Sunday, 27 January 2013

Fossils, Art and Inspiration

Art and Inspiration
Art Days for Grown-ups
Sunday 10th March and
Sunday 17th March 2013
nr Longnor
10.30 - 4
try your hand at making ancient reef animals

two days of activities with artists from Stone and Water

felt crochet, model-making can all play their part

These days are partly training for our existing volunteers, training for possible new volunteers and also just days for adults who'd like to have a go themselves. We have worried about the wording of these - we want to offer days for adults and teenagers rather than families - we do a lot of activities for family groups but sometimes it is good for grow-ups to have some creative time that is just for themselves...

These days also mark the overlap between the end of  our "Exploring with Stories" project and the start of the next phase of "Ancient Landscapes"

just drawing is good, too
Inspired by fossils from local limestone and the rich landscapes of the Upper Dove Valley, we'll share skills, ideas and techniques giving ourselves time to experiment and reflect

No experience needed - just join in and have a go!

Workshops are free and materials are provided but spaces are limited so please book a place (either day or both)
Further details sent with confirmation

Sunday 10th: crochet your own coral, needle-felt a fish, printing fossils, small models of monsters
plankton painted onto chiffon

Sunday 17th: making tiny people, plankton cloths, casting fossils, just drawing, fossil lanterns

Booking and more information:
07791 096857

creating ancient rockpools
printing fossil patterns

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Winter, Wildlife and Water Week

Winter, Wildlife and Water Week
18 - 23rd February 2013

public events, excitements and adventures! Come and join us! 
These are some extra events on the Exploring with Stories project run by the Buxton-based community group Stone and Water

Winter Stories
Tuesday 19th February
Capturing the cold with children's stories and traditional tales and turning the best bits of those or your favourite wintry scenes into pop-up story cards and paper sculptures
Where? Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Terrace Road, Buxton, SK17 6DA
When? 10 - 12 and 1 - 3, free, open public sessions for all the family (children under 8 need to bring a grown-up) no booking needed, just drop by and join in!

Raven Day
Friday 22nd February
Celebrating the crows, ravens - and other birds - of the Peaks - making bird mask, fluttering birds on sticks and even origami birds to sit on fingers or shoulders

Where? Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Terrace Road, Buxton, SK17 6DA
When? 2 sessions, 10 - 12 and 1 - 3, free, open public sessions for all the family (children under 8 need to bring a grown-up) no booking needed, just drop by and join in!

Singing the Wells
Saturday 23rd February
A chance to enjoy playing with voices, stories, ideas and instruments.  Celebrating our ancient wells by singing stories, places, landscapes and water - to sing the Holy Wells of the Hills. No experience needed - just bring a sense of adventure and the readiness to join in! Led by musician and singer Jos Razzell
The end of this workshop will coincide with the Raven Walk so that we can join the procession and visit St Anne's Well

Where: Green Man Gallery, 55 High St, Buxton, SK17 6HB
When: 1.30 - 4pm. The workshop is free but places are limited: please email or phone to reserve a place:, 07791 096857

The Raven Walk
Saturday 23rd February
4.30 - 5.30pm, meeting at Bath Road entrance to Pavilion Gardens
Join the Stone and Water crew at the end of this week of Winter, Wildlife and Water for a walk round Pavilion Gardens. Bring Friday's Ravens or flags, hats or masks and we will salute the rich and ancient waters of the hills and  the wild and wonderful birds of our wild and wonderful winds!

if you are under 12, bring a grown-up with you so they can join in too!

Meeting points; Green Man Gallery and then the Bath Rd entrance to Pavilion Gardens, 4.30
Duration: 1 hour maybe?
celebrate the (cheerful?) birds of the Peak District...
...and maybe the fiercer ones as well!

Sunday, 13 January 2013

The last of a Lonely Beast?

The Lonely Beast came to Wycoller and saw
1 forest, swaying in the wind, and saw
2 ducks having a fight, and saw
3 trees standing beside the river, and found
4 big puddles to splash in, and heard
5 rocks splish, splash, sploshing in the river, and saw
6 windows with no-one in them, and found
7 doors open wide and ready for a visit, and smelled
8 chimneys smoking like volcanoes, and saw
9 last leaves swaying on a branch, and heard
10 leaves falling quietly to the ground

frightened faces peered at the Beast from windows

Whitefield Infant School, Nelson: our work on the wonderful Lonely Beast book by Chris Judge culminated in a series of story readings and shadow puppet plays where a hungry witch went looking for a beast to eat.....there is a song as well - that will have to follow!

over the Pack Horse Bridge

the Beast is saved by one of the big Wycoller dogs

 The Lonely Beast has gone home now but visitors can still search through the woods and streams and ruins of Wycoller. You never where the Wycoller beasts might be hiding!