IN a spontaneous riot of joyous colours, they tapped into their emotions to produce an astounding body of artworks that bore no "labels".
Several of the works from an exhibition by students from the National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID) at the Printing House at Trinity College already had stickers indicating that they had been sold.
With themes like Daisies against a Sky, Circles of Colour, Golfer, Brother and Pink Hills, the artworks were based on the students' personal experiences of a dreamlike state.
Funded by the Margaret McLoughlin Art Project, with the help of Artist in Residence Philippe Senouci, the students were encouraged to explore different techniques such as printing and etching.
"We're extremely proud of the students," said Dr John Kubiak of the NIID. "It never ceases to amaze me the colours, expressions and the use of colour and line through which the students convey their emotions."
The course receives no government funding and is completely reliant on philanthropic donations.
Helen Cooney (32) from Drogheda, Co Louth, now in the second year of the NIID course at Trinity, said she enjoyed producing her artworks – explaining that it clearly illustrated her frustrated state of mind at the time.
"Look at the way the yellow blends in with the black," she pointed out. "I felt like I was a pressure cooker about to explode."
She explained that this was because she was finding it difficult to adapt to college life in the first year of the course.
Now in second year, she had settled in well and was very much enjoying student life, she said.