The Firist is a moving image animation project being offered to children in six schools in deprived areas of Bristol. The workshops are based on a rhyming poem about a hidden forest; a time when the world is covered in concrete and everyone has forgotton what fresh air, fruit and vegetables are. A girl power story of defiance, cherry pie and tree planting.
There will be three artists and a film maker helping the children make a moving image film using collage and black and white drawings. Artists who work in a kind and calm child centred way. I have coincided workshops to happen at the same time Bristol is giving 36000 trees to junior school children to plant around Bristol and I believe that having an art project on a tree planting theme will inspire the children to be more deeply engaged in their natural environment and what it means to live in a town full of trees and fresh air.
I think the project will really inspire local children to do more art and to look after the trees they will be planting and I so want it to happen! I am looking for a bit of extra funding, as the Arts Council who I have applied to for the main funding only give out funds if at least 10% comes from elsewere. Your donation would be to help us to run 8 workshops in six schools.
The final films will go on the Bristol One Tree Per Child facebook page for you and the public to view; when we show the animations to the schools the Avon Wildlife Trust will show the children their My Wild City project to further inspire the children's curiosity and involvement in much needed local environmental projects.