EDUCATION PROJECTS AT LOCAL SCHOOLS
We strongly believe that nature conservation goes hand in hand with education. To reconnect people with the area in which they live, we start with the next generation.
Therefore we always work together with local schools in the areas that we highlight. The artists take the pupils and their teachers out in the field and point out the special elements e.g. characteristic plants or trees, birds, livestock and wildlife. Side by side the pupils paint and draw with the artists in the open air and later back in the classroom they work together on mono prints or a mural. We have followed this format in Tala school in Bandhavgarh, India, in local schools in Peru and in the school on the Isle of Sark.
The enthusiasm among the pupils, their teachers and the parents is always overwhelming and heart-warming. Exhibitions of the pupils’ work have always been very well received. Some pupils’ work has appeared in the exhibition of the whole project. Parents and teachers have the opportunity to meet the artists at “show-and-tell” evenings that we arrange during the project. At these events the artists show some of the work they have done during the project and discuss their approach to painting the project area and its wildlife. In The Brecks we plan to involve as many schools as possible and will be working closely with Breaking New Ground in achieving this.