Friday, 12 November 2010

Art in Nature - Community Workshops

Held at the West Sedgemoor RSPB Reserve, just outside Curry Rivel, these workshops were an opportunity for local people to join the Great Crane Project and discover the wonders of cranes. We started by exploring the wetland habitat via trailer ride and short walk in the morning and then spent the afternoon creating crane-inspired artwork under the guidance of a professional local artist Kitty Hillier.

On 25th October we were lucky enough to see the cranes from the hide - an unexpected and rare treat!

The following pictures are images from the 25th October workshop.  The life-size painted crane cut-outs will be used as part of an outdoor installation for Somerset Art Weeks Autumn 2011.

All aboard the trailer for an exploration of the wetland habitat

Walk led by Amy, one of the crane 'mums'

In the hide 

We couldn't believe how lucky we were to actually see the cranes feeding nearby

Back to the barn, we fixed bamboo legs to the crane cut-outs and began to paint

Artist Kitty Hillier guided the process, encouraging everyone to use their own
 creative ideas to mix paint colours and design their own crane

It was cold in the barn but everyone worked with great concentration

Amy and Roland have been busy rearing and nurturing the young cranes,
here they are getting involved in the art workshop


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