Forest Arts at WHITESTONE

Creative Skills: Harnessing Natural Energies

November 2011 to July 2012


Whitestone - drawing with charcoal made in fireArts Alive Wales Whitestone project is an outdoor ‘Forest Arts’ project for targeted groups that experience exclusion or difficulty in accessing involvement in the arts and the natural environment. Each session takes place around the ‘Forest Circle’. Building and lighting the fire, and sitting in the circle to talk, share food and drink (activities may include simple cooking over the fire) are an important feature of the sessions.

The creative activities are designed to suit the needs of the group and artists provide expertise in a variety of creative media.

The project location, at Whitestone (OS Grid Reference: SO525030) is a Forestry Commission site in the Wye Valley Forest area, situated approximately 10 miles north of Chepstow and 12 miles south of Monmouth just off the A466. There is ample parking, and a dedicated ‘Forest Circle’ with log seating.

There are both morning and afternoon sessions on a Thursday with a range of creative exercises for you to get involved in.  However if you prefer, you can just come and enjoy the company and the beautiful surroundings. The morning sessions run from 10am – 12pm and the afternoon sessions run from 1pm – 3pm.

Our final open access ‘Forest Arts’ family event is on Thursday 2nd August 2012, keep an eye on the website for more details about this session. Everyone welcome but no unaccompanied children please.

This event is free but donations to Arts Alive Wales community programme are gratefully received.

Project Staff

The project coordinator is Miranda Thomason, an artist who is also a trained Forest Schools Practitioner supported by David Rogers.

If you would like your group or client to benefit from this experience, please contact us. There is capacity to run further sessions at the site subject to further funding being available and groups can book sessions with us on a paid basis. To find out more contact Project Director Justine Wheatley on 01873 811579 or email Justine@artsalivewales.org.uk.

Whitestone - creating art outdoors with clay
Whitestone - children using charcloth as firelighter
Shelter building with families
Whitestone - drawing with charcoal made in fire
Whitestone - building the fire in the rain
Whitestone - collecting and sorting materials

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