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ABOUT OUR PROJECT                                                       Arts Council England

See You Outside was originally conceived by visual artists Angie Rogers and Viv Owen as a response to their passion for creating art outdoors.

Realising the importance of first-hand experience of nature and immersion in the green environment for vitality and immediacy in their own artwork, they wanted to share this experience with others and in particular with young people.

Working Collaboratively and forming a not-for-profit organisation called Colour Out Of Space, Angie and Viv obtained Arts Council funding to carry out action research leading to a pilot project aimed at exploring the feasibility and desirability of Art field-trips with children and young people.

Three Bradford schools participated, Brackenhill Primary in Great Horton, Idle Primary in Thackley and Titus Salt Secondary in Baildon.


Two different habitats were chosen as a focus for the creative activities, both easily accessible from Bradford – Ogden Water, a reservoir near Halifax and Buck Wood in Thackley. Ogden Water appealed for its open aspect and friendly ambience, as well as being a a great example of a man-made structure co-existing with a natural environment.

Buck Wood was chosen for its natural beauty and for its interesting history, especially the 2008 centenary of the founding of an innovative open air school there, the ruins of which still remain. The old school’s ethos of education in a healthy and green setting, using the outdoors for lessons as far as possible, being fully in keeping with the aims of See You Outside.


Children from Brackenhill school visited Ogden Water a number of times, braving the April showers and experimenting with unusual pens, feather quills and mud paint made from local earth, working in the delightful manila sketchbooks they made themselves.

Young people from Titus Salt school went to Buck Wood in May sunshine and created paintings, ink drawings,Haiku poem books and dry point prints using a portable etching press in a mobile studio set up on the site of the old school.

Two classes from Idle school visited Buck Wood in June and participated in making drawing, reportage writing, bookmaking and cyanotype photograms.


The highly successful project culminated in an exhibition and celebration event in the studio at Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square, Bradford.


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The See You Outside blog has moved from the original location at Typepad to its new home here on WordPress, where it will remain as a permanent archive documenting and celebrating the successful achievements of the spirited children and young people who participated in the outdoor activities with tenacity, imagination and good humour.

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These are some of the lovely comments left in our visitors book for our exhibition at Impressions Gallery:



Its great to know that all our hard work is appreciated.

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During our last morning at Idle Primary School we made some special prints with Class 2. We called them ‘Magic Sunshine Prints’ but their real name is Cyanotypes. Cyan is another name for blue. Cyanotypes are a kind of photography. We placed leaves, grasses and flowers on the special paper outside in the sunshine, with a sheet of plastic over the top to hold things down in the wind which was quite blustery. Here is a picture of Viv and some boys creating their cyanotype.

The sunshine makes the paper go dark blue except where the leaves have been, which stays pale blue or white. Its like capturing the shadow of your object. After a couple of minutes in the sun, you put the paper in a bath of water to fix the image.

The children from class 2 made lots of wonderful patterns with their leaves and petals. Angie and Viv had collected all the green things from Buck Wood in the morning and brought them into school. This was the opposite of last week when all the children were collected at school and brought to Buck Wood!

Here is a picture showing just three of the 14 amazing cyantoypes that the children made.


The ferns and the Wild Rose petals are especially beautiful, but you can spot Holly and Oak leaves too.

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Here is another set of six beautiful leaves, this time they are ones made by children from Year 2 Idle Primary School
. You can see how the colours from the salvaged envelope paper make the pictures look different depending on whether they are blue or manila.

Well done Rebecca, Nathan, George, William, Harry and Lucy!

Can you see that an insect has chewed a hole in George’s Ivy leaf?

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Here are six lovely leaves made on-site at Buck Wood by children from Year 1 Idle Primary School.  You can see how carefully the children have looked at the different leaf shapes and you can tell which tree they belong to.


Well done William, David, Ellie, Olivia, Courtney and Nathan!

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We like to be sure our art workshops are providing great opportunities for learning new skills and for enjoying the outdoors. So at the end of every session we ask those taking part to tell us what is good and to say if there are any problems. Here is a sample of the feedback produced by the Salt Grammar group.



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