lady of Mercy NS, Bantry
St James NS, Durrus
Scoil Chaitigheirn, Eyeries
SN Ré Na Scréine, Rosscarbery