Into The Outwoods Sculpture Trail

Get creative this Spring with free drop-in workshops at the Into The Outwoods Sculpture Trail !

ArtSpace are inviting the public to come along to the Loughborough Outwoods at the end of April and get creative in a series of free sculpture drop-in workshops. Try felting a pebble or making a one off monoprint from natural woodland materials. You will also be able to make your own loom and weave a star and have a go at making willow structures using the ‘random weave technique’. The full program for the weekend workshops is given at the end of this page.

Keeper of the Woods from the 2018 event.

The workshops are all part of the Into The Outwoods Sculpture Trail, an ArtSpace initiative which will see a 1 1/4 mile sculpture trail weave its way through the Outwoods for 6 weeks, from 27th April to 9th June. Find the ‘Keeper of the Woods’, giant felted bluebells, willow tree spheres, an owl, jumping willow horse and much more! 

Drop-in Workshop.

Twelve commissioned artists will be creating and installing their work in the woods over the Easter holiday period, 15-26th April, allowing visitors to observe the process and talk with the artists. Work will be figurative as well as abstract using natural materials, felt, willow, ceramic and metal.

The 2018 event.

The opening event for the sculpture trail on the 27th and 28th April will include two days of free public drop-in workshops. There will be further workshops held during a ‘Sculpture in the Woods Day’ on 27th May, where four day-long drop-in trail-based workshops will allow visitors to both make work to take home as well as work on a larger collaborative piece to remain on the trail. Workshops will aim to inspire, engage and challenge adults, young people and children, enhancing their opportunity to experience and be inspired by the sculpture trail and reconnect with this ancient woodland.

Unity of Time by Nita Rao.

ArtSpace are a Charnwood based group of professional and semi-professional artists that formed in 1997. The Project has been generously supported by Arts Council England, The National Forest and Charnwood Borough Council. 

Opening Event Workshop Programme

Sat 27th April

10.30 am – 1.00pm   Woodland Mobiles and dreamcatchers led by Alison Folland

Using objects found during a walk in the woods – branches, leaves, seeds, stones, bark, grasses – we will create small hanging mobiles for you to take home.

We can combine threads and any unnatural objects you find on your walk that you think will complement your ideas – bottle tops or pottery fragments for example.

Easily adapted for any age, this is a workshop that everyone can be involved in and a lovely way to display small mementoes you find on your afternoon walk.

10.30 am – 1.00pm    Working with Willow led by Nita Rao

Create a willow structure using the ‘random weave technique’.

Suitable for families and adults.

They take about an hour, so you will need some patience.

2.00pm – 4.30pm     Mono Printing from nature led by Jo Sheppard

Using a selection of foliage and other found objects, in this workshop you will be able to produce a printed image using both relief printing and monoprinting.

Messy but great fun. Suitable for all ages.

2.00pm – 4.30pm     Felt pebbles and feathers with Susheel Rao

Drop in and have a go at making something with felt. Get a taste of how felting works, and make something to take home with you.

Hand Wet Felted Paper Weight…

Experiment with hand wet felting around a small stone using dyed wool tops to create your own special felted stone paper weight.

Hand Wet Felted Feather Shapes…

Have a go at making a small colourful ‘feather’ using dyed wool tops. See how the colours mix together to create your unique feather shape. Activity suitable for children age 6yrs plus accompanied by an adult.

Sun 28th April

10.30 am – 1.00pm      Creating a woodland artwork with willow and yarn led by Lisa Pidgeon

Make a weaving loom, or frame, from a hoop of willow, and weave into and across this with wool, yarn, and any interesting ‘found’ bits of natures discards. This will result in a totally unique circular artwork which could be hung in your home or garden. Hanging from trees, these creations look like Natures eyes! Suitable for all ages.

10.30 am – 1.00pm     Felt pebbles and feathers with Susheel Rao

Drop in and have a go at making something with felt. Get a taste of how felting works, and make something to take home with you.

Hand Wet Felted Paper Weight…

Experiment with hand wet felting around a small stone using dyed wool tops to create your own special felted stone paper weight.

Hand Wet Felted Feather Shapes…

Have a go at making a small colourful ‘feather’ using dyed wool tops. See how the colours mix together to create your unique feather shape. Activity suitable for children age 6yrs plus accompanied by an adult.

2.00pm – 4.30pm     Mono Printing from nature led by Jo Sheppard

Using a selection of foliage and other found objects, in this workshop you will be able to produce a printed image using both relief printing and monoprinting. Messy but great fun. Suitable for all ages.

2 pm – 4.30pm    Working with Willow led by Nita Rao

Create a willow structure using the ‘random weave technique’

Suitable for families and adults.

They take about an hour, so you will need some patience.

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