Having great fun with the Gruffalo in Lews Castle Grounds

  • Published on: 16th April 2021
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An Lanntair’s Art Workers took the classroom outside recently when they hosted a series of Drawing Adventures and Gruffalo Trails in Lews Castle Grounds during the school Easter Holidays.

Exploring the world around us and taking a closer look at the every-day, Art Workers Moira Maclean and Moira Macdonald invited primary school aged young folks to join them for four Drawing Adventures.

Artistic challenges set included making mud drawings with sticks; looking up to draw the sky through tree branches; imagining what might be hidden around the Grounds, and painting what could be heard, using watercolour pencils dipped in the Willowglen river.

And for pre-school youngsters and their families, our Dance & Movement instructor Catriona Hill lead six Gruffalo Trails during the Easter break, while Rachel Kennedy hosted two Gruffalo Trails in Gaelic as well.

Based on the popular Julia Donaldson book The Gruffalo, the groups started on Lews Castle Green with some active animal actions, before strolling around the Gruffalo Trail to find Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake, and of course, the Gruffalo itself; reading a section of The Gruffalo story at each stop and enjoying games and movement activities throughout.

Gruffalo Trails participants also took away colouring-in animal masks, crayons, and a Gruffalo cut-out game to take away and continue their magical fun day at home!