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Environmental Arts Projects/Days

Either a one day workshop creating beautiful things to take back to school whilst exploring the details of the woodland habitat... or we love working with schools over a longer period, being involved in arts projects, interpreting environmental awareness, habitat, ecology and sustainability. Get in touch to discuss any project ideas.

One Day Workshop

Themed around the animal kingdom with a mix of green wood work, tool use, charcoal making and drawing techniques, willow weaving and also hands on investigation of UK mammal skull collection and bird feathers. You take home a giant wooden sculpture for your school grounds, plus each child takes home their own artwork.

- Invertebrates: Collaborative wood sculpture of a giant centipede to take back to school

- Birds: Charcoal making, feather and wing structure investigation followed by charcoal techniques to create bird themed drawings

- Mammals: Skull identification of UK mammals including teeth structure of different animal groups. Comparing with bird skulls.

- Fish: Weaving willow fish (each child will take home their own fish)

Location options:

  • National Trust Footprint Windermere, Beautiful woodland site with waterproof canopy (St Catherine’s). There is a £15 charge to use the site. (you would need to arrange your own transport to site)
  • Your own school grounds – (Travel expenses included up to 15 miles from Kendal then mileage charged at 45p/mile)

Costs:

£300 (up to 30 pupils) including materials

plus £15 for use of NT site

Tutor: Ro Thomas

Contact us to book or for more info (click here)

  

  

Examples of longer term arts projects we've worked on:

Litter Monster Project - in partnership with Eden Rivers Trust and Tullie House Carlisle

Children from three Eden schools immersed themselves in the multifaceted study of litter and the aquatic environment culminating in a thought provoking dramatically visual multimedia exhibit which formed the central piece of the Eden Wonder World Exhibition at Tullie House (June - Sept 2018)

The children have been:

Explorers…studying wildlife and habitats of Eden’s rivers

Environmentalists… actively litter picking their local stretch of river

Scientists… analysing the types of litter they found and investigating materials, degradation times and impacts on nature

Creative Artists… using a broad range of creative techniques to create wondrous works of art from litter

Film-makers…filming and producing their own litter monster animations

Educators…discussing and developing ideas to share as the interpretation of this exhibition

Natural Footprints Project - St Cuthberts Primary Windermere

A multi year project nurturing a deepening of connection with natural woodland at National Trust Footprint. Exploring and creating wonderous collaborative scultptures to take back to school...giant centipede, woven nests, parliament of wooden owls, green man, giant trees...

Foulshaw Moss - Aren't Bogs Brilliant in partnership with RSPB, Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Morecambe Bay Local Nature Partnership. 

The children from Dean Barwick Primary in Witherslack worked Woodmatters and staff from the RSPB to study the plants and animals that make Foulshaw Moss such a special environment.

Inspired by what they discovered they created a wonderful ’Aren’t Bogs Brilliant!’ Art Trail through the mediums of sculpture, willow work, using natural materials, printmaking and painting. The arts trail was open to the public along the boardwalks at Foulshaw Moss for 3 months.

Experience the River Project in partnership with South Cumbria Rivers Trust

River ecology, river dipping finding loads of brilliant creatures in the rivers local to each of the schools we worked with. We then collated everything we've discovered into a giant multimedia hanging artwork using river water, making our own natural dyes, using stones, sticks and leaves and printmaking from our sketches of the creatures we discovered.

Tutor: Ro Thomas

Location options:

  • National Trust Footprint Windermere, Beautiful woodland site with waterproof canopy or in the inspiring strawbale Footprint building (St Catherine’s). There is a £15 charge to use the site. (you would need to arrange your own transport to site)
  • Your own school grounds – (Travel expenses included up to 15 miles from Kendal then mileage charged at 45p/mile)
  • Any other wild site you would like to explore and create in

Contact us to book or for more info (click here)

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