It’s always a good sign when you can bounce out of bed early in the morning willingly! I have been running a series of 4 morning workshops at Ash School via SAW, linked to the Great Crane Project and the whole school migration project. It was such a pleasure working there, the children worked so well in groups and the outcomes for their age (9/10 yr olds) were wonderful.
We were kindly lent Jack-the-stuffed-crane by Damon (of Great Crane Project) to refer to. Jack is one of the few cranes from the project who died from overhead cables. The rest are thriving in Somerset – having been brought over as eggs from Europe. With other resources, various demonstrations and 1to1 help, the children worked in small groups creating nesting, flying, pecking birds of all denominations. From beautiful collaborative drawings to final sculptures, they worked busily, collecting, selecting and constructing from a range of wire and found materials.
The children divided up their roles within groups, so each person had a part of their bird to make. These were then attached towards the end, before final details were added – beads, bottle tops, horseshoes, pegs, bedsprings and clips all found a nesting place!
We had a visit from Western Gazette, so may feature in this week’s papers with Jack! The work will be displayed in Ash School Hall next week for all to see, including visiting teachers from Europe. The sculptures will then tour to Ginger Fig’s 5th birthday exhibition entitled ‘Birds and Bees’ (1b Bath Place, Taunton TA1 4ER) until 16th Feb.