Activities for Schools
Branar exists to create wonderful arts experiences for children so that they and their imaginations may thrive. Branar is committed to reaching its audience, wherever they are. This means that we are committed to offering high-quality arts and theatre experiences within the school setting in addition to our venue productions and digital work.
The Digital Arts Flag
What is the Digital Arts flag?
This is a whole school initiative to promote and reward arts engagement in schools. Schools are chosen each year to engage in the initiative through a series of workshops presented online. Branar is proud to be partnering with Acorn Life Group to make this happen each year.
Digital Arts Flag
The Digital Arts Flag is intended to be a statement of achievement and intent with regard to the prominence and status of the arts in the school. It will be a visible beacon that indicates a commitment to the importance of participation in the arts for the students of the school, both within and outside their classrooms.
In response to the Covid-19 Pandemic Branar and Acorn Insurance have partnered to adapt The Arts Flag into a digital arts experience for classrooms across Ireland.
10 Bespoke workshops have been created by Branar Artists for junior and senior classes to do the comfort of their classrooms.
Each class will receive:
A link to the video workshops (5 for junior classes, 5 for senior classes)
An Educational Resource Pack to accompany each workshop
A printable Arts Flag to hang in your classroom.
Contact the team at Branar for more information and booking
Steps to The Digital Arts Flag
Step 1. - Fill out the application form as a staff
Step 2. - Submit the form
Step 3 - Your application is reviewed by the Branar Team
Step 4 - If you are successful you will be given an access code that is specific to your school. You will have a two month window to view and complete the workshops.
Step 5 - Complete your chosen artistic response as a school to the artist’s workshops
Step 6 - Submit video, images or invite us to see the work on site
Step 7 - You will be awarded the digital flag to fly on your school website
This is a program of 10 workshops in 5 different art forms. There are senior and junior levels of each workshop.
The theme of this program is looking and seeing.
Explore music with Miquel Barceló
Explore visual arts with Maeve Clancy
Explore drama with Catherine Sheridan
Explore creative map making with Marc Mac Lochlainn
Explore making shoe box worlds with Sorcha Ní Chróinín
We invite you to use these beautifully made workshops films in the classroom and let the artist lead the work with your class. The artist’s have built in instructions on when to pause and what materials are needed, so the teachers are free to be active participants in the art making also.
Goals of the Digital Arts Flag
Reward existing excellence in arts activity in schools
Promote, foster and develop an appreciation of the place and role of the arts in schools, both within and beyond the curriculum
Generate and encourage mutually beneficial working relationships between schools and local artists
Help schools engage with arts organisations and venues in their locality
Expand and deepen the understanding of what arts activity might represent in schools
Enable the flag to be a motivational emblem that will encourage other schools and communities to participate in the flag scheme and in the arts in general
Apply for the Digital Arts Flag
Applications open now.
Form in English: https://form.jotform.com/230685101471348
Form as Gaeilge: https://form.jotform.com/220524251853046
Rockin’ the Classroom
In the absence of the opportunity for school children to experience live performances Branar, The Linenhall Arts Centre and The Lime Tree Theatre joined forces to deliver an exciting new music project for children in Junior & Senior Infants, 1st & 2nd Class. Rockin’ the Classroom is a multiplatform initiative that brings the music from Branar’s show Rockin’ Rhymes into classes.
Each class will recieve:
Dedicated education pack for teachers
Exclusive access to Rockin’ the Classroom videos
A Rockin’ Rhymes Poster
How to Rock
Rockin’ the Classroom offers children and teachers the opportunity to enjoy and explore the songs, discover the world of music and learn about music-making. The project hopes to inspire children to create their own rocking rhymes.
Thanks to the kind support of The Linenhall Arts Centre, The Lime Tree Theatre, Galway City Arts Office, Galway County Arts Office and the Arts Council of Ireland, each class pack is made available for free however payment of €7.50 per pack is required for P&P.We recommend one pack per class. Delivery time on orders is up to 7 working days.
Racáil sa Rang
Racáil sa Rang is a project which brings the music of Branar’s show Rockin’ Rhymes to life in classrooms across the country. We have added lively music and original beats to some of the best loved nursery rhymes performed by a brilliant 5-piece band.
We have added a new spin to some of the tunes and the words but not to worry you’ll recognise them.
Racáil sa Rang offers children and teachers the opportunity to enjoy and explore the songs, discover the world of music and learn about music-making. The project hopes to inspire children to create their own rock music and other creative projects inspired by this album.
Branar Drámaíóchta CGl is the sole rights owner of this music. Racáil sa Rang is commissioned by An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta.
Rácail sa Rang can be accessed free of charge below.