The Art of Outdoor Learning

Boy Exploring with Clay

February 2017 sees the opening of an exhibition that I have curated with the support of the MK Gallery Learning Team called The Art of Outdoor Learning.

The exhibition reflects on and shares learning from, my Green Town Group residency with the Gallery, which took place throughout 2016, working with 4 local schools and local families.

The exhibition also places this work within the wider context of my art and outdoor learning practice, drawing on other examples of work within Primary and Pre-School education, and as well as photographs and artwork made by children, and includes examples of my own individual artwork, made whilst walking at a variety of locations.

‘I think it has shown me that some of my children… are actually very articulate and creative, they just can’t always express it at school. It has also shown me that these children may be stronger in practical activities. I love how the activities have been accessible to all, regardless of abilities.’

Green Town Group Teacher

The exhibition will also launch a film made to document the journey of one of the schools through the project, Holne Chase School in Bletchley, and feature an interactive element, where visitors will be able to make and take away their own Walking Diary, to record their responses to their local outdoor environment.

In addition I will be running a cpd event for local teachers on the value of listening, and responding to children’s ideas, within the context of Art and Outdoor Learning.

‘We will be using the outdoor environment and creativity far more next year as well as a more free-flow learning style, allowing children to take ownership of their own learning and ideas…’

Green Town Group Teacher

For further information please come back here again soon, follow me on Twitter and Facebook, where you can search for #GreenTownGrp, or check the MK Gallery website for updates .

The Art of Outdoor Learning
MK Gallery Project Space
2nd to 25th February 2017
Open Thursday and Friday 12 to 8pm and Saturday 11 to 8pm

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