Visitors to Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) may have seen some interesting stone circles and leaf collages around campus this week.
First year BA Primary Education students have been working on creative pieces of natural artwork inspired by Andy Goldsworthy.
After investigating some of Goldsworthy's land art, the students were challenged to make their own versions, using only the natural materials that could be found on the ground around BGU. They created spirals, circles and twisting pathways from leaves, twigs, stones and conkers, resulting in some stunning creations.
The session was designed to get students thinking about activities they can run to stimulate their future classes when artificial resources are not widely available.
Aimee Quickfall, Head of Primary Programmes at BGU, explained why the activity proves so successful:
“It was great to get outside and appreciate the fantastic environment of the grounds - many students commented on how the art activity helped them to notice the natural beauty of the campus and have vowed to use this session as inspiration for their work with children on placement.
“This session is a delight to teach and I love to see our future Primary teachers using their own creative ideas and being inspired to do the same with children when the trainees think about their school placements. The activity itself costs nothing to do, can be tackled by very young children and has beautiful and memorable results”
The Primary team also extended their thanks to the Estates team who were incredibly patient as the students took over the campus.