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Bugs, beetles and Horace the fish!

We recently returned to the idyllic Fishpond Woods in Bewerely, for this years summer art camp. Having the study barn, with it's stunning views, as a base to explore the woods, is such a wonderful experience for children and adults alike. As the day progressed we all relaxed and relished being in such a unique environment.

We used the pond and the wildlife in it, as inspiration. We pond dipped to find bugs and beetles, saw dragon flies whizzing around and were followed by some greedy ducks!

Providing a range of loose parts to create dragon flies resulted in a variety of interpretations that involved fantastic problem solving skills and creative thinking.

Horace is a 20 year old Koi carp that is very shy. One child created a paper printing plate to create fish rubbings. Another boy was inspired by the beetles lurking in the pond and spent ages adding detail and shape to his printing plate. Graphite was used to rub with and to add colour.

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