Autumn art and stories

Autumn art and stories

Saturday 22nd September

1 – 4pm

High Peak Junction car park

a Derwent Stories event

log benches and delicate toadstools

Summer birds are leaving,

Summer lives sinking into winter stillness,

But Rosehips are shining,

Delicate toadstools sprout in the leaf litter,

Conkers drop on unguarded heads,

And squirrels are busy burying acorns

While jays dig them up again and hide them somewhere else

 

What secrets will the woods share in autumn? Join us for a wander along the canal to peer into autumn waters, pass the magnificent Leawood Pump House, meet the mystery of the cottage in the woods and explore the woodlands at the edge of autumn.

 

We’ll be at High Peak Junction car park between 1 and 4 pm on Saturday 22nd September. There will be a base there and we will wander off along the canal in a couple of sessions. But there will always be someone on hand to help you explore. You might want to draw the autumn, make your own autumn book or get messy with an autumn clay and seed ball…..

after acorns, add a toadstool…

Like all the Derwent Stories events, Autumn art and stories

is open to anyone who wants to join in but activities are structured around families with children with additional needs

This event is planned and will be delivered with the help of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

 

 

 

Contact for more info:

fb: Stone and Water

Email: stoneandwater@btinternet.com

 

 

 

 

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Summer stories and dangerous rabbits

Summer stories at Carsington Water

 A Derwent Stories event

shape your own stories

secret maps, lines to treasure, stories waiting….

With all our DS events, we are following up the actual event with reports like this – with notes about where we went – so you could go again yourself – and what we did – so you could do it yourself!

 

Follow the Derwent Stories links to see where else we have been and where else we are going to be!

 

hedgehog bristle, witches brush, the teazle starts a story by growing

The water was low, mud and gravel spreading round the edge of the lake. There were brambles in the bushes and young rabbits on the lawns. And in a clearing in a thicket, we uncurled stories. I spoke about giants and trolls, marshmallows and foxes while I heard about Minecraft monsters, and dinosaurs and the adventures of children on scooters. Much better for adventures, it would seem, than bicycles, although none of us could quite work out why….and there were rabbits and more rabbits, rabbits raiding picnics, rabbits on scooters, rabbits escaping in pirate ships across the Water

 

Visiting Carsington

Where is it: just north of Ashbourne in Derbyshire: address: Big Lane, Ashbourne, DE6 1ST. Follow this link for more information

Costs: entry is free, car parking charges apply

Facilities: toilets, café, visitor centre

Access: an extensive network of paved paths: easy access for wheel- and push-chairs

Things to do: bird-watching hides, play ground, just now with the water level low, visitors are making patterns out of the stones that line the floor of the lake and clearly having a great time. It has to be pointed out, however, that there are also warning signs about soft, deep mud on the shores. This is a good site for a quiet visit (it can get very busy). If you are quiet and careful, as well as the birds, there are rabbits to watch, butterflies in summer, frogs in the long wet grass and lots of wildlife generally

Organised events: Derbyshire Wildlife Trust have a base here and do a range of activities – The Wildlife Discovery Room

Overall: bring a picnic and have a good day of wildlife watching and exploring

What other people think: tripadvisor reports here

What we did: we were telling stories and making up stories…so here is a suggestion for how you might structure your own stories as you wander

log benches and delicate toadstools

 

what story might start…

Building instant stories

You will need:

  • yourselves!
  • Maybe a piece of card and a pencil to write on
  • or record ideas on a phone
  • or tie finds onto a string
  • …or just wander and talk

 

Just use the moment

after acorns, add a toadstool…

1. i) Instant atmosphere

As you walk, find two adjectives to describe the weather at this time of day, add a phrase to tell us more about the moment, add your character:

One bright, sunny morning when the wind was blowing the golden leaves off the trees, a girl walked down the rough path between the pools….

ii) Stop, listen, touch, smell, look, feel

– write (or speak) phrases that capture the moment – don’t do just a list (birds, sun, cars), write phrases: birds are singing in the trees, the sun is warm on my face, cars are rumbling by just out of sight…these might become a poem, a speech or maybe an opening paragraph

2. Pick up a random object

Try one-sentence stories: tell us something (sensible? scientific?) about the object – describe it eg “This is a yellow and brown leaf that has been growing on this tree all summer and has now died and fallen off” and then make up something strange or special about it (And if you can add some evidence that helps): “This leaf has been used by mice as an umbrella and you can see here where they’ve been very hungry and nibbled a hole in it so the rain got them after all”

could leaves cause a crisis?…

 3. Try two or more objects

as you walk, pick up something every few steps and see if you can join these things together. Treat them as clues to an adventure…”this is moss from the beard of a forest giant…and here is the twig a squirrel used to tickle him….and here is the stone that tripped him up when he was laughing…..will we see the giant when we turn the corner?” Ending with a question allows us to guess what might come next

4. Keep going: three clues will give you a story

Expanding on the earlier activities, you could just pick things up as you go

  • The first thing: is a clue to who is going to be the hero of your story ..this moss is really the beard of a small but ancient man who…
  • The second thing: tells us a bit more about the hero: …who lived in a house with a brown leaf door..
  • The third thing: tells us what is going wrong: …but today,  an avalanche of beech nuts came rolling through the forest…
  • ….now keep going: can you find more things that will help the hero solve the problem – remember in stories the first thing you try almost never succeeds. You can have great fund with the things that went wrong….
  • …but the mud was too sticky
  • …but the badger poo was so smelly that…
  • …but the magpie took one look at it all and flew away laughing….

Sit down and share your stories…..

take time to listen and talk

 

 

Talking Stones!

Talking stones!

Sunday 16th September

12 – 4pm

Mt Cook Adventure Centre

Wirksworth DE4 4LS

Derwent Stories

 at

Altitude Youth Music and Arts Festival

 

a shouting stone

Do you like rocks?

Do you investigate stones and enjoy fossils?

Join us for a different take on some familiar minerals!

We’re going to be making puppets inspired by the rocks and fossils of the Adventure Centre site. There will be stones to handle, fossils to look at and artists to help you turn ideas into puppets. We know that there are stories hidden in rocks, secrets in stones and every fossil has a tale to tell. So, why not join us to help some puppets fossilise, sediment out or just erupt, and add your own wodnerful pebble person to our pile of talking stones and wandering rocks….

a grumpy lump of pumice

Activity is free: just come along and join in

Like all the Derwent Stories events, Talking stones! is open to anyone who wants to join in but activities are structured around families with children with additional needs

 

Contact for more info: fb: Stone and Water

Email: stoneandwater@btinternet.com

 

a crowned sedimentary queen

I am the Calcite Queen with a crown of crystal,

I am the Boulder King, round and heavy as granite,

We are The Lava Gang, waiting, ready to run,

Waiting, waiting, waiting for the volcano alarm clock!

 

a book of bees?

Build your own book

a Derwent Stories activity

On our Bumbles, butterflies and picnics day with Derwent Stories, we made Bumble Books and drew in these the insects and flowers we were finding.   These are concertina books which essentially fit one long folded strip of paper into a cover. Once you are used to doing these, you could experiment – stick books together by the cover to make thicker volumes, have sections that fold out in different directions….

You will need:

  • 1 piece of thin cardboard (about 15cm x 10.5cm)
  • scissors
  • glue or a gluestick
  • paper for the bookblock (see below)
  • pencils, wax crayons, coloured pencils, scrap paper…

we made bumble, butterfly, bug and beetle books

Make your bookblock: this is the set of pages that make the body of the book. You might use a long strip of paper (A2 (flipchart sized) cut into quarters lengthwise works well) or take a sheet of A4 (standard printer size) and cut or tear it in half lengthways. Overlap the ends by about 1cm and stick them together. We have a prepared sheet (“Bumble book”) that should print out on A4 paper with pictures of bees and butterflies and a couple of boxes to help you make this first book. Fold it in half, lengthwways, overlap the ends and glue…..

Bumble book

 

Write a poem for a page?

Falling sky splinters
Into scabious and cornflower blue,
While tormentil nestles in the grass,
Droplets of sunshine on the green

 

Concertina: fold your strip of paper in half and then in half again. Unfold it: this should give you 8 sections of about the same size. Use those folds as guides to now fold the paper into a zig-zag pattern

card cover and tearing paper for a bookblock

 

Try an acrostic perhaps? 

M – many harvest mice hiding

I  – in the long grass, swaying,

C – curl up in careful nests

E – every night in safety.

 

strip folded 3 times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

strip folded again to make a concertina

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now you are ready to make your book! It is easier to work on the book before you fit it into the cover. Work on one side of your paper. On your pages you might:

  • pop-ups?

    write

  • draw
  • add a patch of scrap paper and draw on that
  • make a pocket
  • do a rubbing
  • print
  • add a map
  • make a pop-up
  • think of something else….

 

add a map?

pockets? 

When it is done decide if you are having

  1. a) a book that unfolds completely – stick one end page into the cover. You could now work on the back side of your pages (Picture 9: stick one end of the finished block into the cover)”

Or

  1. b) a book that is fixed at both ends. If you are going for this, you might need to refold your concertina so it looks like picture 10 (Both ends ready to glue in)

 

Cover: fold the card in half. Decorate the cover. Glue in the book block….Title? Author?

ready for a cover

 

 

 

 

 

Please, send us a picture of your finished book! stoneandwater@btinternet.com

how will you decorate your books?

 

 

 

A day for picnics

a Day for Picnics

Light through oak leaves

a Derwent Stories event

Darley Park

6th August

 

Where did we go, 2

After our Derwent Stories events, we are posting blogs  a) where did we go – so you could go there yourself, maybe, and b) the activity we did there – so you could do that yourself, either in the same venue or somewhere else

This is the “place” report for  our Bumbles, Butterflies and Picnics day. You could look at our Fossil Day reports here (National Stone Centre) and here (make your own ancient rockpool)

 

At Darley Park, we had a day of sunshine and sprawling comfortably on the grass, taking time to make and draw and talk: a relaxed and cheerful sort of day. We were making our own Bumble and butterfly books – do it yourself instructions can be found here

 

But for now….

butterflies still on the nettles?

Where did we go: Darley Park, Derby. This is a large park with lots of beautiful old trees, wide meadows and gentle hills for rolling down. There are good paths and lots of different areas to explore

Getting there: buses stop on the edge of the park and there are car parks round the edges. This link will take you a sit for directions and bus numbers. We used the free car parks at Darley St, DE22 1 DX, and at the end of Darley Park Drive

Access: there are wide, even paths across the path so wheel- or push- chairs can get around easily. Some of the hills, while not very steep can feel quite loooong so do your exercises first

 

finger bumbles…

Facilities: there are toilets and an excellent café towards the northern end of the park (about 5 minutes from the car parks above)

Wildlife: there are lots of beautiful trees, some patches of woodland, a wildflower meadow and a lovely butterfly garden near the cafe

Busy-ness: yes, this is a large park near the centre of Derby so it does get busy. But it is so large that it is easy to find your own spaces and feel comfortable there. The café and toilets area can feel a bit crowded at times

we made bumble, butterfly, bug and beetle books

 

 

 

 

 

What did other people think? Tripadvisor report on Darley Park

 

Make your own ancient rockpool

Inspired by fossils

Make your own ancient rockpool

what might you find…

A Derwent Stories activity

What might you have found if you had strolled along the beach of an ancient sea a few hudnred million years ago….

beachcombing might have revealed all sorts of finds…

We have used this easy technique many times. We designed it for public events where we would have to make a lot of rockpools with visitors in a short space of time but it is very versatile and you could adapt to suit your situation. While this was set up as a prehistoric event you could of course make a modern rockpool, or perhaps a pond!

We used this activity on our Derwent Stories event at the National Stone Centre

This activity guide uses the materials we used with notes about why we chose this or that

You will need

  • a dish – we used waxed card pie dishes (buy in packs from discount stores and supermarkets). Most of our dishes were white but the occasional black ones that we found worked well, too!
  • acrylic paint – to paint on the waxed card – we use large bottles but you could get some small tubes, or try mixing some poster or redimix paint with PVA glue and see if that works
  • paint brushes or sponges
  • Plastic plate to squirt the paint onto (easy to clean)
  • small pieces of this card
  • coloured pens or pencils
  • sharp scissors
  • a small stapler (the smaller the better)
  • PVA glue
  • scraps of stuff: sponge, wool, carrier bag, felt, glitter, sand…..

materials and a sheet of paper to work on

 

Thinking about fossils

Our aim was to make a rockpool that you might have found if you could have gone walking along a Carboniferous seashore 300 million years ago. You might want to find pictures of some of the animals of the time to help you. Or maybe you have some fossils to look at? Or some plastic ancient sea creatures? Could you visit your local museum and do some drawings…Perhaps if you printed out this page and waved it at them, they would set up an event for all you ancient rockpoolers?

starting to paint

Prepare the pool

Cover your work surface with a sheet of paper – acrylic paint can be hard to clean off. Cover yourself as well if you are a messy worker. You might want an old shirt rather than another sheet of paper

Select your rockpool colours: blue, green turquoise and raw ochre are often good. Smear them round the inside of your pool (paintbrush or painting sponge). You do not need to be too precise here. It is  background and more a sense of sand, rock and water that is needed rather than detailed painting

Set to one side to dry

a pool set aside to dry

 

Prepare the wildlife

Ok. Now it’s up to you……

our rockpool animals

In this pool we have:

  • drawings of a trilobite and an ammonite (should we have coloured these in?)
  • drawing of a horseshoe crab that has been cut, folded and stapled to give it a more 3-D effect
  • drawing of a coral
  • fragments of one of my painting sponges have given us some rock
  • green wool and a shredded green carrier bag have give us some seaweed
  • Fingertip coral: made by wrapping plastercloth round a finger…

Fitting the wildlife

You could glue everything straight onto the dish, or make little brackets to lift things up off the floor and wall a little

 

Brackets might be small bits of foam or thin strips of card either folded or zig-zagged into a spring

brackets and supports

Carefully glue them in place.  A matchstick can be helpful in applying glue

 

Let it all dry, sit back and admire. Then go and tell someone about the day you found a trilobite…..or take and print a photo and send it as a postcard to someone else?

a finished rockpool

 

 

Or send us that photo and we’ll have a gallery of rockpools!

 

 

 

 

 

a pool made in an (old) mixing bowl

 

 

Derwent Stories

Derwent Stories

seasons, stories and art outdoors

 

what will you find?

Over the summer and autumn of 2018, Stone and Water are running a series of creative outdoor events structured to support families with children with additional needs. With funding from Derwentwise and Foundation Derbyshire, and advice and support from Umbrella, events are happening along the Lower Derwent Valley.

 

Activities are planned to encourage people to come out and enjoy the local environment in simple, cheerful ways that families could repeat for themselves. So we look at the places where families might go, wildlife they might meet and activities they could do. Activities are planned to use everyday resources and to be simple to plan and deliver – the sorts of things you could rummage out of a cupboard, stuff into a bag and have fun with

 

In planning for additional needs, we are trying to find readily accessible sites – wheel- and push- chair friendly (not all of them will work but the majority ). Events are very relaxed in timetable: there is structure here, a shape for us to work around but that shape will respond to our visitors so if you need to just stop for a bit, we can, or if you need to go and shout a bit on your own we will plan for spaces where that can happen. And if you decide you are feeling grumpy and fed up, then none of us will judge you for it or hold it against you….

So, we are off adventuring and after each events we post blogs

  • Where have we been and
  • What did we do – so you could go to the same place or take the same activities somewhere else
  • Today, we are catching up with these posts – as they complete, we will post links here

 

fingers full of coelacanths

Activities:

July: National Stone Centre with some fossil moments

Blogs:

August: Darley Park: a day of bumblebees, butterflies and picnics

The next events:

  • Wednesday 29th August at Carsington Water – a day of storytelling and storymaking using natural materials – session through the day
  • Sunday 16th September: Altitude Festival, Wirksworth: making puppets inspired by rocks and fossils
  • Saturday 22nd September: autumn art and stories in Lea Woods (meet at High Peak Junction car park)
  • Friday 2nd November: Mills, canals and creatures: a day of big drawings at Cromford Mills as part of the Discovery days programme

 

All these events are free (some places there might be a charge for car parking). Materials are provided and no bookings Is needed. Check on each day for timing of activities

 

Details of events will post here and on our facebook page: Stone and Water

ready for action…

NEXT EVENT

  • Wednesday 29th August Summer Stories at Carsington Water – a day of storytelling and storymaking using natural materials – session through the day