'Tools of the Trade' Fossil Freaks 2022
The Collection of artworks on display were created by Sixth Class students from St. Mary’s on the Hill National School and Fourth Class at Cork Educate Together National School.
This multidisciplinary workshop series was designed and delivered by artists Susie Walsh and Leah Murphy in collaboration with palaeontologists from Ireland’s Fossil Heritage at the School of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) UCC.
Inspired by strange and unusual fossils from around the world integrating the Science of Palaeontology and Art.
"In 'Fossil Freaks' we introduced the idea of the paleo-artist who uses a combination of fossil evidence, evolution and imagination to reconstruct prehistory. The children were shown images of enigmatic fossils as a starting point and through a series of interactive and creative workshops using a range of art materials and techniques, they imagined and brought to life these mysterious creatures that existed more than 500 million years ago. Through our Art in Schools Projects, our aim as artists is to introduce the children taking part to the idea of a creative line of enquiry. How to research and develop an idea is central to the practice of art- but also in science and other creative disciplines."