|Patterns created from the rubbing collected from around the school grounds|
|Children taking time to observe their natural form object and then drawing on paper|
|Observational natural form drawing|
|The children using watercolour to paint observational images of natural form on the canvas|
|Working out where to place the photos taken by the children on the canvas|
Before we started work on our final sculpture we decided to create a documentary canvas of all our findings. The children printed off photos they had taken, cut squares from their rubbings and natural form drawing and laid these out to complete a canvas. The children decided to use watercolour paint to paint images of natural form in the empty squares. The final touches included cut out of describing words of natural form pieces before gluing on twigs found around the school.
|The completed mixed media natural form canvas|
|The winning design for our living sculpture|
The children designed the living sculpture after spending time exploring elements from their drawings, photographs, found objects and rubbings to create a natural form abstract drawing that encompassed patterns and details explored in one single image.
The children chose a design they wanted to make from the final drawings which was of a boat form based on stones and leaves that had been found on the school grounds.
|Chicken wire frame covered with newspaper, having a mod roc layer applied|
|Plaster being added to build up the sculpture form|
|Painting our Sculpture|
The base of the sculpture was made using chicken wire which was then covered with newspaper. Children then applied modroc to the armature adding areas of details and areas for plants to be potted. Finally a layer of plaster was added over the tops for added strength.
Once the sculpture was painted the children planted an arrangement of herbs and cactuses completing the living sculpture that the school community can nurture, observe and enjoy.
|Planting herbs in our sculpture|
|Planting the cactus|
|The finished sculpture|
The Forest Schools has demonstrated success with children of all ages who visit the same local woodlands on a regular basis and through play, who have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. Forest School programmes run throughout the year, for about 36 weeks, going to the woods in all weathers (except for high winds). Children use full sized tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, establish and grow in confidence, self-esteem and become self motivated.
So Forest Schools will aim to develop:
- Self Awareness
- Self Regulation
- Intrinsic motivation
- Good social communication skills
- A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence
To find out more about forest schools have a look on this website http://www.forestschools.com/index.php