Art in the Environment - a Project for Primary Schools

Celfyddyd yn yr Amgylchedd - Prosiect i Ysgolion Cynradd

This exciting project began in the summer of 2010 and has now run throughout the autumn with a total of 74 workshops for local schools in Swansea and West Wales taking place. The “Art in the Environment” project aims to create a learning experience through exciting structured art activities that inspire children to discover, create and learn through their own experiences of the natural world. Focusing on natural forms and wildlife, it contributes to their understanding on habitats and species in two parts of Wales , as well as producing a body of artworks. Through a series of artist led workshops for the children and their teachers at local natural places and school grounds, the pupils had the chance to explore the natural world in exciting ways and learn about it through creating their artworks with natural, sustainable materials. A visual journey of the workshops is documented on this page. Primary Schools in two parts of Wales - SWANSEA, see below (scroll down) and PEMBROKESHIRE enjoy creative out of classroom learning. Dechreuwyd y prosiect cyffrous hwn yn haf 2010 a bellach mae wedi'i gynnal drwy'r hydref gyda chyfanswm o 74 o weithdai i ysgolion lleol yn Abertawe a gorllewin Cymru. Nod prosiect 'Celfyddyd yn yr Amgylchedd' yw creu profiad dysgu drwy weithgareddau celf strwythuredig a chyffrous sy'n ysbrydoli plant i ddarganfod, creu a dysgu drwy eu profiadau ym myd natur. Gan ganolbwyntio ar ffurfiau naturiol a bywyd gwyllt, mae'n cyfrannu at eu dealltwriaeth o gynefinoedd a rhywogaethau mewn dwy ardal yng Nghymru, a hefyd yn cynhyrchu corff o weithiau celf. Drwy gyfres o weithdai o dan arweiniad artist i'r plant a'u hathrawon mewn mannau naturiol lleol a thir eu hysgolion, cafodd y plant gyfle i ymchwilio i fyd natur mewn ffyrdd cyffrous a dysgu amdano drwy greu eu gweithiau celf â deunyddiau naturiol a chynaliadwy. Disgrifir taith weledol o'r gweithdai ar y dudalen hon. Ysgolion Cynradd mewn dwy ardal yng Nghymru - ABERTAWE, gweler isod (sgroliwch i lawr) a PHENFRO yn mwynhau dysgu creadigol y tu allan i'r ystafell ddosbarth.


St. Helens, Terrace Road, Blaen-y-maes, YGG Llwynderw, Gendros, Morriston and YGG Bryn-y-Mor

With Artists Sara Holden, Patricia McKenna and David Pitt

Project Photographer Phil Holden

St Helens Primary School at Sandfields Beach, SA1


Sandfields, SA1 based school St. Helens walked to the beach with their artist for their workshops and spent part of the day there in order to collect some small natural mementos and explore the environment.





They concentrated on texture and colour activities and gathered found materials to create nature memento books back in class, using a selection of handmade papers. These little books were displayed in the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at the Junction Café. Some of the children also listened to the sounds at the beach and looked for natural detritus and shells, which have sonic potential. They created a group sound sculpture back at school using information and objects collected at the beach.



Terrace Road Primary School at Sandfields Beach, SA1

Town based Terrace Road Primary School very much enjoyed their workshops on the nearest beach at Sandfields with their artists. The children used the inspiration of the seascapes on the beautiful coastline of Swansea together with a variety of found and natural materials, to include driftwood, sand, shells and willow.



Site specific sculpture based on marine creatures was created on the beach and they also made some beautiful dream-catchers, which were decorated with shells and other found objects before being taken back to display in their school.


Blaen-y-maes Primary School at Marina Beach, SA1

2 classes from Blaen-y-maes Primary - year 3 and Year 6 visited Marina Beach with their artist and found out about the interesting observatory building sited there. Whilst at the beach, they based their sculptures on
the stars and moon, linking in with the observatory and also with the tide. They used the wide variety of found materials, such as driftwood, oyster shells, sand and sea weed to make large group nests, as well as large birds sculptures based on local birds.

Back at school they created site specific sculptural willow domes in their nature reserve, based on the Marina / Observatory.These were decorated with hand made stars and moon, which have become havens for wildlife.




Gendros Primary School at Gendros Community Nature Reserve

The whole school at Gendros Primary School were involved in the project set at the nearby community grounds during a week in October. The children created sculptural responses to their surroundings and the qualities of the materials involved.

Group work produced included domes, hut type structures, gardens and bowers, horses, human figures, large flowers, mobiles, woven and plaited willow structures, weaving and nets, a zombie scarecrow figure and many abstract shapes. Decorations and additions to the sculpture forms used wool, found stones, leaves, twigs and flowers with some found debris items.






Y.G.G. Llwynderw at Blackpill Beach

Welsh medium school Llwynderw enjoyed engaging creatively with their local beach at Blackpill, which is within the SSSI boundaries. The workshops at the beach were spent building large nest and bird sculptures, based on resident birds, using natural and found materials.

They also designed and built their own site-specific sculptures and collected driftwood and other found objects to make more sculptures back at school.






Year 3/4 visited Mumbles Hill Local Nature Reserve for their workshop. On a beautiful autumn day they explored this special reserve, unique for its breath-taking 360 degrees panoramic views. A perfect place to see aerial displays by resident birds. The children used inspiration from the birds, other resident wildlife and the spectacular views for their site-specific sculpture on the brink of this headland reserve.




Morriston Primary School at Kilvey Hill Nature Reserve

Morriston Primary School enjoyed discovering and working in the enchanted woodland at Kilvey Hill Nature Reserve. The woodland certainly proved to be a wonderful location for out of classroom learning. Found materials were in abundance and together with willow, were used by the children to make their sculptures. The sculpture trail already at the site was an inspiration to the children, especially the totem pole, as well as the beauty of the woodland.





Each class made their own set of sculptures, including hanging leaf mobiles, nests with birds, totem pole houses, different wildlife and figures in the landscape. The children loved having their packed lunches in a quiet and tranquil place, surrounded by their sculptures!





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