Archive for the ‘The Mayfly’ Category

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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On Tuesday The Mayfly (our mobile studio) returned to Buck Wood, dressed in her brightest colours. The fabulous bunting the children from Idle School made last week looks spectacular under the leafy green canopy.


Children from Year 1 and Year 2 were on the site of the old Open Air School all day long, with artists Angie and Viv and lots of helpers. We looked all around where the school used to be, and found more pieces of old plates, medicine bottles and inkwells! Next we went on a tour through the wood, looking at all the wonderful trees, and how their leaves are so many different shapes.

The children very carefully collected a few samples of leaves from each kind of tree to take back to our base. We found Oak, Beech, Holly, Horse Chestnut, Sweet Chestnut, Silver Birch, Ash, Rowan and Sycamore, plus the shiny green ivy that grows all around.

The children know that paper is made from trees, and so if we recycle paper we are helping to save trees from being used up too quickly. The paper that Viv and Angie gave the children to use for their artwork was all collected from old envelopes.

We used the paper from the inside of the envelopes – there are Manila ones and dark blue ones and most of all, pale blue ones with loads of different small patterns. All the children enjoyed looking carefully at the leaf shapes and then drawing them using Oil Pastels. Angie and Viv think the leaf artworks are excellent and they are going to make them into a big book.

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Some more wonderful drypoint prints made en plein air on the site of Buck Wood Open Air School:


Adil has captured the different textures of vegetation, bark and pathways within Buck Wood.


Imogen and Laura have observed the growth patterns of trees and the outburst of new leaves in the Spring woodland.

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During our open air printmaking day at Buck Wood we were concentrating so intently on making the prints we didn’t get much chance to take photos, but we did take some that seem to capture the spirit of the day and hopefully give a feel of what its like to make prints en plein air.

Mobile Print Studio

Here is our Gazebo Studio (now known as The Mayfly) in action on the site of the old Open Air School!

Bradford Noth Area Committee has kindly provided funding from the Community Chest for our gazebo and other wet weather equipment, so a big Thank You to them.

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