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 currently funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund and by the Ernest Cook Trust.

         

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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Autumn workshops St Basils

Autumn workshops St Basils

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

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Sidney Nolan Trust,
The Rodd, Presteigne, Powys,
LD8 2LL

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Arts Council England