Re-creations: Environmental Arts & Drama 2004

2004

Paper Pirates

A party style session with sailing ship games, a treasure hunt and dressing-up. The children made their own pirate hat, sword and eye from newspaper, card and string.

St. Johns Ambulance, Morecambe, Dec 04

 

 

 

Halloween masks & shaman Sticks

We made modroc (plaster bandage) masks  – messy but a lot of fun, and scrap shaman sticks.

 

Lancaster Community Learning Network, October 04

 

 

 

Egg Witch show

Silhouette puppet show, followed by magical interactive story walk.

A very exciting and interactive workshop with family groups. The tale is based on ‘Lucy and the Egg Witch’ by Helen Cooper and follows a magical path after the witch casts a shell spell – the only way to break the spell is to seek help from the pond dragon.

The group created puppets from egg boxes, these are used at the end of the show in a fantastic procession and are transformed into a gigantic dragon!

Lancaster Community Learning Network, Borwick Hall, October 04

 

Fish lanterns

These were made by a group as part of a Viking themed bonfire event. They created the effect of sea full of swimming fish in the night sky as they bobbed along on bamboo canes.

Lancaster Community Learning Network, October 04

 

 

 

Fairtrade Fair Play

Chocoholics Delight! Introducing an African cocoa farmers life using shadow puppets. Explore the journey of chocolate from production to consumption and the meaning of fairness, through fun games, practical activities and role play. Find out how fair trade makes a difference to you, me and the people of developing countries.

Sacred Heart Primary, Colne, Pendle Borough Council, Sept 04

 

 

Egg Witch Show

A very exciting and interactive workshop for children. The tale is based on ‘Lucy and the Egg Witch’ by Helen Cooper and follows a magical path after the witch casts a shell spell – the only way to break the spell is to seek help from the pond dragon.

The group created puppets from egg boxes, these were used at the end of the show in a fantastic procession and were transformed into a gigantic dragon! Ready just in time to be admired by the parents coming to pick the children up.

Pendle Pakistan Welfare Association, Nelson, July 04

 

Art in the Woods

Earth education activities, using our finds to inspire banner making and culminating in an exhibition in our ‘Geodome’

Our favourite printing technique uses scrap foam and card to create stamps. These are suitable for young children to make and yet can be as sophisticated as you need. The activity pictured was a leaf banner incorporating a ‘Poetree’ poem created by a group of young people following a morning of inspiring environmental art activities in the woods.

Pendle Youth & Community Service, Trough of Bowland, July 04

 

‘Earth Angels’ schools programmes

The Earth Angels come to visit you and warn you of IMPENDING DOOM. Our planet is facing a waste crisis and the Earthangels are here to recruit trainees with budding wings. A combination of inspirational games and fun activities that explain the 3 R’s in a drama style to show how the solutions to our rubbish problems start at home with you and me.

‘The Secret Diary of a Compost Bin aged 2 and ¾’ schools programme

Let compost guru Ms Binamy Crompost take you on a guided tour of the compost bin where she will reveal her four secret ingredients. Get your hands mucky making your very own mini composter and consider recycling in nature by planting your own fruit seeds in biodegradeable pots!

 

Welfield High School Primary feeder schools, Leyland, June & July 04

 

 

 

Commissioned cork board and paper recycling pack

Pendle Borough Council, June 04

 

 

 

 

 

Vegetable Sculptures

These creations go down well with old and young alike and are fun at a drop-in or event or as part of a healthy eating project. We used a selection of waste fruit and veg – imaginations ran wild!

Pendle Borough Council, June 04

 

 

 

Treemendous Paper

How much paper do we throw away? Do we think about where it comes from? A circus of activities to introduce children to the wonders of trees and the importance of using our resources wisely. In this session they discovered the roots of papermaking and tried their hand at making their own recycled handmade paper.

Ripley St. Thomas High School, June 04

 

 

Willow Work

Giant musical tribute made from willow and scrap wool.

This woven wool and willow sculpture was designed as a tribute to a local artist to be placed in the school garden. It read as the first notes of the tune the musician was noted for. Tasselled with chimes this sculpture certainly struck a note!

Commissioned by Wensley Fold Primary, Blackburn, May 04

 

Minibeast creations

Creature story banners using a simple yet effective technique using masking tape and sponge.

Lancaster Leisure Services, May 04

 

 

 

Puppet Making

Chinese concertina style stick puppets.

Croc & Sausage Wyre Puppet Festival, Thornton Cleveleys, Wyre Borough Council, May 04

 

 

 

Mini gardens

Perfect for little people play. Children built their own mini garden in a basket or plate using a range of natural and reuse materials.

Walking Festival, Wyre Borough Council, May 04

 

 

 

Sea Shanty Shadow and light workshop

An amazing group workshop that explored the beauty of shadow, light and sound. We introduced a variety of materials to develop depth and texture in light and shadow, ranging from the intricacy of card silhouettes to the simplicity of hands and fingers. The group used story boards to structure and plan their own unique show. We used techniques such as the building of tension and combining sound and light to create drama, atmosphere and humour plus a touch of Recreative sparkle.

Lancaster & Morecambe Leisure Services, April 04

 

Candle making and rag rug taster session

Adult education taster sessions including a fun and lively group session of dipped candle making using partly recycled wax, plus an introduction to rag rug making.

Lancaster Hindu Community Group, April 04

 

 

 

Veg Out and Get Fruity

An interactive story of the Gigantic Carrot with puppetry, props and carrot tops! Followed by a unique printing experience using fruit and veg. Give peas a chance!

 

Lancaster & Morecambe Leisure Services, April 04

 

 

Paper making, candle making and willow lanterns

The girl’s group learnt how to make their own paper by recycling old office paper, introducing different materials and textures.

We had a fun and lively session of dipped candle making using partly recycled wax.

Some groups prefer to make a lantern which won’t be lit by a candle. These lanterns were made as decorative ‘sculptures’ using coloured tissue, sweet wrappers and other sparkly odds and ends.

Girl’s Group, Pendle Women’s Association, April 04

 

Handmade Recycled Paper

This group learnt how to make their own paper by recycling old office paper. We made paper using different materials and textures, and then made the paper into handmade cards decorated using seaside discoveries.

Lancaster Leisure Services, April 04

 

 

 

Wild Windsocks

Fishy designs with bubble printing using sweet wrapper cellophane streamer tails. Young children love to run along pulling these behind them, these certainly caught the eye!

Lancaster Leisure Services, April 04

 

 

 

Big beach sculpture

Great games and collecting followed by a unique group creation.

This lighthouse was designed and created by a group of children following a series of pebble voting games. A thoroughly absorbing and satisfying day long workshop.

Lancaster Leisure Services, Heysham, March 04

 

 

Mad Wax

Candle making, batik and reclaimed wax creations.

Is an age old method of painting outlines in melted wax onto fabric creating a barrier through which fabric dyes cannot penetrate.  The results are quite amazing and addictive, usually one go isn’t enough!

Lancaster Leisure Services, March 04

 

 

Mini gardens

Perfect for little people play. Children built their own mini garden in a basket or plate using a range of natural and reuse materials.

Lancaster Leisure Services, March 04

 

 

 

Fairtrade Fair Play

Chocoholics Delight! Introducing an African cocoa farmers life using shadow puppets, we explored the journey of chocolate from production to consumption and the meaning of fairness, through fun games, practical activities and role play.

Primet Primary, Colne, Pendle Borough Council, March 04

 

 

Veggie Sculpture

Using a selection of waste fruit and veg imaginations can run wild!

St Joseph’s Primary, Lancaster, Jan 04

 

 

 

 

Veggie Sculpture

These creations go down well with old and young alike and are fun at a drop-in or event or as part of a healthy eating project.

Asda Supermarket, Lancaster, Jan 04

 

 

Poetree – CLN, Arnside

Great groups

Some of my work with community, school and youth groups making all kinds of things and meeting and working with wonderful people.

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