The Iona School - The Learning Land Project
The Learning Land Project seeks to nurture ‘The Value of Making’, through encouraging the use of raw materials and tools, under the guidance of skilled craftspeople.
The project is focusing on creating outdoor workshops for older children, teenagers and adults to engage in activities together, with the hope that younger families may be able to get involved as the project grows. The project is also working in partnership with Iona School Nottingham, to create new opportunities for the school children to learn practical skills outdoors.
The Learning Land Project is run by Marcus Rowland’s an Artist, Maker, Teacher & Builder.
The community of Iona school has been shown the possibilities of creating such a space for workshops and are actively taking part in the workshops and spreading the word. Families that have left school are also engaged in its progress through social media.
The older children at the school have started wood working outdoors, making bowls and pegs, something which was impossible before.
Through the school fairs we have promoted the new space and the workshops available through active demonstrations that have engaged approximately 1000 people and children who would not normally be exposed to this way of making.
Other local charity organisations are now more aware of the school and what we are trying to create at The Learning Land Project.