Playgrounds to be transformed into public art galleries

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Schools are being encouraged to exhibit the benefits of outdoor learning by turning their playgrounds into art galleries for National School Grounds Week (7th – 11th June).

Organisers of the annual event have come up with a range of ways for schools and early years settings to use art to put creative approaches to learning on public display.

Learning through Landscapes (LTL) is offering schools and early years settings practical ideas on ways to harness outdoor art as a vehicle for learning across the curriculum. These activities, ranging from creating full scale models of dinosaurs to recreating doubles of all the school’s children in the form of life size portraits, will enable schools to participate in LTL’s great exhibition mission.

Catherine Andrews, from LTL said: “School grounds provide a space that enables children to express themselves imaginatively and in ways that aren’t possible in the confines of the classroom - from messy art to large scale sculptures- the possibilities are inspiring."

The national school grounds charity is encouraging the participating schools to turn the event into a community display for parents and the wider community. Several ideas being suggested by the charity to get schools started include:

  • Jurassic Art. How big were dinosaurs... really? Try creating life-size ones in your school grounds to find out -and learn about scale at the same time.
  • Me- Myself and I –Try creating life-sized, dynamic self portraits and bring your school grounds to life. Older pupils can scale up digital photos of themselves onto a piece of stiff card using a digital projector, using collage and/or paint to add detail and texture.  A simpler technique for younger pupils would be to lie on a piece of card and draw around each other, then paint the figures.
  • Turn your grounds into the pages of a book – Create a trail that represents the physical scenes of a book and make it a theme throughout the school week, that children can read and add different parts to.

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