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Wild Art

Long before canvas, oil paints and felt tip pens our ancestors expressed themselves through art using an abundance of natural materials; yellow ochres, white chalks, clay, wood and charcoal.

Nature is not only full of materials to get creative with, but it’s also our biggest source of inspiration. Children will take the expressive arts off paper and out of buildings and make it come alive in the forest.

Under the setting of the tall trees, sat around our crackling campfire, children will be told stories which will inspire their creative minds. Next their imagination will be let loose; making leaf and rock art, crafting nature mobiles, painting with earth pigments, making and using willow artists charcoal, creating cave paintings or using natural clay to sculpt. A fun, messy and inspiring day for kids of all ages. You might even discover the next Andy Goldsworthy.

The forest floor can become the stage for a play, logs and sticks can become beating drums and a smooth stone can become a blank canvas for expressive artwork.

Our Lead Tutor, Lea Kendall, holds a degree in Creative Expressive Therapies. “I believe that not only can we enhance a child’s learning through the arts but also create a more emotionally intelligent child, especially when combining artistic activities with a Forest School approach in a natural setting.”

Children will also learn:

Children will have the opportunity to create individual and co-operative artwork, and new techniques will be learned which can be taken back to school grounds where children can create wild art installations of their own.

Ideas & Concepts

To explain their ideas and concepts in their creations, both in 2 and 3 dimensions.

Expression

To express their ideas and emotions through artwork.

Build well-being

To build their mental and emotional well-being by developing confidence, resilience and empathy.

Enhance creativity

To enhance their creative abilities through nature connection.

Build confidence

To build their confidence to participate in performance.

Our Wild Art sessions are adaptable for Foundation Phase, KS1 and KS2.
Get in touch with us to book your Wild Art session today.

LINKING TO THE NEW WELSH CURRICULUM

You can be sure that our Wild Curriculum sessions link into the Four Purposes of Education For Children & Young People as set out in the new Welsh Curriculum. The curriculum aims for all children to be…

  • Ambitious and capable learners, who are ready to learn throughout their lives.
  • Enterprising and creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work.
  • Healthy and confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
  • Ethical and informed citizens, who are ready to be citizens of Wales and the world.

We wholeheartedly believe that learning outdoors, surrounded by nature is an effective way to nurture these characteristics in our young people. We also believe it’s more powerful for a child to find an answer for themselves than for us to give it to them right away. So, we always encourage the children’s curiosity and allow plenty of opportunities for kids to ask lots of questions and explore the different possible answers. This approach of mentoring young people fosters enquiring, bright minds. Whilst the natural settings we teach in and the themes we cover work toward building their mental and emotional well-being by developing confidence, resilience and empathy.

Wild Art

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Take the first step toward giving your class an immersive outdoor learning experience. Come to our natural space that will inspire, motivate and educate. Simply get us in touch with using the form below.

“James took full charge of our forest school activities during our charity fun day and was very organised. The forest school was full at all times with the children and parents exploring the various activities provided from bug hunting and making magic wands to making apple crumble on the stove, which was delicious! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their experience in the forest school and it was lovely to see so many smiling faces, particularly when James started playing his mandolin having a little sing along.”

Dawn Lloyd-Jones

Smarties Nursery
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