Five days in Rodd Wood
Over the last five weeks we have had between sixteen and twenty young people coming to the Rodd for a day to experiment with 2D and 3D drawing in Rodd Wood. All 100 or so students are newly enrolled on the Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art & Design at Hereford College of Arts. They have been accompanied by their tutors Lotte Millward-Brookes and Matthew Thomas who have been using the outdoor environment of Rodd Farm to emphasise the importance of primary research in artistic practice and encourage creative risk taking.
The students have been making works in the woods and have left them each week so their next visting peer group can see how they endure. At the end of their day of being creative in Rodd Wood we have noticed that the young people are relaxed and smiling as they walk back down to the grain barn. Students have commented that they have felt totally immersed in the landscape and have been inspired.
In November, the Level 3 students may be curating an exhibition of their work in the Gallery here at The Sidney Nolan Trust; details are to follow.