Learning Programme

Our Learning Programme engages with young people and others who, by reason of geography, culture or ability, are deprived of the opportunity to spend time in the natural environment. We provide opportunities to engage in innovative arts practice and to respond creatively to the landscape and our rural heritage. We aim to enhance individual learning, to raise self-esteem and enrich people's lives, helping them develop social, emotional and practical skills. The programme cultivates relationships between the Trust, our partner communities, both rural and urban, and the artists, art students and arts professionals who visit us. The programme is funded in 2017 by the Ernest Cook Trust. Browse our Green Room Blog for posts from our recent events and workshops. Our new website, coming in early 2018, will have comprehensive information about our recent and new projects.  

         

2017 Arts Programme for Young People

2017 Arts Programme for Young People

Over Summer 2017, Ikon Gallery and Sidney Nolan Trust have collaborated on an arts programme supported by the Arts Connect Partnership Investment Fund. The project has been inspired by the spray-painted work of Sidney Nolan that had been on exhibition at the Ikon Gallery. It was created to benefit young people from Birmingham and Sandwell and took place during June and August with a show case at Ikon on 1st - 3rd September. The project was called 'Looping the Loop'. Groups of young people from four of the Trust's partner groups in Birmingham and Sandwell had the opportunity to take part in a series of three workshops held at both Ikon Gallery and The Sidney Nolan Trust. The partner organisations supporting young people were St Basils (combating homelessness and its effects), St Pauls School in Balsall Heath (for young people excluded from mainstream education), Trident Reach (working with young people to maximise positivity, independence and participation) and Sandwell Youth Services. Also the Ikon Youth Programme were able to take part in the project. Partner groups were supported by the Trust and Ikon staff to encourage participation by young people who often find it difficult to commit to new activities outside of their normal realm of experience. The groups all visited the Nolan show at Ikon after which they engaged in artist led writing workshops on board Ikon's Slow Boat and spray paint workshops in the Grain Barn at the Sidney Nolan Trust. There was a third and final follow up workshop at Ikon to plan and curate their showcase and design fliers etc. for publicity. Alongside the scheduled activity, each young person had the opportunity of completing Bronze Level Arts Award. Outcomes for young people were to : Learn new creative skills Gain valuable skills relevant to work and training Take part in an art exhibition Meet people from art and agricultural backgrounds Experience new environments: the gallery, the narrow boat, the countryside, Sidney Nolan's studio Time out from everyday pressures Develop creative talents with ongoing support and signposting The opening of the showcase at Ikon was attended by two of the young peoples groups. Spray paint works were displayed alongside some of the written words from the word workshop.

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85th Birmingham Guides

85th Birmingham Guides

85th Birmingham Guides from Erdington visited the Trust for pond dipping and painting. They met chickens and geese, Effie the sheep dog, sheep and cattle. The girls explored the shallow part of the river and discovered a host of river species. They enjoyed the feel of cold water on their hands and in their wellington boots. They loved the buttercup meadows and stepping in cow pats! Looking at Nolan’s work in the gallery challenged them and prompted many questions. Painting with earth pigments and paints and using charcoal to draw with was a new experience and resulted in a collaborative painting on paper - and hands - and arms! A quiet descended as the girls became more involved in their own paintings, totally absorbed in the moment, painting with confidence, flat on the floor like Nolan did. They were happy and interested and creative and funny. It was great to meet you all 85th Birmingham Guides. Thanks for bringing your energy and fresh eyes to The Rodd – to help us see the beauty and diversity of the landscape here and the thrill of creativity. Thank you to Guide leaders Jackie and Katie, Katrina at Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, Jo Dainty from Rooted Forest School and Community Transport in Birmingham.

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Learning day for young families from St Basils

Learning day for young families from St Basils

April 2017

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Birmingham families carve stone in the sunshine

Birmingham families carve stone in the sunshine

Visiotrs of all ages got to grips with stone carving with tutor Tania Mosse in an outdoor Spring workshop

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Print Workshops at St Pauls

Print Workshops at St Pauls

Teenagers at St Pauls School picked up printmaking skills creating beautiful mono prints and collagraphs for their GCSE studies..

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The great clay discovery - St Basils  Workshops Autumn 2016

The great clay discovery - St Basils Workshops Autumn 2016

Young people form St Basil's visited the Trust as part of an ongoing programme of learning

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St Paul's Mar16

St Paul's Mar16

St Paul's, Balsall Heath, Trust Staff ran an Outreach Day at St Paul's Community School in Balsall Heath, Birmingham - the first time the Trust and St Paul's have worked together. A green woodworking day was planned so we brought our shave horses and cleaving brake and set them up in St Paul's wonderful garden space. The school is small and most of the pupils were able to take part in splitting sweet chestnut planks and shaving the bark. Despite the cold pupils and staff loved the physical aspect of making a bench and, with Rogers’ guidance, managed to create a durable and striking seat in the heart of their garden. Other pupils made a series of bird feeders. Trust staff joined St Paul's pupils and staff for lunch and Anthony addressed the school assembly, giving everyone an insight into the Trust, the farm and our work ahead of St Pauls’ camping trip to the Trust in the summer.

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St Basil's Mar16

St Basil's Mar16

Young people from St Basils Foyer in Kidderminster spent a day at The Rodd helping on the farm, planting Black Poplar Saplings and making a green wood bench which they took back to the Foyer garden. The young people and staff from St Basils enjoyed meeting the geese and sheep and were really happy to get involve with the physical task of spreading new litter for the cattle. Anthony took the group down to the riverbank to take cuttings from a fallen Black Poplar; he explained the difficult nature of propagation and the group pruned and planted nine saplings further downstream close to the bridge. With tree guards erected around the saplings the group signed and dated them. They took great interest in this activity and conversations turned to future generations who would see these saplings as mature trees. Roger led the green wood working session using a beautiful piece of apple tree felled the day before. The group carved the seat and legs and managed to complete the bench in a couple of hours. It was product tested by everyone before being squeezed into the minibus. The young people spent time in the Trust's Tithe Barn Gallery studying the large paintings by Sidney Nolan currently on display. One of the young people form St Basil’s is completing a Bronze Arts Award Qualification in conjunction with Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and carried out first hand research as part of her Arts Award project. Writer Caroline Horton joined the group during her visit to The Rodd to plan her upcoming residency.

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Sandwell Youth Services Feb15

Sandwell Youth Services Feb15

An intrepid group of young people from Sandwell visited during the February 2015 half term holiday for a busy day learning about managing the farm and landscape.

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Music Maze Oct14

Music Maze Oct14

A brilliant participatory workshop for children aged 8-11 and their families, organised by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and led by composer Duncan Chapman with BCMG musicians. The workshop also linked to the BCMG performance of Field Notes on 26th October that featured a new piece of music and textile art installation by composer Howard Skempton and artist Matthew Harris, and Treatise, an amazing graphic score by composer Cornelius Cardew.

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Open Day SEP14

Open Day SEP14

All ages came to try throwing pots, green wood working and stone carving.

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Sandwell Youth Services Jul14

Sandwell Youth Services Jul14

A small group of children meant that everyone could make the most of all the opportunities the day offered. A farm walk and lots of contact with the animals and learning about the farm environment was followed by a group lunch around the fire. In the afternoon the activities included bowl carving, shave-horse practice, bird feeder construction and painting.

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St Eugene's Hostel JUL14

St Eugene's Hostel JUL14

A special day of wood working

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Ysgol Cedewain JUN14

Ysgol Cedewain JUN14

Photographing the farm from the animal's viewpoint and carving stone

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RNCB Jun14

RNCB Jun14

Students made two visits in June to develop their stone carving skills, and watch our trainee sheep dog in action.

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Kings Heath Ring of Friends Jun14

Kings Heath Ring of Friends Jun14

4 June 2014 / Tutor: Tony Hall Atrocious weather meant we had to bring some of the farm into the Grain Barn workshop to meet our visitors from Birmingham. Tony Hall threw one of his trademark large pots which was then decorated and customised by the members of the group who also had a chance to throw their own pot. To warm up, the group visited the Gallery and met resident sound artists Lee Patterson and Rie Nakajima and composer Shiori Usui.

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Sandwell Youth Services May14

Sandwell Youth Services May14

27 May 2014 The rain stayed away for this activity-packed day workshop for Sandwell Youth Services and their Coventry University mentor group. Tutors Roger Ings, Robert Wood and Maggie Jones led green wood working, painting with clay slip and natural dyes, fire laying and pancake making. Anthony Plant led farm walks.

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Small Heath School May14

Small Heath School May14

Tutor Tania Mossse devised a banner making workshop using dyes made from plants gathered on the morning walk through Rodd Farm and clay slip dug from the woodland.

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Lady Hawkins School May14

Lady Hawkins School May14

A glorious day spent with pupils and staff from Lady Hawkins School, Kington - drawing and stone carving. Tutors Tania Mosse, Neil Millington and Roger Ings.

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Pathways Mar14

Pathways Mar14

Carve in Stone - Tania Mosse worked with young people from Newtown, Powys

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Learning & Outreach 2012-2013

Learning & Outreach 2012-2013

Learning & Outreach 2012-2013

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Arts Council England