We started to think about the relationships between humans and plants, how humans use plants and how plants use humans. We had so many ideas about water, oxygen, carbon dioxide, water, nourishment, survival, pollinating, movement, planting and growing, clothes, travel, housing, rest, germination, time and play. We made seeds out of wool, using our hands to wrap the wool around and make pom poms. We wondered if wearing lots of plant fibres and eating lots of plant makes humans into plants. We planted our newly made sometimes multicoloured seeds in the giant seed beds we are making and made trails of wool wondering if seeds can communicate with each other underground
We visited the Botanic Garden again and had wonderful morning visits outside and in the Lily House learning about the relationship between humans and plants. We collected seeds, and leaves to make prints with next week. We learnt about medicinal plants and trees and the healing affects plants may have for the human body. We chose brightly coloured cloths and held branches of blossom and created our own dances of the Memory supporting Daffodil, the Bendy windy hazel, the Majestic Gingko and its memory enhancing properties, and the Regal Yew helping to cure cancer. We explored the grounds and thought about what makes children want to become gardeners. We discovered food plants in the vegetable and herb beds before looking at how plants develop strategies to grow in relationship to water in the Lily pad house. We finished with some fine colourful drawings of our adventures and sensory learning that day, with dancing, touching, smelling and seeing plants, fountains, fish, river and ducks.
Using printing techniques we made beautiful clay imprints of seeds and leaves from the Botanic Garden and also cyanotype prints of unusual design. We thought about the imprint the garden visit had made on us, and carried on writing our stories we add to each week, using the imaginative and sensory ideas we are learning to translate and integrate into life skills, growing confidence and communication.
Adding more ideas to our stories, we thought about how we can bring new ideas into the world, like seeds growing into blossoming flowers, and keep them alive. We began to build 3D sculptures using hazel and willow weaving wool textures and colours into their sculptural forms to become flower heads and leaves, echoing some of the will sculptures we had seen in the Botanic Garden.
Revisiting some of the movement activities from earlier in the project, we used our bodies to remember how we had imaginatively explored growing up towards the sun from seed, individually and then joined by our hands together as a group, and the differences and similarities we felt. This helped us consider how we wanted to develop the growth of our unique flower sculptures, adding modroc and more leaves to give them more strength.
In our final sessions all participants received books of their stories and photographs from the sessions, full of memories and ideas. We reflected on what we had enjoyed about Story Makers and shared how we felt about the ending. Everyone read their stories with great expression to a group of eager listeners. Then we made glass gardens together, using beautiful coloured glass and glass paints to weave together what we had learnt about artists responding to gardens.