Sharing the Learning at Portway Juniors

It’s been lovely to see that even in semi-lockdown the children at Portway Junior School have been using our free online resources (Identifying Ash Trees and Making Art with Ash Trees) to inspire more creative learning with their local trees. Thank you to teacher Alex Walker and her colleagues for sharing these images with us,Continue reading “Sharing the Learning at Portway Juniors”

Covid-19: Making Some Changes to the Project

In light of the current situation with Covid-19 our plans for school sessions running through to June, and an exhibition in July at CAS (Chapel Arts Studios), unfortunately won’t be possible. Happily though, Arts Council England have approved our proposal for a few changes to the project, meaning that we can hang on to ourContinue reading “Covid-19: Making Some Changes to the Project”

Teacher’s INSET: Art and Outdoor Learning

A couple of weeks ago, all the teachers from the 5 schools, plus Andover Trees United and CAS (Chapel Arts Studios) staff, were invited along to the CAS Chapel in Andover for an INSET (professional development/sharing) afternoon. We wanted to make sure that everyone understood the thinking behind the project, had met the other projectContinue reading “Teacher’s INSET: Art and Outdoor Learning”

Tree Seasons, by Lucy (Year 3)

Each child that is involved in the Ash Tree Stream project across the five schools, has a sketchbook that they are using to record their experiences of Ash Trees and the ecosystems of which they are a part. We use them in project sessions and they are encouraged to take them home and use themContinue reading “Tree Seasons, by Lucy (Year 3)”

Exploring Together at Portway Junior School

At Portway Juniors they have their own small woodland, planted with the Andover Trees United Director, Wendy Davis, and a woodland trail that runs through it, along the edge of the school field. The wood is fairly young and consists of a mix of native species. Today’s group of children were a Year 3 class,Continue reading “Exploring Together at Portway Junior School”

Introducing Ash Tree Stream

Ash Tree Stream is a one-year visual arts project, led by artist James Aldridge, in partnership with Andover Trees United, CAS (Chapel Arts Studios) and five schools in the Andover area: Andover Church of England Primary School Appleshaw St Peters Primary School Harrow Way Community School (Secondary) Portway Junior School Vernham Dean Gillum’s Church ofContinue reading “Introducing Ash Tree Stream”