Outdoor Studios are working on The Ash Project with schools across Kent to create memories of ash. We are working with students for a half day in schools and then a full day in woodlands. Over the two days we will create a series of chalk ink and charcoal drawings to be carved into ash block prints and will explore the specific words used to describe the tree and it’s timber.
During the day spent in a local woodland we will map the environment with drawings and language. Then through practical workshops with ash timber we will explore the trees particular properties and place it in the art and culture of our past. We shall look at the future challenges facing ash trees in our landscape and reﬂect on our hopes for the future.
We have selected six schools to work with on the 2017 programme and we will offer workshops to nine rural schools in Kent over 2018. If you would like to participate please email Outdoor Studios on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a trainee teacher and would like some experience volunteering with Outdoor Studios, please get in touch. All volunteers will need to have passed their DBS checks.
The artists’ collective Outdoor Studios came together through Stour Valley Arts, an arts organisation based in King’s Wood in Kent that enabled people to explore contemporary art within an ancient woodland setting. For 20 years, the Stour Valley Arts Learning programme offered creative workshops in Kent with broad themes of time, place, life, decay and regeneration through exploration of the natural materials and forest landscape. These unique learning opportunities are now available through the collective expertise of the artists of Outdoor Studios, who all have extensive experience of delivering Art workshops in Kent that connect groups to natural and urban environments across a range of arts disciplines. They are printmakers, painters, writers, textile artists, photographers, film-makers, sculptors, craftspeople, ceramicists, and sound artists.