With my new fleet of cameras I’ve been enjoying a wild week of photography – working with four primary schools and then ending with a photography course for Gloucestershire Wildlife.
It was bluebells in Gloucestershire on Monday, working with a class of 9yr olds in the stunning woodlands and meadows just a short walk from the school. Exploring their local jungle was a fantastic start to their science topic comparing threatened habitats in India and the UK.
On Tuesday it was artistic outdoor learning in Hertfordshire using umbrellas! Based on the National Gallery project ‘Take One Picture’, the children learnt and then used different compositional techniques to create some fabulous artistic images – take look at their inspired artwork
Wednesday was a Wild Wonder Day in Bucks exploring the grounds and wild areas of Little Kingshill School, with all 200 pupils. The children observed and photographed red kites, pink bluebells, mating ducks and even a weasel hole. And best of all was that the children didn’t want the day to end – disappointed when the bell rang! Luckily for some they had signed up for the afterschool parent & child session – showing their parents what they had learnt.
It was a long awaited river safari on Thursday with a class of 10yr olds – creating a portrait of the wild local environment. A hotspot for water voles and dippers, I had hoped that the children would be able to photograph these wild stars. The weather was against us, but the young photographers were very focussed and did take some wonderful images – and they all saw the voles and dippers!
Finally Friday, leading a photography course for Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust at their Lancaut Reserve – stunning scenery and views of nesting peregrines, perfect end to a wild week