We have been having a great time this month celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and Stalybridge’s status as Greater Manchester’s Town of Culture 2022 with a project funded by The National Lottery Community Fund #nationallottery and supported by Tameside Council Green Spaces and Culture & Libraries Departments .
The completely outdoor and multi-functional project has worked with over 120 pupils, from Millbrook Primary School and Wildbank Primary School in Stalybridge, to combine art and permaculture through the glue of 4Cs thinking skills (Creativity, Collaboration, Critical and Caring thinking).
For example, using the principles of permaculture the pupils make wildflower seed-bombs, draw close observations of wild flowers and examine the inputs and outputs of a Wildflower meadow for our communities and biodiversity. On another activity, pupils use dialogue to thinking critically and creatively about ‘What is Art?’ A third activity uses bushcraft to work collaboratively and a fourth activity uses caring thinking to find out about an artist and create a piece of art inspired by their work. The pupils also created their own artistic wooden discs using bushcraft skills and an painted individual canvasses of wildflower meadows. The final part of the project in July will see the installation of a piece of art designed and commissioned by the pupils for their local greenspace and created by Mike Burgess, Chainsaw Artist . All the pupils who take part in our projects also achieve a Discover Arts Award from the Arts Council England
Paula Moses, Director at Permanent Education CIC explains, ‘This isn’t just a fun project to do at the end of term – feedback from schools states that it provides a real opportunity for pupils to learn about art, nature and community as well as develop their speaking & listening and 4Cs thinking skills’. #4Csthinking #permanenteducation #permaculture
Rebecca Gough, Co-Director at Permanent Education CIC, adds ‘We are very grateful for for the support we have received for this project – not only from the National Lottery Communities Fund but importantly from PG Fabrications in Hyde, who have kindly installed the finished sculpture for free in Woodview Park. We would also like to thank Tracy Webster and her team at the TMBC Culture & Libraries Department who provided the Arts Award booklets and certificates for 120 pupils and John Courtman at TMBC Greenspaces who helped us find the perfect place for the sculpture!’
You can see the sculpture at Woodview Park, Carrbook, SK15 and if this sounds like something you would like for your school, trust or community group please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org #schools #art #4Cs