First thing in in the morning, we got to the Adamstown’s school and it was “The
Orange Day” (suicide prevention day) and we got our faces painted in orange.
We gathered together in a classroom and everyone presented their works
which they had been preparing for the past week, then we went downstairs to
the “lunch area” where we had a lecture by a MP about food in the European
Union (how it is legalized in certain countries, how exports and imports are
controlled and the general differences between some countries) and in the
end we discussed about equality rights, policies and criminality. After that we
got upstairs where we had our food fair in which we tried typical foods of
several countries and overall it was a great experience to get to know better
the other countries´ culture and traditions.
Later we all got together with a drama teacher and, with her help, we
prepared our acting about the tales we had chosen and presented it to the
other students and teachers, who seemed to have enjoyed it. When we were
finished, by lunchtime, everyone went back to their homes and in the evening
we went to town to spend some time together and say our last goodbyes.
On Thursday morning, we were divided in two groups. The first went to listen to a small audition of traditional Irish music. The instruments used consisted on two guitars, an accordion and a flute.
Meanwhile, the second group worked on their reinterpretations of the paintings they chose in the National Gallery of Ireland. Most of the reinterpretations were made with oil pastels, and they were based on paintings involving food.
Before lunch, the groups got together in the auditorium, where the works they had prepared through the week were going to be presented.
First, the short movies the students had produced were shown, including the ones which had already been made before the exchange program by the Portuguese and the French students.
Afterwards, we, the Portuguese students, presented the work we had already done about the representation of Still Life in Portuguese Painting.
In the end, the students presented their reinterpretations, explaining their meanings.
After lunch, the groups switched activities and, after school, everybody went home or hung out with their friends.
On Tuesday, we went to the school in the morning and after a quick talk, we got together in the groups that were created.
The Irish teachers told us we had to think about recording two silent movies in the school, one about the school rules and another one about the rules of a dream school, it was very funny!
After that activity which lasted all morning, we went to the National Gallery of Ireland. We had a guided visit where we saw some portraits of famous artists and then we had to choose one and recreate it: for me this was the best activity because I love drawing!
After the visit we didn’t have more activities till 7:30 pm so all students went to town to visit and to explore Dublin.
After getting to know the city, we had to start going to the theatre, where we saw a play about the history of Ireland. It was very cool and interactive.