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Quite a few persons know about environmental artwork. Andy Goldsworthy built the strategy public and preferred from the Eighties onwards. Far more not long ago land artists these kinds of as Richard Shilling and James Brunt deliver child-friendly inspiration by their inspirational art perform.

Some of the most attractive environmental artwork I have witnessed undertaken at different workshops has been facilitated by facilitated by Alan Kain. He is a quite common furnishings maker, college grounds specialist, Forest School practitioner, designer, artist and all round very good person. Not astonishingly he is greatly in demand from educational facilities, the engage in sector and other organisations who guide him for training, operating with youngsters to produce bespoke faculty grounds attributes and other contracts.

Alan Kain

Quite a few several years ago, I was privileged to invite Alan to do a workshop on a little something that could be carried out in any out of doors place. So we worked on the tarmac on a lifeless conclusion road. As Alan pointed out, tarmac does have its uses, not least as a very long lasting area and wonderful track record for some Autumn leaf art.


Fairly than intricate directions, Alan gave quite a few practical ideas this sort of as utilizing nylon-totally free clay to adhere the leaves down and not attempting to make a photo but to contemplate the color, pattern or line of the get the job done. He also utilised the prospects of working with leaves as a way of helping the individuals discover much more about leaves, trees, their value and homes. As the images display, he manages to convey out the  artist in each and every and every single individual and team. It was a location-on workshop.

Play Time

Nylon-free of charge and pvc-totally free clay must be utilised to stay clear of fantastic plastic fibres ending up in the setting. You can purchase this by means of Muddy Faces who have distinct descriptions about which of their clays have what form of additives.

Leaf labyrinth

Just by viewing these photos, heaps of choices spring to intellect. Appreciate the tone and colour of this diligently produced flag. Surely time to wave the purely natural flag and feel about the beauty and benefits of nature…

PR Nature Flag

Why not investigate the mathematical attributes by a symmetrical butterfly?…


Imagine conference a spider this measurement! Not the norm in Scotland…

Yo Spider

I’m asking yourself what type of mini beast the creature underneath could be…


The tortoise was rather hungry and even tried to chomp on a dead leaf…


The wee mouse was fairly tempted by the parcel of cheese…


And examine out the ethical of this photo. The hedgehog on the still left has nonetheless to cross the road. The just one on the correct was flattened. Oh expensive!


The work every single team designed was superb. What do you believe? What would you do with some autumn leaves?

At last, I believe a beautiful apt estimate arrives from Sir Patrick Geddes (1854-1932), a Scottish city planner, biologist and educator. “By leaves we are living. Some people have unusual tips that they stay by funds. They think electricity is generated by the circulation of coins. Whereas the globe is generally a vast leaf colony, developing on and forming a leafy soil, not by a mere mineral mass and we are living not by the jingling of our coins but by the fullness of our harvests. What’s more, the leaves designed the coal: coal is but plant-daily life fossilised and that’s why the coal miners are the contemporary masters of vitality.” (Geddes, P. (1919). Remaining lecture at Dundee University (released in a 1949 reprint of Metropolitan areas in Evolution). London:Williams and Norgate).

A lot of thanks to Inspiring Scotland and its Go2Enjoy programme for funding this schooling working day. The video clip under is taken from a Mastering by way of Landscapes Scotland Conference workshop  which Alan facilitated back again in 2011 but continues to be an inspirational observe.

https://www.youtube.com/check out?v=YWxModmTW2I

This weblog article is an update of 1 that 1st appeared in September 2013.

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