Lifelong Learning

The best way to learn anything is to have fun in the process.

This is my philosophy.

I have been teaching in Community Education for the past twenty years, and had so much fun doing it.

I worked with Arts Care Gofal Celf, this time over the half term week at the Leisure Centre in Llanelli. The first was a very busy ‘drop in’ jewellery making workshop, the second was a drawing workshop based on the theme ‘Jungle’. Imaginations were amazing drawing anything from faeries to mystical creatures!

Forest Arts Wales. Drawing Workshop Feb 2017.

Forest Arts Wales. Drawing Workshop Feb 2017.

It was lovely working with Arts Care Gofal Celf, Carmarthen again, facilitating 3 Leaf Lantern workshops in October & December 2016. A frame was made first, learning knots and hitches to hold the willow in place. Leaves were stitched together using pine needs and ‘sewn’ close to the willow framework. A drop down light was added and attached to the handle and a battery candle illuminated the lantern from underneath. It was great fun and hopefully enjoyed by all.

Forest Arts Wales: Leaf Lantern

Forest Arts Wales: Leaf Lantern

Forest Arts Wales: Night Leaf Lantern

Forest Arts Wales: Night Leaf Lantern

After exhibiting my Spring Blossom, Summer Meadow, and Autumn Oak Leaf Wire Waistcoats at the Oriel Bevan Gallery in Carmarthen I was asked to facilitate a ‘Create With The Artist’ session in August 2016. Most of the participants, aged between 12 and 60, could not crochet so a really good achievement resulted from all. The workshop went really well and was very enjoyable.

Forest Arts Wales: Wire Workshop for Beginners

Forest Arts Wales: Wire Workshop for Beginners

I enjoyed working in Fairy Woods at the Botanic Garden of Wales with Arts Care Gofal Celf, Carers for Carers. We had a great day making a giant person of sticks and a blanket made from leaves, stitched together with pine needles.

Forest Arts Wales: Fairy Woods, Botanic Gardens

Forest Arts Wales: Fairy Woods, Botanic Gardens

I was over the moon to work with Arts Care Gofal Celf in Carmarthen on their mental health programme. Rachel Murphy asked me to facilitate four sessions of wood carving.

I have enjoyed working on Wild Flower Day; Welsh Tree Weekend, and Fungi Day over the last three years at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, introducing new skills to both children and adults.

 

Red2Green Cambridge

Sports Day! I was an art tutor, one day a week, for the charity Red2Green in Cambridge.

We produced many fine pieces of work, having fun in the process.

Red2Green Cambridge: Forest Arts Wales

Red2Green Cambridge: Forest Arts Wales

 

Saving Nemo: Red2Green Cambridge

I worked with the Open Minded Group to create a six foot collage using mixed media to create an underwater scene.

Saving Nemo Open Minded Group Red2Green Cambridge: Forest Arts Wales

Saving Nemo Open Minded Group Red2Green Cambridge: Forest Arts Wales

 

Ida Darwin Hospital Cambridge

After an open discussion with the residents of the Ida Darwin Hospital in Cambridge, it was decided I would help them make very large wooden flowers to adorn their sparse garden.

Ida Darwin Hospital Cambridge: Forest Arts Wales

Ida Darwin Hospital Cambridge: Forest Arts Wales

 

Jubilee Project Cambridge

I worked with a group of homeless men to produce designs for tiles in the factory they were already employed in. Their designs were transferred onto tiles.

Jubilee Project: Forest Arts Wales

Jubilee Project: Forest Arts Wales

 

Headway Hospital, Cambridge

I worked with a dynamic group of people recovering from injuries to the head and brain. I helped them produce a large cross made of willow to place in the quiet part of the grounds which was to become a peaceful garden.