Welcome to the FrostArt ‘Outside In’ blog
Thank you for joining in. If you have ideas that you would like to try let me know and they could be included.
For most of workshop activities you are likely to need some tools and materials. Collect them together and put them in a box or drawer will mean you know where they are each time. A box for indoor making and one for outdoors might be a good idea too if you have space.
I have been so busy on other projects that posts for this have been neglected. What has been happening?
I wonder if you have planned to visit someone recently, or go to an event together? It can be a bit hard if you can’t do what you planned or what you usually do.
I often go to a museum with either family or friends at weekends or in holidays and we haven’t been able to do that for a long time so I had the idea of making our own.
There may be things in my house that are not in yours. Tools and materials for spinning and weaving, basketmaking and woodwork. So I have made a collection of some to share and show.
Wooden needles, bone needles, circular knitting tools, spindles and spinning wheel.
Fleece, flax and hemp fibres. Willow, in lots of different sizes and colours, including the bark taken form trees that I cut down.
I also have lots of photos and books that came from parents or grandparents or even further back. I put a collection together and tried to label them to share with younger family members so they know what these tools and items are and where they came from.
What might you make and what might it contain?
What is your favourite thing to look at or explore and play with?
Some of my family made their own ‘Cabinets of curiosity’ and together we made a museum that we could share online.
Ida is 8, she is making her cabinet about stories, myths and legends. It is going to take quite a long time. Her ideas are to share both modern and ancient myths and legends and make dolls to show what the characters look like.
Eben is 4, he made his cabinet from a cardboard box. It has doors and a tape round so people can’t touch fragile items. His museum is about butterflies, he had some dead ones, but didn’t want to catch more live ones, so he made some out of paper and coloured them.
Let’s share lots of pictures about how you have been learning recently, whether you are in your own garden or an open space near your home there is always lots to find.
There are resources on the Learning Through Landscapes website that you may not have used yet.
Watching what grows. I have left some area of grass to grow long this spring, at first because I wanted to make pathways for the Labyrinth. Now the grasses are showing all their different shapes and some wild flowers have grown that we didn’t know were there before.
So far I have counted 4 or five different grasses, there are native grasses in the UK… grown in the east of England, so this is a very limited range.
Cow parsley, or wild carrot – real name –
Daisy, or an older name is ‘Day’s Eye’ and often they are only open for one day.
Clover, both white and red
Thistle, there are lots of varieties of this. Some have a wonderful smell of honey and attract lots of different bees.
Lots of great ideas and information on the BugLife website
- Take a magnifying glass outside
- What colours do bees prefer?
- Close up drawing