FETAC (NCVA) Visual Arts Practice Module

FETAC (NCVA) Visual Arts Practice Module

National Learning Network

(formerly National Training and Development Institute)

NLN trainees have participated in a number of weekly programmes working to achieve the FETAC (NCVA) Visual Arts Practice Module.

These are ‘Using a Museum’, ‘The Artist’s Working Practice’ and ‘Practical Workshops’. Completing theses modules can lead to a Further Education and Training Awards Council Awards at Foundation Level.

This FETAC module has been run for NLN students several times over a number of years.

Wool Craft Exhibition:

NLN Woolcraft FETAC

Unit 1

The course comprised of organising a visit, gathering information and learning the ways in which the museum provides access to exhibits and crafts and the group focused on two exhibitions in detail. They also focused on a item of personal interest and explored ways in which the collections were displayed.

NLN Woolcraft FETAC

Unit 2      

The group worked with a textile craftsperson, taking part in woolcraft workshops and demonstrations learning the concepts of craftwork. Each student created their own piece, documenting the steps along the way. The course culminated in a small exhibition of their work including a tour of their favourite object for their family and friends.

Masks and Mask Making:

To achieve this FETAC module NLN students worked with Museum staff, author and Mummer Joe McGowan and the Mayo Arts Squad.

A Mummer's visor

The group learned about masks associated with Hallowe'en and Mumming, a traditional form of entertainment where the actors or players are disguised by masks or visors.

As well as learning aout the traditions, students made their own masks which they used when performing their own Mummer's Play.

A Nature Trail :

Trainees gained experience of working with Museum staff and became familiar with the grounds, buildings, exhibitions and the Folklife collection. They were aware of the many amenities on offer at Turlough Park and were able to speak about selected displays and objects to their peers.

When the Special Olympians from Venezuela visited the Museum in July 2003 some of the trainees acted as guides and helpers. The whole group followed the curatorial process of developing a temporary exhibition, worked with a craftsperson to learn about their working practice and created individual craft pieces.

Identifying Wildflowers

The group used maps and fieldwork to understand the landscape and history of the area surrounding Turlough Park House. The group decided on and worked together to develop a nature trail booklet.

The Trail Booklet was not intended as a comprehensive guide to the rich variety of trees and plants at Turlough Park. It represents the personal choices of the students and their personal responses to the trees and plants in the grounds of the Museum.

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