Saturday 12 July 2014
The artist, James Aldridge, planned his sessions in response to the children's ideas and interests. "We wanted to provide them with a range of creative ways to learn about the common using their senses and imaginations" he said. During the sessions, the young students have drawn, painted, made sculptures with materials they found on the common, mapped their sensory experiences of walking down to the common from school, and created large maps which focussed on what the children most enjoyed or were most interested in.
Each child has compiled their own sketch book and James produced a small book of photos recording the project for each child to keep as a memento.
In his evaluation, the class teacher Haydn Dwyer wrote “It is my belief that this programme has been an invaluable resource which has seen profound impacts both academically (learning about habitats, different species of plants and animals and different ways to create art) and mentally (changing children’s mindset and approach to the outdoors).”
What more could we all ask for …?