May 26, 2021
Take part in the unifying, joyous and creative art process that is Signing Tree™. Forge a unique opportunity for your school community to grow stronger, closer together whilst also supporting your pupil’s SMSC learning and development to round off this challenging year.
Plus you will also be part of a very exciting world-wide project!
What are Singing Trees™?
The Singing Trees™ are works of art created by many people, both young and old, working together. Initially developed and then inspired by artist Laurie Marshall, they are found around the world and are creating a forest of murals. So far, a forest of 90 Singing Tree™ murals has grown; they have been drawn, painted, and loved by 20,000 people from 52 countries.
So how is this relevant to my school in Workington?
By creating a school or community mural based on the Singing Tree™ you are forging a unique opportunity for your school community to grow stronger, closer together whilst also supporting your pupil’s SMSC learning and development, whilst also being part of a very exciting world-wide project.
We are able to bring the Singing Tree™ workshops to Workington for FREE this June and July through our Discovered Stories Shared Lives project, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.
How will Singing Trees™ help my school community?
The Singing Trees™ will help develop your school community by allowing individuals to take part in a unifying, joyous and creative art process. It connects pupils to an intergenerational, international network of creative people. It celebrates everyone in you community, and it is endlessly creative!
How does it work?
Our Singing Tree™ facilitator will work with a small group of children that form the 'lead group'. She will encourage them through storytelling to bring ideas together, allowing creative conversations around sometimes topics that matter to the young people and the community they live in.
This work forms the structure and outline of the mural and its purpose within the school community.
The rest of the school community then uses this to design leaves, creatures and other accessories to adorn the Singing Tree™ mural, all the time making a beautiful collaborative artwork.
You can either select:
- three full-day workshops
- nine 90-minute sessions in school time or as an after-school activity.
What are the benefits to my school's pupils?
Participation increases skills in creativity, compassion and collaboration. Using art to facilitate conversation support children emotional wellbeing, improves their expression, allows children to apply and consolidate different areas of their learning.
It is a perfect, positive way to round off a challenging academic year.
Want to find out more?
We are holding an In Conversation With… Gabi Lipska on The Singing Tree™ on Tuesday 15 June at 4-5pm where you can come along to find out more. Sign yourself up to this here.
You will be introduced to the idea, have the opportunity to take part in creating a mini-Singing Tree™ and will be given the chance to ask questions to see how this project can benefit your school community, from the youngest child to the most senior governor.
I don't need any more convincing, how do I sign up now?
To let us know you are interested, please email our Singing Tree™ facilitator Gabi@cdec.org.uk