The boarders had a great day at Chatsworth House. In the morning we spent two hours with local Sculptor Laura Ellen Bacon. Laura creates huge works, usually made from withies. The boarders worked in an experimental way and investigated the properties of natural materials found in the Kitchen Garden. They divided into groups and each group had a different material to work with - branches, ivy, leaves and a stick like plant. Laura asked the groups to see if they could manipulate the materials to make a form which will hold its shape without the addition of any other fastening devices. The leaf group had a challenge, but solved the situation by folding the leaves and then weaving them to make a cloth. Well done to the youngest boarder, Neville W, who invented a leaf sewing technique! The stick group made a scale figure complete with features and a necklace, the branch group wove the material into a racquet shaped structure and the ivy group stripped all the leaves off, then cleverly wove it into a large ‘C’ for Chatsworth –or was it Colin?
After lunch we had a great time exploring the Gardens –and getting lost in the maze. A thank you to Hattie for rescuing the teachers. We then had an hour in Chatsworth House. It was the first weekend of the Christmas opening and the theme for the rooms was ‘Toad of Toad Hall’. The decoration was very imaginative and most impressive. The younger boarders enjoyed finding all of the hidden badgers. Everyone enjoyed putting a wish onto the wishing tree. The boarders were a pleasure to be with, a great day was had by all.