Tina Claffey Photography

In October 2011 I worked on a really rewarding project with Crinkill National School, as part of their % for Art Scheme, after the completion of their extension.

Crinkill, in old Irish ‘Críonchoill’ means old wood, or old wood on the hill.

So I based my work on trees from the surrounding area, using the images as a metaphor for positive affirmations for the kids.

The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts

The theory goes that our bodies almost listen to our thoughts and whatever we think about ourselves, the body responds. Whatever we believe about in ourselves – it usually manifests.

The use of affirmations gives children a chance to delve into the

beauty of their inner qualities and so enhancing their confidence and self-esteem.

Children respond so well to positive comments. They thrive in positive atmospheres. Each class had an affirmation to work on, and I chose random text that the children had created with crayon, and incorporated their affirmation into the image.

I have five pieces in total. Four of them are A1 images framed behind acrylic, and one large photographic Led light panel 5ft x 3ft.

These images with their distinct and individual positive affirmation are placed in key focal areas of the school, which every student will see, and unconsciously read every day. The artwork should be a positive part of their school day.

Crinkill School, Birr, Co. Offaly