I have begun working with primary and secondary schools to teach and inspire children about art and the natural world. In the process of making some impressive wood mosaics, I introduce the unique tree species from which the slices all came and the individuality of the materials used. Through tapping in to their own original thought and creativity, I steer students away from the rigid lines and joins typically used in woodwork and get young artists using the natural shapes and colour of wood slices – instantly recognisable from the living trees they were derived from.
On completion of each project, schools are rewarded with a stunning, large-scale and lasting legacy of their children’s creation.
Each project is unique and can be flexibly tailored to suit the wishes of the school and its educational, recreational or aesthetic goals. Additional elements and activities (such as wood disc necklace / key ring making) can also be used.
A Film of Broad Chalke Primary School’s Art Week: