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Willowcraft and Woodlands design and create beautiful and fun willow sculptures for schoolsContact Us

Willowcraft and Woodlands involved with schools

Through our work with schools many children have been able to discover for themselves the joy of creating beautiful structures and sculpture from simple natural materials. Working with willow provides endless opportunities to connect themes such as sustainability, the environment, co-operation, maths, history and art.
Working as a team with our fun and friendly guidance, children are able to produce work of which the whole school is proud and that will be enjoyed for many years to come.
Willowcraft and Woodlands offer;
Artist-in-residencies.
Sculpture projects with children of preschool age and with pupils from years R to 11.
Children participate in each stage of the process, from design to creation, better enabling them to feel a strong sense of ownership of the finished product.
Living willow screens, tunnels and domes for play areas and forest schools- we provide an installation service as well as working with children in groups.
Talks and demonstrations on the traditional art of willow weaving, its history and uses.
Willowcraft and Woodlands workshops for activity days and special events such as ‘green day’ or ‘eco week’, making beautiful individual items that children can then take home or use to decorate the school.
Staff training and forest school tuition in working with willow and traditional woodland management.

Here are some of Willowcraft and Woodlands' school projects:-

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willow tunnel
Living Willow Tunnel

This live willow tunnel rising up over steps was created for a play area and provides valuable structure and shade for what was otherwise an exposed site.

Play Area
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Horse sculpture

Inspired by their production of a stage version of Mulan, pupils from a Malvern girls school created this wonderful willow horse, who later went on to take a leading role in the play!

Production
huts
Willow roundhouses

These wonderful shady spaces can be created by children as part of a workshop or installed by ourselves. They provide a multitude of creative uses, whether as a learning space, for drama, or for play.

Learning spaces
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White rhino sculpture

Leavers from Abberley Hall school celebrated the end of their exams by embarking on an exciting willow weaving project. Pupils, guided by Paul and Steph and assisted by some of their teachers, created a life size charging white rhino sculpture.

In honour of the retiring headmaster
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Willow dragonfly

Malvern pre-school children created this dragonfly sculpture with steel and willow, proving that its never too early to start weaving!

Play Area
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Coloured willow shelters

These woven screens were made by primary age children, adding interest and adventure to their play area, as well as learning about the history and many uses of willow.

Shelters
tunnel
Serpentine Tunnel and Dome

The brief for this project was to create an interactive structure for a children’s nursery in a restricted space. This fully woven serpentine tunnel has proved popular with all ages!

Children's Nursery
SNAIL
Aston Hall

Around 200 Birmingham school children took part in the wonderful Art in the Park project in October 2013 at Aston Hall Museum, creating large scale animal figures from natural and found materials.

Eco Week
Deer Family at Victoria School

A family of deer made for, and with help from, pupils of Victoria School, Birmingham. These tactile sculptures invite interaction and contemplation of nature.

Victoria School

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wishing tree.

Primary age pupils at a Worcester school created the basic form of a tree in winter from willow. They decorated the tree throughout the year with hand made leaves detailing each child's wish for the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Worcester School.
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Elephant and Crocodile

Children aged 4-11 from Dickens Heath Primary School in Solihull chose the characters of Elmer the Elephant and The Enormous Crocodile as inspiration for their 'Africa' week project.

Dickens Heath Primary School
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Baby Elephant.

Baby elephant sculpture created at a summer school for children of all ages in Solihull.

Solihull School
dragon

Live Willow Dragon at St. George’s School.

‘George the Dragon’ was woven by pupils of St. George’s School, Kidderminster. A mix of living and non-living willow, the children are able to play inside the dragon’s living body.

 
St George's School

Balloon Sculpture

Pupils in Year 4 at Tipton Junior School worked together to create these wonderful large scale three dimensional sculptures as part of their Flight themed project.

 
Balloon

Plane Sculpture.

Pupils in Year 4 at Tipton Junior School worked together to create these wonderful large scale three dimensional sculptures as part of their Flight themed project.

 
Rocket
screen

Willow Screen at Victoria School


This curving screen was commissioned with a window to act as a frame for ongoing art projects by pupils.

 
Victoria School
horse hut rhino dragonfly screen