Published 28.02.2018
by Kids’ Own

To be. To wallow. To wonder: Phase two of early years residency

Artist Maree Hensey and students from DIT Early Childhood Education are embarking on phase two of their early years collaboration To be. To wallow. To wonder. supported by Grangegorman Development Agency and Kids’ Own.

Throughout phase two, Maree Hensey in partnership with the students will explore and develop a methodology and environment for engaging creatively with babies aged 6–18 months through visual and sensory stimulation. The environment will offer children opportunities to actively explore, to question and enquire, to work independently and with others, to make decisions and follow through with their ideas, to take risks and feel socially and emotionally supported to explore and create with varied materials.

Four students, the artist and DIT lecturer, in consultation with the manager of the centre, will plan, implement and evaluate a series of process-led, art-related workshops, over two days, for groups of children, in four ECE settings. The workshops will focus on bringing relevant aspects of the students’ experiential learning with the artist to children.

Featured images are from the first workshop at Naoinra Aras Chronain with student Lisa Kearns.

For more information on this project visit the online journal

To be. To wallow. To wonder. has been commissioned under Pathway 2 of the ‘…the lives we live’, Grangegorman Public Art programme. The project is supported by Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership.