Woodland Arts and Outdoor Learning
Our bespoke programme of Forest Arts has been created by a team of Forest School Level 3 trained leaders and artists. Through a desire to inspire creativity and enhance wellbeing, by working with, in and for nature, we have created a programme of arts and crafts which is inclusive and fun.
Through our programmes participants engage in activities working with natural materials which are available across the seasons. Participants will learn how to weave willow and take part in exciting activities such as creating nature frames and leaf lanterns. We work with materials such as clay to create clay monsters, stick people and mud faces and have fun telling stories and stimulating discussion alongside these activities. Through making dens and building campfires we also take participants on a journey into the exciting world of bushcraft and survival skills.
Learning outdoors is proven to enhance our wellbeing by increasing connectivity with nature. Activities such as building bug hotels, wormeries and apple birdfeeders draw participants closer to nature, stimulate discussions about wildlife and habitats and lead to the sharing of knowledge. In turn, this will increase our awareness of sustainability, climate change and protecting the natural environment.
Our programme works with the Forest School philosophy in mind – connecting with others, exploration and having fun. Team building, games and mindfulness are also at the heart of the Forest Arts programme at Tanio and work to motivate, improve self-confidence and raise aspirations.
Our leaders have created How to Guides and tutorials on Tanio TV to demonstrate the ease and simplicity of being creative outdoors. These include:
- Autumn Leaf Lantern
- Willow Star
- Pumpkin Decorating
- Build your own raft
- Flower Frame
- Willow Dreamcatcher
- Emotion Wood Cookies
- Bug House
- Bulb Planting
- Stick Person
- Floor Mandala
- Clay Creatures
- Willow Wand
- Forest Crown
From the participants
“I enjoyed going outside more.”
“I liked doing art outside.”
“I like watching nature and playing games.”
“I wouldn’t normally go outside but now I love it.”
“Colouring pebbles outside made me feel a lot happier than indoors.”
“It opened up a world of fun outside.”
“The mindfulness made us feel really calm and ready for our day.” “
My pupils were so much more engaged in creativity outdoors than inside.”
“We are definitely going to use Spring Forward in our Wellbeing Wednesdays.”
We will use Spring Forward in our planning for the future.”