Environmental art

One of the great advantages of the woodland environment over any other is the extraordinary variety of diverse materials instantly available for creative exploration.

Whether children believe that they have artistic skills or not, in the woods they are afforded a fresh approach. They will simply be encouraged to start to making things out of natural materials without reference to a particular expectation. When they realise that the thing they have made is a “ground picture”, sculpture, mud face or clay animal they are often surprised by the result, and surprised that they did it.

They discover a new aspect of themselves which pleases and empowers them. This may encourage them to try more artistic endeavours. Or it may simply help them to be more creative in their approach, so that they can deal with all their challenges more effectively, both in Forest School and in their every day lives.