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The See You Outside project provided opportunities for the young people who participated to directly experience and be inspired by the natural world.

The artwork that resulted was highly varied and exciting, as  you can see from the pictures below:

haiku-book-drawingHaiku poem book, pen and wash on archival manila cover paper, Titus Salt school.


Haiku poem book, digital photography, Titus Salt School.


On-site painting, Buck Wood, Titus Salt school.


On-site painting and collage, Buck Wood, Titus Salt school.


Drypoint print by a student from Titus Salt school,  made outdoors in Colour Out Of Space’s mobile, open air studio, with a portable etching press.


Giant concertina book of leaf drawings by children from Idle primary school.


Tiny Conker books by year 1 children from Idle primary school.


Sketchbooks made in the classroom and used for on-site drawing and painting at Ogden Water Reservoir by children from Brackenhill primary school.


Blue and white pattern paper plates by children from Idle primary school, based on a fragment of an alphabet plate found in the ruins of Buck Wood Open Air School.


Cyanotype photogram made with foliage and flowers collected in Buck Wood.


Reportage writing by Year 2 children from Idle primary school, describing their site-visit to Buck Wood.


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In an earlier post we mentioned that we found a special fragment of pottery on the site of the old Open Air School in Buck Wood, Thackley, Bradford. The piece was from an old blue and white plate with the sign-language (finger spelling) alphabet running around the edge.

The children from class 2 at Idle Primary School learned about the finger spelling alphabet and each child signed a letter. The letters spelled out a message – “Greetings from Buck Wood Children!” Angie photographed each child’s hand sign and put them together to make a special concertina book.

Here’s a close-up view of two pages, showing letters ‘n’ and ‘g’ from the word ‘greetings’.

Finger Spelling
You can see how carefully the year 2 children formed the finger spelling shapes with their hands and how we decided to make the photographs blue and white to match the plate fragment we found.

Book At Impressions Gallery

And here’s a picture of our friend Jill Kelly helping Kellan to work out what the message says.

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We have had a very busy two weeks preparing for our Project Celebration Event, which took place on Friday 11th July at Impressions Gallery Studio in central Bradford. This is what our invitation looked like:


And this is a photo taken in the Gallery on the day:


The celebration exhibition was a great success with children and young people from Brackenhill and Salt schools meeting up for the very first time. Sadly, no one from Idle school came to the gallery, perhaps they were put off by the dreadful rain and chilly weather conditions.
All the artwork looked fantastic in the big white spaces of the gallery studio, although it was a challenge not being allowed to fix work to the walls. Its amazing what you can achieve with foamboard and concertina books!
We were very pleased that some parents, friends and relatives were able to attend as well as people from Friends of Buck Wood. Everyone was impressed by what the children had achieved during the project.

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Today we had a brilliant morning and afternoon at Idle Primary School, making lots of artwork with the children from Years 1 and 2. There’ll be lots about that soon, and we’ll show you our pictures. But in the meantime, on the way home Angie and Viv called in to Haworth to get a cup of tea in a café and they saw this Rabbit money-bank in a shop window.


Rabbits remind us of the children from Brackenhill Primary school who were painting pictures of the rabbits at Ogden Reservoir in April, using our fantastic mud paint. But what’s amazing is that this rabbit is made from blue and white china just like the plates the children from Idle Primary school were drawing last week!

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Dry stone walls and wooden fences are a feature of Ogden Reservoir. We have enjoyed seeing the blue and grey water peeking over the top of a stone wall or through the slats of a wooden fence. The water looks especially beautiful when the sun glitters and gleams on the dark surface.


Lukman has captured the rough wooden planks of the fence in this painting.


Nadia had never used a quill pen before but she has made a good drawing of the old stone wall and the trees across the water.


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The Ogden Water Sketchbooks are almost full and have turned out brilliantly with lots of beautiful paintings and drawings. Angie and Viv are very impressed with the artworks especially when you realise that they were mostly created outside, often with only old tree trunks for tables and sometimes it was quite windy, chilly and damp. These wonderful sketchbooks show that working out of doors, surrounded by nature is a great experience and everyone should try it. You will notice loads of new colours, textures, sounds and smells.


Saffiyah’s lively reservoir spreads across two pages of her sketchbook.

This cheerful goose is by Noriea – she has used a goose quill pen to draw with.


Hanah has observed carefully the different trees and plants along the reservoir bank.

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Here is a selection of excellent rabbit pictures created with the amazing earth paint from Ogden Water.

Obeid has made a very colourful painting of a rabbit in the sunshine.


Nayyir’s rabbit has a wonderful shy face.


This rabbit by Zain looks a bit angry!

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