The amazing trees and other plant life in the park have inspired the first art workshops organised by the Friends of the Park with support from Brockley Assembly. The sessions are led by local artists Xanthe Mosley and Cash Aspeek. People have been invited to learn to draw trees and make blueprints, an early type of photograph. For full details of the third workshop and to book, click on Get Creative page
There will also be a free creative workshop with Cash during the summer picnic on Sunday 7 July 12-3.
The first workshop held on May 25, Learn to Draw Trees, was led by Xanthe. We had beautiful weather and 18 people attended. Regular users of the park were joined by others from as far away as Sydenham (!) The youngest participant was 5 and we didn’t ask the age of the oldest but certainly a few were eligible for Freedom passes. It was inspiring to see people of three generations sitting around the park looking closely at the light in the leaves and imagining the weight of our huge trees as they drew with a range of materials. Appreciative comments were offered by participants and we hope people will book again for the next tree session on 29th June. For all details and booking link to guarantee a place, click here.
Our second workshop, led by Cash Aspeek, invited people to create a photo blueprint, using light sensitive paper like a primitive photograph. People found leaves and stems in the park and placed these on paper pre-treated with light sensitive emulsion. Using plant forms to mask the paper from sunlight, beautiful and mysterious images were created.
We hope to hold more art workshops in the future fostering the park not only as a beautiful place to get close to nature but somewhere to get creative and learn new skills. Please sign up to our mailing list if you’d like to be kept informed of park activities.