An art competition takes place every year between the clubs. Members are encouraged to create a piece that takes about 15-20 minutes, based on the years theme. It is an opportunity to use their imagination and to discuss their ideas and opinions regarding the theme in a fun setting as well as working with one another to as part of a creative process. Various skills are displayed by the clubs, between acting, music and singing, dancing and discussion.
In 2014, the Seó Árdáin competition between the clubs was based on the theme 'Irish in the year 2030'. The Seó Árdáin took place in every province in January and February. Congratulations to all of the clubs that took part. it was great to see the energy and creative that went into the acting, music, dancing and of course all the team work that went into dramas of such high standard. The competition was a great success.
Leinster's Seó Árdáin took place on the 8th of February in Scoil Uí Dhálaigh, Léim an Bhradáin. Clubs from Tamhlacht, Nás na Ríogh agus Léim an Bhradáin came together at the centre. Emer de Barra, from Oireachtas na Geailge and Paula Melvin, from Ógras's steering committee were the judges on the day. A great standard of acting and singing was on display on the stage. Ógras's chairperson, Breandán Ó Cathasaigh made the presentation on the night. In third place came Club Óg-Ógras Nás na Ríogh, in second place came Club Óg-Ógras Léim an Bhradáin and in first place came Club Spraoi, Tamhlacht, with their wonderful drama. Congratulations to the clubs that took part, great work was put in by all.
Connacht's Seó Árdáin took place on the 15th of February 2014. Óg-Ógras Eanach Dhúin welcomed Óg-Ógras Mhic Dara and Óg-Ógras Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh. Members and parents of all involved were welcomed with tea, coffee, sandwiches and cakes. Neasa Ní Chuanaigh, an actor from An Spidéal and Áine Ní Ógáin, a primary school teacher from Dublin were the judges on the day. In third place came Óg-Ógras An Cheathrú Rua with their drama: "Clann Lir sa bliain 2030", in second place came Óg-Ógras Eanach Dhúin with their drama and the winners were Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh with their drama. Congratulations to all the clubs that took part and for all the work that was put into creating these great dramas.
Several Ógras clubs from Ulster gathered together for the Seó Árdain that took place in Carn Tóchair, Machaire Rátha, Co Derry. The clubs gave a drama and music display. It was very enjoyable for parents and members alike. Ógras an Lúraigh took first prize in the drama section, and Ógras Ghaoth Dóbhair won the prize in the music section. The Ulster development officer presented the trophies to both clubs.
The arts are part of the primary development aims for young people. Participants are encouraged to take part in non academic learning through creating an open and fun atmosphere in which young people have the opportunity to engage in a worthwhile experience. There will be significant changes to the Seó Ardáin for 2015. Young people will have the opportunity to show themselves off through dance, music (Bands) drama and comedy. The competition will be held on a regional basis and members will have the chance to meet other young people in their region.
Date: January & February 2015
The intention is to organise an art activity in the club based on the years program, national and regional events and special occasions around the country..
The aims are: linking cultural events with the every day life of the member in a creative way through which they can get to grips with the years theme. Developing an understanding of the importance of tradition through encouraging participation in the celebration. Developing an understanding of a particular tradition through active participation, so that a deeper meaning can be gotten from the experience.
The modus operandi is: Choose a particular occasion and put together a plan of the kind of activities that would be good for the members of the club to celebrate it. Choose an activity, or contact the arts development officer to get some ideas. For example, art or trade, workshop in music or drama/dance, creative writing, story telling etc. See also events that are taking place in the area and in the region, it is worth looking into doing some work based around such events.
Clubs organise trips to cultural/art centres to attend displays, dramas, concerts, story telling, and so on. Clubs can put pre and after workshops together for the children so that the can get to grips with the piece of art in question.
The aims are: to get a taste of the arts, traditional and modern culture, develop imagination, free your thoughts and connect with your personal life and to create an opportunity to bring entertainment, fun and personal development together.
After choosing a trip, look at the themes that are to be seen in the piece of art. A before and after workshop can be organised to help develop thought on the various themes. The before and after workshops can be quite simple, such as questions before and after in elation to their thoughts and perceptions. You can also put together an activities program based on certain themes.
Ógras and Óg-Ógras clubs take part in various projects that seek to investigate particular aspects of culture or social life. Emphasis is placed on research and on the learning process during the project.
The aims are: Gaining a greater understanding on modern culture and social life through carrying out research and looking at the perspectives of the members. Developing personal and social skills, including leadership, confidence and empathy as well as developing creative skills.
Long term projects can be undertaken based on a series of workshops, in which themes are discussed and an opportunity is provided to share perceptions in a creative way, such as through drama and art. Contact the art development officer to get further ideas and support.