During the beautiful rainy days of August 2019, we had a slightly soggy but productive and very fun few days down in Cotteridge Park, working with the wonderful Friends of Cotteridge Park and their Bushcraft Science Club (supported by the National Lottery Communities Fund). Knowing how many fascinating connections and crossovers between art and science to explore, we were really excited to take part.
We focused on insects - learning about what they are, and what they aren't, drawing scientific illustrations, and creating our own hybrid invented insects with modelling clay and a few other bits and pieces. We ended up all working together to create giant willow insects, which were then suspended from the trees in the forest school, waiting to be discovered by visitors to the park
We had such a great time - working outside presents a few interesting problems, especially when wet weather comes, but also so many interesting and exciting opportunities for making art. Thanks and well done to everyone who came along. Huge thanks to Emma, Tony, Cathal, Hugh and everyone else who works so hard for Friends of Cotteridge Park.