Larger images of above mural available on Facebook here.
Graffiti art workshops are another innovative & invigorating way of placing Gaelic & Irish at the heart of contemporary culture. Participants explore their own creativity whilst enhancing their technical skills of observation & accuracy of representation, as well as integrating ancient Celtic artforms and modern Gaelic words.
• For ages 8 up and all adult levels
"Very enjoyable & engaging, well-prepared and organised - an excellent workshop for P6/7" Teacher, Port Ellen Primary, Islay.
Ariel is also available for large-scale solo and community/class-participative graffiti mural artworks such as the bilingual mural above collaboratively created with members of the Kilbirnie Youth Project Summer Scheme & a young local artist from the Kilbirnie Employability Hub at the local Bridgeton Community Centre.
Ariel is also pictured below with her piece 'Mionchànan, Miann Mòr', Minority Language, Big Desire/Dream/Ambition (a play on words with 'mion' meaning 'small or mini' and 'mòr' meaning 'big' in Gaelic), as part of Donostia / San Sebastian 2016 European Capital of Culture, and Scotland's Gaelic College Family Week. This was a special Gaelic Graffiti Artwork for a shipping container forming the 'cultural cargo' sent out as part of the Tosta Festival to Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Galicia, Friesland & the Basque country. Ariel is pictured with Principle of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Boyd Robertson, below.
The artwork was situated on the vacant land earmarked for the development of the first new Highlands village in many years, Kilbeg Village, beside Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, with this fact certainly playing a part in Ariel's development of the artwork and the following poetic blessing came to mind...
For older participants, a drama workshop can be a great way to open up discussion about topics, such as language or other issues, leading to a collaborative graffiti project.. why not contact Ariel to find out more or discuss how graffiti workshops can form part of a wider arts programme or event?
These workshops also fulfil a range of Expressive Arts & Gaelic Learning Outcomes of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, such as:
"I have experimented with a range of media and technologies to create images and objects, using my understanding of their properties." EXA 3-02a
"Through observing and recording, I can create material that shows accuracy of representation." EXA 3-04a
"I have the freedom to discover and choose ways to create images and objects using a variety of materials." EXA 0-02a
"I can use a bilingual dictionary independently to help me understand new language." LGL 3-11a
© Ariel Killick 2014