Make prints from tree rings, pictures from leaves and magic seeds.
This Tuesday the activities in the walled garden at Penrose will focus on trees. Collect leaves and seeds for identification and display. Lucy Grant will explain the special relationship between wasps and oak trees and how it contributes to the making of an ancient kind of ink, which you can use to make your own drawings. Vicky Wiltshire will lead an investigation into the structures of different types of seed pods, exploring how their natural design allows them to travel and disperse. There’ll be clay and natural materials to build with or to use to make your own seed-carrying structures.
Artist Ben Sanderson is re-creating his popular Den, this year in a spot that’s closer to the town. You’ll find him under a painted canopy in a dell in the woodland near the Bulwark estate, where there’ll be den making and rope knotting, as well as activities using natural materials. Follow signs from the Fairground car park along Whitehill Terrace (A394) to find the path.
There’s more to come every Tuesday and Saturday, including sessions on pigment making, cyanotypes, kite making, botanical drawing and stone smoothing.
We won’t be put off by a bit of drizzle and hope you won’t either, but please check this listing or the CASTCornwall facebook page on the day in case of extreme weather or last-minute changes. Tuesday and Saturday sessions will run from 10am to 12 noon and 2 to 4pm.
The map, sketchbook packs and artist-led activities are all offered free of charge, but we should be very grateful for donations to support this programme and future activities for children and young people. Online donations can be made via our Charities Aid Foundation page and there will be donation jars in the walled garden.
The CAST-Off programme is supported by the Garcia Family Foundation, with generous assistance from Helston Town Council, Little Parc Owles Trust, FEAST and Falmouth University.