There is a long tradition of Greenhills students going on to study art at third level. This year is no exception with nine girls doing portfolios. With the help of their teachers, Ms. McConnon and Ms. Carolan they have spent most of this year drawing, painting, brain-storming, designing, developing, filming, editing and responding imaginatively to briefs and portfolio guidelines. It’s a challenging process but with determination, good music (supplied by Eleanor), copious amounts of tea and coffee, some tears and a lot of laughter the girls have worked their way through it. We’ve been really impressed with their enthusiasm, creativity and their kindness towards and support for each other.
Design, product design, architecture, fine art, fashion and education are just some of the courses our students apply for. The range of courses on offer is growing all the time. The area of film and animation is becoming increasingly popular. The Irish film industry has grown hugely over the last decade. There were 22 feature films produced here in 2012. Award winning Irish animation studios continue to produce work for TV, film, games, mobile and apps. Employment in this area has been growing over the past five years.
Many of the courses assign points to portfolios and then calculate points based on a combination of portfolio and leaving cert points. Some courses have demanded over 900 points so you can see just how courageous and impressive theses girls are. Since 1989, the Mary Barrett cup has been awarded to one of the students applying to study art at third level, in memory of the first art teacher in Greenhills. That decision is going to be particularly difficult this year.
It’s been great fun working with this year’s “portfolio girls” and we’ll really miss them but we’re also immensely proud of the creative, intelligent, enthusiastic and kind young women leaving Greenhills with their portfolios under their arms and their heads full of ideas. We hope you’ll keep in touch. Call in for a chat if you’re nearby, we’ll put the kettle on. x