We have just finished a micro project at High Storrs School funded by SNAP in collaboration with art teacher Trish O’Shea. The workshops were looking at how to change an outdoor space and involved 25 students from Year 7 to Year 10 working with natural materials to create collaborative art. The focus was very much on the process and allowing students time and space to explore the materials and the idea of ‘outdoor art’.
In the first session students were shown how to make simple shapes using willow before working in groups or individually to make their own piece. It was fascinating to watch how each piece evolved – one began as a den, before becoming a shell – and how the nature of the materials being used affected the end results. Willow lends itself to bends and curves and many students used this by making spheres and spirals.
In the second session students were encouraged to work together on two collaborative pieces – a willow sculpture tumbling out from a tree, and a set of brightly coloured flags inspired by traditional Tibetan prayer flags.