LEARNING RUSHWORK

RUSHWORK IN SCHOOLS

• Rushes are a very versatile natural material and are easy to use
• Perfect for Arts Weeks activities & indoor or outdoor projects
• Suitable for Reception to Sixth Form pupils

"This autumn, the term 'Morning Rush hour' also took on a different meaning, with a visit from RushWorks.... Sharks and Porpoises Class were given a demonstration on all aspects of the ancient 'rushing' tradition. During this very enjoyable workshop they learned about the historical and ecological importance of this native plant, and recreated some very interesting basketwork toys and figurines.."
Durweston News

RushWorks can offer practical educational sessions for children of all ages and abilities, to enable them to experience working with rushes at first hand. School visits can be planned to meet the specific requirements of class or entire school projects, with activities that match the skills and abilities of children of any age from Pre-prep/Reception to Sixth Form. Rush work is also very suitable for children with learning difficulties.

Children from many primary, secondary and independent schools, as well as home-educated children, across Dorset have greatly enjoyed a range of activities using rushes which have included making baskets, mats, bracelets, skipping ropes as well as human and animal figures.

School visits can be arranged for the half day, whole day or for several days' activities.

RUSHWORK WORKSHOPS

If you would like to spend a day making a rush basket with rushes harvested locally from the River Stour, workshops can be arranged on request. I can teach a group at a location of your choice on a mutually agreed date. No previous experience is needed. Price on application.