This year’s Wild Art course led by Artist and Forest School practitioner Philippa Snell looks at the idea of building a new civilisation.
Children experimented with building techniques to quickly make a dwelling in groups to see what existing skills they had.
We discussed techniques used, who might live in each place and what their role may be in this new civilisation.
We then got more serious and were introduced to a number of new tools and techniques. We would use these to learn to build an iron age style round-house.
We learnt how to use tools safely, using a glove for protection and working closely with adults where necesary.
Loppers best used in pairs.
Secateurs with a glove.
Whittling needed a special body position and a glove – we always cut away from the body onto a wooden log.
Mallets were used to bang stakes into the ground.
We worked with purpose and enthusiasm helping each other where needed and slowly the structures emerged.
After lunch and a good run around in the woods we learnt how to make the roof. This was a tricky feat of engineering and we had to work together.
Our round houses began to take on individual characteristics. Some quite complex. This one has an inner circle and two storeys!
We have more time to finish these houses tomorrow and we ended the day collecting lots of items to adorn our houses and make them more individual.
The little people of the common have some rather special residences to inhabit tonight!