Wetheringsett Primary School: Plant scientists for the day

Wetheringsett School invited us to work with the whole school as part of their eco week. They were keen to create a shared large piece of art to be exhibited in the school. Before the project we agreed that the theme would be about an imaginary plant that might grow from discarded plastic bottles as they start to decompose.

The children collected sacks of plastic bottles and more Christmas sweet wrappers than we’ve ever seen gathered together in one place before, there’s something very beautiful and tactile about them en masse.

After an assembly introducing the theme the children took part in three activities. We worked with them exploring ways to transform the plastic materials into component parts of a large plant installation for the library area. The children discovered some ways of transforming the plastic bottles that we hadn’t seen used before.

Alongside this we asked the teachers to set up a large scale shared drawing allowing the children to imagine plants that might grow from the plastics. In another activity they put themselves in the position of scientists classifying the newly discovered plant and determining it’s growing needs and habits linking back into growth as a curriculum topic.

Here are a few photos of the artwork assembled in the library;

Art after school, The Feast, the installation

Over the last four weeks we have been working towards our autumn feast installation at art club. We wanted to create an artwork that made us celebrate the fruit and vegetables available in the garden and countryside at this time of year and how they could be imaginatively prepared.

The children, very beautifully, laid out their collaged plates, handmade felt, recipe cards and very imaginative food sculptures on their hand painted tablecloth. Luckily we also had a batch of pear and almond cakes to share with our exhibition visitors.

Electric Forest, High Lodge, Thetford

During November we worked with children from Elveden Primary, Norwich Road Primary and USAF Mildenhall to make an installation for the Electric Forest event at High Lodge in Thetford Forest. The children collected used plastic bottles and using cutting and threading techniques transformed these into enormous imagined plants. The plant was named the Junklecreeper and a story emerged about a new invasive species that grew out of the plastic bottles thrown into a pit in the forest.

After we installed the artwork Phil Supple and his team designed lighting and and a soundscape for the experience. Thousands of visitors visited Electric Forest through December to enjoying the stunning light installations and the opportunity to be out in the forest after dark.

Electric Forest, High Lodge

We are currently working with Culture Creative to install an art work as part of their annual light installation in Thetford Forest http://www.theelectricforest.co.uk/Electric_forest/Thetford.html . We will be working with children from Norwich Rd Primary, Forest Academy Schools and USAF Mildenhall and Lakenheath during November to be ready for the opening of Electric Forest on 30th November.