Working on woodland art, with the Scouts

Posted by Tony Malone on

Woodland art. One of my favourite interactive workshops that allows a group of people of all ages come together, working towards making something impactful, beautiful, fun and inspiring in the woods.

The images in this project are some of these woodland vortexes I've created working with Scouts from the UK and the Netherlands. On one weekend hammock camp we even created a small art gallery of images strung between trees.

This is a great and easy resource to try, simply find a supply of fallen (not picked!) leaves, a tree, rock or landscape feature, and use biodegradable vegetable based poster paints. (Very cheap just check the labelling).

It's as time intensive as you like, and a 2 meter diameter piece of art takes around 1 hour for 4-6 people.  You can even set them out in teams (or patrols for scouts) to start at different trees, eventually merging their artworks together.

Once finished, and camp is packed, leave them for the unsuspecting dog walker to discover or revisit and see if they have slowly been scattered to the winds.

It's an interesting and expressive artwork with no fixed finished piece or look. It is shaped by the group, and the collective imagination working together.

If you try this with your scout or guide group or other collection of friends, please photograph them and let me know. Lets share creativity, share ideas for co-operation and most importantly celebrate creativity everywhere.