We arrived for the second morning of our Wild Art on Wimbledon Common course to our undisturbed camp – always a relief to find our art work untouched by the nights activities!
Today was to be mostly about mud, so we mixed a gorgeous pile of sticky stuff for our little creative hands to work with.
When the children arrived we learnt how to make mud faces. Artist and teacher Ellie Green from Surrey Art School came to help us for the day.
How to add moss, berries and leaves to create features on a face.
We spent a while experimenting with the new material and getting it to the right consistency to stick to our chosen tree. The aim was to release the spirit of the tree we worked with and give it visual form.
After a break and a good run around we divided into teams to start work on a giant mother spider to watch over our camp.
We sketched out a basic shape in the ground.
The mud team were in charge of making the body.
Some sculpted the body shape.
She was looking fairly intimidating!
We added small decorative details to our lanterns – including little jars and night lights hanging inside.
New giant portals appeared – this one was a development from one made yesterday, on a larger scale. It linked the boys’ three mud spirits!
We were very proud of our work, and had some beautiful lanterns to take home for halloween decorations.
We left the spider and tree spirits to the woods – if you visit in the next few weeks feel free to take photos and send them to us so we can see how long they survive. In past years they continued to dwell in the space for at least a month!