During lockdown, the virtual art club made doves from recycled milk bottles. Now we are back at school, we are bringing them together to create a flock of doves in Sophia’s Garden.
The idea was inspired by Michael Pendry who creates art installations from thousands of origami doves.
You can find out more about his work here:
We hope our flock continues to grow, and provides a message of hope to our school community, just like Michael’s flocks.
Sustainability and biodiversity is important to the Drake community, so we were excited when we received an offer of willow whips from a local landowner who has been creating a wildlife haven on his land.
Here is the willow being harvested ready to go into our garden:
The new willow will also provide us with a sustainable source of willow for future activities at school. We will be able to use cuttings for craft projects in Art and Forest School sessions. The children have requested living willow tunnels and domes, so in time we’ll hopefully be able to harvest enough willow of our own to create these.
Children have said they would like to be able to make art in Sophia’s garden using natural and found materials. So we have installed an outdoor weaving loom where children can weave in twigs, leaves and other things they find around the garden.
Another popular request has been a hammock to provide a relaxing, quiet place for chilling out. So we now have a hammock site and a hammock has been donated that be can be taken out for children who will benefit from spending some time relaxing under a tree.
The children have asked for birds to be hung for our trees, so in our online Virtual Art Club this month, we started making doves inspired by the work of the artist Michael Pendry who creates art installations from thousands of origami doves to spread message of peace and hope.
We were excited by the installation of a Storytelling chair in our garden – or as the children are calling it, a Giant’s Throne!
We can’t wait for all the stories that will be told from this spot.