Friday, 8 May 2015

Outdoor Play Party - Outdoor Art - Part 2.

The finished sea scape and beach scene!
Over the past few months the nursery class has created lots of outdoor art, mostly for Bear Woods, our little wooded/wild area above the nursery.
In February thanks to funding from the Integrated Education Fund, we were able to work with our partner school, Sperrinview and professional artist, Grainne Kielty,  to create clay footprints for the fence up in Bear Woods.

All 40 children involved in the project made a print of their welly boot or shoe in clay and then after they were painted and glazed our caretaker was good enough to display them along the fence.
Then I also applied for funding from The Play Resource in Belfast to allow the children to work with another professional artist, Fionnuala Duffin. I sent her some photos of the fence up in Bear Woods and Fionnuala came up with a greta idea to help decorate the fence with some weaving. However, not just any old weaving the children created a beach scene over 3 days by weaving strips of different coloured and textured materials into the fence.
They also made some jelly fish from recycled plastic containers and fish from old CDs. These were tied along the fence and placed between the plastic sections of the fence in the 'sea'!
They also made a big octopus and snail to go live outdoors in this space too.

I think it has really brightened up the space and allowed the children to see how they can use existing things like the fence to create art work. 

My favourite post from the last link up was by Small Wonders on their outdoor kitchen - sometimes simple really is best & the photos in this post perfectly illustrate how children don't need a lot fancy resources to have a fun time outdoors.
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  1. I love the bear prints, they make the fence look so bright and cheerful and the woven artwork. You manage to make so much out of odds and sods it really is an inspiration. Thank you for sharing on Country Kids.

  2. Oh wow, this looks so amazing, I love beach and the sea scene, what a fantastic creation!

  3. I love the fence art. Such a great way of making an everyday space colourful and bright. Easy and so much fun. Your space looks brilliant.

  4. The original 24-tooth blade is very good for cutting along grain. However when working across it doesn't give the quality you would expect. cedar fence


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