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Outdoor Education, Art and Creative workshops

These projects are run for children or adults. The craft and art workshops are designed to suit the interests and skill level of the visiting group.


These art and craft courses of activities are created specifically for students, children’s groups, or teacher training sessions - However they can also incorporated into other programmes:


Art and Craft skills

This set of activities involves learning how to use bamboo, paper, string, wood, and cloth to develop skills of precision, manipulation, creativity. Each of these skills usually involves a morning or evening activity or it can be extended to involve a full day of activities:

Creating lamps and kandhils using bamboo and paper
Creating 3 dimensional geometric objects from paper
Macrame bracelets and belt making using string
Painting from imagination
Sculpture using plaster-of-paris and wire
Drawing from observation
Painting and collaborative murals
The mandala- a group activity using natural materials for reflection on a journey
Woodwork and carving

Clay skills- Clay activities in Pictures.

a)Learning to manipulate clay with the hands- pinching, coiling, balling, slabbing, and throwing techniques.

b)Learning to join clay effectively.

c)Learning to use clay as a medium- for creating abstract sculptures or figurative models.

d)Learning to use clay as a medium for making practical vessels: Pots, bowls and boxes.

e)Developing a creative capacity to design and make individual sculptures or tiles.

f)Learning to fire a simple kiln in order to bake them dry.

g) Simple glaze techniques.

Towards the end of the programme the participants would be asked to create a set of pieces which illustrates what they have learned, using their new skills and their own creative ideas. We can then assess the developing skills, their concentration, precision, skill of manipulation of the clay, at joining and edging, and their creative capacity.


Installations in the landscape- Installations in Pictures.

This course involves looking at contemporary installations using natural materials and found objects, and discussions about these art works. The course then develops into activities of developing concepts and ideas through the use of natural matuerlas and finishes in a display of each person’s or group’s installation.


Creative learning from the outdoors

This is a process of using the outdoors to explore creatively and using the senses. It begins with activities which involve searching for colours, smells, texture, and sounds in the garden. Each activity involves a personal sensory exploration of the garden, which culminates in expression of experience through creative writing skills and writing Haiku’s. The process can then continue to look at the minibeasts found in the garden, and creating their own minibeasts from clay, scavenging and creating name plates and organic sculptures through found objects. The process can also involve treasure hunts, a walk and a picnic, making dens, and team challenges.

Elective art, ceramic, sculpture and installation courses

The activities aim to develop creativity with the use of material and skills of the use of ceramic, plaster of paris, wire, wood, and sculptural techniques. The installation course is designed to think through the use of space and the elements. Painting and drawing courses often involve collaborative pieces. The students are often encouraged to use nature and natural materials.

Courses have included: Nature and art, installation, sculpture, pottery and ceramics, and history of art.

Duration of the activity.

The duration of the courses are designed to suit the group and their interests. Some groups come for one day, and others return each day for a course lasting one or two weeks.

Evening activities and discussions.

Many activities are developed through evening activities and discussions.


Many of our activities work best if the visiting group comes for more than one day, staying at our centre.

Creative study tours

We are able to facilitate study tours as part of these programmes where we look at a craft in the context of the place where it originates- this can involve visits to weavers, potters, silk farmers, basket weavers, block printers. We will organize the transport and the accommodation in collaboration with the needs of the visiting group.

Group size

In order for our creative activities to be possible it is necessary that the visiting group comprises of seven or more people. We can accommodate up to 12 people, and for a single day activity we can manage up to 40 people at a time.

Creative education projects

We work with local schools on projects which involve the use of creative ideas to teach the subjects of the curriculum. Sustainable scrap science- a creative education project.

See an image report from one of our creative skills workshops

Please be in touch with us if you would like to arrange a visit of a class from your school or institution to attend one of our art and craft workshops. We will then be in touch with you to arrange the details of the activities and the cost implications.

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